3D printers

  • Do not touch the nozzle of the 3D printer with your hands. It is over 400°F when in use. Always assume that the nozzle is this hot. Use tweezers to clean extra filament from the nozzle.
  • Use gentle pressure or twisting to break parts loose when removing parts from a tray.  If this does not work, use the supplied tools.  This will keep the machines, your hands, and your print in good shape.
  • Start at one corner of the part and move slowly when using the supplied print removal tools. Only apply the necessary amount of pressure. Most parts can be freed by getting the scraper just under the part, then twisting the scraper slightly to loosen the part. Always push away from yourself. Never put your hand or any part of your body in the potential path of the sharp object.

Diagonal wire/filament cutters

  • Shield the wire/filament you are clipping with your other hand so pieces do not fly off and hit you or other people.

Dremel/rotary tool

  • Wear eye protection (available on the rolling cart) while use the rotary tool and, if using for an extended period of time, ear protection.
  • Clamp smaller pieces, or pieces that are likely to move, into the portable vise on the standing-height tables. Make sure your hands are outside the tool’s working area.
  • When grinding, cutting or sanding, consider where you are pushing, and where it will cause the bit to go, should it break through the other side of the workpiece or slip. If it will go into you or someone else, STOP. Re-evaluate what you are doing before you proceed.
  • Make sure the bit is secure in the rotary tool before turning it on.
  • Never touch the bit while it is spinning.
  • The trigger on the drill controls the speed and torque. Use the proper amount of “squeeze” for the materials you are working with.
  • Release the trigger immediately if a bit binds in a hole and switch the direction of the drill. Slowly back the bit out.

Soldering iron

  • Don’t touch the tip of the iron with your hands, even if you believe it is cold.
  • Turn on the fume extraction fan (behind the soldering iron) whenever soldering and avoid breathing in the fumes.
  • Wash your hands after you are done soldering or wear gloves (available on the rolling cart) during soldering.
  • Unplug the soldering iron after use

Vinyl cutter

  • Don't reach into the working area of the machine while it is running. The cutting head moves quickly and unpredictably.