Learn Something New

MakerPlace offers basic to advanced courses to start you off or to hone an existing skill. Learn something new, collaborate with experts, complete a prototype, start a business or fashion unique gifts. 

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 Shop Orientation and Safety (SOS)Shop Orientation is a mandatory course for all  new members who are interested in utilizing shop tools without instructor supervision. Shop        Orientation must be completed before accessing any tools in MakerPlace. The cost of the course is  $40.00 and is payable upon check-in, however, this fee is waived for members who sign up for a  month or more prior to taking Shop Orientation.                       

 Shop orientation provides every member with basic knowledge of the layout and tools currently  available at MakerPlace San Diego. Successful completion of this course allows members to utilize  all tools other than those requiring specific Basic Operation and Safety (BOS) instruction.  SOS  covers the wood, metal, electronics and specialty shops in terms of  location, purpose, basic  operation and safety tips for each major tool.  When possible, operating demonstrations will  be provided. 


Machine Oriented Basic Operation and Safety (BOS)These courses are intended to provide Basic Operation and Safety procedures for several of the more complex tools including computer controlled tools.  These courses are mandatory prior to members using the associated tool. In cases where a student already has substantial knowledge of a tool, with the instructor’s permission, the student may "test out" of the class by demonstrating their safety and proficiency on the machine. Test outs are generally half the cost of the class registration. BOS courses are generally prerequisites for Advanced Operation and Safety (AOS) courses.

Software ClassesThese courses are intended to provide members with either an introduction to basic design software required to run the machines or to expand on already existing knowledge to make better use of the machines.

Project Based Classes and WorkshopsThese courses will cover a particular topic in depth and usually will be project based. It will be here that you will find Arduino courses and many other fun project based courses that will be offered on a variety of different crafts and practices.

Machine Reservation Policy

Class Cancellation Policy 


Upcoming events

    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 13 Dec 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 10
    Register

    This class will teach the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. It will be taught with a contemporary approach to the materials and process. Creative projects may include jewelry, wall art, bowls, etc. Techniques to be explored will be stencils, screen prints, wet packing, cloisonné, liquid enamels, etching and other techniques suitable to the materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks. Class will not be held on                                                    the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.

    Class dates are as follows: November 8,15,29 and December 6,13 
     
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    This course has a $20 materials fee. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 12 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    The TIG Welding course teaches students the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of the Tungsten Inert Gas process. Class will be lab/lecture style with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to troubleshoot problems associated with the process. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock and welding consumables. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register


    Have you ever wanted to design in 3D on your computer? Fusion 360 makes designing, rendering, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) simple and fun! In this hands-on lecture/demonstration we will explore the different workspaces in Fusion 360 to design a desk lamp.

    We will use the model workspace to build most of the components using sketch-based modeling. We will also explore the sculpt workspace to create the lampshade, and look at inserting pre-built components from the McMaster Carr library.

    Fusion 360 is currently free for students and makers/tinkerers. Follow the instructions online to download your free Fusion 360 software. Instructions for students can be found at www.vdci.edu.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation.

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    In order for the class to move smoothly and allow everyone to learn the maximum amount, it’s suggested to watch the Free Fusion 360 Essentials videos that are available at www.vdci.edu or can be found at the VDCI YouTube page. This video-based workshop takes about 30 minutes, and goes over essential tools, preferences, and navigation in Fusion 360. 

    Syllabus (specific topics to be covered):  Sketch-based modeling, T-Spline Modeling, Joints, Materials, Inserting Components


    Consumed Materials/sources:  All course materials will be provided in class and can be found for FREE at www.vdci.edu (with videos!)


    Tool Requirements:  All students should bring a personal laptop to class (PC or Mac).


    Software Requirements:  All students should have Fusion 360 installed before class – installation videos at www.vdci.edu

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 14 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 6
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    This class covers the basic operation of our CNC Wood Router. Students will learn how to navigate VicEngrave software, proper machine set-up and calibration, how to import and run files, as well as operation of the vacuum table. 

