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.

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Enjoy your visit to MakerSpace USNA!

Welcome back everyone! MakerSpaceUSNA is back up and running. During the break we made a few improvements and restocked some consumables, but overall there are no major changes. The only changes we expect this semester is the addition of 1 (maybe 2) Ultimaker S5(s) with a new materials handling station that we will discuss when it arrives.

Spring AY20 will be a VERY BUSY semester as we are supporting 4 sections of an AM elective class (EM486A and EA486F) as well as numerous Capstone and individual research projects so please work with others in the MakerSpace.

We are already looking for Summer 2020 support so if you are a graduating MIDN, will be TAD to USNA following graduation, and are interested, we could really use the help. Last Summer we made a lot of major changes and we expect to do the same this Summer.

As always Happy Printing!

R/CAPT Brad Baker

MakerSpaceUSNA will shutdown for the holidays starting 4 Dec 2019 and plans to reopen 6 Jan 2020. Hopefully we will have some fun new capabilities for the Spring semester.

Happy Holidays!

R/CAPT Baker

What a week.... I know it has been rough for some of you, but it has been equally rough for me and Marc, but in the end, we survived quite well. For those who are not sure what I am referring to, I am referring to our first EM/ER313 class (and a NAOE class as well) that all used are using the MakerSpace in addition to our normal Capstone load. By rough estimates over 100 parts printed this week alone and as I am typing this every single FDM printer except the LulzBots is printing. And we had several SLA jobs today as well. It really is quite an accomplishment.

We have learned a lot this week so I will try to capture the major lessons learned soon. For now I have just a few comments:

- Please continue to keep the MakerSpace clean. We have actually done a pretty good job on this.

- Be mindful and respectful of other users' work. It does help when everyone helps clear build plates clear, loads filament, etc. Me and Marc will help with this but any help is appreciated. Do not remove any tools or equipment from the MakerSpace. No user should ever have to disconnect anything (we had some users that did...).

- I do want students to generally not use SEADEVIL locally (i.e. you can remotely) because Marc and I very often need to sit at SEADEVIL to keep things running. Students can use either workstation in 225 or 226 though.

- Lots of great parts that could make it into the MakerSpace Hall of Fame and also lots of overly ambitious prints, but both are valuable to learning.

I know that there have been numerous issues and many people had trouble printing, but I think Marc and I were able to get anyone printing that really gave it a good shot. The real bottom line comes down to this: when there is a lot of network activity in the MakerSpace - things start to go bad/not work. When things calm down, things generally work fine.

More soon, but overall this was a good and tough week. I am going to post some good, bad, and the ugly pics on twitter, check us out at: https://twitter.com/MakerSpaceUSNA

R/CAPT Baker

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