Makerspace

  • available to all MU students and staff after completing training
  • every other Tuesday 13:00–15:00 a technology tour with a librarian
  • Arna Nováka 1 premises, building F (main library building), 3rd floor

Make a reservation Room access

The reservation is made in Outlook calendar. To gain access to the room and be able to work with the technologies, you need to receive training.

Available technologies

To gain access to Makerspace and be able to use the technologies, you need to undergo training and make a reservation in the room calendar. Every other Tuesday anybody interested is welcome to take part in a commented tour. We also offer a range of materials for individual technologies.

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3D printer

Technical specification and device availability

 

Original Prusa i3 MK3S

Original Prusa MINI

Anycubic Kossel

MSLA CREALITY

Print area size

25 × 21 × 21 cm

18 × 18 × 18 cm

23 × 23 × 30 cm

12 × 7 × 12 cm

Supported materials

PLA, ABS, PET, HIPS, Flex PP, Ninjaflex, Laywood, Laybrick, Nylon, Bamboofill, Bronzefill, ASA, T-Glase

PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, Flex

PLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, Wood, PVA a ASA

UV Resin

Nozzle

0,4 mm

0,4 mm

0,4 mm

 

Printing option

SD card

USB drive, SD card

SD card

USB printing

Availability

Makerspace room

on request

on request

on request

 

How to print using the 3D printer

Detailed print instructions

1. Preparing the 3D printer

  • Check that the pad is clean; it is very important for printing. Dirty pad = the first layer will not adhere.
  • Preheat the printer for the material you want to use (PLA, PETG, ABS,…). The printer will prompt you to load the filament. Trim the end of the filament into a sharp point for easier insertion.

2. Entering the G-code

  • Prepare a G-code for the printer. If you do not have the code, create it in the appropriate program, e.g., Prusa3D Slic3r, Cura.

2.1 Creating the G-code using Prusa3D Slic3r

On the Makerspace computer, run the Prusa3D Slic3r program and insert a file with the extension (.stl, .obj) into it. At the top right, set the resolution parameters (simple is enough), print settings (e.g., 0.15 mm QUALITY), filament type and printer. If necessary, change the settings in the support field and the infill field. Then click the Slice button at the bottom right to export the G-code for the printer.

3. Printing the model

  • Save the file to an SD card or USB drive.
  • Insert the device into the printer and use the Print from SD option to print the model.

4. Finishing the printing

  • Remove the filament disc from the printer and turn it off.
  • Return unused filament to the Information Desk, where you will also pay for the used material.
What material to choose?

The material must be suitable for printing on the printer. You can use your own filament or purchase it at the Information Desk. We have PLA and PETG available.

If you are not sure about the choice of material, write to us.

Materials price list PRUSA material guide

Virtual reality

Technical specification 

  • HTC Vive Pro
  • a pair of 3.5" AMOLED displays with a resolution of 1440 × 1600 px
  • integrated headphones with surround sound and localization, dual camera and two microphones with noise cancellation function
  • adjustable head bridge
  • SteamVR Tracking sensors, G-sensor, gyroscope, IPD sensor
  • USB-C 3.0 interface, Bluetooth
HTC Vive Pro virtual reality headset

How to work with VR

Detailed VR instructions

1. Equipment preparation

  • Check that the cables are connected properly. Check network connection.
  • Turn on the computer and open VIVEPORT or STEAM.
  • Log in to the selected service with your credentials or register.
  • Make sure there are no obstacles in the movement zone.
Proper device connection

2. Using the device

  • Run the desired program.
  • Hold the controllers in your hands and put the straps on your wrist. Put the glasses on your head.
  • If the glasses cable gets stuck, pull it slightly.
  • Take a break of 10–15 minutes every 30 minutes.
Correct controller grip

3. Finishing your work

  • Return the glasses and controllers.
  • Log off the VIVEPORT or STEAM service and turn off the computer.
Safety instructions

Stop using the device immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • tiredness, discomfort, eye and headache,
  • altered, blurred or double vision, or other visual abnormalities,
  • dizziness, seizure, nausea,
  • feeling of disorientation, disturbed balance or hand-eye coordination,
  • involuntary movements, twitching of muscles or eyes,
  • loss of consciousness
  • excessive sweating or salivation,
  • feeling dizzy or drowsy,
  • symptoms similar to seasickness.

The use of the technology is not suitable for individuals with epilepsy. Virtual reality is challenging for all the senses and could cause shock or unpleasant headaches.

VR dimensioning

The cable from the headset is dimensioned for distances copying the VR grid of the space (a square grid is displayed at the edges of the VR zone, notifying of its edge).

The centre of the zone is determined by the headset hinge.

Sewing machine

Technical specification

  • Brother FS70WTX
  • 70 types of stitches (overlock, concealed, reinforced, sewing of elastic fabrics, ...)
  • 8 programs to create buttonholes
  • setting up stitch length (max. 5 mm) and width (max. 7 mm)
  • contains control panel, thread take-up, reverse/reinforcement stitching button, free arm, lighting
  • available: spare needles, basic thread colours, tape measure
Sewing machine Brother FS70WTX

How to sew using the sewing machine

Detailed sewing instructions

1. Turning the sewing machine on

  • Check that the machine is plugged to the electric outlet. Connect the foot controller.
  • Turn on the machine with the On/Off button.

