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 ARTS AND CRAFTS (ART)
 
   
ART110: Introduction to Bookbinding - Coptic

Want a beautiful and durable sketchbook? Would you like to learn bookbinding but don’t know where to start? Maybe you just want to learn a style of binding that you can combine with other skills you’re learning at TechShop.

Coptic binding lays flat, which is ideal for sketchbooks and journals. The hard covers can be made from a variety of materials, including binders board, wood and metal for endless possibilities. Learn this easy and beautiful bookbinding style by making a blank journal to keep!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Introduction to Bookbinding - Coptic Saturday, 11/22/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
ART103: Silk Screen Printing Basics - SBU

In this hands-on class, learn the basics of silkscreen printing. TechShop makes it easy by using vinyl stencils rather than photo-emulsion. Prepare a vinyl stencil, transfer onto a screen, apply ink to fabric through screen, and then heat set the ink. It’s that simple.

Want to print a t-shirt using your own artwork? Bring a simple black and white drawing that will be cut by hand. Participants who have passed the Vinyl Cutter Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class may bring in a pre-cut design to use. Otherwise, choose from several designs provided. Get ready to start making custom silkscreened t-shirts!

Project: Custom t-shirt or tote bag

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Silkscreen station

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the silkscreen station outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Silk Screen Printing Basics - SBU Wednesday, 11/5/14 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Silk Screen Printing Basics - SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Silk Screen Printing Basics - SBU Wednesday, 11/19/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
 AUTODESK (AUD)
 
   
AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics

Learn how to navigate, sketch and model in Autodesk Inventor.

In this class, you will gain a basic understanding of parametric design; file types; dimensioning; geometric constraints; patterns; adding text; inserting image files; basic modeling including Extrude, Revolve, Loft and Sweep; assemblies; exporting your file and creating laser-able and CAMable files. The goal is to provide you with enough tools to use Inventor at a solid, basic level and to inspire you to seek out more advanced features such as simulation, mold making and sheet metal.

We will use the book, “Mastering Autodesk Inventor 2013,” to explain and teach concepts. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you purchase the book and bring it to class. For your convenience, it is available in the TechShop retail store.

TechShop members who take this class will receive $35 in store credit after the completion of the class.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Autodesk Inventor - Basics Tuesday, 11/4/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    Autodesk Inventor - Basics Wednesday, 11/19/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
AUD005 : Autodesk Inventor for Sheet Metal

In this project class, you will learn how to create and assemble sheet metal parts in Autodesk Inventor.

You will be guided through the process of building sheet metal housing features, creating patterns and using iFeatures. You will learn how to use equations to drive dimensions, how to generate two-dimensional drawings of your sheet metal parts, and how to export your geometry to a CAM program, enabling you to generate a file that can be used on a CNC machine.

Prerequisite: You MUST take the Autodesk Inventor Basics class before taking this class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Autodesk Inventor for Sheet Metal Wednesday, 11/5/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $35.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
AUD008: Autodesk AutoCAD - Basics

Autodesk AutoCAD has a long history as one being of the very first CAD (computer aided drafting) programs available for personal computers. Today, AutoCAD software builds on this legacy and is still one of the world's leading 2D and 3D CAD design tools.

In this course, you will learn how to draw precise, vector-based CAD drawings that can be interpreted and used by CAM (computer aided machining) programs. The vector drawing skills taught in this class are the basis for creating designs to be used with TechShop's Epilog laser cutters, CNC vinyl cutter, Tormach CNC mill, ShopBot router, Flow waterjet cutter, and CNC plasma cutter. The 2D drawing skills taught in this course also translate to designing, drawing and manipulating 3D parts in other Autodesk software such as Autodesk Inventor and Revit.

Learn:
  • How to set up your workspace for efficiency
  • How to draw with arcs, polylines, splines and more
  • How to use text and reference images in your designs
  • How layers work
  • The theory behind drawing clean vectors
  • Optimization tips and tricks

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Autodesk AutoCAD - Basics Wednesday, 11/19/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $35.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     CNC (CNC)
     
       
    CNC103: Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU

    Are you ready to start making your own professional quality heat pressed shirts at TechShop?

    In this hands-on class, you'll learn all the basics of using our vinyl cutter and heat press to add your own graphic designs to shirts, blankets, flags, bags, and more! Your instructor will guide you through the process, including how to create and cut out your own design using our CNC vinyl cutter, preparing a heat press vinyl, and transferring and setting it onto your shirt.

    If you'd like to print a T-shirt or bag using your own artwork (approximately 6"x6"), please bring a vectorized design saved as an .eps file. You're welcome to bring more than one design so the instructor can help you choose which one to use. Only one vinyl cutout will be created during class. Simple is best! Otherwise the instructor will have some designs already prepared for you to choose from.

    You do not need to take Concepts of CNC prior to taking this class. You do need to understand how vector-based graphics work, and you should be familiar with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. If you are not familiar with either of these programs, we offer classes in both, in the "Computer (COM)" section.

    Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
    (Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
    Monday, 11/3/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
    (Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
    Monday, 11/24/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC101: Concepts of CNC

    Learn the basics of CNC (computer numerical control) devices. This seminar will present the whole CNC process, from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided machining) to CUT (cutting your part). Learn the essentials of calculating feeds and speeds. Understand the uses and differences between climb cutting and conventional cutting.

