3D Printing 

make717 has adopted the Prusa Research platform with the exception of our Formlabs Form 2. We have a total of 13 3D Printers available to our members after successful completion of our classes. Below are lists of equipment, approved materials, required training and much more!

Below is the contact information for the volunteers for the 3D Printing area

 Name Oversees: Contact Information
 Sam Bischel General area, Maintenance, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert orientations


 Eric Sloan

 Beginner Orientation eric@make717.org
 Dr. Marsha Bischel Acrylate Safety Training, Safety expert msbischel@yahoo.com
 Mark Dilts Formlabs Form 2 Training


If you would like to volunteer to teach classes or help maintain the printers, please email sam@make717.org. Members who serve as volunteers receive discounts on membership as an incentive. 

Our 3D Printers:

 Printer Model Manufacturer Required Class(es) Approved Materials Build Volume
 Prusa MiniPrusa Research Beginner PLA 180mm x 180mm x 180mm (7.08 x 7.08 x 7.08 in)
 Prusa MK2.5SPrusa Research Intermediate PLA250mm x 210mm x 200mm (9.84in x 8.3in x 8.0in)
 Prusa MK3SPrusa Research Intermediate PLA250mm x 210mm x 210mm (9.84 x 8.3 x 8.3 in)
 Prusa XLPrusa Research Advanced  PLA, *PETG, *TPU,**ABS,**PC,**Nylon (* Additional training required)(** Enclosure and additional training required) 360mm x 360mm x 360mm (14.7 x 14.7 x 14.7 in)
 Formlabs Form 2 Formlabs Expert with Acrylate Training All Materials in Formlabs Library145mm × 145mm × 175mm (5.7 × 5.7 × 6.9 in)


Classes are offered on a monthly basis. Completion of the Information Session and Tour is required to register for classes. You must be in good standing meaning no outstanding membership fees or restrictions. Please update your registration to reflect any children, spouses, siblings, etc. so the instructor is aware. Classes are kept strictly at the size indicated on the registration page.

Below are the descriptions of the different classes offered by make717

 Class Name  Frequency of Class  Description  Typical Instructor (Subject to change)  Training Materials
 Equipment Orientation: 3D Printers - Beginner  Monthly Learn to operate our 3D printers. The class covers safety, design issues, and operation of the hardware and software.
This is a required orientation for anyone who wants to use the 3D printers. You must be a monthly member or sign out the library STEMPass to take the class.   You must maintain your monthly membership or have the STEMPass to have continued use of the 3D printers.
 Eric Sloan (eric@make717.org)  3D Printing Beginner.pptx
Equipment Orientation: 3D Printers - Intermediate  As Needed

In this session you will learn to use the Prusa i3 MK3S, and MK2.5S. To qualify please meet these requirements before registering

  • Have printed at least 5 objects after your initial orientation

  • Be able to solve basic troubleshooting issues such as over or under extrusion or lifting

 Sam Bischel (sam@make717.org)  
Equipment Orientation: 3D Printers - Advanced  As Needed      
Formlabs Acrylate Training  As Needed

This is the initial class if you want to be trained on our Formlabs Form 2 3D printer. You must sign up for 2 sessions. The first session is a safety class that is mandatory to attend before attending the actual printer class. The second class is where you will learn the software and printer. If you have allergies to particular things like latex and acrylates, you will want to consult your doctor before signing up for this class. 

You must sign up for the acrylate training and complete it . before your printer training session. 

 Marsha Bischel (msbischel@yahoo.com)  
Equipment Orientation: 3D Printers - Expert  As Needed

These classes are required for the Formlabs Form 2. To qualify for this course, you must have completed the Beginner class, but it is highly recommended to tak the intermediate and advanced classes before taking this one. This class is in two parts, the Acrylate Safety Training is required to be able to register for the Form 2 Printer class.

The Acrylate Safety course is the mandatory class that goes over safety and procedures for the Formlabs and the chemicals that it uses. Please note, the Formlabs uses acrylates, which some people can be allergic to. People with sensitivities or allergies to latex should consult their physician before taking this class.

The Formlabs Form 2 class covers the procedures to operate our Form 2. Make717 uses Formlabs Dashboard to monitor resin usage and set a maintenance schedule. To use the Formlabs, you are required to create a Formlabs Dashboard account at formlabs.com/dashboard and submit the email you used to signup to sam@make717.org. You will receive an email saying that you have been invited to join a group which you will need to accept to be able to use the Formlabs.

To register for this class, you will need a registration code which will be emailed to you in your email confirmation after you register for your Acrylate Safety class. Failure to attend or pass the Acrylate Safety class means you will not be allowed to take the Formlabs Form 2 Printer course.

 Sam Bischel (sam@make717.org)  Acrylate Training

Upcoming events


make717 provides PLA in many different colors and brands for members to use for a fee. All PLA is $2.20 per oz with most prints averaging between $0.50-$5.00. make717 purchases its filament, parts, and accessories from Printed Solid in Newark, Delaware. Members are allowed to provide their own material, we ask that it is clearly labeled and falls under the approved materials list. make717 has an approved material list that is strictly followed. If you plan on purchasing material from a brand that is not listed, please submit a SDS to Marsha Bischel for approval before bringing or using it at make717. Below are the approved materials from the approved manufacturers.

Manufacturers marked with a * have restrictions on machine usage. Please talk to a volunteer before purchasing from these brands. A full detail list is available here


make717 uses Prusa Slicer for the Prusa Minis, Prusa MK2.5S, and Prusa MK3S + MMU2S. The Lulzbot Taz 5s rely on Simplify 3d but will be replaced by Prusa XLs and Prusa Slicer in  the future. Preform is the only software that can be used with the Formlabs Form 2. Prusa Slicer and Preform can be downloaded for free for personal use. A copy of the make717 profiles for Prusa Slicer can be found here

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Saturday: 10am to 9pm
Sunday: 10am to 5pm

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