FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Got questions about the CEID's space, activities, and resources? Chances are, you'll find the answers here! For additional information, contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
The CEID seems really cool — how do I get involved?
Faculty, staff, and students from any department or major at Yale can become members of the CEID -- check out our Membership page for details.
How do I stay informed about events at the CEID?
There are many ways to stay up-to-date on CEID events and happenings: check out our Media pages to find snapshots and CEID news, peruse our Calendar for upcoming events, and become a member to sign up for our weekly newsletter! Members can access the CEID Org Sync profile to sign up for events, workshops and trainings.
How do I organize a visit to the CEID?
The CEID holds tours upon request Fridays at 4 PM. We can only host a limited number of people per tour, and we cannot guarantee that it will be possible to arrange a tour for that date, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for availability in advance.
If you are a member of the Yale community, we strongly recommend becoming a member and attending an orientation of the space. Orientations are informative, fun, and will give you an overview of our space and resources.
Can I reserve meeting rooms at the CEID?
CEID meeting rooms can be reserved by courses and CEID-affiliated student organizations. Our lecture space can also be reserved for events, and can seat up to 40 people. To inquire about reserving a space in the CEID, please fill out a Room Request Form.
You must become a member of our space to work in the CEID and reserve our spaces, including our meeting rooms! Furthermore, all participants under the reservation must be CEID members. Check out our Membership page for details.
I want to store stuff at the CEID, how do I go about that?
For the most part, due to space constraints we don't have the ability to store projects at the CEID. In some cases, lockers can be requested for personal projects at the CEID, see our Locker Request Form for details and to make inquiries.
When do I need to wear close-toed shoes, safety glasses, or other protective gear in the CEID?
You must be wearing closed-toes at all times in the CEID studio space. Safety glasses are required for instances of cutting, banging, compressing, use of power tools, and proximity to work requiring safety glasses.
More information on safety covered in our Code of Conduct, as well as during the membership orientation.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
Can I buy materials from the CEID?
We don’t sell materials at the CEID, but what we have is free to use. A few useful places to get materials around Yale and online are Digikey, Sparkfun, Hull's New Haven, McMaster-Carr, and Home Depot.
Which machines do I need training for at the CEID, and how do I get trained?
Can I bring my own stuff to the CEID?
Yes! Feel free to bring in materials you need to the CEID, but please make sure to take any remaining supplies with you after you've finished working. Only CEID equipment can be used in our space, and equipment cannot be taken out of the space for work elsewhere.
The 3D printers are awesome — how do I get access?
- To use our 3D printers, you should first become a CEID member. Next, attend a 3D Printer training, which can be signed up for on Org Sync. Trained members have 24/7 hour access to our Makerbots, and can also submit jobs to our high-end printers.
Can I print on the Dimension and Objet?
- CEID staff prints jobs on the high-end printers on case-by-case basis. One must first go through our 3D Printer training and submit a 3D Print Request Form through our website.
What if I want to 2D print something?
The CEID has a BW/color printer in front of the CEID office. 2D printing at the CEID works on the Yale Blueprint system. Log into one of our cluster computers to get access, and printing costs are the same as the rest of Yale's campus.
What kinds of 3D printers do you have, and what are their specifications?
We have three kinds of 3D printers at the CEID:
- Makerbot 5th Generation Replicators: introductory machines
- Model material: PLA
- Support material: PLA, chipped off by hand
- Build size: 252 x 199 x 150 mm (9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 in)
- Layer thickness: down to 100 micron (.1 mm, .0039 in)
- Objet30 Pro: great for detailed and smaller objects
- Model material: proprietary resin that is ABS-like
- Support material: non-toxic gel-like photopolymer support, removed by WaterJet (removed in-house)
- Build size: 294 x 192 x 148.6 mm (11.57 x 7.55 x 5.85 in)
- Layer thickness: 16-micron (0.0006 in) for VeroClear and for other materials, 28 microns (0.0011 in)
- Accuracy: .1mm (0.0039 in) typical. Accuracy may vary depending on part geometry, size, orientation, material and post processing method
- Dimension Elite: great for larger, more durable prints
- Model material: ABSplus
- Support material: Soluble support technology, dissolvable in sodium hydroxide (removed in-house)
- Build size: 203 x 203 x 305 mm (8x8x12in)
- Layer thickness: .178 mm (.007 in) or .254 mm (0.010 in)
What types of files does the laser cutter support?
- The laser cutter reads .cdr file extensions. Corel Draw is the software that we use to interface with the laser cutter. Please make all final edits on your machine, or on one of the CEID workstations prior to using the laser cutter. We want to make sure that when you are on the machine dedicated to the laser cutter, that it is plug-and-play to keep the workflow going.
How large can my material be?
- The laser cutter bed size is 24"x48", so that is the limit of the size of material that can be cut, engraved, etc.
What is the time limit for a cut?
- Please keep your cuts under 30 minutes so that the laser cutter can be used by other members.
How do I get access to the laser cutter?
- To use our laser cutter, you should first become a CEID member. Next, attend a laser cutter training training, which can be signed up for on Org Sync. Sign-ups are limited to 5 participants, and the training times are varied throughout the semester.
What kinds of materials can I cut?
- Materials that are approved for the laser cutter are: wood (general and hard woods), acrylic, mat board, cardboard, paper. If you are planning on cutting other materials, please check in with staff. Materials are limited to 1/2" thickness.
When is the laser cutter available for use?
- Laser cutter hours are from 1pm-9pm Monday-Friday during normal hours throughout the semester. Hours may vary during holidays, summer, and breaks.
Can I mass-produce key chains on the laser cutter?
- No. The CEID is here to support prototyping, not mass-manufacturing.
How do I get access to the shops?
For the metal shop, you must have completed CEID's Phase 1 and Phase 2 trainings. Sign-ups for them are listed on Org Sync. If you have already received trainings from Nick or Dave, an abbreviated version that is an hour long is available. You must be supervised at all times while in the shop.
For the woodshop, you must have completed at least Phase 1 of the metal shop training. There is no regularly scheduled woodshop training, please email email@example.com to schedule one.
Once you completed the trainings, you are able to work in the shops under supervision from our shop supervisors by appointment.