MakerLodge Resources

Our Machines

Machine
Details
Resources
3D printer Zortrax M200 (x2)
  • Prints ABS
  • Software: Z-suite
  • Tier 1 access
Dremel 3D45
  • Software: DigiLab
  • Tier 1 access
3D printer Ultimaker 2+ (x2)
  • Prints PLA
  • Software: Cura
  • Tier 1 access
3D printer Stratasys
  • Prints ABS
  • Software: CatalystEX
  • Tier 1 access
Laser cutter Epilog Zing
  • Allowed materials on training guide
  • 24″ x 12″ cut area
  • Tier 1 access
Laser cutter Universal VLS 3.50
  • Allowed materials on training guide
  • 24″ x 12″ cut area
  • Tier 1 access
Bandsaw Jet JWB-10 (x3)
  • Plastic, wood, and metal
  • Tier 2 Access
Drill Press Jet JWDP-12 (x3)
  • Plastic, wood, and metal
  • Tier 2 Access
Belt and Disc Sander Jet J-41002
  • Plastic, wood, and metal
  • Tier 2 Access
CNC Mill Othermill
  • Allowed materials on training guide
  • Design software: 
  • Job software:
  • Tier 2 access
CNC Mill Shopbot Desktop
  • Allowed materials on training guide
  • Software:
  • 24″ x 18″ x 3.5″ cut area
  • Tier 2 access
Vinyl cutter Silhouette CAMEO
  • Software: Silhouette Studio
  • Tier 2 access
Sewing Machine Brother SE-400
  • Tier 2 access
Sewing Machine Singer CG590
  • Tier 2 access
Lathe HiTorque 7×12 Mini Lathe 4100
  • Access to MENTORS ONLY
Electronics and Tools
  • Tier 2 Access

Pocket Reference Guides

  1. Is your material safe to cut?
  2. Illustrator -> File -> Document Color Mode -> RGB
  3. File -> Document Setup -> Edit Artboards (Artboard = cutter bed size)
  4. For:
    • Vector Cut: Stroke Weight<=0.1pt,  Stroke Color = RGB Black #000000
    • Raster (Engrave): Stroke Weight>0.1pt, Stroke Color = RGB Black #000000
  5. Turn on Epilog Power
  6. Load workpiece at top left corner
  7. Press Focus, hang tool, adjust height via arrows
  8. File->Print (lodge-laser.mit.edu)-> Setup -> Preferences (check power/speed/frequency settings)->OK->Print->Print
  9. Turn on compressor & exhaust, feel for draft
  10. Open lid, press Go, verify path, press stop, press reset
  11. Close lid, Press Go to run your job
  12. Stay with laser cutter in case of fire
  13. Remove materials, shut off compressor & exhaust
  14. Power off
  15. Clean up
  1. Is your material safe to cut?
  2. Illustrator -> File -> Document Color Mode -> RGB
  3. File -> Document Setup -> Edit Artboards (Artboard = cutter bed size)
  4. For:
    • Vector Cut: Stroke Weight<=0.1pt, Stroke Color = RGB Red #FF0000
    • Vector Engrave: Stroke Weight <=0.1pt, Stroke Color = RGB Blue #0000FF
    • Raster (Engrave): Stroke Weight>0.1pt,  Stroke Color = RGB Black #000000
  5. File->Print (VLS 3.50)->Print
  6. Open UCP -> Settings -> Material & Thickness -> Apply -> OK
  7. Turn on Universal Power
  8. Load workpiece at top left corner
  9. Focus (  ) adjust height via arrows
  10. Turn on compressor & exhaust, feel for draft
  11. Open lid, press Start, verify path, press Pause.
  12. Close lid, Press Start to run your job
  13. Stay with laser cutter in case of fire
  14. Remove materials, shut off compressor & exhaust
  15. Power off by holding down the button
  16. Clean up
  1. Open Cura, load .stl
  2. Position and scale part
  3. Review Print Settings
  4. Save .gcode to SD card
  5. Properly insert card in printer
  6. Verify clean print bed
  7. Select Print then find your .gcode, press Print
  8. Watch first few layers of your print
  9. Gloves & putty knife remove part
  10. Clean up
  1. Open UP! Software, load .stl
  2. Position and scale part
  3. Plug Printer’s USB cord into computer
  4. Verify clean build plate
  5. 3D Print -> Initialize
  6. 3D Print -> Print -> Verify Options -> Print
  7. Watch first few layers of your print
  8. To cancel build: Hold down button on printer
  9. Carefully remove build plate
  10. Gloves and Putty Knife, remove part
  11. Clean up
  1. Open Catalyst, load .stl
  2. Review Print Density
  3. Orient and scale part
  4. Add to Pack
  5. Print job from computer to printer
  6. Verify clean Modeling Base
  7. Start Print job
  8. Gloves & putty knife remove part
  9. Clean up
    Consult shop staff regarding support removal procedures. Different shops use different cleaning solutions and methods.
  1. Open Z-Suite, load .stl
  2. Position and scale part
  3. Print->Prepare to Print (review)->Save to Print
  4. Save .zcode to SD card
  5. Properly insert card in printer
  6. Verify clean print bed
  7. Select Models then find your .zcode, press Print
  8. Watch first few layers of your print
  9. Gloves & putty knife remove part, avoid connector
  10. Clean up
  1. Secure hair, clothing, and accessories. Remove gloves.
  2. Make sure bandsaw has the correct blade for your material.
  3. Lower blade guard.
  4. Have push stick handy.
  5. Insert yellow key.
  6. Turn on and check for abnormal sounds.
  7. Cut material.
  8. Keep hands away from blade, use push stick as needed.
  9. Use relief cuts for curves.
  10. If blade breaks, turn off machine and notify mentor.
  11. Turn off machine.
  12. Lower blade guard.
  13. Clean up.
  1. Secure hair, clothing, and accessories. Remove gloves.
  2. Remove yellow key
  3. Position piece, with sacrificial stock if needed, clamp in multiple locations or use vice
  4. Select bit
  5. Insert bit, holding by tip and shank only. Do not grab the threads.
  6. Tighten with chuck key, then put back chuck key
  7. Set depth gauge
  8. Identify appropriate speed on chart
  9. Insert safety
  10. Turn on machine
  11. Adjust to correct speed
  12. Drill using a pecking motion to desired depth
  13. Turn off machine
  14. Remove yellow key
  15. Clean up

