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 ARTS AND CRAFTS (ART)
 
   
ART103: Silkscreen 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!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Silkscreen Printing Basics - SBU Monday, 7/13/15 6:00 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
    Silkscreen Printing Basics - SBU Thursday, 7/30/15 5:30 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)
 
   
AUD502: Advanced CNC techniques with Fusion360 CAM

Interested in cutting out complex geometry on the ShopBot and Tormach CNC mill? If so, this is the class for you. In CNC502 not only will you learn how to generated tool paths for organic and inorganic forms, we will also cover the process of registering two sided cuts paths. The first two thirds of the curriculum will address the software aspect of Fusion 360’s CAM solution. The last third will take place on the ShopBot covering the unique processes particular to two sided milling.

This workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.

Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Usage class. To learn more about CNC Milling, check out our CNC ShoopBot SBU & CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU classes, offered regularly.

Prereq: CAD/Fusion 360 & CNC Experience

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced CNC techniques with Fusion360 CAM Wednesday, 7/15/15 6:00 PM 3.5 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $3.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $3.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
AUD006: Autodesk Inventor Basics

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

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.

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

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Autodesk Inventor Basics Thursday, 7/9/15 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 Tuesday, 7/21/15 6:45 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, 7/29/15 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.
   
AUD130: Autodesk Fusion 360 Basics

Fusion 360 is Autodesk’s latest product development tool for design, fabrication and collaboration. Merging industrial and mechanical design, you will quickly explore organic shapes through intuitive free-form modeling tools, or create precise, parametric models – it’s up to you! Simply put, Fusion 360 is the platform for rapidly accelerating from an idea in your head to a manufactured product in your hand.

In this introductory course, you will learn about:

  • Cloud data management and collaboration
  • Navigation
  • Solid modeling
  • 2D sketching
  • T-spline sculpting
  • Creating assemblies
  • Rendering
By the end of class, you will have an understanding of direct and parametric modeling, dimensioned sketches, T-spline geometry, and much more!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please Email Us to request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
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 remains one of the world's leading 2D and 3D CAD design tools.

In this class, 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 here 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 here 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 Tuesday, 7/7/15 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.
 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 heat press to add your own graphic designs to shirts, blankets, flags, bags and more!

Learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) vinyl cutter and heat press 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 the CNC vinyl cutter to cut an adhesive vinyl sheet into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint masking as well as heat transfer vinyl for heat pressed shirts. This is a great tool for making screens for silkscreen printing, too!

Project: T-shirt

Prerequisites
  • Required: Understanding of vector-based graphics

  • Recommended: COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC, COM207:CorelDraw for CNC
Equipment access: Vinyl cutter and heat press

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!

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
(Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
Tuesday, 7/7/15 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
    Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
(Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
Friday, 7/10/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
4 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)
Sunday, 7/12/15 2:30 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)
Thursday, 7/16/15 10:30 AM 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
CNC201: CAD to CAM Software - VCarve Pro & 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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    CAD to CAM Software - VCarve Pro & Cut3D Saturday, 7/11/15 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    CAD to CAM Software - VCarve Pro & Cut3D Monday, 7/20/15 6:00 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
    * 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: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro - CNC 201, Basic Woodshop SBU - WOD101 are recommended.

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!

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    CNC ShopBot SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 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, 7/11/15 2:00 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 Friday, 7/17/15 6:30 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 Tuesday, 7/21/15 6:30 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 Monday, 7/27/15 6:30 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 Thursday, 7/30/15 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 an end mill for each student to keep.

Project: Bottle opener

Prerequisites: CAD experience, ability to create G-code, and experience with conventional milling are recommended.

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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU Thursday, 7/16/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT 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 to CAM Software - HSMXpress

Autodesk Inventor HSMXpress 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.

The software can be downloaded for free from Autodesk.

There are three versions of Autodesk HSM:
  • Autodesk Inventor HSMXpress (this class) 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 to CAM Software - HSMXpress Wednesday, 7/29/15 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!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    CNC Waterjet Cutter SBU Wednesday, 7/8/15 5:00 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 Saturday, 7/11/15 4:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 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.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Windows operating environment is required!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Adobe Photoshop Basics Sunday, 7/19/15 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Adobe Photoshop Basics Monday, 7/27/15 6:00 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.

