3D Printing

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Level 2 badge used at Pikes Peak Makerspace

The 3D Printing Area at Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.

Additional PPM training is required to use any of our Level 2 equipment.

Additional PPM training and then certification is required to use any of our Level 3 equipment.

Our trainers are passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring a positive learning experience for all.

We are grateful for their commitment and dedication to our community.

No reservations are required for any of our 3D Printers at this time, they are "first-come, first-served".

3D Printing Area hand tools should be marked with orange tape or paint.

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911.
Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Instructor — Josh Rafail

Area Contact — Mathew Palfenier

To help out in the 3D Printing Area at PMM, use our #3d-printing channel on Slack.


PPM announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


FDM vs SLA 3D Printing — according to the "new Bing"
"FDM and SLA are two different types of 3D printing technologies that use different materials and methods to create parts. FDM stands for fused deposition modeling, and SLA stands for stereolithography. Here are some of the main differences between them:
FDM uses a heated nozzle to extrude melted plastic filament one layer at a time on a build platform. SLA uses a UV laser to cure liquid resin one layer at a time in a resin tank.
FDM can print with a variety of thermoplastic materials, such as ABS, PLA, PETG, and nylon. SLA can print with different types of resin materials, such as standard, engineering, and dental resins.
FDM has more color options and similar strength in the X and Y directions than SLA. SLA has better surface finish, detail, and speed than FDM.
FDM is cheaper, more user-friendly, and more reliable than SLA. SLA is more expensive, requires more post-processing, and is more sensitive to environmental factors than FDM.
FDM is suitable for basic proof-of-concept models, quick and low-cost prototyping, and simple parts that might be machined. SLA is ideal for high-detail parts, molds, patterns, and functional parts that require tight tolerances and smooth surfaces."

Intro To 3D Printing — new class info from Josh Rafail
Prusa Material Table
Prusa 3D by Josef Prusa — YouTube channel
Ultimate 3D Printing Materials Guide — SIMPLYFY3D

Equipment Lists

3D Printers

Picture Item Manufacturer/
Upgrades Resources
3D Printer


Level 2 badge
Prusa /


250x210x200 mm (stock)
Prusa 2.jpg
3D Printer


Level 2 badge
Prusa /


250x210x200 mm (stock)
Prusa 3D printer
3D Printer


Level 2 badge
Prusa /


E3D Revo Hotend

2 Fan Upgrade

Quick fit nozzle

Obsidian nozzle

Bed w/ PEI coating

Prusa Upgrades - E3D
3D Printer


Level 3 badge

Prusa /


E3D Revo Hotend

2 fan upgrade

Quick fit nozzle

Brass nozzle

Bed w/ PEI coating

Prusa Upgrades - E3D

3D Printing Equipment — Level 1

Picture Item Manufacturer/
3Doodler create
3Doodler create 3Doodler


Getting Started
Dryer oven
lab oven / dryer

with timer

(12"x12"x12" interior)

Curtin Matheson

12" w cutter

Midwest Pacific,


filament dryer box
filament dryer box PPM
Fume Extractor
Fume Extractor PACE


3D Printing — Computers  

Item Application
CPU Memory/
laptop computer PrusaSlicer

Lychee Slicer


Dell Microsoft Windows 10

Hand Tools

3D Printing Area hand tools should be marked with orange tape or paint.
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Prusa MK4 3D printer
Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.


PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.



Filament For Sale
Picture Filament Size/
Website Sale Price
Filament CSL

(1 kg spool,

Factory Sealed)



chromastrandslab.com $20
Filament IC3D

(1 kg spool,

Factory Sealed)



ic3dprinters.com $20
Filament Village Plastics

(1 kg spool,

Factory Sealed)



villageplastics.com/ $20
Donate for "3D Print Filament" via PayPal: bit.ly/ppmstuff
Filament Cost $0.029 per Gram
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.


Donate for PPE
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.

Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a Red Tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack channel #red-tags-issues
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Modeling and Slicing Software

Modeling software

Autodesk Fusion — integrated, cloud-based CAD and CAM software
Blender — for creating 3D printed models (and much more)

Slicing software

PrusaSlicer — prepare ("slice") 3D models for 3D printing

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  3D Printing — Resin (SLA)  
  3D Scanning  
  Computers — Windows  
  Raspberry Pi  
PrusaSlicer Tips
Autodesk Fusion Tips
Blender Tips
STL File Format Tips
QR Codes

Hand-Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

44 Common 3D Print Problems — on 3dsourced.com
STLFinder — search engine for free 3d models
https://www.3dbenchy.com/ — 3D torture test
Awesome prints (Hall Of Fame)
"Things we've built", including 3D-printed robotic hand (2015)

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #3d-printing
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive

Search the PPM Wiki — include both Content pages and Multimedia

Contact Us if you cannot find your answer here on our Wiki or if you notice any info that is outdated.

Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative processes by providing shared space, shared tools, materials, software and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.