    TechShop CNC Machining Series Overview

    Learn the big picture

    Concepts of CNC. Learn all the vocabulary and concepts needed to get the most out of the other classes in this series

    Learn to translate your drawing into machine readable code

    CAD to CAM - VCarve Pro and Cut3D. This class focuses on converting your CAD drawings into files for the ShopBot CNC router

    CAD to CAM - InventorCAM Software. This class focuses on converting your CAD drawings into files for the Tormach CNC mill, but the software will also work on the ShopBot

    Learn how to use the CNC machine - hands-on classes

    CNC ShopBot CNC Router SBU

    CNC Tormach CNC Mill SBU

    Waterjet cutter

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Concepts of CNC Thursday, 10/30/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 25 SEATS TOTAL
    22 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        Concepts of CNC Monday, 11/17/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 25 SEATS TOTAL
    25 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.
       
    CNC102: CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU

    Learn to use the computer-controlled vinyl cutter in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Import vector (outline) designs from graphic software such as Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW into FlexiStarter, the software used to control the vinyl cutter. Next, use TechShop's CNC vinyl cutter to cut adhesive vinyl sheet into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint masking. This is a great tool for making screens for silkscreen printing, too!

    Project: Vinyl sticker

    Prerequisites

    • Required: Understanding of vector-based graphics

    • Recommended: COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC, COM207:CorelDraw for CNC


    Equipment access: Vinyl cutter

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU Monday, 10/27/14 6:00 PM 1.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC201: CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D

    In this information packed, hands-on, computer class you will learn the ins and outs of working with both VCarve Pro and Cut3D software packages.

    VCarve Pro is an easy-to-use CNC toolpath engine that generates precision toolpaths for virtually all CNC machines. You'll learn how to convert CAD DXF files and graphic designs into GCode-based CNC toolpaths for machining high quality parts and components.

    Cut3D is a dedicated toolpath engine for CNC machining 3D models that have been designed using a 3D CAD software such as Autodesk Inventor and other graphic design products. Cut3D's simple interface leads you step by step through the process of loading a model, setting the size, workholding, and calculating single, double- or four-sided roughing and finishing toolpaths. It will even allow you to virtually preview the results of your toolpath and then finally save the CNC code to run on your choice of machines.

    Upon successful completion of this class you will have the experience and knowledge necessary to enroll in any Level 3 CNC Machining Series class.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D Thursday, 10/30/14 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    7 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
        CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D Thursday, 11/6/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
        CAD/CAM Software - VCarve Pro and Cut3D Thursday, 11/20/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC302: CNC ShopBot SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) ShopBot router to cut objects, parts or art designed in 2D or 3D CAD. This powerful tool is perfect for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Create parts with complex curves and surfaces from most woods, plastics, foams, and other composites (no metal on this machine). This class teaches the use of the machine, but does not cover CAD drawing or toolpathing. VCarve Pro (CNC 201) is a good starting point for people new to CAD and CAM.

    Materials fee: Includes materials for the class project and a router bit for each student to keep.

    Project: Wooden gear

    Prerequisites

    • Recommended: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro - CNC 201, Basic Woodshop SBU - WOD101


    Equipment access: CNC ShopBot Router

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, 16- and 17-year-old -year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the CNC ShopBot outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves

    • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    7 sessions currently scheduled:
        CNC ShopBot SBU Thursday, 10/23/14 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        CNC ShopBot SBU Sunday, 11/2/14 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        CNC ShopBot SBU Wednesday, 11/5/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        CNC ShopBot SBU Wednesday, 11/12/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        CNC ShopBot SBU Wednesday, 11/19/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        CNC ShopBot SBU Saturday, 11/22/14 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        CNC ShopBot SBU Wednesday, 11/26/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC301: CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU

    In this class, learn to use the CNC (computer-controlled) mill. This machine is the perfect combination of precision and power for any prototyping or hobby milling needs. Learn to convert G-code (created in InventorCAM, Cut 3D or VCarve Pro) into actual parts made from aluminum, steel, and even titanium.

    Materials fee:
    Includes materials for the class project and a router bit for each student to keep.

    Project: Bottle opener

    Prerequisites
    • Recommended: CAD experience, ability to create G-code, experience with conventional milling


    Equipment access: CNC milling machine

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the CNC mill outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU Thursday, 10/23/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU Thursday, 11/6/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC320: CAD/CAM Software - HSM Express

    Autodesk Inventor HSM Express is a 2.5D CAM package that tightly integrates with Autodesk Inventor 2014 or later. It is a powerful CAM package, yet learning it is straightforward.



    HSM Express can be downloaded for free from Autodesk.



    There are three versions of Autodesk HSM:

  • CNC320 Autodesk Inventor HSM Express; for 2.5D machining

  • Autodesk Inventor HSM; a more powerful version that allows 2.5D and full 3D machining

  • Autodesk Inventor HSM Pro; an even more powerful version supports up to 5 axis machining



  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        CAD/CAM Software - HSM Express Tuesday, 11/4/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    8 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.
       
    CNC401: CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to safely operate the waterjet cutter, one of the most powerful tools at TechShop.

    Precisely cut almost any flat material with a very thin, high pressure stream of water and abrasive garnet. Work with everything from the thinnest sheet metal to 8 inches of granite, as well as wood, glass, tile, marble, and more. This extremely versatile, easy-to-program, and low-waste machine works without the risk of heat damage. The large bed accommodates full sheets of material.

    Class time is split between learning the FlowPath software and using the waterjet.

    Note: When using the FlowJet, a consumables fee will be charged, only for cutting time, not setup time. The waterjet cuts quickly and cost estimate strategies will be covered.

    Project: Gear-shaped bottle opener

    Prerequisites

    • Required: Understanding of vector-based graphics

    • Recommended: CAD to CAM experience


    Equipment access: Waterjet cutter

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the waterjet outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Sunday, 11/16/14 1:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Thursday, 11/20/14 6:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $185.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $230.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     COMPUTERS (COM)
     
       
    COM203: Adobe Photoshop Basics

    In this software class, we will introduce basic concepts in Adobe Photoshop CS6. We will cover resolution and image characteristics, like brightness and sharpness. You will also learn methods for handling image data including layers, .psd format vs. .jpeg and other raster formats, and much more. This class is the perfect introduction to Photoshop and raster image manipulation.



    Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Windows operating environment is required!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Adobe Photoshop Basics Monday, 11/17/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 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.
       
    COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC

    Makers and designers alike agree that vector drawing is the starting point of all CNC fabrication.

    Adobe Illustrator is an extremely powerful 2D vector graphics drawing program -- almost any product or invention that you imagine can begin in Illustrator. By following the pathways offered in this class, you will be able to export your files to any of the CNC machines in the TechShop arsenal.

    In this class, you will learn the basics of the interface and navigation, effective drawing techniques, converting bitmaps to vectors in one step, creating clean and optimized vectors, and the most efficient techniques to prepare your files for CNC operations. You will also learn how each of the CNC machines at TechShop will work with your file to create your projects.

    This class provides the foundation of skills for the following classes: CNC Concepts, CAD / CAM, ShopBot SBU, Tormach SBU, CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU, Laser Cutter SBU, and WaterJet SBU.

    Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Windows operating environment!

    4 sessions currently scheduled:
        Adobe Illustrator for CNC Thursday, 10/23/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        Adobe Illustrator for CNC Monday, 10/27/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        Adobe Illustrator for CNC Monday, 11/3/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        Adobe Illustrator for CNC Monday, 11/17/14 3:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     ELECTRONICS (EEE)
     
       
    EEE100: Soldering and Basic Electronics

    Learn how to use solder and a soldering iron to make small stick figures, as well as how to solder electronic "through-hole" components for electronic printed circuit board assembly (PCBs).

    In this class, you will learn basic solder and flux types, safe soldering practices, and soldering iron maintenance. You will learn to de-solder using various techniques, including a "solder sucker" tool or solder braid. In addition, you will build an LED Blinkatron 2000 - it's a simple soldering project that works!

    All parts are included. Add the potentiometer to change the blink speed.

    This is a fun first class for kids and adults!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Soldering and Basic Electronics Tuesday, 11/11/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Soldering and Basic Electronics Tuesday, 11/25/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 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.
       
    EEE102: Arduino Part 1 - Building an Arduino - BBB

    Add electronic brains to your projects.

    This class is for people who make stuff and would like to add some basic automation but have not yet worked with microprocessors. This is the first in a series of Arduino classes, and the Barebones Arduino board is the backbone for all of the other Arduino classes. You will build a Bare Bones Board Arduino (BBB) and a BUB board, which will be used to upload programs to the BBB you just built, using soldering irons. (You can learn to program the BBB in the Arduino Part 2 class!) No experience is needed.

    Prerequisites: Being able to solder small parts. We also recommend that you take the Soldering and Electronics Basics SBU before this class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino Part 1 - Building an Arduino - BBB Tuesday, 10/28/14 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    EEE205: Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming

    This class is an introduction to the use of microprocessors and uses the Arduino. This is Part 2 of the Arduino Electronics Series. Part 1 is building your first Aduino board although you can skip that class and just buy one if you like.

    Please bring the Barebones Arduino board you built in the Arduino Part 1 class, the BUB board and a laptop with the Arduino software and drivers pre-installed. The software may be downloaded from Arduino Software. If you do not have a laptop, call your TechShop store to see if there is a computer for rent, or if the class will take place in a computer lab.

    In this class, you will learn how to use an Arduino in simple projects. We will cover programming and the simple electronics need to connect an Arduino to switches, dials, brightness, temperature and other sensors; and to lights, motors and other output devices. The three hours will switch between instruction, hands-on and some free time.

    This is a fast track class for people who want to add simple automation to their projects. Example programs will be provided. You can cut and paste from the examples to start writing your own programs.

    The class fee includes a breadboard, switch, sensors, motor, LEDs and various electronic components.

    Prerequisites: You must have an Arduino that can be used with a breadboard, that is, with male headers pointing down in the power rail and "front" edge holes (A0, RST, GND, +5, digital 0-13, and GND). You can either use the board you built in Part 1 Building an Arduino - Educato, or you can bring an Arduino compatible board.

    If you bring your own laptop, you MUST pre-download and install the Arduino software and drivers.

    There are a few laptops for rent at the Detroit store; please reserve ahead by calling the Front Desk.

    You must make arrangements for a computer before signing up for the class - either be able to bring a laptop, or call the store for assistance.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Tuesday, 10/28/14 7:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    EEE311: Arduino Part 4 - Displays

    A working Arduino display is a vital component to making interactive products, enabling them to feed information and simple graphics back to you and your users without being attached to a computer.

    In this installment of the Arduino programming series, you will learn how to attach a working display to your Arduino project and feed it information to display.

    You will learn both the hardware and software aspects of working with an LCD screen on your Arduino, practice feeding data to it and make the display respond to values input by buttons and a temperature-sensing thermistor. Finally, you will have the opportunity to make a button-controlled animated stick figure.

    Prerequisites: You should be able to program an Arduino reasonably well. Our Arduino Level 2 and 3 classes will prepare you for this class. Please bring your assembled Arduino board with you to this class. You can bring the one you built in the Arduino Level 1 class, or you may bring one you purchased.

    Your lab fee will pay for a display, breadboard, wire kit and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep after class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino Part 4 - Displays Tuesday, 11/4/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    EEE312: Arduino Part 5 - Inputs

    The Arduino Inputs class builds on participants' experiences in the earlier Arduino classes and focuses on how to work with information from a variety of external hardware devices.

