Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative process by providing shared space, shared tools, materials and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.
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.
- 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
- Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
- Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.
- 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 link.
- 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.
- Remove anything off the part that can’t handle 400°F
- Part must be clean and degreased to prevent contamination of media
- Sandblasting part first gives more grip for the powder to stick to and last longer
- If the part has been sandblasted, bake the part in the oven at 180°F until the part reaches temp to degas and discharge part. Then allow to cool.
- Tape anything off with high temp tape (PET, Kapton, Fiberglass) that you don’t want to be powered coated
- Once the part is cleaned and discharged do not touch part with your hands
Powder coat gun prep
- Make sure the gun is completely clean by blowing off any powder off and in the gun with air compressor
- Completely clean out all powder from the powder bottle if using a different color
- Only fill bottle 2in, NO MORE. The bottle needs air circulation to work properly.
- Set gun to high voltage for most things for the first coat and use low voltage for very small parts or second coats
- Set gun PSI to 3-5 PSI
- Place part on rack or hang from rack using stainless steel hooks or wire
- Connect ground wire to rack or wire
- Check ground by moving powder coat gun close to part (1-2in) and push power button to see if there electricity aches to the part. If not adjust ground until you have a strong arch.
- Hold button and spray powder 6-8in away in a circular motion around part until the part is evenly coated.
- Start coating the parts that are deep and have 90deg angles (low voltage may help if it’s not sticking) then coat the rest at high voltage
- Check evenness with led light
- If air from the gun is blowing powder off part PSI is too high
- If the powder is not sticking, the part may have not been cleaned well enough or not discharged enough
- If you mess up or want to restart you can blow off the powder and restart
- Preheat oven to the temperature specified for the powder
- Place part in the oven being careful not to knock off any powder from part
- Measure the temp of the part until its at the specified temp for the powder being used (using IR thermometer)
- Once the part has reached temp bake the part for the specified time for the powder being used
- Carefully remove the part from the oven and allow it to cool down before handling
- To add a second coat, coat part hot at 180°F with good ground and on low voltage and rebake
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