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 the Windows operating environment.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Adobe Illustrator for CNC Wednesday, 7/15/15 2:30 PM 3.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
5 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)
 
   
EEE319: myRIO Experiments

Learn to use the National Instruments myRIO for wireless real-time intelligent control and measurement.

In this class you will learn how to program the NI myRIO embedded hardware device, enabling you to write programs with NI LabVIEW that interact with various sensors. You will learn how to implement the logic for a simple remote weather station that logs temperature data using the embedded capability of the NI myRIO.

You will learn how to:
  • Set up and install software on a NI myRIO
  • Measure voltage and other real world sensor inputs
  • Use NI LabVIEW RT to build a standalone Acquire-Analyze-Control application
  • Explore the internal accelerometer, PWM, serial protocols, and FPGA
  • Connect to the cloud and publish measurements
  • Build a remote weather sensing station through a series of experiments
Prequisite: Successful completion of LabVIEW Experiments is required prior to taking this class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    myRIO Experiments Wednesday, 7/8/15 6:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE101: 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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Soldering and Basic Electronics Thursday, 7/9/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT 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.
   
EEE103: Arduino Part 1 - Building An Arduino - Educato

The Arduino is a microcontroller; a small computer that has a single function. Microcontrollers run everyday items like toaster ovens, electronic toys and MP3 players. An Arduino can be programmed to monitor sensors and watch for inputs like temperature, pressure, light, voltage or a button or switch. It can also be programmed to control switches, relays, motors and other outputs. There are many add on boards, called shields, that add features like WiFi, GPS and card readers.

Electronic "smarts" can be added to projects to make them interactive. For example, a pet door could be modified to lock if it's dark outside and the temperature is below 45 degrees.

This class is the first step in using the Arduino: soldering the parts onto the circuit board. Come to class with some basic soldering experience and get help and guidance while assembling the board.

Materials fee includes an Arduino Educato that you keep for your own projects.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 1 - Building An Arduino - Educato Wednesday, 7/8/15 9:00 AM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Arduino Part 1 - Building An Arduino - Educato Thursday, 7/16/15 6:00 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 -ompatible 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 shop for assistance.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Arduino Part 2 - Basic Programming Friday, 7/24/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 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.
   
EEE320: VirtualBench Measurements

National Instruments VirtualBench combines common benchtop instruments into a single, compact device. Learn how to use VirtualBench to measure electronic signals.

Learn how to:

  • Set up and install VirtualBench
  • Set up voltage and current sources with the power supply
  • Take voltage, resistance, and current measurements with the digital multimeter
  • Generate signals with the function generator
  • Use digital inputs and outputs
  • Display signals with the oscilloscope
  • Analyze digital timing with the logic analyzer

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    VirtualBench Measurements Monday, 7/6/15 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $70.00, No Materials Fee
    VirtualBench Measurements Wednesday, 7/29/15 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $70.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
EEE317: myDAQ Measurements

This class is a basic introduction to measuring and analyzing signals with myDAQ, a portable data acquisition device from National Instruments.

You will learn how to use a powerful portable device that will allow you to measure and analyze the world around you. The NI myDAQ is an entire electronics lab in a box, with 8 unique measurement instruments sized to fit into your pocket!

You will learn how to:
  • Set up and install a myDAQ
  • Take voltage, resistance and current measurements with the multimeter
  • Generate signals with the function generator and arbitrary waveform generator
  • Measure waveforms with the oscilloscope
  • Use digital inputs and outputs
  • Perform spectrum analysis with the dynamic signal analyzer


1 session currently scheduled:
    myDAQ Measurements Tuesday, 7/14/15 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 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.
   
EEE318: LabVIEW Experiments

Learn how to use LabVIEW graphical programming to create virtual instruments that measure, analyze, control and log data from real world signals and sensors.

Learn how to use LabVIEW to automate the measurements covered in the introduction to National Instruments myDAQ Measurements class, enabling you to create systems that interact with the real world based on measurements from the various sensors. You will learn how to implement the logic for a simple thermostat control system in LabVIEW using the input and output capabilities of the NI myDAQ.

