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.

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Class Cancellation Policy 


Upcoming events

    • 26 Jul 2017
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 9

    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:

    July 26, Aug 2, Aug 9, Aug 16, Aug 23.
    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**

    • 20 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 4
                 
    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 August 20 and Sunday Sunday August 27 10 AM to 1 PM.

    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**


    • 22 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 12

    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**



    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4

    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 $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. 

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





    • 24 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 10

    Love using the lasers? This class is for students looking to advance and expand their laser skills. During the first half of this 2.5 hour class, students will learn how to use, and will be tested out on, the Epilog laser and the rotary device. The Epilog engraves photos and other black and white bitmaps; the rotary device engraves cylinders, such as glasses and wine bottles. 

    Second half of class is reserved for advancing students' individual projects and, time permitting: box-making, gears, the value of laser jigs (improve accuracy and expedite production), masking tips, focus effects, glass and acrylic tips and troubleshooting.

    This class is for those who:

    Want to learn how to, and be allowed to, use different tools;

    Have projects in which you seek direction/assistance from a more experienced guide;

    Have laser-based questions about making the machines run better for your specific needs; 

    Took the laser class a long time ago, but worry you've forgotten.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions here.

    Don't be intimidated. 

    Do pay close attention as there's a LOT to cover.

    Your instructor's lasered artwork adorns businesses throughout San Diego and was even on QVC earlier this year. He also speaks quickly, so bring your quagmire, your ai/plt/eps/svg/etc, your pen, and perhaps some caffeine, and let's get you where you need to be!

    A $5 materials fee covers each student's glassware and some acrylic/wood for laser engraving.

    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**

    Required prerequisite: BOS Intro to Laser Cutting & Engraving



    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3

    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 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood 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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    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 $25 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on June 17th and June 18th from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

    For students interested in learning additional woodworking techniques, MakerPlace offers Intermediate Woodworking Part 2: End Grain Cutting Boards as 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**



    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 2

    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

                      Day Two 2.5 hours

    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**

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Assembly Room
    • 7

    In this class, students will learn the basics of soldering wires, circuit boards and other electronic components. Students will also learn how to de-solder components and tin wires for ease of connectivity. 



    After learning the basics, student will assemble a working digital clock on a circuit board during the second portion if the class. 





    The topics presented in this class include:

    • Safety- Safety goggles recommended. Proper handling techniques and caution given the high heat soldering irons.
    • Tinning- Demonstrate how to tin a soldering iron tip for most efficient performance.
    • Wire Soldering- Provide proper technique to join two or more wires.
    • Circuits- Learn how to solder components on a circuit board for maximum effectiveness and how to de-solder and remove if necessary.
    • Maintenance- Learn how to maintain and care for soldering iron tip to ensure optimal performance.
    • Accessories- Discover helpful tools to aid in certain tasks such as helping hands, solder braid, and vacuum de-solder stations. 
                      
    • 27 Aug 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and Metal Shop
    • 4

    If bending sheet metal is on your to-do list we have a few machines at MakerPlace that will help you get the job done. Option One: the hand brake allows you to bend 48 inch wide sheets up to 16 gauge thick. Option Two: the HYDRAULIC BRAKE!!! allows you to bend 8 ft sheets up to 1/8 inch thick!!! Not to mention we have a variety of dies to achieve the specific angle you’re looking for. 

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, operations for various bend angles, how to set the back gauge for multiple consistent bends, and general metal working and bending practices. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Bends sheet metal up 8 ft long
    • Bends sheet metal up to 1/8” thick
    • Bends flat stock up to 1/4” thick
    • Not ideal for bending tubing or pipe

    A $5 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**

    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 9

    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**

    • 29 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 14

    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**



    • 30 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • 27 Sep 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 13

    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:

    Aug 30, Sept 6, Sept 13, Sept 20 and Sept 27.
    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**

    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 1

    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.**

    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 6

    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**

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8

    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.**

    • 01 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    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**

    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 6
    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**

    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
            
    If building a face grain board doesn't quite cut it (sorry, we couldn't resist) you can take your project to the next level  in this optional extension course and convert your face grain into an end grain cutting board.

    While face grain boards can last through years of use, end grain cutting boards offer the additional benefits; they last a lifetime, won't dull knife edges, and are virtually scratch resistant. This class covers additional table saw and table router techniques which will prove valuable in your future woodworking endeavors.
    A $10 materials fee (in addition to the $25 Intermediate Woodworking Part 1 material fee) covers each student's consumables for this course. 

    Required Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intermediate Wood Working Part 1 is required for this course. Students will use the face grain cutting boards they've built in the Intermediate Wood Working Part 1 and convert them into end grain cutting boards. 

    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**

    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and Metal Shop
    • 4

    If bending sheet metal is on your to-do list we have a few machines at MakerPlace that will help you get the job done. Option One: the hand brake allows you to bend 48 inch wide sheets up to 16 gauge thick. Option Two: the HYDRAULIC BRAKE!!! allows you to bend 8 ft sheets up to 1/8 inch thick!!! Not to mention we have a variety of dies to achieve the specific angle you’re looking for. 

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, operations for various bend angles, how to set the back gauge for multiple consistent bends, and general metal working and bending practices. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Bends sheet metal up 8 ft long
    • Bends sheet metal up to 1/8” thick
    • Bends flat stock up to 1/4” thick
    • Not ideal for bending tubing or pipe

    A $5 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**

    • 05 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8

    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**


    • 05 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15

    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**



    • 06 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4

    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 $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. 

