Upcoming Classes

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 01 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 9
    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 dates are as follows: Oct 4, Oct 11 , Oct 18, Oct 25 , Nov 1 
     
    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**

    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 2
    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**

    • 23 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 1
    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**


    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 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. 

    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**


    • 24 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 12
    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**



    • 25 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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, or threading stock, 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 and threading operations. 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**





    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 4
    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**


    • 27 Oct 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**

    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 14
    Register

    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    We are very pleased to announce a new series of workshops intended to enhance your entrepreneurial and product development skills.  These will be coordinated by Mark Jahn and presented by Mark and several local experts. Each session will be focused on a specific critical aspect of creating, growing and sustaining a new, creative business.

    Understanding the important steps to making your business a success is key.  Whether you are in the idea stage, or you're struggling with post launch issues - this workshop will help you crystalize what actions are needed and make your efforts more productive. Understanding your value proposition, the challenging transformation from product offering to ongoing business, jump-starting sales, controlling costs and assembling resources are all covered, along with some interesting tips & tricks. This interactive session is followed by an extended question & answer period and an informal networking opportunity. 


    This first Workshop begins with:

    1.) What do I really have?

    2.) Can I define the business opportunity?

    3.) What is it worth to my customer?

    4.) Who are my potential customers?

    5.) Talk to the customer

    6.) What are my true and total costs?

     7.) Getting started

    8.) Why marketing is most important

    9.) Professional services & leveraging strategies


    Mark Jahn has been a business adviser in San Diego for more than 16 years. During that time; he has been an Independent Business Adviser, served as SBA Counselor to small businesses for the Small Business Administration's SBDC program and was Business Incubator Director at City College and a MakerPlace member.

     Mark specializes in advising entrepreneurs and small business owners, coordinating support, and assisting much like a private board of directors would do. Mark's training sessions often include visiting professionals including accountants, lawyers, engineers, investors, successful entrepreneurs and other subject matter experts.


    Additional seminars will be announced shortly.




    • 29 Oct 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 1022 W Morena Blvd, Suite H

    Join us on October 29th for our open house and market at MakerPlace! Enjoy free demonstrations, handmade products, and food & drinks! Open to the public and all visitors will be offered our membership promo: Buy one month get one free! (ends 12/30)


    • 02 Nov 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**

    • 03 Nov 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**

    • 04 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
    Register
    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**

    • 05 Nov 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” and . 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”: 
    Materials fee $20

    20' x 16 Material fee $40

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
    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**


    • 06 Nov 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**

    • 06 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 4
    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**


    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 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.**

    • 07 Nov 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**



    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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, or threading stock, 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 and threading operations. 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**





    • 08 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 06 Dec 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 15
    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 dates are as follows: November 8,15,22,29 and December 6th
     
    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**

    • 09 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 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. 

    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**


    • 09 Nov 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**

    • 11 Nov 2017
    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 2
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to design and build your own 7-ply skateboard deck?  Or are you curious about how to make bent wood laminations?  In this hands-on two-part class, you’ll design, cut, and press your own skateboard deck!  In Part 1, you’ll start by shaping your own foam mold that will be used to form seven 1/16” maple veneers into a skateboard shape.  You’ll then glue and press the veneers using the Roarockit vacuum forming method.  In Part 2, you’ll cut out your molded veneers into you desired shape, as well as drill and sand your deck.  Sealing and artwork are not included as part of this workshop, but guidance will be provided.  After class there will be an opportunity to place an order for discounted trucks, wheels, and other parts to complete your board.

    Learn more about Open Source Skateboards at www.opensourceboards.com.

     


    Questions?  Please contact the instructor (Beau) at beau@opensourceboards.com.



    Duration:   Day One   3.5 hours  November 11

                      Day Two  2.5 hours  November 12

    Schedule:

    2.5 hours:  Shape and Glue

    1.5 hours:  Cut, drill and sand


    Required Prerequisites:


    What's included: 

    ·          All materials needed to make a 7-ply maple skateboard deck (9.5” x 34” maximum dimensions)

    ·          34” x 9.5” x 3” high density foam block (you keep your mold)

    ·          Surform shaver for sanding at home

    PRIVATE SESSION OPTION (one-on-one with instructor):

    If you’d like to schedule a private, one-on-one session at MakerPlace, please contact Beau at beau@opensourceboards.com.

     

    Private session price:

                    Materials:           $80 (includes tax)

                    Class fee:            $150 (members)

                                                    $190 (non-members)

    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 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 19 Nov 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
    Register
                 
    This is an introductory course on the basics of creating jewelry using precious metal clay techniques. Metal clay can be easily manipulated by hand just like familiar ceramic clay. However, when fired, the metal clay binding material vaporizes and the metal particulates sinter leaving a solid metal object.

     Metal clay objects may be easily formed by hand, created with commercially available press molds, 3D printed, or provided by the student. Thus, no previous art experience or talent is required to construct beautiful jewelry or other objects with precious metal clay. 

    Although the skills taught in this course are generally appropriate to all metal clay, this class with focus on low cost bronze metal clay while skills are developing. The instructor will supply approximately 30 grams of bronze metal clay. Typically this is enough for a pair of earrings and two medium sized pendants. See photograph for objects created from approximately 30 grams of material. Students will learn skills that may be applied to working with other metal clay such as copper, silver or gold metal clay. 

    Due to the relatively lengthy firing time required, this course is divided into two sessions: in the first, the student will develop their clay objects which will then be fired. In the second session, students will finish their fired objects by polishing and/or applying patinas or dyes, and/or jewelry findings.

    This course will be held in two 3 hour sessions on consecutive weekends: SUNDAY November 12th and SUNDAY November 19th

    A materials fee of $25 covers all materials needed for the class including each student's bronze metal clay, jewelry findings and finishing materials.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**


    • 14 Nov 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**

    • 14 Nov 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**

    • 14 Nov 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**



    • 16 Nov 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**

    • 17 Nov 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 Nov 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**

    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 4
    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**


    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 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. 

    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**


    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 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.**

    • 21 Nov 2017
    • 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**


    • 21 Nov 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**



    • 22 Nov 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 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, or threading stock, 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 and threading operations. 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**





    • 23 Nov 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 Nov 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 6
    Register
    Copper Bowl Forming will teach each student how to form their own copper bowl with readily available tools and equipment using the sinking method. 
    The class will consist of both lecture and demonstration of the bowl forming method. It will include methods on forming copper, how to anneal copper, how to clean copper, general safety guidelines and much more!
    Each student will have their own workstation for rough forming the bowl. At the end of the workshop each student will have finished their own copper bowl and also have the knowledge and ability to continue on their own to form copper using the sinking method. 

    A $5 materials fee covers each student’s copper. 

    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**

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