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!

Congrats to everyone for surviving 12 week exams (hopefully)! We are up to over 60 registered users in the MakerSpace and this is not counting classes that are doing entire class projects in MakerSpace. There are also several Capstone and Individual Research projects producing good parts and results in the MakerSpace. Keep it going!


This post is intended to be a quick reminder that the MakerSpace is about to become busier this semester and next semester will likely be the busiest we have ever seen. EN430, EM313, and ER313 sections are all doing projects that involve FDM printing. Please consider using the forum ( https://www.makerspaceusna.com/forum ) if you have questions and watch our instructional videos ( https://www.makerspaceusna.com/videos ) to get your project started. We have a comprehensive video that shows how to make and print your own part from scratch (https://www.makerspaceusna.com/overview-videos?wix-vod-video-id=823f35c863284ba89dc85c0d4a243ed2&wix-vod-comp-id=comp-jy1tbinm# ).


Here is a quick update on printers in the MakerSpace:


- MakerBot: all are functional (Cutter may have a problem we are working through). MakerBot Print seems to be working fine, but we have battled through many problems in the past so please review our MakerBot FAQ ( https://www.makerspaceusna.com/forum/makerbot/makerbot-faq-1 ).


- Ultimaker: both working great. Remember most beginner projects should start on MakerBot printers, but when you are ready, you can upgrade to Ultimaker.


- LulzBot: all are fully functional including 2 new LulzBot Pros. If you want to get ahead, there is where students should start experimenting. The LulzBots are complex to use, but can produce great parts with the widest array of materials.


- Formlabs: all are fully functional. Please be VERY careful with resin trays. The resin tray contacts are very sensitive. The new Form3s can be used but consult me or Marc before using them just so we can review some tips.


We still have a few pending printer upgrades (Form3L - large format SLA and Fuse1 - SLS nylon) but those are probably the only major upgrades for a while.


Happy Printing!


R/CAPT Baker

So good news all around in the MakerSpace:


- Our collaboration with Northrop Grumman has officially been announced: https://news.northropgrumman.com/news/releases/northrop-grumman-partners-with-us-naval-academy-foundation-to-support-additive-manufacturing-education#.XaE1rUtPZTI.twitter


- Our newest 3D printer, a Form3 is operational - but please discuss with me or Marc before using.


Lots of other small things that I have just not gotten around to telling everyone:


- The LulzBot printers including 1 of the 2 Pros are ready for use.

- I have some cool metal plated parts to show everyone. Check out the process here: http://www.repliforminc.com/

- Had a great visit to a local AM conference ( http://eastcoastreprapfestival.com/ ). Check out our Instagram feed for some cool pics. Next time maybe we take students...??


Keep up the good work! Happy Printing.


R/CAPT Baker


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