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WKS007: Build a Mini Arcade Machine for Your Raspberry Pi

This workshop gives you all the parts and the know-how to build a fully functional, 1/8th scale arcade cabinet using a Raspberry Pi computer as the "brains." If you have a Raspberry Pi and want to turn it into your own personal arcade, this workshop is for you.

You start with a pre-assembled oak-plywood cabinet and are guided step-by-step to install and wire: a 7" LCD screen, speakers, stereo amplifier, arcade buttons, and joystick. At the end of the class you can take your mini arcade home to paint and (best of all) add games to play!

Building the cabinet requires no technical skills or programming knowledge. As the unit is built, we will discuss basic electrical principles such as DC circuits and computer logic so you will understand the magic behind your mini arcade. It is helpful (but not vital) to have some basic electronics skills such as soldering.

*Note* Raspberry Pi (Model B 512MB) and 8 GB SD card are not included in materials fee. You will have the option of purchasing these from TechShop, or bringing your own to class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Build a Mini Arcade Machine for Your Raspberry Pi Sunday, 8/24/14 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    Member and non-member Sign Up $300.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
WKS537: 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!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU
(Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter SBU)
Wednesday, 8/6/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    * 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.