FAQ

What settings should my design have before I laser cut?

Illustrator

  • Set the stroke to 0.0001
  • Set the color settings to RGB
    • Hold shift when you click on color menu
    • Make sure color setting of each vector line is either "0,0,255", "0,255,0", "255,0,0" or any combination of the three values to make pure colors

Rhino

  • Set the stroke to 0.0001
  • Set the color settings to RGB
    • Assign each vector line a color by layer
  • When you go to print, check that the scale of the viewport is correct

What materials can I cut on the lasers?

Please visit our Rules page to see what materials are allowable and which ones are forbidden due to precautionary health or safety measures.

What supplies do you sell?

Basswood 

Plexiglass/Acrylic

Chipboard

Things to consider when setting up your 3D print - MakerBot/LulzBot

File Type

.STL/.3DM 

Material

PLA/ABS/NinjaFlex

Naked Edges

If using Rhino or any other comparable 3D modeling software, make sure to check for naked edges. In Rhino, you would use the ShowNakedEdges command. This will show you the unjoined geometry that needs to be fixed before you print. If you are having trouble figuring out how to fix your edges, try importing your file into Netfabb. Netfabb is great resource for repairing 3D models.

Scale

Double check your 3D model file is at the scale you want it to be printed at. 

Things to consider when setting up your 3D print - Z Printer

File Type

.STL/.3DM/.3DS/.VRML

Model Thickness 

Minimum thickness of any element in model must be at least 1/8" thick.

Naked Edges

If using Rhino or any other comparable 3D modeling software, make sure to check for naked edges. In Rhino, you would use the ShowNakedEdges command. This will show you the unjoined geometry that needs to be fixed before you print. If you are having trouble figuring out how to fix your edges, try importing your file into Netfabb. Netfabb is great resource for repairing 3D models.

Scale

Double check your 3D model file is at the scale you want it to be printed at. 

 

Where can I park when I go to the lab?

Parking is available direclty across from the main entrance to the building on 2nd ave. When you come in just ask for a parking pass from the front desk and display that on your vehicle.