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Electronics Area

How to use items in the electronics area of the workshop!

Wood Shop

Volunteer Guides

Bathroom

Information about the bathroom in the southwest corner of the garage.

Maintenance

3D Printer

Table Saw

Bandsaw

Running A Shift

Fusion 360

First-time volunteering

What you need to know about coming in to volunteer for the first time

Keys, Locks, Batteries

Farmers market

Getting Started

3D Printer

This chapter will guide you through the basic process for using the printer. For simplicity, we'll make some assumptions about the settings to use. Once you're comfortable with the basics, we'll talk in a later chapter about what the various settings mean and ...

Troubleshooting Guide

3D Printer

Started a print but it's not working? Look here!

Maintenance and Repair

Bandsaw

Instructions for routine maintenance, machine setup, and general repair.

Choosing Filament

3D Printer Getting Started

There are lots of different plastics that you can print. For the most part, unless you’re doing something special (you know who you are!), you can use PLA. It prints quickly and relatively easily. The rest of this guide will assume you’re using PLA.

Preparing The Printer

3D Printer Getting Started

Overview Power On Flip on the power switch on the back right of the printer.  Inspect The Build Plate The print bed is a piece of flexible steel that sits inside the printer. Your model is built on this piece, so we'll need to make sure it's clean. Ope...

Finding Something To Print

3D Printer Getting Started

Model Sources If you aren’t sure what you want to print, there are many websites where folks have created models that you can print yourself. Some such websites are: https://www.thingiverse.com/ https://www.printables.com/ https://cults3d.com/ The fil...

Slicing Your Model

3D Printer Getting Started

Setup "Slicing" is the process of turning a 3D model (typically an STL file) into a series of layers that a 3D printer knows how to print. CHTL’s printer uses a slicer called Bambu Studio; open it on the workshop laptop! You can find it in the dock at the bot...

Printing Your Model

3D Printer Getting Started

Finally, you can send the job to the printer. In the upper right hand corner, click “Print Plate”. You’ll see the following dialog: The correct printer should already be selected.  Bed leveling should remain checked Flow calibration should remain ...

Loading Filament

3D Printer Getting Started

Check that the filament spool you want to load is of the correct type. Unless you're doing something special, you'll want to look for "PLA".  Turn on the printer if it's off. The power switch is located on the back right. Find the filament that you want in...

Unloading Filament

3D Printer Getting Started

You only need to perform the following steps if you want to use a different filament than the kind that is already loaded. Otherwise, skip to Slicing Your Model. Turn on the printer if it's off. The power switch is located on the back right. On the s...

Initial Setup

3D Printer Getting Started

Find the Dell laptop used for 3D printing, plug it in, and turn it on. It's a Dell laptop and will be labeled "3D Printer".

Print not sticking to bed

3D Printer Troubleshooting Guide

Often this is caused by contamination on the bed. Wash it well with soap and water, dry it with a clean cloth, and avoid touching it with your hands. A special glue stick called "Magigoo" is located right next to the printer. If you're still having trouble, a...

Filament stuck on spool

3D Printer Troubleshooting Guide

If the filament isn't wound properly around the spool, it can tighten itself into almost a "knot" and make it impossible for the extruder to pull it into the printer. You can manually work the filament around the spool to try and loosen it. Unfortunately, sho...

Bed leveling or homing fails

3D Printer Troubleshooting Guide

Check the removable bed surface to make sure it's properly positioned. It should be flat on all the edges, and flush with the sides of the plate. If the build plate is all the way at the bottom of the printer, manually move it up to around the center. Fr...

Filament broke inside feed tube

3D Printer Troubleshooting Guide

Sometimes filament can break while it's being fed from the spool into the extruder. This is particularly common with older filament, which can absorb water and become brittle. To fix the issue, you'll need to remove the feeder tube from the extruder and push ...

Troubleshooting Tripped Breakers

Running A Shift

Resetting The Breaker Unfortunately, all our tools are on the same circuit breaker, so if many are in use it may become overloaded. The breaker box is located on the north wall of the garage; the auxiliary box for the tool library is on the right hand side. ...

Installation

Fusion 360

The specific edition of Fusion 360 that you want is called "Fusion 360 for Personal Use." Click this link to go to the page From there, click "Get Fusion 360 for personal use".  You'll need to create an Autodesk account if you don't already have one. Nex...

First-time volunteering

First-time volunteering

Thank you so much for serving your community by volunteering at the tool library! Before arriving If you don't already have one, create an account on our inventory management system MyTurn. Attire Wear close-toed shoes, and avoid dangly hair and clothing. ...

Bathroom Keypad Batteries

Keys, Locks, Batteries

When the keypad blinks red after entering a code successfully, the batteries are running low.  Screws to remove the cover are on the inside of the door. It takes a 9V battery. Use non-rechargeable batteries, they should last 5 years or so. Here's an image of...

Front Door Keypad Batteries

Keys, Locks, Batteries

As a theft prevention measure, the front door keypad is screwed into the info box from the inside. To change the batteries: Retrieve the info box key from the front desk drawer Remove the two M3 screws from the inside of the info box; the keypad and cover ...

How to onboard a first-time volunteer

First-time volunteering

This is a guide for shift leads and existing volunteers, describing how to welcome and onboard volunteers who are coming in for the first time. No need to take this prescriptively, but it's a good starting point for the conversations you can have! At the star...

Tabling at the farmers market

Farmers market

The Capitol Hill Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the intersection of East Denny Way and Nagle Place. The market organizers occasionally offer gratis tables to neighborhood nonprofits, and have generously hosted us multiple times. ...

Changing the blade

Bandsaw Maintenance and Repair

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