Setting Up The 3D Printing Makerspace Laboratory at AndyMaker.com. First pics of setting up my basement laboratory. You can see the Dremel Idea Builder 3d printer, Creality CR-10S 3d Printer and my Smithy Lathe Mill combo. Its a fun little shop.
The Dremel Idea builder was my first 3d printer. It’s a great little printer to start with. The build volume is on the smaller side 9″ x 5.9″ x 5.5″ (230mm x 150mm x 140mm) without a heated bed. I’ve made many models with it in PLA and it worked like a champ.
The Creality CR-10s is a great step up with a build volume of 11.8″ x 11.8″ x 15.75″ (300 x 300 x 400mm) and comes with a heated bed. The largest print I made used up the full 400mm height and took roughly 50hrs to print.
** I STRONGLY recommend using a battery backup for your printer. I lost power during hr 37 of my 50hr print and was almost lost but was saved because of my battery backup…. It’s a definite MUST have when doing long prints.
The Smithy Lathe/Mill combo is my small workspace workhorse. I’ve had this machine since 1995. It’s a versatile machine combining many operations in one. The lathe is big enough for most small hobby needs and the mill is great for small parts and fixtures. It also can be used as a drill press which is always helpful for a makerspace to have.
Makerspace on a personal scale
In the picture below you can see a compressor and my small paintbooth thats vented outside as well as nice table space for projects. Its a small little personal makerspace with lots of capability and it’s where I spend most of my time.
Everyone should have a small workspace that allows them to create and explore. Hopefully you have found your space too.