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!

Isn't it always the case that good news is followed closely by bad news? For once though in this case the good news is really good and almost completely outweighs the bad news. So here goes:

The good news

- MakerBot Print is fixed everyhwere!!!! This is actually a huge accomplishment and we fixed more than just the problems we had this weekend.

- SEADEVIL (local and remote) has working and up to date versions of MakerBot Print as does both of the Workstations in Ri225 and Ri226.

- Even better than that we have fixed the long-standing problems of authentication.

- Bottom line, if you have any problems with Print, you need to let me know soon because I think we have fixed everything.

The bad news (you knew there was some...)

- These fixes come at a price. We had to remove all user profiles meaning that when you log back into SEADEVIL it will be like you were logging in the first time. Any user setting to include simple things like screen resolution (my personal pet peeve), to saved internet searches, to any program settings, and yes, even to files in your documents/downloads/desktop are gone. Sorry that was just the price we had to pay.

But back to good news... all printers seem to be working fine and there are lots of jobs going on right now so there is no excuse for not completing an AM assignment.

Happy Printing!


P.S. - Big BZ and thanks to John Wilcox in CSB for helping/doing this.

Well the bad news actually started Friday, but I figured Black Friday would sound too much like a good thing even though most of you are too young to remember what Black Sunday really was. Anyway, here is the bad news on MakerBot printers...

First off, the problem is software only. All printers are working fine (except for Fluckey which is being repaired), but the MakerBot print software is completely whacked out.

There is no MakerBot Print software on SEADEVIL meaning you cannot print on any MakerBot through SEADEVIL locally or remotely. This stinks because that is the "normal" way.

The best way to print is using the workstation PC in Ri226 which anyone can log into and use. You should see a MakerBot Print icon on your desktop. I still might have to fix one aspect so if the icon does not work - let me know and I can fix that.

You could also use the workstation PC in Ri225 but that PC has a different version of MakerBot Print (long story why). That version does work but you will have to authenticate into the printers every time.

This is a very short summary of the problem. I literally worked on this all weekend and this is the best I can do. I have been screaming at MakerBot since Friday. Hopefully things will improve soon.

This ONLY applies to MakerBot printers - everything else is working fine. If you are really in a bind, there are other solution but they require more effort - ask if you really need help.

Sorry :(


I have to admit the MakerSpace was in better shape than I thought following the long Veteran's Day weekend - or maybe EM/ER313 have not really started their projects yet.... Anyway, here are some quick updates on the MakerSpace:

- 1 MakerBot printer (Fluckey) is OOC (out of commission). This is likely permanent. Nobody's fault, just normal wear and tear (I hope).

The 2 biggest issues right now are: (1) parts not sticking to the build plate (surprise, surprise, nothing new here at all) and (2) jobs building up because users do not retrieve their parts in a timely fashion. So please help me with the following:

- Build plate adhesion. I could write about this forever and this one of the main points of the beginner 3D printing exercises. In REALLY quick terms the following will help build plate adhesion and thus hopefully prevent part curling: (1) using glue, (2) using a heated bed (not an option for the MakerBot printers), (3) smaller parts and parts nearer the center, (4) larger rafts (you can change this and it will help), and (5) changing the cooling on the raft layer/1st layer (this really helps but is complicated).

- Please retrieve your parts reasonably quickly after your job is done. This applies to ALL printers including SLA and FDM. Other users can also help by removing parts and putting them on the table for collection but please do not mess with things that you do not understand.

Please also continue to help keep the MakerSpace clean and keep tools/parts/cleaning supplies in their normal place. Final point, if you are in EM/ER313, you only have a little over 1 week to finish your project! Get to printing!

R/CAPT Baker

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