Location: Gilmore Annex, Rm 200

NOTE: Safety orientations are required for users of OPEnS Lab equipment.

Schedule OPEnS usage and safety orientation and take a brief written knowledge survey to become a registered user.

User Expectations

Please download a QR scanner for your phone to log sign in at your station. Users are expected to observe OPEnS Lab policy and etiquette. Failure to comply could result in unsafe conditions and detract from productivity of other users. While teaching electronics and CAD is beyond the scope of the lab mission, OPEnS Staff is happy to:

  • consult on your designs
  • walk through code with you to identify errors
  • suggest how you can get started for learning CAD and electronics
  • suggest edits and fixes for your designs
  • give advice on operating 3D printers

Students, 3D Printer Access Etiquette

If you’re working on a research project where 3D printing an object is desired; We're here for you!

  • Contact the director (udellc@oregonstate.edu) about your interest in using OPEnS lab
  • Take the OPEnS safety survey to become a registered user and a brief orientation with the director
  • Consult with lab technicians on any questions you have about getting started with 3D printing and CAD. Unfortunately, formally teaching individuals CAD is beyond the scope of OPEnS, but we can show you tutorials on how to get started and can answer a few questions as you design your object to optimize for 3D printing. Formal CAD and electronics workshops will be offered periodically and will be advertised.
  •  Design your 3D print
  • Submit your print to the OPEnS portal, specify machine, material, and payment and schedule a job time.
  • Come into OPEnS at your appointed job time and run off your print. We will show you how to print from our machines
  • These machines are time-shared, you must schedule your prints ahead of time and arrive promptly to your appointments.
  • While you do not need to stay in the lab for the total duration of the printing process, you are expected to monitor your print for the first 2 layers to ensure printing is likely to succeed.
  • You will be contacted by staff if your print fails during the process (this can and does happen, either because of bad adhesion to the print bed, erroneous print settings, or design flaw in the object itself).
  • Pick up your print when finished. We will hold your print for up to 2 weeks before discarding.
  • You will completely clean up your lab space each time you leave. Our technicians will show you what that entails.
  • OPEnS lab is not a production facility; print quantities beyond 10 need to be specially cleared with director.
  • Come into the lab before your scheduled time.
  • You do not want to waste valuable time preparing, or repairing your files.
  • Our staff is available to assist with this process.
  • Please cancel, or reschedule your appointment, if necessary, as soon as possible.

Laser Access Protocols

  • Laser will be operated by OPEnS Lab staff only.
  • Follow time-sharing etiquette detailed above.
  • Eye protection and other safety gear as appropriate shall be worn during laser operation
  • Submit your cut request and files on the OPEnS portal and schedule an appointment.
  • Purchase and bring your own, LABELED materials. Materials must be labeled and approved by laser operator for use.
  • Also purchase cardboard to prove your cut works before cutting your final material
  • Only trained OPEnS staff may operate the laser cutter

Electronics Prototyping

  • Safety Glasses must be worn when using soldering stations.
  • We have 3 stations that contain a soldering iron, reflow wand, oscilloscope, and general electronics tools and components.
  • Registered users can submit a request to use the stations on the OPEnS portal to schedule a time.
  • You may arrive earlier than your scheduled time to use the station if not in use.
  • You may continue working if station is not slotted for someone else, but you must prepare to vacate the station and completely clean your area by the end of your time slot.
  • We have some consumable electrical components (resistors, capacitors, etc) to use while you prototype, but you must purchase special components for your project ahead of time.
  • You may store ongoing projects in the designated cupboards. Though tampering is highly unlikely; these are shared, unsecured spaces that other people have access to. OPEnS does not guarantee the safety or functionality of projects left unattended in the lab storage.
  • OPEnS components must remain in the lab and returned when prototyping is finished. Or you may wish to keep your circuit in OPEnS storage while you purchase your own components, and then build your final circuit using your purchased components using your model.
  • Read the Safety details, Preparing and Soldering instructions at this link. Follow these guidelines for proper use.
  • Furthermore, WATCH THIS VIDEO for a soldering demonstration.

General 3D Printing Safety

  • Always follow the manufacturer guidelines.
  • Notify coworkers before beginning non-routine and hazardous work.
  • Once a printing job has been started, do not open the cover, defeat or override the interlock switch.
  • If device looks tampered with or out of order, do not use printer.
  • Keep model and support materials away from areas where food and drink are stored, prepared or consumed.

Other 3D Printing Hazards

  • Hot surfaces; do not touch extruder.
  • Print head blockages.
  • High voltage – electric outlet safety certified and ground wire.
  • Moving parts – printing assembly; keep printing area clear of obstructions and body parts.

Other Safety Measures

Our lab has the following safety measures:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Emergency Eyewash station
  • Safety glasses
  • Please take a moment to view our Lab Chemical Hygiene Plan.