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DIGITAL FABRICATION

  • Laser Cutting
  • CNC Milling
  • 3D Printing
  • Facilities
Laser Cutting

Sign up for an appointment at http://laser.uscarch.com/.

FILE PREPARATION 


FILE SIZE

32” x 18” landscape PDF.


CUTTING

RGB red outlines.


SCORING

RGB blue outlines.


ENGRAVING

Black lines, fills or pixels based off a rasterized image.

LASER CUT LAB PROCEDURES


FUNDS

Machine time = 20/hr. USCard only.


SIGN-IN

Arrive on time and sign in with the Work Study. Lab located in HAR 215a.


FILE

Load file via USB or email. Open in Corel Draw, Rhino, Autocad. 

POST-PRINT PROCEDURES 


ATTENTION

Do not leave the laser cutter unattended (RISK OF FIRE).


CLEAN

Clean laser cutter and surrounding area.


USB

Close files and remove USB.


SIGN-OUT

Check out with Work Study and pay.


CNC Milling

PREPARATION 


MATERIAL

Prepare material, see material list & instructions.


CHECKLIST 


FILE

Place object in DefaultCncFile.3dm at 0,0,0.


DIMENSION

Max dimension of 4’ x 8’ x 5” height.


WALLS

No vertical walls exceeding 1.5” on 3D milling.


SITE MODEL

For site models, no objects closer than .51”.


DRAFT

Draft angle of 5° is beneficial for milling, molds, and vacuum forming.


SURFACE

Place surface for 3d milling on “surfaces to mill” layer.


COUNTOUR

Place curves for contour cuts and pockets on “contour cut” layer.


POINTS

Place points for drilling on “points” layer.


MATERIAL

Create outline of the material in “material” layer.


SAVE

Save .3dm file as FirstnameLastname_Class#_Ver#.


SUBMIT FILE

Submit file via email to uscarchcnc@gmail.com. Specify material.


CONFIRMATION

Expect an email response and reply with approval of price. $25 / hour.


PICK UP

Pick up model in MBC 104 (wood shop). General turn around time of one week.


TROUBLESHOOT

For additional information, click here.


3D Printing

FILE PREPARATION


ISOLATE

Delete all other objects.


CENTER

Move object to 0,0,0.


VOLUME

Use Volume command to check if object is closed. 


CLOSE

To close, use commands: Cap, Join, Patch, PlanarSRF or EdgeSRF.


FACES

Set a different back face color. Check for Reversed Normals.


EDGES

Use ShowEdge command to ensure there are no naked edges.


UNITS

Make sure file is in inches.


DIMENSIONS

Check the model dimensions with the Distance command.


SCALE

Maximum dimensions / ABS : 8” x 8” x 6” Powder : 15” x 10” x 8".


THICKNESS

Minimum thickness / Powder : 0.06” ABS : 0.04”.


EXPORT

Export as .STL FirstnameLastname_Class#_Ver# (set mesh tolerance to .0001).


OPEN

Open .stl file and double check that the file is ready for print.


SUBMIT FILE

Submit file in person or via email to usc3dp@gmail.com (Specify Powder or ABS).


CONFIRMATION

Expect an email response. Reply with approval of price. $10 / cubic inch.


PICK UP

Pick up model in WAH B2 (basement). General turn around time of a week or less.

Facilities