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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the MakerLab located?

We are located on the second floor of Albertsons Library in the College of Innovation and Design. We are open from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through  Friday. Come visit us!

Where is the digital MakerLab? 
Anyone with a @boisestate.edu or @u.boisestate.edu email address can join in on the digital conversation at boisemakerlab.slack.com

Who can use the Albertsons Library MakerLab?

The Makerlab is a radically inclusive community that offers access to emerging technologies and an innovative culture of learning. All Boise State University students, staff, and faculty are welcome!

What types of equipment does the MakerLab have?

Check out our full list of equipment, including 3D printers.

How do I reserve a piece of equipment?

The Makerlab uses Lab Agenda to reserve equipment. However, prior to reserving equipment, you need to attend a workshop and fill out the required paperwork. Workshops vary depending on the type of equipment. For more information about training visit the Makerlab’s instruction and workshop page.

Can I checkout a piece of equipment?

Select equipment is available for checkout on the first-floor circulation desk in Albertsons Library. To learn more about the equipment that is available for checkout, visit Albertsons Library’s Technology Lending webpage. 

What are the minimum requirements for 3D printing?

To print a model you will need an STL file (.stl).  

Can you print something for me? 

We can, though we charge for printing for others.

How do I change filament colors? 

This video shows you how – anyone wearing an apron can help you too!

How long do you hold onto a print for us? 

We will only hold onto it for a week. You are responsible for being present when your print is complete. 

How long will printing take?

It depends!  Factors including the model size, complexity, and infill all influence the duration of printing. The software Cura adjusts settings and establishes the length of time to print. Download Cura for free!