Material Lab Policies and Procedures
All work done in the CAPLA labs must follow Health and Safety Guidelines posted at these sites:
The use of spray paint and spray adhesives is forbidden in the studios and landings of CAPLA facilities.
There is an area reserved for spray applications at the material labs loading dock.
All students must read, understand and follow these guidelines before using material labs.
Lab Access Privileges
- Lab users MUST be registered students in CAPLA, Faculty, or Staff and have legitimate CAPLA course related work.
- Lab access privileges can be revoked at any time at the discretion of the lab manager.
- Termination of lab access privileges must be resolved with the lab manager.
- Outside work is possible with school director and lab manager approval.
- The lab is closed during winter and summer breaks.
- Material lab staff and student monitors are available to ensure the facilities are used in a safe manner, to assist with projects and tool usage, and to coordinate the labs usage. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
- Lab hours are established each semester. Hours are posted on the lab doors, and on the webpage.
- Any extension of scheduled operating hours MUST be approved by shop management.
- Extension of lab hours must be requested by instructors at least 48 hours prior to the hours in question.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Safety glasses or goggles MUST be worn while in the labs, no exception. This includes the outside "deck" fabrication area. Prescription glasses alone are not acceptable. Sunglasses, whether safety or not, are not acceptable in the labs. Safety glasses can now be purchased through the front office.
- Ear muffs and ear plugs are available and should be worn during sustained use of noise generating equipment.
- Dust masks are available and should be worn when generating significant dust.
- The labs do not supply safety glasses; you need to purchase your own.
- Steel toes are required in designated metal fabrication areas.
- A clean lab is an effective lab. Be considerate of other lab users by keeping your work area neat. Always clean up after using any tools right after use.
- ANY materials sitting on the floor at ANY time will be considered dangerous to other students and/or trash and treated accordingly.
- Sweep up any significant dust or refuse as you make it. Throw away scraps as you make them.
- Daily clean-up starts ten minutes before closing. Please help us clean up by stopping work, returning tools and removing/storing your materials at least ten minutes before closing time.
- The lab is closed during winter break and summer.
- Material lab staff and student monitors are available to ensure the facilities are used in a safe manner, to assist with projects and tool usage, and to coordinate the labs usage. If you have any questions please ask.
- Materials are stored on the movable blue carts or in the appropriate wood and metal racks. Your name, and date should be clearly placed on the materials or they might be considered general use. At the end of each academic year all projects and materials have to be removed from the labs or they will be thrown away or recycled.
- All projects need to be removed from the work surfaces they were made on, daily, and stored before you leave the labs or they will be thrown away. Obtain permission from a lab monitor before leaving any projects unattended in the lab.
- Unidentified materials may be disposed of at the lab monitor's discretion.
- Identified materials may be disposed of if left in the lab for over one week.
Policy for using CNC machines
- A CNC router form must be filled out for every file in order to access the CNC router or CNC mill. Form can be accessed here.
- File preparation: submit separate forms for each geometry you want to CNC.
- Put the bottom left corner of each part at the Rhino origin world 0,0,0.
- Use the Rhino_Cam plug-in in Rhino 5 to set up your file. Tutorials on RhinoCam page under Learn More tab, select Mill Start Guide, PDF or videos. This can be found at: RhinoCam Tutorials
- After file is prepared contact a CNC monitor from the list by email or phone. The list is posted at lab entrance.
- It may take several revisions before your file is ready so please allow for this time especially at the end of the semester.
Policy for using the 3D printing- Rapid Prototyping Machines
- Students are responsible for checking their models (use the "check" command in Rhino) prior to submitting them.
- Submit .stl file to 3D printer monitor for access to print.
- The cost of the printers are: $5 a cubic inch for the "Lexus" (9"x9"x9") ABS Plastic with washout support and $1 a cubic inch for the "Volkswagen" (6"x6"x6") PLA Plastic support must be part of your file.
- Allow time to access the printers especially at peak end of semester times.
Policy for using the 3D printing- Laser Cutters
- Students must first complete online tutorials, links found on the laser page, and sign a release form found in the laser room or with the lab manager.
- Participate in a hands on tutorial.
- Read and understand the policies and procedures found on the laser page.
- Laser access is limited, the policies and procedures are found on the laser page.
- Charges are $3 per every 15 min. or $10 an hour. All students are on the honor system for payment. Only CatCard can be used to pay.
- Students who fail to follow procedures and pay will have their access revoked.
Policy for using the Wood Lab
Everyone using the wood lab must go through an orientation and have a passed test on file with the Lab Manager. Orientations are given at the start of every academic year. For orientations during the year special arrangements have to be made with the Lab Manager.
Lab hours are posted at each lab entrance.
Policy for using the Metal Lab
Everyone using the Metal Lab must go through an orientation and have a passed test on file with the Lab Manager. Orientations are given at the start of every academic year. For orientations during the year special arrangements have to be made with the Lab Manager.
Lab hours are posted at each lab entrance.
Policy for using the Machining Lab
Everyone using the Machining Lab needs to have completed the AME machining intro course or some equivalent before gaining access.
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