Makerspace safety guidelines

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3D Printers

  1. Do not touch the nozzle of the 3D printer with your hands since, when operating, it is over 400°F. Always assume that the nozzle is this hot. Use tweezers to clean extra filament from the nozzle.
  2. When removing parts from a tray, attempt using gentle pressure or twisting to break parts loose.  If this does not work, please use the supplied tools.  This will keep the machines, your hands and your print in good shape.
  3. When using the supplied print removal tools, start at one corner of the part and move slowly, only applying the necessary amount of pressure. Most parts can be freed by getting the scraper just under the part, then twisting the scraper slightly to loosen the part. Always push away from yourself. Never put your hand or any part of your body in the potential path of the sharp object.

Diagonal wire/filament cutters

  1. Shield the wire/filament you are clipping with your other hand so pieces do not fly off and hit you or other people.

Dremel/rotary tool

  1. Wear  eye protection (available on the rolling cart) while use the rotary tool and, if using for an extended period of time, ear protection.
  2. If working on smaller pieces or pieces that are likely to move, clamp them into the portable vise on the standing-height tables. Ensure that your hands are outside the tool’s working area.
  3. When grinding, cutting or sanding, consider where you are pushing, and where it will cause the bit to go, should it break through the other side of the workpiece or slip. If it will go into you or someone else, STOP. Re-evaluate what you are doing before you proceed. 
  4. Ensure that the bit is secure in the rotary tool before turning it on.
  5. Never touch the bit while it is spinning.
  6. The trigger on the drill controls the speed and torque. Use the proper amount of “squeeze” for the materials you are working with.
  7. If a bit binds in a hole, release the trigger immediately, then switch the direction of the drill and slowly back the bit out.

Soldering iron

  1. Don’t touch the tip of the iron with your hands, even if you believe it is cold.
  2. Turn on the fume extraction fan (behind the soldering iron) whenever soldering and avoid breathing in the fumes.
  3. Wash your hands after you are done soldering or wear gloves (available on the rolling cart) during soldering.
  4. Unplug the soldering iron after using it.

Vinyl cutter

  1. Avoid reaching into the working area of the machine while it is running. The cutting head moves quickly and somewhat unpredictably.