TechLab Updates - Winter 2018

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Greetings TechLab Users,

We hope your holidays were nice and merry!  Here are some updates to the TechLab.

1.  Addition of Research-Only printers!

We've added 4 new Craftbots to our fleet.  These printers are designated for research-only jobs.  
They are located in TechLab 2.  Craftbot R-1 to R-3 are walk-in printers and Craftbot R-4 is reserved for flexible filament, by request only.

2.  New Cura 3 profiles available!

Please update your Cura software to Cura 3.  The new Cura is much improved and user-friendly.  Please report any bugs to us.
Instructions on installing can accessed here:

3.  No more queuing!

We've noted your feedback on 3DprinterOS and are reverting back to the walk-in USB printing model.  
There is a white binder in each room with a sign-in sheet.  Please sign in every time you come in to print.  
We will keep 3DprinterOS for the streaming webcam service until we find a suitable replacement.  You will still be able to check the live feeds for an available printer and to monitor your prints.

4.  Have you heard about the Caltech Association of Makers?

Meetings are every Wednesday at 8PM in the SFL MCR.  For more information, check out  There is also a mailing list you can join at

5.  Intro to Onshape - February 14, 2018 & again on February 21 | 2PM-3:30PM.  

Onshape is a cloud-based CAD modeling program, similar to SolidWorks.  This session is intended for absolute newcomers to 3D Modeling.  It will introduce the Onshape interface and basic concepts.  Please register at and create an OnShape account (EDU or Basic) prior to attending

As usual, don't hesitate to email me for any questions, issues, comments or requests.


CaltechDATA now offers a citation alert service

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CaltechDATA now offers a citation alert service! We automatically add citations of CaltechDATA DOIs found in published papers to your CaltechDATA record. If you provide an email address for the "Contact Person" we'll also send you an email with each new citation. The terms of deposit have been updated to reflect this new service.

Users can edit metadata for their CaltechDATA records

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Users can edit metadata for their CaltechDATA records. Email us at data [at] if you need to edit files.

CaltechDATA welcomes the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON)

Monday, October 02, 2017

CaltechDATA welcomes the Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON). See their custom repository home page at

CaltechDATA now supports Shibboleth (IMSS access.caltech) logins

Thursday, May 18, 2017

All Caltech users can log in at by clicking "Login with a Caltech account".  Beta user can log in by entering their existing CaltechDATA user name and password or by clicking "Login with a Caltech account".

Write API is now operational.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Email us at data [at] if you want automatically submit data sets.

CaltechDATA Beta is Open!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

CaltechDATA is now open to Beta users.  Send us an email at data [at] if you'd like to test out the service.

First Three Minute Thesis 3MT competition hosted at Caltech on April 15, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Caltech Library hosted its first Three Minute Thesis 3MT® competition on April 15, 2016.

Created by the University of Queensland, the contest challenges final year PhD students to explain their research in an engaging and clear 3-minute talk, intended for a non-specialist audience. Participants are allowed to use a single, static Power Point slide, shown at the beginning of the talk. Springer Nature generously provided $9,000 in prize money.

Anton Toutov and Utkarsh Mitla were the winners.