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'''Frequently Asked Questions'''
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Got a question? Hopefully it's answered here!
  
== Getting Started ==
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==Getting Started==
=== Who can access the space? ===
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===Who can access the space?===
Anyone with a currently active AU ID can utilize the DaBL!
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Anyone with a currently active AU ID can utilize DaBL!
  
 
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===How do I become a member?===
=== How do I become a member? ===
 
 
Becoming a member is easy. There are only two steps:
 
Becoming a member is easy. There are only two steps:
# Attend an in-person [[Welcome to the Lab]] workshop
 
# Complete and submit a '''Safety Waiver'''
 
  
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#Attend an in-person [[Welcome to the Lab]] session, where you will go over the [[Safety in DaBL]].
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#Complete and submit a '''Safety Waiver'''. Everyone (faculty, staff, and students alike) staying in DaBL for more than a tour ''must'' sign a Safety Waiver; you will be given one during the Welcome to the Lab session.
  
=== When is the lab open? ===
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===When is the lab open?===
[http://designandbuildlab.com/?page_id=445 Check out our calendar]
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[http://designandbuildlab.com/?page_id=445 Check out our calendar]!
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===When are workshops?===
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All workshops are scheduled on [http://designandbuildlab.com/?page_id=445 our calendar].
  
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==Opportunities==
  
=== What equipment is available to me? ===
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===What equipment is available to me?===
 
Some tools and equipment require a certification to use, others require no such certification.
 
Some tools and equipment require a certification to use, others require no such certification.
  
'''Tools Requiring a Certification:'''
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'''Tools requiring a Certification:'''
* Type-A 3D Printer
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* PCB Milling Machine
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*3D printers:
* Sewing Machine
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**Type-A Machines Series 1 Pro
* Soldering Stations
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**Prusa I3 MK3S (4x)
* Vinyl Cutter
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*Bantam Tools PCB Milling Machine
* Vinyl Heat Press
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*Sewing Machine
* Laser Cutter (coming soon!)
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*Advanced Soldering Station
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*GCC Jaguar VLX Vinyl Cutter
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*Heat Press
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*ULS PLS4.75 Laser Cutter
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'''Other equipment (no Certification required)'''
  
'''Other equipment (No Certification Required)'''
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*Hand tools
* Hand Tools
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*Basic soldering stations
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*Hot wire foam cutter
  
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===What kinds of materials are available to me?===
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DaBL is stocked with:
  
== Project Questions ==
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*PLA 3D printer filament
=== What prior knowledge do I need to start a project? ===
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*Small electronics parts (wires, resistors, capacitors, transistors, microcontrollers, solder, et al.)
Nothing, all we require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. By attending [http://designandbuildlab.com/?page_id=445 workshops] and seeking guidance from [http://designandbuildlab.com/wiki/index.php/Creative_and_Technical_Specialist student specialists] your imagination is the limit in this space.
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*Heat-transfer and adhesive-back vinyl
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*FR1 printed circuit board material
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*Acetyl blocks
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*Extruded polystyrene and foam sheets
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*18"x24" Cast acrylic sheets
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*White muslin fabric and thread
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*Adhesives (tape, epoxy, glues, et al.)
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*Balsa wood blocks
  
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===How much do materials cost?===
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For the time being, the DaBL is covering the cost of all consumable materials. (See [[FAQs#What kinds of materials are available to me?|What kinds of materials are available to me?]] above.) This means as long as you have an active AU ID, you can design and build at DaBL for no cost! However, if you are working on a custom project requiring parts that aren't in the lab, you are responsible for those materials.
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==Project Questions==
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===What prior knowledge do I need to start a project?===
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Nothing - all we require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. By attending [[List of workshops|workshops]] and seeking guidance from [[Creative and Technical Specialist|student specialists]] your imagination is the limit in this space.
  
=== How much do consumables cost? ===
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===What if I don't know how to use a particular tool?===
For the time being, the DaBL is covering the cost of all consumables (3D printer filament, resistors, button-cell batteries, vinyl, etc.) This means as long as you have an active AU ID you can design and build at the DaBL for no cost!
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You can always ask for help from one of the [[Creative and Technical Specialist|Creative and Techincal Specialists]] in the space. We can help you use the equipment.
  
