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What is CNC milling?Expand

Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) milling is a machining process that utilizes both drilling and cutting in order to achieve the complex shapes desired in the part file. The computer analyzes the G-code and moves the drill bit along different axes, in order to make various shapes and holes.

Tags: CNC Milling, Milling
What is Makerspace's Operating Hours?Expand

Normal Business Hours:

Monday - Friday 1pm - 9pm.

Please note: Hours are subject to change at any time for observances for Holidays, University Closings and Maintenace.

What is the best way to join together two pieces of wood?Expand

We will have screws and wood glue available for purchase in our store. Note that wood glue is designed to give better adhesion than screws for most projects. However, there is a curing time for pieces glued together.

Tags: Woodworking
What kind of files can I use?Expand

The type of file used will depend on the machine.

  • For our lasers, a .DXF file works best.
  • For our CNC graphics cutters, .SVG, .DXF are the best file types.
  • For our UV printer, any .JPG, .BMP, .PNG, .TIF, .SVG, or any other image type that can be imported into Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator is fine if exported as .EPS once you are ready to use the UV printer.
  • For our mat cutter, all designing is done in a proprietary software that creates its own file type.
  • For the embroidery machine .TIF files are used.
  • Four our CNC Routers, .SBP files are what are needed to run the machine but you can import .DXF, .PDF and .AI for any 2D designs or .STL, .OBJ or STEP for 3D desigs.
What materials can I print with your 3D printers?Expand

Many different materials can be used for 3D printing, such as PLA, nylon, flexible filaments (NinjaFlex), carbon fiber, glass-filled polyamide, exotic filaments (wood), epoxy resins, silver, titanium, steel powder, and photopolymer, and much more.

We primarily use PLA, PETG, NinjaFlex, PVA, Nylon, UV Resin, and Onyx (a mixture of Nylon and Carbon Fiber).

Tags: 3D Printing
What other materials/machines besides the sewing machine do you have?Expand

We have several sewing-related machines: 
Brother SE400 (embroidery-sewing hybrid)
Brother ST37HD Strong and Tough (strong enough to sew through several layers of denim and works well as an all-around machine) 
Kenmore Ultra Stich 6 (side loader, metal bobbins)
Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger
Singer Simple (side loader)

Additionally, we have:
Fabric Iron
Large self-healing cutting mat
Several types of shears

Please feel free to contact us in order to help build out our inventory for this department.

Tags: Textiles
Who is welcome at Makerspace?Expand

Currently, the Makerspace can only be used by:

  • actively enrolled Rutgers degree-pursuing students
  • actively employed Rutgers faculty and staff

However, if you don't fit into one of those categories, then don't worry! You can still visit and we're happy to give you a guided tour or even set up a special workshop if you have a large group. The best chance of making that happen is to email us about it at makerspace@docs.rutgers.edu.

We do have plans to open a public membership program that would include discounts to alumni. If you're interested in updates on that program, please use this webform to sign up for our mail list.

Wood glue is spilling from my part, how do I fix this?Expand

After clamping down your part, wipe off any excess glue immediately with a damp sponge or paper towel. Once the glue is dry, sand the joint to ensure no excess glue is on the surface.

Tags: Woodworking