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Max. Material Dimensions: 4 ft by 8 ft
    • Cut various types of wood and plastic
    • Vacuum bed

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 0

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    If you're itching to start making sawdust in the wood shop (but the last time you used a band saw was middle school shop class) then this is the course for you!
    Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools outlines the basic operation and safety of a variety of wood working equipment including the table saw, miter saw, band saw, drill press, nail gun, hand drill, belt sander, pedestal sander, and drum sander...phew!
    This is a hands on course that includes instructor demonstration as well as the opportunity for each student to practice on the equipment. By the end of the course each student will complete a wooden tool box, perfect for your future woodworking endeavors!
    A $10 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 10
    Register

    Learn how to create your very own vertical, succulent, wall garden to transform any place into a stylish living space. Easy to maintain with limited watering required. These succulent wall gardens are the perfect addition to any home. You can hang them on a wall or place them on a shelf to bring more color into your life!

    In this workshop you will be receiving one preassembled picture frame to which you will attach a garden box. You will learn how to build the garden box using a drill, electric screw driver, staple gun and metal cutters. Plants, moss and dirt will be provided and assembled in your wall garden. To add your own personal touch, paint options will be included. Tips on how to arrange and care for your plants will also be discussed. 


    You will have two options of sizes 14” x 16” or 20" x 16" . The best part about it is you will take home a beautiful wall garden that will be ready to be displayed or gifted to a special someone.


    Material costs vary depending on size:

    For frames

    14” x 16” frame- materials fee $20

    20" x 16"- material fee $40

    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 2
    Register
            

    After you brush off the sawdust from the Intro to Wood Shop class you may consider taking our Intermediate Woodworking class. Part 1 covers the process of building your own face grain cutting board using both domestic and exotic hardwoods like walnut, cherry, maple and purple heart. Our instructor will not only cover general wood shop safety, he'll also outline the process of properly milling wood, how to do a successful glue-up, and finishing techniques. Machines covered in this class include the jointer, table saw, planer and router. During this hands-on, two day class each student will create their very own wood cutting board.

    A $35 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on December 16th and December 17th from 3:00PM to 6:00 PM.

    Intermediate Woodworking Part 2: End Grain Cutting Boards is an extension to the Part 1 course. Part 2 is a one day course that teaches students how to convert their face grain cutting boards into end grain cutting boards. 

    Suggested Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools or basic woodworking skills are highly encouraged.

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 17 Dec 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
    Register

    Want to learn even more about screen printing?  

    Photo emulsion is the industry standard for multi-color screen printing. It is the best way to control multi-color images and it lets you work in any art format. Take advantage of hands on projects and small class sizes. Maker Place has everything you need to coat, mount, and burn screens. It is easy and fun! Save money and do it yourself. This class is intended to build upon the knowledge, gained in “Screen Printing Basics”. It is highly recommended that you have an understanding of screens, inks, and techniques before taking this class.  
    A $7 materials fee covers each student's pigments, ink and screens. 
    Students should bring in their own T-shirt that they would like to print on. It wouldn't hurt to have a backup too!

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 18 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 3
    Register
    The three wood lathes in our new woodturning area can be used for a variety of applications! Our members have turned everything from beautiful wooden bowls, to custom chair legs and even baseball bats.   

    Topics covered in this course include: reparing material for the spindle, chuck turning, proper tool selection and sharpening, and basic finishing techniques. The first portion of this class will be lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Our Three Lathes:

    • BRAND NEW! Powermatic 3520B
      • Max Material Size: 20” diameter/35” length
    • Jet JWL-1442VS
      • Max Material Size: 14” diameter/42” length
    • Jet Mini JML-1014I
      • Max Material Size: 10” diameter/14” length

