Take Classes


Anyone Can Take Classes at TechShop -- You Do NOT Need to Be a TechShop Member to Take Classes!

TechShop Austin-Round Rock Class Listings


View Class Listings at Our Other Locations Here >> Change TechShop Location

View the TechShop Austin-Round Rock Interactive Class Calendar Here >> MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE


Category:

 WORKSHOPS (WKS)
 
   
WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

Ever wanted to make your own garment, but it seemed like you'd have to learn a new language? Come, take a vocabulary lesson with us -- and feel free to bring a pattern you have questions about.

This class is an introduction for people who would like more information or are new to using patterns. It is easy to be overwhelmed and this class will help you locate the key information. It will also explain how to follow the directions to assemble a completed project.

Please bring in a pattern you would like use as a reference or one that you have questions about.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Monday, 12/8/14 5:00 PM 1.0 Hour 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS707: Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting

Welcome to the wonderful world of jewelry and metalsmithing.

This course is designed as an introduction to common metalsmithing techniques and tools such as cold connections and jewelry saws.

Through hands-on experience, participants will learn sawing, riveting, drilling, filing, and sanding, and practice these techniques under instructor supervision. Participants will also learn about the various properties of non-ferrous metals.

This course is the pre-requisite for the Belt Buckle Workshop. You must take the jewelry blades you received in this course to use in the Belt Buckle Workshop.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting Monday, 11/24/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting Monday, 12/22/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS727: Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob

In this workshop, you’ll learn fundamental skills for working with leather, and walk away with a keychain fob that you made yourself!

We’ll cover everything from pattern tracing and leather cutting, to embossing designs using traditional tools. There will be eight designs to choose from, all of which will give you practice using a wide range of leather tooling techniques. While yes, in this workshop we’ll be making something cool, a lot of emphasis will be put on practicing technique with some of the more specialized leather crafting tools. Swivel knife and stamping tools in particular are the focus of tools that you’ll be practicing with.

At the end of this workshop, you’ll have experience with pattern transferring, swivel knife work, how to properly case leather for tooling, tooling (stamping) designs, edge finishing and dressing, hardware setting and care of tools. Please bring a USB key if you’d like an .svg file of all the patterns offered in the class and the swivel knife practice worksheets.

Prerequisites: None, but you should be comfortable with the laser cutters and the woodshop tools.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob Sunday, 11/30/14 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob Saturday, 12/6/14 2:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Leatherworking Basics - Creating a Leather Key Fob Sunday, 12/14/14 2:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS729: Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Custom Metal Belt Buckle

Every true Texan needs a custom belt buckle.

In this workshop, you will learn to create a custom belt buckle using cold connections with copper, aluminum and brass. Embellishments will be added by using jewelry techniques such as stamping, forming, sawing and riveting.

Prerequisite: You must have successfully passed the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Basics - Sawing and Riveting class before taking this one. Don’t forget to bring your saw blades.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Jewelry and Metalsmithing - Custom Metal Belt Buckle Monday, 12/8/14 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

Learn when and how to adjust a store bought pattern!

We will cover how to adjust a pattern to fit better and/or combine patterns together to create the look you really want. During the first hour, you will be introduced to different techniques involved in adjusting a pattern. During the second hour, apply what you've learned by using a pattern that you've brought with you. Be ready to ask questions and work on it!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Saturday, 11/22/14 12:00 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop Monday, 12/8/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS738: Leatherworking Basics - Make a leather belt

In this workshop, participants will make a custom dyed leather belt. Participants will learn the process from start to finish- measuring for the perfect size, laying out the holes, folding in a swappable belt buckle, edge finishing, dyeing and sealing the leather. Handouts will cover all the instructions, and will have templates for hole placement, and different billet-end shapes.

Supplies for this class are provided by the instructor, but if you’ve taken the ‘Make a Custom Belt Buckle’ class, you can use that buckle.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking Basics - Make a leather belt Wednesday, 12/10/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS740: Color LEDs Illuminated

Bring life to your project by illuminating it with the new individually addressable color LED strips.

You will learn the fundamentals of light and color, how to properly design all types of LEDs into a circuit, correctly interface the Arduino to smart LED strips and program strips using Adafruit's neoPixel library.

Lab fee includes kit to build a desktop edge lit display, wood base, smart LED strip, and clear acrylic to personalize.

Required Prerequisite:Already working Educato or Uno board with a USB cable.

Suggested Prerequisite:The Arduino Programming class is highly recommended.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Color LEDs Illuminated Wednesday, 12/3/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Color LEDs Illuminated Monday, 12/8/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS747: Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab

The Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab is a place to practice techniques, develop skills, and get help. Bring a file you've already started or bring sketches of your design to get help modeling it. This student-driven class does not rely on a handout or traditional instruction; instead the class is driven by student questions and needs.

Examples: Using sweep, loft and coil to get more complex shapes, get advice on order of operations, get help modeling an existing object

Students must have taken and passed the Autodesk Inventor Basics class.

Project: None. Students will receive help with their personal projects.

