Tool Reservations and Policies

We make the many available tools in the Make+Think+Code Lab available to members of the wider community in Portland as well as the PNCA community. Some tools require a training before you can use them. Most require that you schedule an appointment to use them. Others are available on a drop-in basis. 

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Please note that the laser cutter is for artistic projects only - no mass production or promotional materials.

Laser Cutter Training
You must complete a laser cutter training (TECH170) before you may use the laser cutter.

Reserve the Laser Cutter
The laser cutter can only be reserved during available appointment slots, see calendar for available slots (you must be logged into your PNCA email account to see available slots).

You can only reserve the laser cutter for one 1-hour slot a week.

Your appointment is only guaranteed after you receive an email confirmation about the reservation.

If you have specific projects that require more time to use the laser cutter, email mtc@pnca.edu with your project details and proposal for approval.

If you do not have a PNCA email address and need to make a laser cutter reservation, email mtc@pnca.edu

Using the Laser Cutter
Come to your appointment with your files and materials ready for cutting.

Clean and vacuum the laser cutter and surrounding station after your reservation so make sure to leave time in your reservation for clean up as there could be other reservations right before and after yours. 

Use only approved materials and surfaces on the laser cutter.  Please review the list beforehand.

Details about the laser cutter can be found here

You will be responsible for any damage to the laser cutter that occurs as a result of your use.

Please complete the laser log when you use the laser cutter. 

Please send documentation of your project to mtc@pnca.edu - we'd love examples of interesting work using the laser cutter. And tag us on social media if you share your project #makethinkcode

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Prints in ABS, PLA, and a number of experimental materials. Prints object up to 11.7 x 10.8 x 9.8 inches.

You must be trained to use the 3D printers. 

The 3D printers can only be reserved during available appointment slots, see calendar for available slots (you must be logged into your PNCA email account to see available slots).

If you do not PNCA email address and need to make a 3D printer reservation, email mtc@pnca.edu.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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Prints in PLA and ABS plastic, up to 5 x 4 x 4 inches.

You must be trained to use the 3D printers.

The 3D printers can only be reserved during available appointment slots, see calendar for available slots (you must be logged into your PNCA email account to see available slots).

If you do not PNCA email address and need to make a 3D printer reservation, email mtc@pnca.edu.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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The Replicator 2X has two extruders and prints in ABS or PLA plastic. Build size is up to 9.7 x 6.4 x 6.1 inches.

You must be trained to use the 3D printers.

The 3D printers can only be reserved during available appointment slots, see calendar for available slots (you must be logged into your PNCA email account to see available slots).

If you do not PNCA email address and need to make a 3D printer reservation, email mtc@pnca.edu.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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You must be trained before using the CNC router. Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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You must be trained to use the printers. Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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You must be trained to use the vinyl cutter. 

The vinyl cutter can only be reserved during available appointment slots, see calendar for available slots (you must be logged into your PNCA email account to see available slots).

If you do not PNCA email address and need to make a vinyl cutter reservation, email mtc@pnca.edu.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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Plots images based on vector files with extreme precision. Fountain pens and markers are available, but you can also bring your own writing implement to use.

You must be trained to use the plotters. Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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Plots images based on vector files with extreme precision. Fountain pens and markers are available, but you can also bring your own writing implement to use.

You must be trained to use the plotters. Contact mtc@pnca.edu for more information.

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You may reserve time on one of the two VR setups in room 217. The associated PC has Unity and SteamVR installed for VR development projects, as well as Tiltbrush and a number of other VR games and experiences.

You must reserve time before using the Vive.

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The Oculus Rift and the reservable Vive run off the same computer. You can reserve time on that computer below.

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The Structure Sensor 3D scanner attaches to an iPad and allows you to create detailed digital scans of large or small objects.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu if you would like to use the 3D scanner.

The lab has three soldering stations for electronics and/or microcontroller projects. If you would like to use the soldering stations, contact mtc@pnca.edu.

Kinect V1 is good for motion capture and creating 3D depth maps.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu or come by the lab if you are interested in using the Kinects.

We have a few Macbooks available for use in the lab with a variety of programs, including Adobe Suite, MadMapper, Isadora, Inkscape, Blender and Unity.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu or stop by the lab if you're interested in the lender laptops.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu or stop by the lab if you're interested in using the MIDI keyboards.

Vive Trackers

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Track physical objects in a VR scene or create programmable VR controllers.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu or stop by the lab if you're interested in using the Vive trackers.

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Contact mtc@pnca.edu or stop by the lab if you're interested in using the projector.

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Perception Neuron is a camera-less full-body motion capture kit.

Contact mtc@pnca.edu or stop by the lab if you're interested in the Perception Neuron

Zed Depth Sensing camera

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ZED is a 3D camera for depth sensing, motion tracking, and 3D mapping.

Contact mtc@pnca if you would like to use the Zed camera.

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The Odyssey Titan is a Mixed Reality headset with inside-out tracking.

Contact mtc@pnca if you would like to use the Odyssey Titan.

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The Logitech HD Pro Webcams can connect via USB.

Contact mtc@pnca if you would like to use one of the webcams.

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We have windows laptops capable of running Virtual Reality programs for use in the lab.

Contact mtc@pnca if you would like to one of the laptops.