    You will wire and program several projects to explore how to interpret and utilize the signals that different inputs feed into the Arduino, as well as learn how to write programs that work with these values.

    Class projects include advanced button work, noise detection, creating a touch sensor out of any capacitive surface, working with light and heat, and even using an accelerometer to detect motion like modern video game controllers or smart phones.

    Prerequisites:A good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from TechShop Arduino classes. Please bring a functioning Arduino and breadboard kit to class.

    Materials fee covers a piezo buzzer, a variable resistor, a thermistor, a photo resistor, an accelerometer, and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep afterwards.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino Part 5 - Inputs Tuesday, 11/11/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    EEE313: Arduino Part 6 - Outputs

    The Arduino Outputs class builds on student's experience in the earlier Arduino classes and focuses on how to control a variety of external hardware devices with an Arduino. Students will wire and program several projects to understand the main principles of controlling hardware with signal output from the Arduino. Projects in this class include making your breadboard drive around, adding sound to your arduino project, investigating different types of motor control, controlling devices that work off of a range of values (Pulse Width Modulation), and controlling devices that require other power sources like motors and lamps through the use of Relays and MOSFETS.



    Prerequisites: Students need to have a good understanding of Arduino programming, which you can learn from TechShop Arduino classes. You also need to bring a functioning Arduino and breadboard kit to the class.



    Your lab fee will pay for a piezo buzzer, variable resistor, thermister, motor, servo motors, and various small parts required for the class. They are yours to keep after class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Arduino Part 6 - Outputs Tuesday, 11/18/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     FABRICATION (FAB)
     
       
    FAB105: Vacuum Forming SBU

    Lots of parts can be made quickly and inexpensively with the use of a vacuum forming system.

    In this Safety and Basic Use class, you will learn the parts of the vacuum forming machine and then make vacuum-formed parts. You will make a master (plug) tool from inexpensive materials like pine, foam, balsa or found objects; select plastic sheeting; and then use the created part as a "plug" to mold the final object from a heated plastic sheet with the assistance of atmospheric pressure.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Vacuum Forming SBU Wednesday, 11/26/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 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.
       
    FAB106: Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU

    Powder coating is a durable, simple to apply, easy to clean up, product. It is inexpensive, and more environmentally friendly than paint, as it has no VOCs and no solvents are used. The final product is more durable than paint, and powder is available in many colors and finish types.

    The sand blaster can be used on metal, wood, glass, mirror, plastics and almost any material that is rigid. It will remove paint, rust and mill scale, as well as cleaning welds. (The parts must be baked at about 400 degrees for 15 minutes, so it will not work on magnetic items, or anything with grease in the part, like bearings.)

    In this Safety and Basic Use class, you will learn how to use a cabinet sandblaster to prepare a small metal part, clean and coat it with powder, and then bake it on in the powder coat oven. There is only time in class for sandblasting steel and aluminum parts.

    Note: The sandblast cabinet and powder coating oven are large enough for motorcycle frames, bicycles and many other bulky items. Please visit your local TechShop and check the oven size if you have a specific project in mind.

    Because of possible shock (high voltage, low amperage) with a powder coating gun, members with a pacemaker, or any voltage sensitive medical equipment are not allowed to take this course or use the equipment.

    Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the sandblasting cabinet, powder coating gun, powder spray booth, and powder coating oven.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Thursday, 11/13/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 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
        Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Tuesday, 11/25/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 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.
       
    FAB107: Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics

    Learn how to work with silicone RTV (room temperature vulcanization), make a small mold using a plastic cup, see how more advanced molds are made, and even cast your own part in urethane resin!

    In this introductory class, you will learn to make a silicone RTV mold from a small part or pre-made plug. You will makea single-sided mold of a quarter or other small, simple part. You will also examine two-sided mold making, adding registration "buttons" and slicing the mold. You will then cast resin in an RTV mold, learning tips and tricks to mixing and pouring resin and other substances to create final pieces from a silicone RTV mold.

    Designed for the beginner, this class shows how easy it is to build molds with silicone RTV.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics Saturday, 10/25/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics Monday, 11/10/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics Monday, 11/24/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    FAB108: Injection Molding SBU

    The Morgan injection molding machine enables one to inexpensively fabricate from a few to many hundreds of identical parts molded from a large variety of thermoplastic materials.

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you will have the opportunity to fabricate several different plastic parts using molds that illustrate a variety of molding techniques. Once you have been completed this basic class, you will have the knowledge to safely operate the machine and set it up for your own mold and material.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Injection Molding SBU Monday, 11/10/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    FAB201: Carbon Fiber Basics

    In this class, you will learn the basics of carbon fiber layup, then combine raw carbon fiber cloth, a strengthener and 2-part, high-strength epoxy to make your very own carbon fiber key fob and take it home with you.

    This class focuses on the "compression molding" technique of carbon fiber fabrication, which you can easily use to make your own custom carbon fiber parts. You may also use a scroll saw to cut out a particular shape for your carbon fiber key fob. You'll be surprised how easy it is to do your own carbon fiber fabrication of all sorts of parts, and you'll want to use carbon fiber for many of your projects.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Carbon Fiber Basics Thursday, 11/13/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     LASER CUTTING (LAS)
     
       
    LAS102: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec

    Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave designs in a variety of materials up to 28" x 17" and up to 3/8" thick in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Work with acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric, leather, and even chocolate! Using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, cut intricate designs and engrave highly detailed images at the touch of a button. The sky is the limit with this simple and versatile tool.

