Rules for 3D Printing

Our makerspace is dedicated to fostering creativity and innovation in a safe and supportive environment. To ensure that all members and visitors can enjoy and benefit from our facilities, we adhere to the following our rules

3D Printing Regulations and Rules

This Wiki entry outlines the key rules and guidelines for using the facilities at Bellingham Makerspace. Adhering to these rules ensures a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all members and visitors.

Rules and Regulations

    1. Training Requirement

      • Objective: Ensure competence in safely operating equipment.
      • Rule: No use of complex machinery, like 3D printers, without prior training and authorization from makerspace staff.
    2. Weapons Prohibition

      • Objective: Maintain a safe environment.
      • Rule: The possession or use of weapons is strictly forbidden on makerspace premises.
    3. Recycling and Waste Disposal

      • Objective: Promote environmental sustainability and cleanliness.
      • Rule: Dispose of all waste materials and scraps in designated recycling bins with proper segregation.
    4. Cleanliness

      • Objective: Maintain an organized workspace ready for use.
      • Rule: Clean workspace and return all tools and materials to their designated places after completing projects.
    5. Equipment Care

      • Objective: Prevent equipment damage and ensure maintenance.
      • Rule: Do not attempt to repair or modify any equipment. Report issues immediately to staff, leading to an incident report.
    6. Payment for Prints

      • Objective: Simplify and ensure transparency in transactions for 3D printing services.
      • Rule: Pay for prints either at the counter immediately upon collection or online via PayPal link as provided in the payment procedures.

Prohibited Items, See Weapons Policy and Enforcement



At Bellingham Makerspace, our "No Weapons" policy extends to all aspects, including the manufacturing of firearms or related components. We strictly adhere to regulations outlined in RCW 9.41.190 of the Washington State Legislature, which prohibits the manufacture of certain firearms, bump-fire stocks, undetectable firearms, short-barreled shotguns, and short-barreled rifles, along with any parts intended for such use.

Our staff diligently monitor the premises to ensure compliance with these rules. If any member or visitor is found engaging in the manufacture of prohibited items, immediate action will be taken. This may include expulsion from our makerspace and, if necessary, reporting to the appropriate local authorities or federal agencies in accordance with the law.

We take these measures seriously to maintain a safe and secure environment for all members and visitors at Bellingham Makerspace.

Prohibited Printing Filaments

For the Bambu P1P 3D printer without an enclosure, we've created a list of materials that are not recommended due to the printer's open design and the need for proper ventilation and temperature control:

  1. ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): ABS is known for emitting potentially harmful fumes and requiring high temperatures for proper printing. These conditions are difficult to maintain without an enclosure, which can result in warping and poor air quality.

  2. ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate): Similar to ABS, ASA also emits fumes during printing and requires high temperatures that are best managed in an enclosed environment.

  3. PC (Polycarbonate): PC needs very high printing temperatures and is susceptible to moisture absorption, which can negatively impact print quality. Enclosures help maintain the necessary temperature and protect the material from environmental factors.

  4. Nylon: This material is tough and flexible but also requires high temperatures for printing. It absorbs moisture from the air, which can degrade its quality and performance without proper storage and printing conditions.

  5. HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene): Commonly used as a support material with ABS, HIPS requires similar printing conditions, including a heated environment to minimize warping, which is typically achieved with an enclosure.

Each of these materials presents specific challenges when used without an enclosure, such as the need for stable high temperatures and controlled ventilation to manage fumes and ensure print quality. When selecting filaments for the Bambu P1P, it's crucial to consider these factors to maintain safety and achieve optimal results​ (3DSourced)​​ (Printing It 3D)​​ (Manufacturing on Demand)​​ (Wevolver)​.

Approved Printing Filaments

Approved 3D Printing Materials for Bambu P1P Without Enclosure

The following list includes materials that are recommended for use with the Bambu P1P 3D printer when not using an enclosure. These materials are chosen for their ease of printing, low emission during printing, and the lack of a need for controlled environment conditions.

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol)

PLA+ (Enhanced PLA)

TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers)

These materials are suitable for printing on the Bambu P1P without an enclosure due to their lower operational temperatures and minimal hazardous emissions.

Payment for 3D Printing Services at Bellingham Makerspace


This page outlines the payment procedures for 3D printing services at Bellingham Makerspace. Understanding these procedures ensures that members can efficiently manage transactions, contributing to the sustainable operation and improvement of our community's resources.

Why We Charge for 3D Printing

Payment Methods

At the Counter:

  1. Review Your Bill: Staff will provide a detailed cost breakdown for your print job, including materials used and any other applicable fees.
  2. Payment Options:
    • Acceptable methods include cash, credit/debit cards, and electronic payments like Apple Pay or Google Wallet.
  3. Receipt: You will receive a receipt upon payment, important for your records.

Via PayPal Link:

  1. Payment Link: After your 3D print order is placed, you will receive a PayPal link via email or on your user dashboard.
  2. Completing the Transaction:
    • You can pay using your PayPal account or credit/debit card through PayPal's guest checkout.
    • Include "3D Printing" in the notes
  3. Confirmation: After payment, you will receive confirmation emails from both PayPal and Bellingham Makerspace.

Example Cost Calculation for 25 Grams

  • Material Cost: 25 grams × $0.15/gram = $3.75
  • Flat Fee: $3.00
  • Total Cost: $3.75 + $3.00 = $6.75

This example illustrates a typical cost for a small print job, helping members estimate their expenses.


Bellingham Makerspace offers flexible payment options to accommodate all members. By contributing to the cost of printing, you help sustain and grow the resources available to our community.

Cleaning Procedure

Quick Cleaning Procedure for 3D Printing Area

Total Time: 8 Minutes

1. Preparation (1 Minute)

2. Clear the Build Area (2 Minutes)

3. Clean the Build Plate (2 Minutes)

4. Sweep the Area (1 Minute)

5. Inspect and Wipe Printer Exterior (1 Minute)

6. Organize Supplies (1 Minute)