Whether you have been assigned a project with very specific details, one that is entirely
open-ended, are doing self-directed work, or in any other
circumstance, the best time to contact us is at the beginning of your
planning process, before you make final decisions about materials or methods,
and definitely before buying anything.
You may end up needing only a 15-second confirmation on one detail, or we may be able to provide
a lot more support.
We can help students make material and machine choices much more effectively, estimate potential
time and effort requirements for particular choices,
predict and avoid potential issues, and in the end, save time, effort, and funding - if we are
brought in early.
Problems typically occur when a
student doesn't ask us for help until they're 80% of the way through a plan that is falling apart. Please don't wait to check in with us, whether you
have specific questions, or don't even know whether there's anything to address. Most likely, there are things we can help with.