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=== Can I borrow equipment from DaBL to use somewhere else? ===
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Nope! All equipment stays in DaBL; we do not have a loaning system.
  
== Other Frequently Asked Questions ==
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=== What if I bring it right back? ===
=== When are workshops and tutorials? ===
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Nope!
All workshops are scheduled on [http://designandbuildlab.com/?page_id=445 our calendar.]
 
  
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=== But what if- ===
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Nope!
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===Can I submit a design and have someone build it for me?===
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Nope! the Design and Build Lab is an educational space: it is our goal to teach you the skills necessary to design and build, as well as provide a helping hand, rather than build for you.
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==Other Frequently Asked Questions==
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===Can I run my business out of DaBL?===
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No. You are encouraged to work on prototypes within the space; however, using the space for personal for-profit gains and mass production is not what the space is for. 
  
=== Can I submit a design and have someone 3D print it for me? ===
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===I have another question that isn't answered here. How do I get a hold of you to ask?===
No, the Design and Build Lab is an educational space. Therefore, we find it more valuable to teach you the skills necessary and provide a helping hand rather than build products for you.
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[mailto:dabl@american.edu Send us an email]!

Latest revision as of 16:26, 15 April 2019

Got a question? Hopefully it's answered here!

Getting Started

Who can access the space?

Anyone with a currently active AU ID can utilize DaBL!

How do I become a member?

Becoming a member is easy. There are only two steps:

  1. Attend an in-person Welcome to the Lab session, where you will go over the Safety in DaBL.
  2. Complete and submit a Safety Waiver. Everyone (faculty, staff, and students alike) staying in DaBL for more than a tour must sign a Safety Waiver; you will be given one during the Welcome to the Lab session.

When is the lab open?

Check out our calendar!

When are workshops?

All workshops are scheduled on our calendar.

Opportunities

What equipment is available to me?

Some tools and equipment require a certification to use, others require no such certification.

Tools requiring a Certification:

  • 3D printers:
    • Type-A Machines Series 1 Pro
    • Prusa I3 MK3S (4x)
  • Bantam Tools PCB Milling Machine
  • Sewing Machine
  • Advanced Soldering Station
  • GCC Jaguar VLX Vinyl Cutter
  • Heat Press
  • ULS PLS4.75 Laser Cutter

Other equipment (no Certification required)

  • Hand tools
  • Basic soldering stations
  • Hot wire foam cutter

What kinds of materials are available to me?

DaBL is stocked with:

  • PLA 3D printer filament
  • Small electronics parts (wires, resistors, capacitors, transistors, microcontrollers, solder, et al.)
  • Heat-transfer and adhesive-back vinyl
  • FR1 printed circuit board material
  • Acetyl blocks
  • Extruded polystyrene and foam sheets
  • 18"x24" Cast acrylic sheets
  • White muslin fabric and thread
  • Adhesives (tape, epoxy, glues, et al.)
  • Balsa wood blocks

How much do materials cost?

For the time being, the DaBL is covering the cost of all consumable materials. (See What kinds of materials are available to me? above.) This means as long as you have an active AU ID, you can design and build at DaBL for no cost! However, if you are working on a custom project requiring parts that aren't in the lab, you are responsible for those materials.

Project Questions

What prior knowledge do I need to start a project?

Nothing - all we require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. By attending workshops and seeking guidance from student specialists your imagination is the limit in this space.

What if I don't know how to use a particular tool?

You can always ask for help from one of the Creative and Techincal Specialists in the space. We can help you use the equipment.

Can I borrow equipment from DaBL to use somewhere else?

Nope! All equipment stays in DaBL; we do not have a loaning system.

What if I bring it right back?

Nope!

But what if-

Nope!

Can I submit a design and have someone build it for me?

Nope! the Design and Build Lab is an educational space: it is our goal to teach you the skills necessary to design and build, as well as provide a helping hand, rather than build for you.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Can I run my business out of DaBL?

No. You are encouraged to work on prototypes within the space; however, using the space for personal for-profit gains and mass production is not what the space is for.

I have another question that isn't answered here. How do I get a hold of you to ask?

Send us an email!