Study Guide

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Machine Software

Computers at MakerLodge are equipped with all the software necessary to use our machines. Ask a mentor if you need help.

The following software is used in the space:

General purpose:

SolidWorks
SolidWorks is one of the most commonly used computer-aided design softwares.
It allows you to do detailed solid modeling on your PC. 
Classes, makerspaces, and building teams at MIT use SolidWorks, access to a computer with SolidWorks is very important.
SolidWorks is Windows only, but multiple spaces, including MakerLodge, have computers with SolidWorks.
You can get your copy from IS&T here.

HSMWorks
HSMWorks is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software that is plugin for SolidWorks.
CAM allows you to machine the parts you design in CAD by generating a toolpath for a computer numerical control (CNC) machine to follow. 
You can get it here. Licensing usually takes 2-3 days to arrive.

Machine-specific:

Adobe Illustrator Epilog Laser Cutter, Universal Laser Cutter
Illustrator is a vector graphics editing software.
At MakerLodge, we use Adobe illustrator to print jobs to our lasercutters, as they require a vector graphics software to run. 
Illustrator is also generally useful for complex image editing like making logos. 
MakerLodge PCs have illustrator installed.

Cura
 – Ultimaker 2+ 3D Printer
Slicing softwares are those that take 3D model files and convert them into toolpaths for use with 3D printers.
Cura is an open source slicing software that works with the Ultimaker 2+ in addition to some other printers.
It will allow you to quickly print a part or finely adjust print settings and export to an SD card.
Download it here.

UP!
 – UP Mini 3D Printer
UP! is the slicing and printing software used by the UP Mini 3D printers, it allows you to print your 3D model over USB.
Download it here (not UPStudio).

Z-Suite
 – Zortrax 3D Printer
Z-Suite is the slicing software used by the Zortrax 3D printers.
It allows you to save your print setup (including multiple parts) for later.
A printer serial number is required to install Z-Suite, you can either use a MakerLodge computer or download the software here and ask a mentor.

VCarve Pro
 – Shopbot CNC Router
VCarve Pro is primarily a computer-aided manufacturing CAM software for generating toolpaths for a CNC router for both 2D and 2.5D routing.
There are also drawing and editing tools inside VCarve.
VCarve requires a serial number, and should be accessed on the MakerLodge computers. 

Shopbot 3 – Shopbot CNC Router
Shopbot 3 is the control software for the Shopbot CNC router, it allows you to control the spindle head of the machine, zero coordinates, and run jobs.
A computer with Shopbot 3 will be connected to the CNC router for use once a job has been prepared in VCarve.

Otherplan Beta  – Othermill
Otherplan Beta is the operating software for the othermill, it allows the user to run toolpaths made in HSMWorks for milling operations.
Having Otherplan installed ensures HSMWorks can post toolpaths as gcode that the Othermill can use. Install it here.

Silhouette Studio Vinyl Cutter
This is an easy to use software that allows you to import, touch up, and cut images with the vinyl cutter.
The software requires a serial number for use, download it here and ask a mentor.