    Project: Etch a custom dog tag

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, familiarity with graphics software will be helpful

    Equipment access: Laser cutter

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the laser cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    10 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 10/29/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Monday, 11/3/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 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
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 11/5/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Tuesday, 11/11/14 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Saturday, 11/15/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Monday, 11/17/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Tuesday, 11/18/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 11/19/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Friday, 11/21/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 11/26/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 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.
       
    LAS202: Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Trotec

    Learn how to use the laser cutter’s rotary attachment in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. The rotary attachment allows laser etching on cylindrical objects such as wine glasses, beer mugs, flashlights, bottles, and even drumsticks. Imagine the possibilities!

    Project: Etch a design into a drinking glass

    Prerequisite(s): LAS101 Laser Cutting and Etching SBU

    Equipment access: Laser engraver rotary attachment

    Minimum age: 12 years

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the laser engraver rotary attachment outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 10/29/14 8:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 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
        Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Trotec Wednesday, 11/12/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Trotec Saturday, 11/15/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 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.
     MACHINING (MAC)
     
       
    MAC101: Milling Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn basic operations of the vertical milling machine to safely select speeds, change end mills, use the digital readout, and secure work needed to accurately machine parts. Explore the theory of how to successfully choose the correct end mill and speed setting. Work precisely with metal and plastics to cut, drill and surface parts.

    Project: Aluminum business card holder

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, MTL103, Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: Milling machine

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the mill outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Materials fee: The materials fee includes materials for the class project, and an end mill for each student to keep. (Classes after 4/1/14)

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Milling Machine SBU Tuesday, 10/28/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Milling Machine SBU Thursday, 11/13/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Milling Machine SBU Saturday, 11/22/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MAC102: Metal Lathe SBU

    The lathe is used to create detailed cylindrical or tapered objects in plastic or metal. In this Safety and Basic Use course (SBU), learn the basic operations of metal turning on the lathe to safely select speeds, select and change cutting tools, use the digital readout, and secure work to make accurate cuts. Explore the theory of how to choose the correct cutter and speed setting.

    Project: Aluminum refrigerator magnet

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, knowledge of basic metal shop tools is recommended

    Equipment access: Metal lathe

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the metal lathe outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Metal Lathe SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Metal Lathe SBU Monday, 11/10/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MAC201: Advanced Milling Machine - Tramming and Precision

    In this advanced skills class, learn the art of tramming, how to make sure the mill and vise are exactly plumb and parallel, and how to precisely square up work. Confidently use a dial test indicator, 1-2-3 block, fly cutter, and deburring stone. Leave with the skill to mill flat and square projects to a very high degree of accuracy. With practice and patience, become a more accurate machinist and competent mill user!

    Project: Square an aluminum part

    Prerequisite(s):

    • Required: MAC101: Milling Machine SBU

    • Recommended: At least 10 hours of mill experience


    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: All 16- to 17-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the mill, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Required: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove jewelry.

    • Recommended: Hearing protection


    1 session currently scheduled:
        Advanced Milling Machine - Tramming and Precision Saturday, 11/8/14 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MAC204: Advanced Metal Lathe - Tooling and Tool Grinding

    Lathe tooling has such a wide variety of shapes, materials, standards and sizes that sometimes choosing the proper tool can be overwhelming. Even more important is having an understanding of what makes a lathe tool work and why one may be more appropriate for the job at hand than another.

    In this class, you will learn the basics of lathe tooling selection and grind your own high speed steel lathe bit in TechShop's grinding room. We will also cover the basics of carbide tooling and explain when and why to choose carbon over steel.

    This class will help round out your metal lathe knowledge and equip you with a skill that can save you a good deal of headache and money down the road.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Advanced Metal Lathe - Tooling and Tool Grinding Saturday, 11/22/14 2:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     MAKE-IT TAKE-IT WORKSHOPS (MiTi)
     
       
    MiTi009: Frightfest 2014: DIY Totes n' Treats

    Frightfest 2014 is here! Build your own spooky candy molds! Design a terrifying tote bag for trick-or-treating! Make this the very best Halloween ever!

    This ticket will get you TWO SEATS for Frightfest. Bring a friend, significant other, or your little one (8 yrs and up). Custom tickets (singles, multiple youth) available upon request.



    No tricks here! Frightfest 2014 is a two-part event. During session 1, make your own Frightfest 2014 tote bag! We'll begin by customizing stamp designs in Adobe Illustrator. Your designs will then be etched onto rubber. We'll use this rubber to make a traditional block stamp for you to take home! Use your new stamp (along with TechShop's stamp collection) to customize your trick-or-tote bag! All materials, including high quality canvas tote bags, will be provided.



    Unsure if laser cutting is for you? These machines are commonly used to etch and cut material. Stamps, furniture and art are all regularly made with laser cutters. Safe for adult skill levels and kids over 8yrs.



    Time for treats! In session two, Frightfesters will make custom Halloween chocolates! This second session will provide an opportunity for you to use TechShop's vacuum former. We'll begin by creating basic character casts. Our food-safe plastic will be heated to fit the contour of your cast. After the molds have cooled, we will heat up chocolate! Students are invited to make their first batch of custom treats!



    Never heard of a Vacuum Former? Vacuum formers are used to create custom plastic packaging, jewelry, molds and even computer parts. These molds last forever, safe for anytime you need a good scare! PETG food safe plastic and candy-making chocolate to be provided. Safe for adult skill levels and kids over 8yrs.



    Participants under 18 will need to have a waiver signed. If students are interested in further using TechShop's equipment, Safety and Basic Use classes are required. Please call the front desk at 412.345.7182 or email education.pgh@techshop.ws

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Frightfest 2014: DIY Totes n' Treats Saturday, 10/25/14 11:00 AM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
        Frightfest 2014: DIY Totes n' Treats Saturday, 10/25/14 1:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
        Frightfest 2014: DIY Totes n' Treats Saturday, 10/25/14 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00, 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.
       