Prerequisites:

  • Required: Successfull completion of AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics.
  • Recommended: 6 hours Inventor experience outside of class or completion of either the Intro to Sketching Class or Inventor for Sheet Metal class.

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab
    (Modeling Lab)
    Sunday, 11/23/14 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
        Autodesk Inventor Modeling Lab
    (Modeling Lab)
    Sunday, 12/21/14 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS749: Messenger Bag Workshop 1: Custom Bag Design

    In this three-part workshop, you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag.

    The first session of this workshop begins with an explanation of messenger bag design. This will stress the importance of merging practicality and creativity.

    Using a custom pattern you design in this first workshop, we will begin layout of the messenger bag pattern. We will discuss using traditional pattern making and sewing techniques to make necessary adjustments for your custom bag and how to appropriately cut out your pattern. Creation of a materials cut list, selection and procurement of appropriate fabric, and closures will be covered accordingly.

    Homework: Outside class, students will finalize their design, create a material list, and procure the appropriate fabric and closures to make their custom messenger bag. You should also have the bag completely cut out before the second class.

    Note: Cost of enrollment in this class includes the entire three-workshop series; however, students will source their own materials after the first class.

    In this three-part workshop, you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag.

    Part 1: Planning stage. You will learn how to design your bag to suit your needs and draft your pattern.

    Part 2: Start sewing. You will learn about zippers, velcro, and other closures and how to attach pockets and start construction of your bag.

    Part 3: Add final touches and finish your bag

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines SBU is required prior to this class.

    Recommended: WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop and WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Messenger Bag Workshop 1: Custom Bag Design Sunday, 11/23/14 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $180.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $195.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS750: Messenger Bag Workshop 2: Material Preparation

    In this three-part workshop, you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag. The second session of this three-part workshop will begin the fabrication process.

    Using a messenger bag design, the instructor will demonstrate the steps required to begin construction of the exterior, liner, and pocket design. There will also be instruction over closures and strap attachments.

    Homework: Students will finish sewing all parts of their bag, including pockets and closures, except for final attachment of the liner to the exterior and shoulder strap.

    Note: Cost of enrollment in this class includes the entire three-workshop series; however, students will source their own materials after the first class.

    In this three-part workshop, you will design your own messenger bag, draft a sewing pattern, and then construct the bag.

    Part 1: Planning stage. You will learn how to design your bag to suit your needs and draft your pattern.

    Part 2: Start sewing. You will learn about zippers, velcro, and other closures and how to attach pockets and start construction of your bag.

    Part 3: Add final touches and finish your bag

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines SBU is required prior to this class.

    Recommended: WKS525: Read-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop and WKS730: Adjust-a-Sewing-Pattern Workshop

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Messenger Bag Workshop 2: Material Preparation Sunday, 12/7/14 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up  
       
    WKS752: Get It Quilted on the Long Arm

    You’ve taken the first step towards finishing your quilts on the long arm by completing the CNC Long Arm Quilting Machine SBU. If you hadn't used a long arm before the taking SBU, it was probably a little intimidating; loading your pieces, dialing in tension on an industrial machine, and remembering all the steps is hard.

    Now it's time to increase your comfort level with the long arm quilter.

    During this hands-on workshop, you will complete the quilting on a quilt you’ve brought with you (no bigger than 36” x 44”). You will:

    • Pin your quilt to your zipper set

    • Load your quilt

    • Baste your quilt

    • Test your tension using the Top Tension Pro and TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge

    • Quilt your quilt using free motion or the ProStitcher

    • Unload your quilt

    By the end of this workshop, you will have completed the quilting process and should be ready to tackle your quilting projects!

    Prerequisites: Workshop participants are required to first complete the CNC Long Arm Quilting Machine SBU. Participants should also have a completed quilt top that is no bigger than 36” x 44”

    NO MATERIALS WILL BE RPOVIDED.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Get It Quilted on the Long Arm Thursday, 12/18/14 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $120.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $130.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS701: Arduino - Experiments

    You’ve got an Arduino. You know how to program it. Now what?!

    In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make your Arduino actually DO things. We’ll set up the Arduino IDE, go over some simple programming and then start experimenting!

    We’ll cover how to work with information from external hardware devices including analog and digital input sources as you wire and program projects that explore how to interpret and utilize the signals that the inputs supply the Arduino. We will also cover how to control external hardware devices via digital and PWM outputs as you wire and program projects that teach the main principles of controlling hardware with information output from the Arduino. You will also learn both the hardware and software aspects of working with an LCD screen by attaching a display, feeding it information and making the display respond.

    Prerequisites: Students need to have a good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from the TechShop Arduino Programming class. You also need to bring a functioning Bare Bones Board & BUB, or an Arduino UNO along with the proper USB cable. The class is taught in the computer lab and PCs will be available for all students to use.

    Your lab fee will pay for a display, tri-color LED, servo, breadboard, wire kit, storage box, and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep after class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino - Experiments Tuesday, 12/30/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.