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Welcome to MakerSpace USNA

Design, Build, Perform

MakerSpace USNA is a 3D printing laboratory space at the United States Naval Academy providing 3D printing capability for classroom and laboratory instruction as well as project support for students, faculty, and staff at USNA.

MakerSpace USNA is a (1) modern, (2) open, (3) student oriented, and (4) adaptable design space where students can design, build, and evaluate engineering projects within Engineering and Weapons Division at USNA.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to make an account on this website and utilize facilities in the MakerSpace.  Guests outside of USNA are also welcome to create an account, provide comments, and participate in our discussion of 3D printing.

Please use the links below or the menu above to join in on the discussion.

Enjoy your visit to MakerSpace USNA!

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Recent Blog Comments from the MakerSpace

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It has been a busy Spring semester and we have barely been able to keep up with the many changes this semester so I have not provided many updates. Please review the following quick updates on the MakerSpace:


Most common recent problems

- The most common problem remains not using supports appropriately. If you do not understand when to use supports, what type to use, or what requires supports or what does not, please discuss this with MakerSpace staff.

- PVA is a great support material but is challenging to print. PVA is causing many of the printers to jam as the PVA breaks in the bowden tubes. We are working on this. If you do not need PVA, I would avoid using it (sometime you do need it).

- Many printers have filament run out capability (i.e. they will pause the job when the printer runs out of filament), and while this works it FREQUENTLY causes extruder jams especially if the extruder cools before reloading.

- Most problems can be avoided by one simple solution: check on your builds during the build! You do not have to wait for the entire process but seeing the fewest few layers go down correctly and checking in on your part once or twice is well worth your time.


New Capability

- We have several new capabilities and I will not go through them all, but I will summarize a few important details. You need MakerSpace staff permission to use the following systems: Formlabs Form3L (the big one), Formlabs Fuse1 (in a different room), Desktop Metal system, Intamsys HT printer, any SLA resin other than clear, grey pro, or tough 2k, and the 3D scanner. We will help you on these but you need to discuss your work with us first.


If you have not met our newest staff member, MM1(SW) Landry, please stop by and meet him. With Marc and MM1 we are in great shape in the MakerSpace!


If you have not already, please check out our social media outlets:


- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRfW-uBC2vVlfROffydiIwg (just google MakerSpaceUSNA and youtube). We have a video for almost every single aspect of the MakerSpace and if we do not, you can ask us, and we will make one.

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakerSpaceUSNA. Twitter is what I keep most up to date (just the easiest) so please take a look at what cool things have going on.

- We do also have a FaceBook page and Instagram account, but I do not use them much.


Happy printing and good luck in this challenging semester!


R/CAPT Baker

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MakerSpace USNA Highlighted Videos

For a full list of videos check out our video page

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Online since June 2019.  Last major edit:  24 Jan 2021