    MiTi011: Frightfest: Date Night

    Some people love giving valentines. Some people love lighting fireworks. When it comes to Halloween, everyone loves pumpkin carving! Share your love of pumpkin carving with someone you love.



    A $75 ticket reserves a seat for you and your date to customize and decorate real pumpkins. One ticket = two seats. Custom tickets (singles, multiple youth) available upon request.



    For an hour and a half, we will be laser-etching pumpkins here at TechShop. This class will begin by customizing designs with Adobe Illustrator. A TechShop instructor will help guide this process. Once you are satisfied with your design, it will be exported to the laser cutter. Now the magic happens- Watch as your design comes to life!



    All materials, including pumpkins, will be provided. Safe for adult skill levels.



    Participants under 18 will need to have a waiver signed. If students are interested in further using TechShop's equipment, Safety and Basic Use classes are required. Please call the front desk at 412.345.7182 or email education.pgh@techshop.ws

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Frightfest: Date Night Monday, 10/27/14 5:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        Frightfest: Date Night Monday, 10/27/14 7:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     METAL SHOP (MTL)
     
       
    MTL301: Ironworker and Bender SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to safely use the Edwards ironworker. Save time and effort with this highly versatile and powerful tool that shears steel plate (up to 5/8" thick), punches holes (up to 1-1/6" diameter in 5/8" thick steel), notches, and shears angle iron (up to 1/4" x 4" x 4") and round stock. Don’t get held back with drilling times and bit changes. This incredibly powerful machine cuts and punches holes in thick steel almost instantly!

    The bender is the perfect partner to the ironworker. Learn to safely bend round and square tube, from 1/2" to over 1-1/2". Bend tube to exact angles and stop wasting time cutting and welding corners!

    Project: No project; just practice making cuts, bending tube, and punching holes

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, MTL101 Basic Metal Shop SBU is highly recommended.

    Equipment access: Ironworker and bender

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: None

    Safety


    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Ironworker and Bender SBU Saturday, 11/15/14 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MTL103: Basic Metal Shop SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the cutting and shaping tools most commonly needed when working with metal. The tools work best on materials at least 1/8” thick, but some will work on thinner material as well. These tools are designed to work with steel and aluminum. Get hands-on experience using the vertical and horizontal band saw, cold saw, drill press, pedestal grinder, and disc sander.

    This class is the perfect companion to the mill, lathe and welding classes.

    Project: Metal bottle opener

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Equipment access: Vertical and horizontal band saw, cold saw, drill press, pedestal grinder, and disc sander

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirement: None

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Pull back hair, no jewelry,no gloves.

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    7 sessions currently scheduled:
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Tuesday, 11/4/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Sunday, 11/9/14 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Tuesday, 11/11/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Friday, 11/14/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Saturday, 11/15/14 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Tuesday, 11/18/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Tuesday, 11/25/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MTL104: Sheet Metal Basics SBU

    Learn to safely use the tools most commonly needed to work with sheet metal. Get first-hand experience using the hydraulic shear, turret punch, slitting shear, corner notcher, finger brake (also called a box brake or pan brake) and spot welder in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Gain the knowledge to shear (cut), fold, bend, and punch holes in sheet metal.

    Project: Small sheet metal box

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Equipment access: Hydraulic shear, turret punch, slitting shear (hand shear) corner notcher, finger brake, and spot welder

    Note: These tools cannot be used to make curved surfaces or work with metal thicker than 16 gauge mild steel or aluminum.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

    • Advised: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Sheet Metal Basics SBU Sunday, 10/26/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Sheet Metal Basics SBU Wednesday, 11/5/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MTL201: Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU

    Learn to safely work with sheet metal to form curved shapes in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Receive hands-on practice with the slip roll, English wheel, planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. Practice these basics techniques and create motorcycle gas tanks, fenders, curved panels, and more!

    Project: Turtle shell-shaped piece of aluminum with a beaded edge

    Prerequisite(s): MTL104 Sheet Metal Basics SBU is recommended

    Equipment access: Slip roll, English wheel, planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. Note: These tools are not used to work with metal thicker than 16 gauge mild steel or aluminum.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

    • Advisable: Hearing protection


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    4 sessions currently scheduled:
        Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Tuesday, 10/28/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Friday, 11/7/14 2:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Monday, 11/17/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Thursday, 11/20/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     RAPID PROTOTYPING (PRO)
     
       
    PRO103: MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU

    Thanks to 3D printing, you can quickly and easily create a physical object from a computer model, literally printing the part as it goes. This is an easy way to prototype your parts before machining or injection molding.

    In this class, you will learn how to import, prepare, and print your three-dimensional parts using the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer. By the end of session, you will have all the information and knowledge necessary to use this machine for all your 3D printing needs.

    The class will print a small part, but due to the short length of class, not everybody will have a part to take home.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    7 sessions currently scheduled:
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Sunday, 10/26/14 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Tuesday, 11/4/14 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 11/6/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 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
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 11/13/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Tuesday, 11/18/14 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 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
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 11/20/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer SBU Wednesday, 11/26/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 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.
     SOCIAL EVENTS (SOC)
     
       
    SOC101: TSPGH Member Orientation

    Welcome to TechShop Pittsburgh!

    We're excited that you have joined our vibrant community and want to take advantage of all the equipment and classes that TechShop has to offer. We invite you to join us for our monthly Member Orientation, where we will talk about how the shop works and how you can get the most out of your membership here. We will have a brief presentation, followed by a Q & A session.

    We look forward to seeing you there and around the shop!