You will learn how to:
  • Create user interfaces with controls and indicators
  • Use graphical programming structures
  • Interface digital and analog input and output signals from a myDAQ
  • Build a custom thermostat through a series of experiments

1 session currently scheduled:
    LabVIEW Experiments Wednesday, 7/22/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
 FABRICATION (FAB)
 
   
FAB900: Plastic Fabrication + Mold Making Lab

Welcome to TechShop Labs! Labs are open forum environments, similar to an open studio. Each class is student-driven and entirely unique. Students are encouraged to bring project planning ideas, new techniques, and questions from every skill level.

So you have taken the casting class and are interested in getting more precise molds? Here is your chance to ask more questions, see demonstrations of advanced techniques, and discuss your personal projects. Advanced mold making and casting techniques will be demonstrated and discussed by our instructor. Bring in your project ideas and discuss design and manufacturing method options for your projects with our instructor and fellow lab participants.

Labs are similar to studio time. It is recommended participants bring any sketches or photos that will help the instructor better understand their projects and questions.

Due to the unique attention given to each topic in this class, Labs regularly vary in content. Students may take this lab as many times as they like.

Suggested Prerequisite: RTV Moldmaking or Vacuum Former

1 session currently scheduled:
    Plastic Fabrication + Mold Making Lab Saturday, 7/25/15 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, 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.
   
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!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Vacuum Forming SBU Monday, 7/13/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Vacuum Forming SBU Tuesday, 7/21/15 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 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:
    Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Monday, 7/6/15 5:00 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 Thursday, 7/9/15 10:30 AM 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 Thursday, 7/23/15 12:30 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
    Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Friday, 7/24/15 5:00 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
    Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Saturday, 7/25/15 2:00 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
    Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Wednesday, 7/29/15 4:00 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
    Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU Thursday, 7/30/15 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 Monday, 7/6/15 7:30 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 Sunday, 7/12/15 12:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 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 Saturday, 7/25/15 11:00 AM 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. Upon completion of the 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 Tuesday, 7/21/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT 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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Carbon Fiber Basics Monday, 7/13/15 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 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
    Carbon Fiber Basics Wednesday, 7/29/15 5:30 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!

7 sessions currently scheduled:
    Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Thursday, 7/9/15 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
2 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 Thursday, 7/9/15 5:30 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, 7/13/15 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
    Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec Monday, 7/20/15 5:30 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 Thursday, 7/23/15 10:00 AM 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, 7/28/15 2:30 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 Thursday, 7/30/15 1:00 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
LAS103: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS

Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch and engrave designs in a variety of materials up to 24" x 18" 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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS Monday, 7/27/15 5:00 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
    * 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): LAS102 Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Trotec

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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Trotec Thursday, 7/16/15 6:30 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
    * 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

Prerequisites: 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: Includes materials for the class project and an end mill for each student to keep.

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:
    Milling Machine SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT 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 Wednesday, 7/15/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Milling Machine SBU Monday, 7/27/15 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, 7/30/15 6:00 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
    * 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

Prerequisites:
  • 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, 7/11/15 1:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 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.
   
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

Prerequisites: 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!

4 sessions currently scheduled:
    Metal Lathe SBU Monday, 7/6/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT 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 Wednesday, 7/8/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 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 Saturday, 7/11/15 10:00 AM 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 Saturday, 7/18/15 1:00 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.
   
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 Wednesday, 7/22/15 5:30 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
 METAL SHOP (MTL)
 
   
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

Prerequisites: 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!

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    Basic Metal Shop SBU Tuesday, 7/7/15 3:30 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
    Basic Metal Shop SBU Friday, 7/10/15 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 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, 7/11/15 2:00 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
    Basic Metal Shop SBU Thursday, 7/16/15 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
    Basic Metal Shop SBU Monday, 7/27/15 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
    Basic Metal Shop SBU Wednesday, 7/29/15 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.
   
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

Prerequisites: 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!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Sheet Metal Basics SBU Tuesday, 7/7/15 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
    Sheet Metal Basics SBU Monday, 7/13/15 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
    Sheet Metal Basics SBU Monday, 7/20/15 5:00 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.
   
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!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Thursday, 7/23/15 2:00 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 Tuesday, 7/28/15 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
    Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU Thursday, 7/30/15 4:00 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.
   
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

Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103 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!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Ironworker and Bender SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 4:00 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
    Ironworker and Bender SBU Monday, 7/20/15 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
 RAPID PROTOTYPING (PRO)
 
   
PRO103: MakerBot Replicator 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.