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 18 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Shop
    • 10
    Register
    Beginning sewing is a lot like advanced duct taping. If you can make it out of tape and paper you have what it takes to make it out of cloth and thread. Make tool bags, tactical clothing, trim for your woodwork, upholster your car, or go traditional and make a quilt. 
    This course outlines the basics of needle selection, thread types, proper fabric selection, winding a bobbin, and thread tension- all of which are important components that make up a successful project. Learn tricks that will make the machines work every time. This class is divided between lecture and lab- students will have the opportunity to sew a set of sample stitches with each machine to practice what they have learned. 
    Stop living in fear! The next time you have a project that involves fabric, charge forward and make it happen. Learning the basics of sewing opens a world of possibilities for future designs and projects. 
    A $6 material fee covers each student's thread and sample fabric. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 18 Dec 2017
    • (PST)
    • 19 Dec 2017
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    In this two-session course, students will learn about various knife designs, the reasoning behind certain knife shapes, as well as how to design your own knife, and bring it to life via the traditional Stock Removal Method.  The vast majority of knives on the market today are produced using stock removal because it is a great way to produce a blade that is both attractive and reliable.

    The first session will begin with a brief lecture and then students will get right into working in the shop for the remainder of the first session and the entirety of the second session. During shop time, they will gain experience using the bandsaw, belt-grinder, and forge.  After learning the basics, students will have the opportunity to  imagine their own design, bring their blade to life in the forge, and finalize their masterpiece using the rest of the metal machinery. 

    The instructor for this course is not only experienced in knife making, but also boasts a wealth of experience gathered from years of working as a U.S. Navy SEABEE, as well as a background in basic survival and wilderness first-responder training. This is a special opportunity to make a truly unique product or gift. 

    A $50 materials fee covers each student’s metal and wood consumables.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 19 Dec 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    Register

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of  Metal Inert Gas welding (MIG). Class will be lecture/lab style, with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to trouble shoot problems associated with the process.

    Originally developed for welding aluminum and other non-ferrous materials in the 1940s, MIG was soon applied to steels because it provided faster welding time compared to other welding processes. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 19 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6
    Register

    The CNC Plasma is a Maker’s best friend when it comes to cutting designs out of large pieces of sheet metal. Create custom letters for signs, cut curves and organic shapes, or easily duplicate and cut repeating patterns. The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 


    Be prepared for some sparks and molten metal! All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.


    Required Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Suggested Prerequisites: 

    We've found that students who have completed the BOS- Intro to Laser class experience less of a learning curve when using the CNC Plasma. Bonus: you can run tests of your files on the lasers and work out any glitches before cutting into your expensive sheet metal. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Imports .dxf or .svg
    • Max material thickness: 3/4 inch
    • Bed size: 4ft by 8 ft

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 20 Dec 2017
    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 14
    Register

    This class will teach the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. It will be taught with a contemporary approach to the materials and process. Creative projects may include jewelry, wall art, bowls, etc. Techniques to be explored will be stencils, screen prints, wet packing, cloisonné, liquid enamels, etching and other techniques suitable to the materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks. Class will not be held on                                                    the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving.

    Class dates are as follows:  December 20th, January 3,10,17,24
     
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    This course has a $20 materials fee. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 21 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 


    The Tormach 4-Axis CNC Mill not only allows you to mill a variety of metals under strict tolerances, you can also use it for small productions lines of pieces that need to be cut to the same dimensions. Our members have cut everything from jewelry pendants to gears for kinetic sculptures.


    This course will outline Mach 3 control software, machine set up and calibration, importing and running files, as well as tooling systems and tool holders.

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    The BOS- Vertical Mill class is required for students who have little or no experience operating milling equipment. This course covers topics like feeds and speeds which will be vital when you're first starting out on the Tormach. You'll save money not breaking bits, you'll save time understanding proper speed and feed rates, and you won't risk putting unnecessary stress on the machine (which makes us happy!). 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 21 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to cut out your own coasters, etch custom designs on glassware, or just make really awesome gifts? MakerPlace's Intro to Laser course will guide students through the care and use of the 80 and 100 watt lasers as well as the proper steps for prepping your file, material selection, and navigation of the LaserCut software. With our Hurricane Lasers, members have the ability to cut anything from acrylic to wood and achieve detailed engraving on materials like leather and anodized aluminum.


