Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I go about printing a 3D object in the DSC?

A: If you are new to 3D design and printing, start by taking our 3D Design & Print workshop, and then follow our printing procedures and check out our FAQ on the same page.

Q: Where can I borrow equipment and tools from? I can’t see them anywhere in the DSC area.

A: Most of the DSC equipment that we loan is available at the mean Ask Us Desk at the front of the 1st floor of the library during regular operation of the UVic Libraries. If you are looking to borrow electronics components or some of our in-library use tools that we keep up in the DSC, talk to one of our staff during business hours or send us an email to let us know your request.

Q: Why do I have to complete homework before I arrive at the workshop?

A: We assign pre-workshop videos as “homework” so that participants can work through the instruction at their own pace before the workshop instead of forcing everyone to move through the instruction at the same pace in an in-workshop lecture format. This also frees up more face-to-face workshop time for hands-on work.  Technically savvy types typically breeze through the pre-workshop videos, and those with a different learning style can review the videos and spend more time installing the software. The technical term for this in education is differentiated learning. Differentiated learning teaching methods are especially helpful when there is a wide range of starting ability in a class. It allows participants to get closer to the same level of ability before the start of the hands-on workshop.

Q: Is there any way I can receive notifications when new classes become available to register for?

A: Yes, to receive notifications about new classes being offered, just signup for our low volume email announcement list here.

Q: Is the DSC and the Maker Lab in the Humanities (MLab) the same thing?

A: No, the MLab was run by  Jentery Sayers (Assistant Professor, English; Faculty Member, CSPT), “with research priority areas in physical computing, digital fabrication, and exhibits, the MLab intersects cultural criticism with experimental prototyping and electronics.” (from the MLab website)  The DSC is open to all UVic students and offers introductory workshops and access to tools such as 3D printers, Arduino electronics kits, and software.