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!

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 6:30 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 3D Printer SBU Wednesday, 7/15/15 6:30 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 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 7/16/15 9:00 AM 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 3D Printer SBU Monday, 7/20/15 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
    MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer SBU Tuesday, 7/28/15 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
    MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer SBU Thursday, 7/30/15 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.
 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.

1 session currently scheduled:
    TSPGH Member Orientation Tuesday, 7/14/15 6:00 PM 1.0 Hour 20 SEATS TOTAL
20 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, 8/16/15 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 50 SEATS TOTAL
42 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
 STEAM SUMMER CAMPS (STEAM)
 
   
STEAM101: Design and Build Summer Camp

Design and Build Camp introduces young innovators to software and provides a chance to bring creations to life using TechShop’s laser cutters and 3D printers! Designers will start off learning and refining their CAD (computer aided design) skills in Autodesk and Adobe software before bringing projects to our Trotec laser cutters and MakerBot 3D printers.

Students who take and successfully pass this course will be certified to use the laser cutters and the Makerbot 3D printers at TechShop.

This Design and Build Week-Long Summer Camp is for kids ages 12-18. Camp runs Mondays through Friday from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Please select your ticket for either the week of:

M-F, June 29th-July 3rd

M-F, July 6th-10th

M-F, July 27th-31st or

M-F, August 3rd-7th

Maker Sessions are available from the end of class until 6:00 PM for an additional $150 for the week. These sessions will allow children to continue working on their projects with the tools they have learned.

To sign your child up for a Maker Session, please purchase one Summer Camp: Maker Sessions seat for each child you would like us to watch!

Please make sure to purchase the Maker Session that begins on the same day as your child's camp!

All students must obtain parental/guardian consent waivers and attend camp in appropriate clothing (closed toed shoes are mandatory in a shop environment. Safety glasses and aprons will be provided). Email education.pgh@techshop.ws or call (412) 345-7182 with any questions.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Design and Build Summer Camp Monday, 7/6/15 9:30 AM 30.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
    Design and Build Summer Camp Monday, 7/27/15 9:30 AM 30.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up  
    Design and Build Summer Camp Monday, 8/3/15 9:30 AM 30.0 Hours 9 SEATS TOTAL
9 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $600.00, No Materials Fee
 TEXTILES (TXL)
 
   
TXL111: Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the Juki straight (or single) stitch , walking foot, and serger industrial sewing machines. 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. Lastly, learn 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 these efficient machines and start sewing like a pro!

Project: Canvas work apron

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Industrial sewing machines: single stitch, walking foot, and serger

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!

5 sessions currently scheduled:
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Wednesday, 7/8/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Wednesday, 7/8/15 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Wednesday, 7/15/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Monday, 7/20/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Industrial Sewing Machines (Walking Foot, Straight Stitch, Serger) - SBU Saturday, 7/25/15 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * 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!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    CNC Embroiderer SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    CNC Embroiderer SBU Tuesday, 7/21/15 7:00 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
    CNC Embroiderer SBU Saturday, 7/25/15 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.
 THE TECHSHOP MAKERSPACE ACADEMY (MSA)
 
   
MSA100: The TechShop Makerspace Academy

TechShop is pleased to introduce The TechShop Makerspace Academy, a comprehensive step-by-step academy designed to walk educators and librarians through the critical steps of designing, equipping and operating successful, safe and inspirational public makerspaces based on the TechShop model.

In this three-and-a-half-day intensive, hands-on course, we'll help you navigate the complex challenges of:
  • Formulating inspirational, productive and safe makerspaces

  • Determining the right size for your makerspace based on mission, space and budget

  • Planning for open accessibility while maintaining accountability and safety

  • Establishing rules and policies to safely and effectively manage a makerspace

  • Selecting and installing tools and equipment

  • Training staff

  • Implementing engaging curriculum and workshops

  • and more!
Graduates will receive The TechShop Makerspace Academy Certification showing successful completion of the most comprehensive and relevant training in maker space construct and operation currently available.

All materials, breakfast and lunch, training, academy training binder and certificate are included with the enrollment fee.

Academy sessions are limited to 12 participants. Add-on discounts are available for schools or libraries interested in sending two or more participants to the same Academy session.