    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a vector-based file (eg: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr .plt file extensions) If you have no idea what a vector file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • (2x) 100 watt CO2 Hurricane Lasers 35in x 47in in bed size
    • (1x) 80 watt CO2 Hurricane Laser 23in x 31in in bed size
    • File types imported into laser .plt .dxf .bmp
    • What they can't cut: metal, vinyl, PVC, and any poly-carbonate plastics

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 26 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    Do you have a project that requires precise drilling or cutting? Sure you could get the job done with the drill press and the band saw, but why struggle with those machines when you can do the same job more efficiently and accurately with the Bridgeport vertical mills?

    Milling offers a variety of applications from prototyping to production; you can use the mills to cut, rout, drill, and tap a variety of metals and plastics. We’ve seen our members milling everything from locomotive parts to jewelry pendants!

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, proper tool selection,  use of the digital meter, and feeds and speeds. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of  hands on practice and Q&A. 

    This course is a prerequisite for the BOS- Tormach CNC Mill class. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 26 Dec 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10
    Register

    Designing on the computer can be confusing (and even a little stressful) if you're not familiar with the software.


    Never fear! Our Intro to 2D Graphics course outlines the basic functions and operations of Computer Aided Design through CorelDRAW, a vector design software, so that you can get started off on the right foot. This course will take students through the process of creating and prepping 2D vector files such as .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr and .plt which can be used on our CNC run machines (eg: laser, CNC router, CNC mill, and plasma).


    Don’t have CorelDRAW on your computer? We've got you covered! MakerPlace has PC Laptops installed with CorelDRAW that are available for class use.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 26 Dec 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 28 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    The TIG Welding course teaches students the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of the Tungsten Inert Gas process. Class will be lab/lecture style with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to troubleshoot problems associated with the process. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock and welding consumables. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 28 Dec 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register


    Have you ever wanted to design in 3D on your computer? Fusion 360 makes designing, rendering, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) simple and fun! In this hands-on lecture/demonstration we will explore the different workspaces in Fusion 360 to design a desk lamp.

    We will use the model workspace to build most of the components using sketch-based modeling. We will also explore the sculpt workspace to create the lampshade, and look at inserting pre-built components from the McMaster Carr library.

    Fusion 360 is currently free for students and makers/tinkerers. Follow the instructions online to download your free Fusion 360 software. Instructions for students can be found at www.vdci.edu.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation.

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    In order for the class to move smoothly and allow everyone to learn the maximum amount, it’s suggested to watch the Free Fusion 360 Essentials videos that are available at www.vdci.edu or can be found at the VDCI YouTube page. This video-based workshop takes about 30 minutes, and goes over essential tools, preferences, and navigation in Fusion 360. 

    Syllabus (specific topics to be covered):  Sketch-based modeling, T-Spline Modeling, Joints, Materials, Inserting Components


    Consumed Materials/sources:  All course materials will be provided in class and can be found for FREE at www.vdci.edu (with videos!)


    Tool Requirements:  All students should bring a personal laptop to class (PC or Mac).


    Software Requirements:  All students should have Fusion 360 installed before class – installation videos at www.vdci.edu

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 02 Jan 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of  Metal Inert Gas welding (MIG). Class will be lecture/lab style, with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to trouble shoot problems associated with the process.

    Originally developed for welding aluminum and other non-ferrous materials in the 1940s, MIG was soon applied to steels because it provided faster welding time compared to other welding processes. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 02 Jan 2018
    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    The metal lathe can be used for a variety of applications. Whether you’re turning smooth cylinders, shaving down material to precise tolerances, drilling holes, the metal lathe can be used with a variety of tooling to create different effects. Our members have turned everything from small steel pins to locomotive parts!

    This course will cover material selection, proper set up of the chuck and tooling, and different cutting. The first portion of this class will be lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    A $35 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR TWO SESSIONS:

    TUESDAY January 2 6:00-9:00 PM

    THURSDAY January 4 6:00-9:00 PM






    • 02 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 7
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 


    The Tormach 4-Axis CNC Mill not only allows you to mill a variety of metals under strict tolerances, you can also use it for small productions lines of pieces that need to be cut to the same dimensions. Our members have cut everything from jewelry pendants to gears for kinetic sculptures.


