Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Access to Special Collections material, the Reading Room, and Instruction will temporarily be suspended starting on Aug.12, 2024 as the collection will be moved from the basement to 3 East. Normal operations are anticipated to resume late in the semester. Read more for current updates.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Maintenance affecting the library catalog will occur on July 26-29. The catalog will be available except for newly added e-resources, which will not appear until after the maintenance is completed and the backlog of changes can be delivered - possibly 10 days. In addition, renewals and changes to circulation status will not be visible in the EDS interface during this time.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
A pen writing the words Make at State
Type
Project
Status
Current

MakeAtState

MakeAtState is an open-source software application written using PHP to manage fabrication project submissions. The website allows users to upload files for 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, etc. Staff use the application to keep track of the jobs submitted by users, download files, provide a price and delivery date estimate, and notify the users when the project is ready for pick up. Communication with the user about their project is made easy through a messaging feature.

Features

Modifiable Project Workflow

Add as many steps as needed. Set the price, estimated delivery date, and close order when completed. Cancellation options for user and staff and ability to control when users have the option to cancel. Optional email notification for each step. Different descriptive text for user and staff.

Add Multiple Workflow Types

Add a separate workflow for 3D printing, laser cutting, class submissions, etc. Separate workflows by group and set the allowed file extensions. Each workflow can have multiple “printers” or machine choices. Each printer has its own material, color, and variable price options.

User submissions

Users can create an account through single sign on or via a verified email address. Files can be uploaded stored in the account for a set period of time before expiring. Multiple files can be added to a project submission, users choose workflow, printer, material and color, specify dimensions, and pick up options.

Staff Process

Jobs are divided into New, Held, Open, and Closed tabs. Initial submissions are in the New section, once staff take action it moves to the Open tab. Jobs can be placed on hold at any stage of the process if there is an issue or action is needed from the user. Once projects are completed, they are moved to Closed.
Each project has three pages. The first is the Job Info page with status, invoice details, user information, and next action buttons. Next is the Job Messages page which is where communications can be sent back and forth. Images can be attached to the message and users get an email notification that there is a new message. The Job Updates page shows a history of the completed actions with dates and a timestamp. Staff names are concealed to users for privacy.

Admin Features

Admins control the Project Workflow and Workflow Types with their respective options. Admins can set account access between user, student staff, staff, or admin. Users can be blocked if needed. Allocated file storage space and expiration dated can be modified. Stats are visible for analytics

Limitations

All workflows have tax built into the price calculation and there is no tax exempt option. Automated emails are limited in customization. The jobs page can be cumbersome to read quickly so we still use a more detailed queue spreadsheet in addition to the website. Some users have trouble understanding the submission process and experience frustration.