Organization affiliation will be verified at check-in.

1 session currently scheduled:
    The TechShop Makerspace Academy
(The TechShop Makerspace Academy)
Tuesday, 7/21/15 8:00 AM 30.0 Hours 12 SEATS TOTAL
    Primary Participant Sign Up $4,500.00, No Materials Fee
    Add-On Participant Sign Up $2,750.00, No Materials Fee
 WELDING / HOTSHOP (WLD)
 
   
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 will be 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!

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    MIG Welding SBU Wednesday, 7/8/15 5:30 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 Friday, 7/10/15 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 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
    MIG Welding SBU Thursday, 7/16/15 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 Saturday, 7/18/15 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 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
    MIG Welding SBU Monday, 7/20/15 5:30 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 Tuesday, 7/28/15 5:30 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
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.

Prerequisites: 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 will beprovided 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 Tuesday, 7/7/15 5:00 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 Tuesday, 7/14/15 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, 7/19/15 2:30 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 Saturday, 7/25/15 11:30 AM 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 Wednesday, 7/29/15 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
    * 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.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TIG Welding SBU.

Safety: Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in natural fibers are required clothing in the Hot Shop. Always wear closed-toed shoes at TechShop.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum Monday, 7/6/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum Friday, 7/17/15 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 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!

8 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodshop SBU Thursday, 7/9/15 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
2 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, 7/12/15 1:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 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 Tuesday, 7/14/15 3:30 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 Thursday, 7/16/15 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 Tuesday, 7/21/15 3:30 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 Thursday, 7/23/15 11:00 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 Saturday, 7/25/15 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, 7/30/15 3:30 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.
   
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!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Tuesday, 7/7/15 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 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 Thursday, 7/16/15 2:00 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.
   
WOD103: Wood Lathe SBU

Woodturning is a method of woodworking used to create wooden bowls, pens, table legs and endless other round or cylindrical items on a lathe.

Learn to safely use the lathe to make wooden parts in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Discover how to set up the lathe, prepare raw materials, and use different wood turning tools. Spin circles around the shop with the new skills acquired in this class!

Project: Turn a wooden spindle

Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU is recommended but not required

Equipment access: Wood lathe

Minimum age: 16

Supervision requirements: None

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

  • 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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Wood Lathe SBU Tuesday, 7/14/15 6:30 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.
 WORKSHOPS (WKS)
 
   
WKS112: Intro to Blacksmithing

In this class, learn the starting skills of traditional blacksmithing. We will learn to build and maintain a charcoal fire to forging temperatures of up to 2,500°F. The class will cover correct hammering techniques, tongs, and the use of a cut off hardie tool and veining chisels. Learn to confidently and safely hammer hot metal into functional and decorative objects, starting with a leaf bottle opener. Come ready to work up a sweat and get your hands dirty.

Project: Leaf Bottle Opener

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

Equipment access: Anvil, Charcoal Forge and Blower, Hot Cut Hardie, Veining Chisel

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 forge and anvil 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 made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather shirt,natural fiber or leather long pants, hearing protection, eye protection

Advisable: Leather jacket, leather pants, leather boots, leather apron



3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Intro to Blacksmithing Saturday, 7/11/15 10:30 AM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Intro to Blacksmithing Tuesday, 7/14/15 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Intro to Blacksmithing Friday, 7/24/15 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS117: Blacksmithing Lab

Welcome to TechShop Labs! Labs are open forum environments, similar to an open studio. Each class is student-driven and entirely unique. Students are encouraged to bring project planning ideas, new techniques, and questions from every skill level.

So you have taken the Intro to Blacksmithing workshop and are interested in pursuing a personal project? Here is your chance to ask more questions, see demonstrations of advanced techniques, and discuss your project ideas. Advanced blacksmithing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed by our instructor. Bring in your wildest ideas, designs, work holding questions and potential material options for your projects. Discuss these topics with the instructor and fellow lab participants.

Labs are similar to studio time. It is recommended participants bring any sketches or photos that will help the instructor better understand their projects and questions.

Due to the unique attention given to each topic in this class, Labs regularly vary in content. Students may take this lab as many times as they like.

Suggested Prerequisite: Intro to Blacksmithing

1 session currently scheduled:
    Blacksmithing Lab Sunday, 7/19/15 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00, 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.