FAQs

What equipment does the MakerSpace have to offer?

The MakerSpace offers 3D printing, 3D pens, milling and machining equipment, laser engraving, embroidery, sewing, dye-sublimation, vinyl cutting, soldering, and more. For detailed information on all of our equipment in the MakerSpace, check out our Equipment at the Makerspace page.

What is the cost to use the MakerSpace?

The MakerSpace is FREE of charge for all students, faculty, and staff of Syracuse University and SUNY ESF.

Where is the MakerSpace located?

The MakerSpace is located in Kimmel Computer Lab, below Kimmel Food Court.

What if I do not know how to use the equipment?

Don’t worry! Stop in during our hours and see an employee at the workstation. They will help you get started and moving in the right direction.

What file formats do I need?

For 3D printing, please bring in a .STL file.

For laser engraving, an Adobe Illustrator file is preferred, however, a .jpg, .png, or .pdf will work!

For all other equipment, usually a .jpg, .pdf, or .png will do!

I want to 3D print, but I am not sure where to start. What programs can I design a file in?

We have Inventor, Solidworks, and Fusion 360, on our computers in Kimmel Computer Lab. All of these softwares can be used to design a file for 3D printing. However, we recommend tinkercad.com for beginners. Looking for a pre-made file? Check out thingiverse.com.

What type of materials can you 3D print?

Our 3D printers print in two types of plastic: PLA and ABS.

Where can I purchase materials?

For 3D printing, the MakerSpace allows up to 150 grams per day and up to 200 grams of filament usage per week, unless you want to bring in your own filament. Filament can be purchased on the second level of the bookstore. If you would like to purchase filament through a different source, we recommend MakeShaper or MakerBot filament as it has the best success rate. For all other equipment usage, you must supply your own materials; i.e. wood, glassware, cardboard, mat board. Also, please be aware that we do not laser cut plastics/acrylic.

What fabric is needed for dye-sublimation?

For dye-sublimation, only white or light colored, 100% polyester fabric will work. We also have a vinyl cutter that can cut fashion film as well as a second vinyl cutter that can print your design on a heat-transfer sticker. The vinyl will stick to any fabric of any color.

How do I schedule a tour of the MakerSpace?

We welcome tours to the general public and both inside and outside organizations. To schedule a tour, please fill out our contact form.

Can I print or make multiple copies of my project?

The MakerSpace is meant for prototyping, not production. Multiple copies of a project must be approved by our staff.

Other questions, comments or concerns? Tell us!

For other questions, please fill out a contact form