    This course will outline Mach 3 control software, machine set up and calibration, importing and running files, as well as tooling systems and tool holders.

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    The BOS- Vertical Mill class is required for students who have little or no experience operating milling equipment. This course covers topics like feeds and speeds which will be vital when you're first starting out on the Tormach. You'll save money not breaking bits, you'll save time understanding proper speed and feed rates, and you won't risk putting unnecessary stress on the machine (which makes us happy!). 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 04 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to cut out your own coasters, etch custom designs on glassware, or just make really awesome gifts? MakerPlace's Intro to Laser course will guide students through the care and use of the 80 and 100 watt lasers as well as the proper steps for prepping your file, material selection, and navigation of the LaserCut software. With our Hurricane Lasers, members have the ability to cut anything from acrylic to wood and achieve detailed engraving on materials like leather and anodized aluminum.


    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a vector-based file (eg: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr .plt file extensions) If you have no idea what a vector file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • (2x) 100 watt CO2 Hurricane Lasers 35in x 47in in bed size
    • (1x) 80 watt CO2 Hurricane Laser 23in x 31in in bed size
    • File types imported into laser .plt .dxf .bmp
    • What they can't cut: metal, vinyl, PVC, and any poly-carbonate plastics

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 06 Jan 2018
    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 5
    Register
      

    Over the course of two days, the student will build an Antikea Danish modern style coffee table* worth $500.00 from start to finish. The purpose of the course is to teach the fundamentals of furniture making from wood selection and characteristics through the Danish oil finish. The objective of the course is to provide accelerated training in modern woodworking, by focusing on the thought processes used by all experienced furniture makers.  The course will be a combination of short lectures on conceptual thinking, followed by instruction in specific techniques as the class goes through the steps of building the coffee table.  The intent of the course is to demonstrate that the student can build finely made and finished furniture, and learn the transferable skills needed to move to more complex pieces with confidence. Students will learn the concepts of self-reliance, self-teaching, and “thinking like a woodworker.” The students will learn most of the typical techniques and tool usage of the modern woodshop and how to apply them as desired for different applications.  Tools used will include the table saw, cutoff/miter saw, band saw, table router, horizontal belt sander and hand sander.  While not necessary for this project (because we will be using factory planed wood), some instruction will be given on jointer and planer use and order of operations.  Basic gluing and clamping techniques will be augmented with some lessons about the “art of creative clamping.” 


    Students must register with MakerPlace by December 27th. Fees must be paid at the time of registration. The minimum number of students per workshop is three; the maximum number of students is five. Students will elect at the time of registration to either build their table from black limba and the selection of accent woods provided, or elect to purchase woods of their own choosing. Students choosing to buy their own wood may consult with Mr. Walkey about wood selection and purchase by email after registering. Mr. Walkey will supply tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and Danish oil/ satin wax for the finish.


    Students are encouraged to bring notetaking materials and cameras to photograph the processes and their project as it proceeds.  Students may cancel with a full refund at any time, provided it leaves three students for the workshop.  A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last minute cancelation of three-student classes. 


    Required Prerequisites:

    Some woodworking or power tool experience is required unless Mr. Walkey waives this requirement for good reason. Students with significant woodshop experience can apply to take the class for free (paying only for the wood) by assisting Mr. Walkey with classes of four or five.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 07 Jan 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 3
    Register
    Make stuff! Print on T-shirts, signs, posters and just about anything you can think of.  Vinyl stencil is a quick easy way to get exposure to t-shirt printing using vector art.  You will learn to use the cutter/plotter, transfer vinyl stickers, and print shirts all in one class.  We will discuss tools, techniques and media.  Take advantage of hands-on projects and small class sizes. Get detailed understanding of what screen printing is and how to apply it to your project.  At Maker Place we have everything you need to make professional prints on t-shirts. In this class, we will learn to print with vinyl stencils. 
    A $7 materials fee covers each student's pigments, ink and screens. 
    Students should bring in their own T-shirt that they would like to print on. It wouldn't hurt to have a backup too!