    This event is FREE and open to new members and current members of TechShop Pittsburgh.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        TSPGH Member Orientation Monday, 10/27/14 6:00 PM 1.0 Hour 20 SEATS TOTAL
    20 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
        TSPGH Member Orientation Thursday, 10/30/14 6:00 PM 1.0 Hour 25 SEATS TOTAL
    23 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
     SPECIAL INTEREST (SPI)
     
       
    SPI506: Protecting it with Patents and Trademarks

    Featured Presentation: "The Better Mousetrap - Protecting it with Patents and Trademarks"

    Guest Speaker: James Porcelli

    This presentation discusses patents, trademarks, and copyrights in terms understandable to the non-specialist. Included will be explanations on the processes for acquiring federal protection through patents, trademarks and copyrights, and how you know if you need such protection.

    James Porcelli has been a patent attorney for the past 25 years and has worked for the Webb Law Firm for the past 15 years. He worked as a mechanical engineer for 8 years prior to graduating from law school at the University of Pittsburgh.

    This event is FREE and open to both members and non-members of TechShop Pittsburgh. It is not affiliated with any other group or companies. First-time visitors, please come early to check in at the Front Desk and receive a free tour of TechShop. Questions? Please call (412) 345-7182.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Protecting it with Patents and Trademarks Sunday, 1/11/15 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 25 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
       
    SPI907: Weld Focus Group

    Come and focus on your welding skills in this unique group, led by a certified welder and TechShop member. Bring your in-progress projects, learn from fellow members and seasoned welders, and get some hands-on practice with welding in a dynamic group setting. This focus group is free to attend and exclusively for TechShop members.



    *Note: You must have taken and successfully passed the MIG SBU and TIG SBU prior to enrolling in this focus group.*



    1 session currently scheduled:
        Weld Focus Group Wednesday, 11/19/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
     TEXTILES (TXL)
     
       
    TXL101: Basic Sewing Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a sewing machine. Acquire skills to correctly thread machine, fill and place the bobbin, and change the foot. Also learn to sew straight, zig-zag, basting, and other specialty stitches. This machine sews through regular weight fabric but not heavy duty materials like leather or thick canvas. Go on to create messenger bags, rocket parachutes, clothing, plushies, sails, costumes, and more!

    Project: Pocket bag

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the sewing machine outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Basic Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 10/25/14 2:00 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL103: CNC Embroiderer SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to create custom embroidery designs with the intuitive and easy-to-use Janome embroidery machine. Take part in several demos and become familiar with hooping methods, needles, threading, several types of stabilizers, and more. See how to create digitized stitches based on monogramming and logo art as well as clipart-style designs. New to digitizing? Take TXL204: Digitizer CNC Embroiderer Software next!

    Project: Embroidered patch

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Embroidery machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the embroidery machine outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        CNC Embroiderer SBU Tuesday, 11/11/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 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.
       
    TXL105: Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki four-thread industrial serger sewing machine. Get hands-on serger experience using overlock stitching to create high quality, soft-feeling seams and fine rolled hems. Take advantage of this powerful machine to sew and hem heavy, layered materials like canvas and leather. Expect to increase productivity after learning this efficient machine.

    Project: Small pocket bag

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Industrial serger sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the Industrial serger sewing machine, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    5 sessions currently scheduled:
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Wednesday, 11/5/14 3:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 3:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Tuesday, 11/11/14 6:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Saturday, 11/22/14 3:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Serger Sewing Machine SBU Monday, 11/24/14 1:30 PM 1.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    TXL110: Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki straight (or single) stitch industrial sewing machine and the Juki industrial walking foot sewing machine. Practice methods of speed control and accuracy. Operate the presser foot with a knee lever and enjoy continuous bobbin winding. Then get to know the walking foot industrial sewing machine. This powerful machine is perfect for working with heavyweight materials such as leather, canvas, or multiple layers of fabric. Experience the walking foot advantage as it moves both the top and bottom of the fabric to keep the fabric from shifting. Start sewing like a pro!

    Project: Scissor pouch

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Industrial single stitch sewing machine and industrial walking foot sewing machine

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: All 12- to 15-year-olds must attend class with a parent or guardian and be supervised, while using the industrial sewing machines, by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    4 sessions currently scheduled:
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Wednesday, 11/5/14 1:30 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
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Wednesday, 11/12/14 6:30 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
        Industrial Sewing Machines - SBU Saturday, 11/22/14 1:00 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.
     WELDING / HOTSHOP (WLD)
     
       
    WLD101: TIG Welding SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together. Learn how to use the basic TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding equipment in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Get started creating quality weld beads on mild steel. While this class practices on thin steel, the TIG welder is capable of welding material up to 1/2” thick.

    With extensive practice, TIG welding can be used with a wide variety of different metals, producing a very pure, precise, and attractive weld.

    Project: No project; just guided practice with an instructor.

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, successful completion of MTL103: Basic Metal Shop will provide access to the cutting and grinding tools needed for working with metal.

    Equipment access: TIG welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket provided by TechShop.

    • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    5 sessions currently scheduled:
        TIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/2/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        TIG Welding SBU Thursday, 11/6/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        TIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/16/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        TIG Welding SBU Thursday, 11/20/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        TIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/30/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WLD102: MIG Welding SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together. In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a basic metal inert gas (MIG) welder with solid wire and shielding gas to create quality weld beads on steel up to 1/2" thick. This semi-automatic method of welding (continuous consumable wire feed), also called GMAW (gas metal arc welding) and wire feed welding, offers versatility, speed, and quality. About as easy as welding gets, this is a great place for the beginner to start.

    Project: Guided practice with an instructor

    Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: MIG welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket provided by TechShop.

    • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    8 sessions currently scheduled:
        MIG Welding SBU Tuesday, 11/4/14 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/9/14 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        MIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/9/14 4:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        MIG Welding SBU Monday, 11/10/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MIG Welding SBU Wednesday, 11/12/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MIG Welding SBU Tuesday, 11/18/14 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MIG Welding SBU Sunday, 11/23/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        MIG Welding SBU Monday, 11/24/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WLD104: Stick Welding (SMAW) SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together. In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a basic stick welder. Stick welding, also called shielded metal arc welding, or SMAW, is an electric welding procedure that uses consumable stick electrodes that act as the electrode, filler medium and shielding mechanism all in one.

    In this class, learn the fundamental safety procedures accompanying arc welding as well as how to weld mild steel with commonly available electrodes. We will also cover the arc welder setup, weld preparation, electrode size/type selection, and post weld slag cleanup/removal.

    Stick welding is fast and very powerful, however it is not as clean as MIG or TIG, and requires more grinding and cleaning after welding.

    Project: Guided practice with an instructor

    Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: Stick welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety
    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket provided by TechShop.

    • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.



    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Stick Welding (SMAW) SBU Sunday, 11/23/14 3:30 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.
       
    WLD201: TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum

    After completing the TIG Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you can try your skills in a different material. Aluminum has characteristics that require specific equipment setup, metal preparation and torch operation.

    In this class, you will practice specific joints and improve weld bead quality under the guidance of an instructor. Lap, butt, corner and fillet welds will all be discussed and individual students will perform at their own rates. Emphasis will be placed on visual inspection of welds and heat zone theory, so that you gain a better understanding of what a quality weld joint really looks like.

    For your safety, you must wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in natural fibers in the Hot Shop, and remember to always wear closed-toed shoes at TechShop.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TIG Welding SBU.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum Sunday, 11/16/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     WOODSHOP (WOD)
     
       
    WOD101: Woodshop SBU

    Learn the fundamentals of woodworking and how to safely operate the core woodshop tools in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Get practical, hands-on experience using a SawStop table saw, sliding compound miter saw, drill press, band saw, and belt and disk sanders. Learn to make straight cuts (rip and crosscut), mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes.

    Project: Build a small wooden shelf

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Sliding compound miter saw, table saw, wood drill press, wood band saw, and belt and disc sanders

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: None

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves

    • Advised: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    11 sessions currently scheduled:
        Woodshop SBU Saturday, 10/25/14 11:30 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Monday, 10/27/14 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
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        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Saturday, 11/1/14 2:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Monday, 11/3/14 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 2:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Friday, 11/14/14 6:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Saturday, 11/15/14 10:00 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Thursday, 11/20/14 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Monday, 11/24/14 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Wednesday, 11/26/14 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Woodshop SBU Sunday, 11/30/14 1:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WOD104: Metal Spinning on the Wood Lathe

    Learn to safely spin metal on the wood lathe, and then use your woodturning techniques to manufacture hard maple tooling to use to spin pewter, aluminum, copper, brass or silver into beautiful and functional products.

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you will learn how to set up the lathe, prepare the raw materials and use the different metal spinning tools. You will also learn how to safely use the lathe to spin metal using wooden tooling.

    The project is a small aluminum bowl.

    You must take and pass the Wood Lathe SBU - WOD103 before taking this Metal Spinning class

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Metal Spinning on the Wood Lathe Saturday, 11/15/14 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn proper techniques and how to safely operate the jointer, planer, and table-mounted router. Use these woodworking tools to turn rough lumber into finished boards (achieve precise thickness, square edges and flat surfaces) as well as create complex profiles for edge finishing and joinery operations. Say goodbye to the constraints of lumberyard wood and the high price of mail order wood. Say hello to affordable custom woodworking projects!

    Project: Perform various operations on a piece of wood

    Prerequisites: WOD 101: Basic Woodshop SBU

    Equipment access: Table-mounted router, jointer, planer

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: None

    Safety

    • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves

    • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask, face shield


    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Tuesday, 10/28/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Saturday, 11/8/14 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Monday, 11/17/14 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     WORKSHOPS (WKS)
     
       
    WKS011: Internet of Things

    Have you been wondering how to connect your toaster to the Internet? Or maybe you've been curious about the buzz going around.

    This Internet of Things (IOT) workshop will be a great introduction to the world of connected devices. We'll provide background on the IOT world and help you dream up devices you may want to build on your own. We'll also cover basics of electronics and microcontrollers as well as the basics of building a simple web app to control an RGB LED.

    Participants will each get their own Electric Imp, a WiFi-connected module with some inputs and outputs to build a basic IOT object.

    It is recommended that students have taken basic electronics or Arduino I before the class but not necessary. Before class, participants may wish to sign up for a free account at Weebly.com and ElectricImp.com to prepare for the class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Internet of Things Saturday, 10/25/14 1:00 PM 3.5 Hours 7 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS400: Make Your Own Stamped Glass Coasters

    TechShop Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Glass Center join forces to present this exciting 2-day workshop where you can make your own stamped glass coasters.

    On the first day, visit TechShop where you will design and create your very own metal stamp perfect for branding anything from steaks to molten glass. During this session, you'll design a simple vector image to be cut out of steel sheet on the high-powered CNC water jet cutter. This machine cuts through material using pressurized water!

    On the second day, bring your stamp to Pittsburgh Glass Center and mold, shape and stamp your set of four coasters. You will also be able to view a glass blowing demonstration and discuss the other uses of metal stamps and molds with art class.

    Seats are limited! You must register through the Pittsburgh Glass Center website

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Make Your Own Stamped Glass Coasters Tuesday, 11/18/14 6:00 PM 6.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up  
        Non-member Sign Up  
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.