Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ:

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What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a 21st century workshop that allows for individuals with shared interests and ideas to gather and develop projects, prototypes, and ideas through different means of technology and equipment.

What are your hours of operation?

Due to COVID-19, we are not open to the public and our hours of operation are not currently available. Further details will be announced soon!

Where is Steamspace located?

Steamspace is located in Raymond house at the center of Acadia University’s campus at 23 Crowell Drive. HERE is a link to Google Maps for directions!

Where can I park?

There are parking meters on Crowell Drive near Raymond House, with accessible parking near the south-facing entrance. The nearest free parking lot is at the Crowell Tower soccer fields.

Is there a place to lock my bike?

Yes! There is a bike rack on the lawn next to Steamspace on the western side, facing Chipman House.

Is the space wheelchair accessible?

In 2017, the province passed the Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia. As such, Steamspace has been designed with accessibility in mind. The main entrace is fitted with a wheelchair ramp and the door fitted with a “Push to Open” button. To accomodate all our Makers, our worktables are also height adjustable.

Are there any extra costs beyond the membership fee?

The membership fee includes access to the space and equipment. There will be additional costs for any materials that you use, including 3D printer filament, plywood for the laser cutter, and so on. Please see our For Members page for more information on what the membership includes.

What kinds of projects can I work on?

In Steamspace, you are allowed to work on both personal and academic projects. For the most part, if you can imagine it, you can create it! We simply ask that you refrain from creating anything of a violent of sexual nature. Additionally, while prototyping is encouraged, Steamspace is not to be used as a production facility.

There are many different resources to explore when brainstorming project ideas. Our favourite resources are: Thingiverse and Instructables.

Is there space to store my projects?

Currently, there is no space to store projects at Steamspace. However, we are working on making this a reality for our members.

Is there a dress code?

Please come dressed in suitable clothing for a crafting workshop. Safety glasses and protective gear will be provided as required.

Can I bring my coffee or other beverages into the space?

Drinks in containers that can pass the ‘tip test’ are accepted. To pass the tip test, you must. beable to turn your drink container upside down without any liquid spilling.

We also have a coffee station available.

Equipment and Materials FAQ:

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Can I bring my own materials?

This depends, as some of our equipment requires a special brand or type of material to function safely and properly. If you are looking to bring in your own materials, please send us an email at steamspace@acadiau.ca first, so that we can confirm whether or not it can be permitted.

Do I need training to use the equipment?

Yes, you do! For many of our machines, including the 3D printers and laser cutter, you must be trained by one of our SteamTeam mentors before you are able to use it on your own.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is a manufacturing process used to create a physical object from a digital 3D model, using a layering method. Most of our 3D printers work by printing multiple layers of melted plastic on top of each other to create a shape or model. Other types of 3D printers can use different materials including resin, metals, clay, and more!

Where can I find 3D models to print?

You will be able to find 3D models in various places on the internet. Our favourite (free) website is thingiverse.com! Chances are, if you are thinking of it now, someone has already made a model of it!

You can also create your own 3D models using the free, online design tool called Tinkrcad!

What is a slicer?

A slicer is a type of computer software that takes the 3D object model and creates specific instructions for the 3D printer, in order to make it a physical replica.

What slicer software do the 3D printers use?

The slicer software used depends on the 3D printer you choose to create with. However, most of our 3D printers are compatible with PrusaSlicer. Please see our Equipment Details page for further details on slicer software for specific printers.

What file types does the laser cutter accept?

The laser cutter accepts PDF, SVG, PNG, and JPG files. Our SteamTeam mentors will be able to provide more guidance if you are interested in using this machine. Additionally, we have provided resources for the Dremel laser on our Equipment Details page.

Still have questions?

Visit our Get In Touch page for ways to contact us, and we will do our best to get all of your questions answered!