Machine Information

3D Printers


Quarterly Limit:

  • 500 Grams of filament per student
  • Roughly half a filament spool

Ultimaker S5 (x2)

  • Bed Size: 13 (x) x 9.4 (y) x 11.8 (z) inches | 330 (x) x 240 (y) x 300 (z) mm
  • Both Ultimaker S5's have air mangers and material stations installed
  • Uses 2.85mm and 3.00mm filament

Ender 3 V2 (x3)

  • Bed size: 8.66 (x) 8.66  (y) 9.84 (z) inches | 220 (x) 220 (y) 250 (z) millimeters
  • Uses 1.75mm filament
  • Uses the "Ender 3 Pro" machine profile in Cura

Ender 3 S1 Pro (x3)

  • Bed size: 8.66 (x) 8.66  (y) 10.63 (z) inches | 220 (x) 220 (y) 270 (z) millimeters
  • Uses 1.75mm filament
  • Requires the following edits to the "Ender 3 Pro" machine profile in Cura
    • Change Z (Height) value from 250 to 270
    • Copy and paste the following start and end G-code:

Start G-Code

G28 ;Home

G92 E0 ;Reset Extruder

G1 Z2.0 F3000 ;Move Z Axis up

G1 X10.1 Y20 Z0.28 F5000.0 ;Move to start position

G1 X10.1 Y200.0 Z0.28 F1500.0 E15 ;Draw the first line

G1 X10.4 Y200.0 Z0.28 F5000.0 ;Move to side a little

G1 X10.4 Y20 Z0.28 F1500.0 E30 ;Draw the second line

G92 E0 ;Reset Extruder

G1 Z2.0 F3000 ;Move Z Axis up

End G-Code

G91 ;Relative positioning

G1 E-2 F2700 ;Retract a bit

G1 E-2 Z0.2 F2400 ;Retract and raise Z

G1 X5 Y5 F3000 ;Wipe out

G1 Z10 ;Raise Z more

G90 ;Absolute positioning

G1 X0 Y0 ;Present print

M106 S0 ;Turn-off fan

M104 S0 ;Turn-off hotend

M140 S0 ;Turn-off bed

M84 X Y E ;Disable all steppers but Z

Laser Cutters


  • Adobe Illustrator (paid subscription, available for free in Collaboratory)
  • Adobe Photoshop (optional)
  • Inkscape (free alternative to Adobe Illustrator)

Quarterly Limit:

  • One 32x18 slab of wood per student
  • You can reuse older scraps of wood if needed

Universal Laser Systems PLS 6.75 (blue laser cutter)

  • Bed size: 32 (x) 18  (y)(z) inches | 812.8 (x) 457.2 (y) 228.6 (z) millimeters

Universal Laser Systems VLS 3.50 (purple laser cutter)

  • Bed size: 24 (x) 12  (y) 4 (z) inches | 609.6 (x) 304.8 (y) 101.6 (z) millimeters

Workable materials

For cutting, material should be around 1/2 or less in thickness.

  • Plywood
  • Acrylic
  • Vinyl
  • Foam Board
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Glass (engraving only)
  • Other material is experimental

CNC Mills


Carvey CNC mills (x2)

  • Build size: 12 (x)(y) 2.75 (z) inches | 304.8 (x) 203.2 (y) 69.85 (z) millimeters

Drill bit types and sizes

  • 1" Bits
    • Surfacing Bit
  • 1/8" Bits
    • Straight (2 Flute)
    • Upcut (1, 2, and 3 Flutes)
    • Ball Nose (2 Flute)
    • Downcut (2 Flute)
  • 1/16" Bits
    • Upcut (2 Flute)
    • Downcut (2 Flute)
  • 1/32" Bits
    • Upcut (2 Flute)
    • Downcut (2 Flute)
  • Assorted PCB Cutting bits

Workable materials

  • Wood & MDF
  • Plastics
    • Expanded PVC
    • Acrylic
    • ABS
    • Delrin
  • Carbon Fiber
  • Machinable Foam
  • Machinable Wax
  • Aluminum
  • PCB
  • Corian

Other Machines

Cricut Maker 3

Software: Cricut Design Space

  • Good for vinyl cutting/sticker making, card making, foil transfer, and fabric cutting
  • You can cut sheets with a diameter of up to 12 inches. A wide variety of colors will be provided at the Collaboratory for you to choose from.
  • The longest routing bit we have can only cut 0.8 inches deep

Button Makers

The Collaboratory has two button makers

  • The larger button maker produces buttons with a diameter of 2.25 inches (~57mm).
  • Please use this 2.25 inch button template when designing your own buttons for our button press. Make sure to double check your sizing and positioning!
  • The smaller button maker produces buttons with a diameter of 1 inch.
  • The limit per student is 25 buttons. However if you are making buttons for a club ask a staff member to adjust that limit accordingly.