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 08 Jan 2018
    • (PST)
    • 10 Jan 2018
    • (PST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 2
    Register

    In this two-session course, students will learn about various knife designs, the reasoning behind certain knife shapes, as well as how to design your own knife, and bring it to life via the traditional Stock Removal Method.  The vast majority of knives on the market today are produced using stock removal because it is a great way to produce a blade that is both attractive and reliable.

    The first session will begin with a brief lecture and then students will get right into working in the shop for the remainder of the first session and the entirety of the second session. During shop time, they will gain experience using the bandsaw, belt-grinder, and forge.  After learning the basics, students will have the opportunity to  imagine their own design, bring their blade to life in the forge, and finalize their masterpiece using the rest of the metal machinery. 

    The instructor for this course is not only an expert in knife making, but also boasts a wealth of experience gathered from years of working as a U.S. Navy SEABEE, as well as a background in basic survival and wilderness first-responder training. This is a special opportunity to make a truly unique product or gift. 

    A $50 materials fee covers each student’s metal and wood consumables.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10
    Register

    Designing on the computer can be confusing (and even a little stressful) if you're not familiar with the software.


    Never fear! Our Intro to 2D Graphics course outlines the basic functions and operations of Computer Aided Design through CorelDRAW, a vector design software, so that you can get started off on the right foot. This course will take students through the process of creating and prepping 2D vector files such as .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr and .plt which can be used on our CNC run machines (eg: laser, CNC router, CNC mill, and plasma).


    Don’t have CorelDRAW on your computer? We've got you covered! MakerPlace has PC Laptops installed with CorelDRAW that are available for class use.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    The VCarve: CNC Software and Fundamentals class will outline the workflow of taking your vector designs through the VCarve software which will generate the g-code used by the CNC machine to cut our your design. Students will also learn the functions of different tool-paths, cutting parameters, proper tool selection, and machining strategies. This course is a prerequisite for the BOS CNC Router and the BOS Tormach CNC Mill class. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are required as the classroom is located though the shop**


    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 10 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6
    Register

    The CNC Plasma is a Maker’s best friend when it comes to cutting designs out of large pieces of sheet metal. Create custom letters for signs, cut curves and organic shapes, or easily duplicate and cut repeating patterns. The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 


    Be prepared for some sparks and molten metal! All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.


    Required Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Suggested Prerequisites: 

    We've found that students who have completed the BOS- Intro to Laser class experience less of a learning curve when using the CNC Plasma. Bonus: you can run tests of your files on the lasers and work out any glitches before cutting into your expensive sheet metal. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Imports .dxf or .svg
    • Max material thickness: 3/4 inch
    • Bed size: 4ft by 8 ft

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    The TIG Welding course teaches students the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of the Tungsten Inert Gas process. Class will be lab/lecture style with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to troubleshoot problems associated with the process. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock and welding consumables. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 5
    Register


    Have you ever wanted to design in 3D on your computer? Fusion 360 makes designing, rendering, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) simple and fun! In this hands-on lecture/demonstration we will explore the different workspaces in Fusion 360 to design a desk lamp.

    We will use the model workspace to build most of the components using sketch-based modeling. We will also explore the sculpt workspace to create the lampshade, and look at inserting pre-built components from the McMaster Carr library.

    Fusion 360 is currently free for students and makers/tinkerers. Follow the instructions online to download your free Fusion 360 software. Instructions for students can be found at www.vdci.edu.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation.

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    In order for the class to move smoothly and allow everyone to learn the maximum amount, it’s suggested to watch the Free Fusion 360 Essentials videos that are available at www.vdci.edu or can be found at the VDCI YouTube page. This video-based workshop takes about 30 minutes, and goes over essential tools, preferences, and navigation in Fusion 360. 

    Syllabus (specific topics to be covered):  Sketch-based modeling, T-Spline Modeling, Joints, Materials, Inserting Components


    Consumed Materials/sources:  All course materials will be provided in class and can be found for FREE at www.vdci.edu (with videos!)


    Tool Requirements:  All students should bring a personal laptop to class (PC or Mac).


    Software Requirements:  All students should have Fusion 360 installed before class – installation videos at www.vdci.edu

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 8
    Register