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The Deep Maker Lab FAQ

Important information for new learners at The Deep Maker Lab

Who can use The Deep Maker Lab?

Any MIT student who has received shop specific orientation at The Deep. We especially encourage students who have taken a class with us to come back and practice on their own projects. We are also a Lodge for frosh who have completed the MakerLodge checkoff.

How do I get to The Deep?

Take the Building 37 (70 Vassar St) elevator to the basement, turn left twice to room 37-072. On nights and weekends, enter through the corridors on the 2nd-4th floors (4th floor is accessible). The doors to building 35 closest to Mass Ave are generally open.

What if something breaks, or doesn't seem to be working?

First, contact a mentor or staff on duty. Report all issues, no matter how small. They can help with routine troubleshooting, and often suggest an alternate process to improve your results. You can also email thedeep-mentors@ or use the Maintenance Form

Can I use _______ machine in The Deep?

For Class 1 & 2 tools that you have experience on, ask a mentor for a quick orientation to our practices and policies. If you are uncertain about how to effectively use a tool, ask a mentor - they are here to help!

For Class 3 & 4 tools, you need a training class, either with us in The Deep, or at another shop, subject to acceptance by Deep staff. If a mentor is available, they can operate the equipment with you, but may have to stop if the shop becomes busier.

We are always looking for students to join us as mentors and help share the excitement and empowerment of making with their peers.

Does it cost money?

Use of The Deep and many consumables are free for students. The following raw materials have a cost, and are paid through Mobius with MakerBucks, TechCash, or credit card.

  • Waterjet machine time
  • Form2 resin
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Acrylic Sheets
  • Casting Resins
  • Plywood Sheets

Can I borrow tools from The Deep?

In general, no. We need the tools in the shop for open hours and training use. Rotch library has some tools to lend, in the catalog under "Equipment to Go". We may be able to lend specialized or infrequently used tools on a case-by-case basis.

Can I make personal projects in The Deep?

Yes, open hours at The Deep support personal projects! The Hobby Shop is another on-campus resource for personal projects.

Can I make class projects in The Deep?

Yes! The Deep is a great place to work on class projects in a multi-disciplinary environment. If your group wants to meet here, they all need shop orientation. Your class projects will not have special priority at deadlines - there are departmental shops that serve that purpose.

Can I make entrepreneurial projects in The Deep?

Yes! Prototyping is encouraged in the Deep. We are focused on education and experimentation, so production runs and product deadlines will not have special priority over other uses. Students should be primary authors of, or on the leadership team for, entrepreneurial projects. In other words, do not use The Deep as a job shop executing others' ideas for profit.

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