2. Inserting the thread

  • Place the selected upper thread colour on the spool pin and pass the thread according to the numbered instructions on the machine.
  • By default, white lower thread is fitted. If you need a different colour, follow the printed instructions.

3. Setting the stitching

  • Select the type, length and width of the stitch and the appropriate foot. Its letter designation lights up on the display when the stitch type is selected.

4. Starting the machine

  • Prepare the fabrics and necessary accessories.
  • Depress the foot controller and adjust the sewing speed on the machine head according to your experience
Cutting plotter

Technical specification

  • i-Craft 2.0
  • A4, A3 print area
  • various types of supported materials (adhesive, iron-on and magnetic foil, paper)
  • aluminium engraving
  • Sure Cuts A Lot utility software available

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Cutting plotter i-Craft 2.0

How to use the cutting plotter

Detailed instructions for cutting with the plotter

1. Preparation for cutting

  • Prepare graphics in the Sure Cuts A Lot software or have it ready on a USB drive. The file should be in .plt format.
  • Turn on the plotter with the button on the front panel. Open the top cover.

2. Inserting the medium

  • Insert the plotter medium using the media feed/eject button.
  • If the medium is skewed or squashed, use the release lever inside the machine. The lever in the up position means that you can handle the media.
  • Do not use media smaller than A4 horizontally; otherwise it may not feed into the machine properly.

3. Cutting operation

  • If you have graphics prepared in the Sure Cuts A Lot software press the Cutter button and then confirm with the Cut button. The plotter will start cutting.
  • If you have graphics on a USB drive, insert the drive into a running plotter with the medium inserted. Use the down arrows to select the USB Drive and file location in the menu. You start cutting with the needle symbol button.

General recommendations

  • The software enables you to change the setting of Pressure (cutting tool pressure) and Speed(cutting speed) depending on the material used. By default, the values are set to 70 g and 15 cm/s. We recommend using default values; for cutting detailed graphics, we recommend reducing the speed.
  • Other options can be set before running the job, such as mirror (image mirroring) or overcut (for cutting graphic elements with an additional border; crop marks must be used in the design).
Safety instructions
  • Never touch the tip of the cutting tool from under the case, you could cut yourself.
  • Do not try to forcibly pull out the incorrectly loaded medium or pad. This may damage the machine.
Button maker

Technical specification and working with the button maker

  • die diameter of 37 mm and 56 mm
  • maximum paper weight 200 g/m2
  • possibility to buy blank badges with a pin
  • follow the video tutorial to use the machine

Video tutorial for working with the button maker

Button making machine (button maker)

How to get access to the room

You will be granted access to the Makerspace after completing training in at least one of the available technologies. After gaining access, you can enter the room by attaching a chip card to the reader next to the door.

The training session are in Czech only. Please arrange individual training if you do not speak Czech.

You can also view the room and available technologies every other Tuesday from 13:00 to 15:00. A librarian will be present who will be happy to show you around. Check the event in advance in the Room Calendar. Using a form, it is possible to arrange individual training for individuals or as part of teaching.

Arrange individual training Room calendar

How to book Makerspace

After signing in to your Office 365 account, create a new event in your Outlook calendar, name it using the name of the technology you want to use, and select room FF (Faculty of Arts), Grohova 9, building E, 04011, Makerspace UK FF (FA Central Library Makerspace) from the list of rooms.

The reservation is approved by a librarian. This can take up to several hours (depending on the library’s opening hours). Therefore it is advisable to book in advance. In order for your reservation to be approved, you must undergo training for working with the selected technology.

Detailed reservation instructions

1. Signing in to your Office 365 calendar

  • You can use the web interface at outlook.office.com/calendar
  • Enter your email in the UČO@muni.cz format and a single sign-on window will open.

2. New event

  • Create a new event after opening the calendar.

3. Event details

  • Enter the name (technology name), date and time of the event for which you want to reserve the room.

4. Room selection

  • Start typing makerspace in the location field and select FF (Faculty of Arts), Grohova 9, building E, 04011, Makerspace ÚK FF.

5. Submission to the calendar and approval

  • After adding the location, click on the Send symbol to save the event. After checking whether you have been trained in the specified technology, the reservation will be confirmed by a librarian within a few hours.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

I am having trouble with technology, what shall I do?

Use the landline in the room to call the Information Desk – dial 6303.

Why was the reservation rejected?

  • You tried to make a reservation for a time outside of library’s opening hours.
  • You tried to make a reservation longer than 240 minutes.
  • You tried to create a recurring event.

None of the above applies to you? Contact us at knihovna@phil.muni.cz and we will find out what the problem is.

How to cancel a reservation?

Delete the created event in your Outlook calendar (web interface) or delete the location in the event.

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