How to get access?

The equipment and tools are available for anyone with a valid RedID number.

Attend an Orientation Session

To ensure a safe and clean environment, it is required that everyone attend an orientation session.

Get oriented

Training Session

Some of the equipment like the 3D printers and CNC machines requires additional training.

Schedule a session

Reserve an Equipment

To assist with your project, we allow you to reserve time to use the equipment.

Start building

About

build IT @SDSU Library is a student-run makerspace designed to foster creativity and innovation. By providing an infrastructure for the DIY learning of technology, build IT assists anyone in their mission of bringing their ideas to life. The build IT space provides a physical location where anyone can gather to explore, build, and learn through sharing resources and knowledge, working on projects, and networking. With its central location in the SDSU Library, access to build IT is available to anyone on-campus regardless of their discipline or expertise.

Hours

Closed for Winter Break
December 22, 2017 - January 22, 2019
We're currently closed.
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Contact Us

Email us at buildit.library@mail.sdsu.edu
or call us at 619-594-1996

Call Us

619-594-1996

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Location

San Diego State University Library
5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA, 92182-8050

Facilities

build IT is on the 2nd Floor of Love Library in LL-260.

Learn

Coloring 3D Printed Objects

Adding Color A comparison of coloring 3D printed objects Natural PLA Red PLA White PLA How to color what’s 3D printed in build IT Acrylic Paint Painted with Sax True Flow acrylic paint in Fire Red Pro: Easy to apply Con: Paint coverage How many coats is applied? Two coats of acrylic paint. Acrylic Paint […]

Lightbox V1.1

Design Lightbox v1.1 was constructed similarly to our first lightbox, with some minor differences. Left: new lightbox, Right: original lightboxThe new lightbox is also constructed from foamboard, posterboard, and a semi-translucent material. The foam board was joined together with hot-melt adhesive (also known as hot glue) rather than duct tape. To reduce waste, the windows […]

ALA 2017

ALA 2017 Poster This is the companion website to the poster, “How to Leverage your Academic Makerspace to Help Advance Your Local Community,” presented at ALA Annual 2017, Chicago, IL SummaryBackground build IT is the makerspace of the SDSU Library. While it’s purpose is to provide access to technology to students, faculty, and staff, it […]

Layer Height

Definition The 3D printers in build IT create 3D objects by depositing layers of material incrementally to build a 3D object. The thickness of each layer of deposited material is called the ‘layer height’.For Fused Deposition Modeling, or FDM, printers like the ones in build IT, one variable that affects the final quality of a […]

Skateboard rack

Skateboard Rack

by Doug Brantley, 2015 Materials Wood Processes Design Goals Challenges  

Rafts

Before We Begin Necessary TerminologyExtruder – This is a part of a 3D printer. This is the part that heats up to nearly melt the material so that the material can be worked with. A motor pushes the material through the hot part and out of a nozzle at the end. Filament – This is […]

Materials for 3D Printing

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene. In the context of 3D printing, it is a plastic filament that comes on a spool. ABS is one of the two main printer filaments. ABS is the material that LEGO bricks have traditionally been made of. Print Temperature: 245° Celsius Bed Temperature: 100° Celsius, if the bed heats […]

Supports

There is a general rule of thumb for when parts need supports called the “45 degree rule.” It may be hard to think about the 45° Rule on a 3D model or object, so this section explains the concept, and the next section has an example. The image to the right shows a plane. The […]

TinkerCAD example

3D Models

3D Models 3D models are important for 3D printing. Before you can print something, you need to have the .stl file of what you want to print. How to get a .stl file CREATE YOUR OWN .STL FILE WITH 3D MODELING SOFTWARE Save your model as an .stl file! Solidworks Software specifically used by the […]