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Digital modeling and fabrication is a process that joins design with production through the use of 2D or 3D modeling software, computer-aided design (CAD), and additive or subtractive manufacturing processes. For example, 3D printing falls under additive, while Laser Cutting and engraving falls under subtractive.

General Info

3D Printing Certification Instructor: Adam Karl
Laser Certification Instructor: Alix Klein
Hours: Same as Generator hours

Area Rules

  • Please keep the area clean! As a general rule, leave the area cleaner than you found it.
  • Do not leave remnants of your projects behind.
  • We welcome useful size scrap materials in the Scrap Materials Box.

Required Certification

Certification is required to use this area of Generator.

We offer four different ways to obtain certification in this area of Generator:

  1. Certification Course (1 hour) This training is a 1 hour certification for the 3D Printer. Members will learn machine safety and maintenance, material usage, and operational procedures. Please note that this certification does not cover how to design projects using modeling software. Classes in that area will be offered soon. See dates/times and register online.
  1. Test out Certification If you have advanced experience with 3D printers, you still have to certify, but you can take a one-session certification session with the shop head. In this session, you cover the same safety and shop operation information but it’s possible to skip the practice sessions and move right on to testing out with an instructor. In order to “test out” all members must complete a written and physical demonstration of their shop competency.
  1. One on One Certification Sometimes a member needs to certify on just one tool or the class dates don’t work and they need to get started on a project. In either of these cases a member can coordinate with an instructor to schedule a one-on-one certification session. Please contact our Education Coordinator, Karen Cornish, to schedule this session. Email:
  1. Certifying during an Introductory Course We offer longer introductory courses on our more popular tools and machines. These classes are generally 4-6 weeks long and include certification on the tool or machine they are covering. This may not mean the member who takes this course has access to all the tools in the given shop and it may require that member require additional certification to use the shop on their own.

Note that certification requirements may be different in each area of Generator. Please refer to the “Required Certification” section within the area you are interested to review the requirements.


  • Rapid Prototype Certification
  • Exploring the Laser Cutter
  • Also check our “Classes & Events” page online for additional one-time classes or special training events.

Digital Fabrication Tools

Tool Type Make / Model / LinkOperational Status
Laser Cutter Epilog Laser Fusion 60w ONLINE
3D Printer Stratasys uPrint SE ONLINE
CNC Mill Roland MDX40a 4 Axis MillONLINE
CNC RouterShapeoko 3 Axis Router ONLINE
Support Tool 3D Print Support Cleaning Apparatus SCA-1200 ONLINE
Vinyl Cutter Roland GX-300 Vinyl Cutter ONLINE
2016/04/08 10:17 · jmangan

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