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





    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8

    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**

    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 8

    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**


    • 07 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4

    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 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8

    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**

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4

    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**

    • 09 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 3
            

    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 $25 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on September 9 and September 10 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

    For students interested in learning additional woodworking techniques, MakerPlace offers Intermediate Woodworking Part 2: End Grain Cutting Boards as 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**



    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 4

    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**

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and Metal Shop
    • 4

    If bending sheet metal is on your to-do list we have a few machines at MakerPlace that will help you get the job done. Option One: the hand brake allows you to bend 48 inch wide sheets up to 16 gauge thick. Option Two: the HYDRAULIC BRAKE!!! allows you to bend 8 ft sheets up to 1/8 inch thick!!! Not to mention we have a variety of dies to achieve the specific angle you’re looking for. 

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, operations for various bend angles, how to set the back gauge for multiple consistent bends, and general metal working and bending practices. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Bends sheet metal up 8 ft long
    • Bends sheet metal up to 1/8” thick
    • Bends flat stock up to 1/4” thick
    • Not ideal for bending tubing or pipe

    A $5 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**

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 9

    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**

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10

    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**

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15

    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 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 8

    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**


    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 10

    Love using the lasers? This class is for students looking to advance and expand their laser skills. During the first half of this 2.5 hour class, students will learn how to use, and will be tested out on, the Epilog laser and the rotary device. The Epilog engraves photos and other black and white bitmaps; the rotary device engraves cylinders, such as glasses and wine bottles. 

    Second half of class is reserved for advancing students' individual projects and, time permitting: box-making, gears, the value of laser jigs (improve accuracy and expedite production), masking tips, focus effects, glass and acrylic tips and troubleshooting.

    This class is for those who:

    Want to learn how to, and be allowed to, use different tools;

    Have projects in which you seek direction/assistance from a more experienced guide;

    Have laser-based questions about making the machines run better for your specific needs; 

    Took the laser class a long time ago, but worry you've forgotten.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions here.

    Don't be intimidated. 

    Do pay close attention as there's a LOT to cover.

    Your instructor's lasered artwork adorns businesses throughout San Diego and was even on QVC earlier this year. He also speaks quickly, so bring your quagmire, your ai/plt/eps/svg/etc, your pen, and perhaps some caffeine, and let's get you where you need to be!

    A $5 materials fee covers each student's glassware and some acrylic/wood for laser engraving.

    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**

    Required prerequisite: BOS Intro to Laser Cutting & Engraving



    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 6

    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.**

    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    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**

    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
    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**


    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
            
    If building a face grain board doesn't quite cut it (sorry, we couldn't resist) you can take your project to the next level  in this optional extension course and convert your face grain into an end grain cutting board.

    While face grain boards can last through years of use, end grain cutting boards offer the additional benefits; they last a lifetime, won't dull knife edges, and are virtually scratch resistant. This class covers additional table saw and table router techniques which will prove valuable in your future woodworking endeavors.
    A $10 materials fee (in addition to the $25 Intermediate Woodworking Part 1 material fee) covers each student's consumables for this course. 

    Required Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intermediate Wood Working Part 1 is required for this course. Students will use the face grain cutting boards they've built in the Intermediate Wood Working Part 1 and convert them into end grain cutting boards. 

    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**

    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and Metal Shop
    • 4

    If bending sheet metal is on your to-do list we have a few machines at MakerPlace that will help you get the job done. Option One: the hand brake allows you to bend 48 inch wide sheets up to 16 gauge thick. Option Two: the HYDRAULIC BRAKE!!! allows you to bend 8 ft sheets up to 1/8 inch thick!!! Not to mention we have a variety of dies to achieve the specific angle you’re looking for. 

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, operations for various bend angles, how to set the back gauge for multiple consistent bends, and general metal working and bending practices. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Bends sheet metal up 8 ft long
    • Bends sheet metal up to 1/8” thick
    • Bends flat stock up to 1/4” thick
    • Not ideal for bending tubing or pipe

    A $5 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**

    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8

    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**


    • 19 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15

    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 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4

    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 $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. 

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





    • 21 Sep 2017
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 8

    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 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4

    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 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8

    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**

    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4

    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**

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
            

    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 $25 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on September 23 and September 24 from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

    For students interested in learning additional woodworking techniques, MakerPlace offers Intermediate Woodworking Part 2: End Grain Cutting Boards as 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**



    • 23 Sep 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 3:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 4

    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.

    Class meets two days

    September 23 1:00-4:30

     and September 24 1:00-3:30

     


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



    Duration:   Day One 3.5 hours

                      Day Two 2.5 hours

    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**

    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
                 
    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 September 24 and Sunday October 1 10 AM to 1 PM.

    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**


    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and Metal Shop
    • 4

    If bending sheet metal is on your to-do list we have a few machines at MakerPlace that will help you get the job done. Option One: the hand brake allows you to bend 48 inch wide sheets up to 16 gauge thick. Option Two: the HYDRAULIC BRAKE!!! allows you to bend 8 ft sheets up to 1/8 inch thick!!! Not to mention we have a variety of dies to achieve the specific angle you’re looking for. 

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, operations for various bend angles, how to set the back gauge for multiple consistent bends, and general metal working and bending practices. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of hands on practice and Q&A. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Bends sheet metal up 8 ft long
    • Bends sheet metal up to 1/8” thick
    • Bends flat stock up to 1/4” thick
    • Not ideal for bending tubing or pipe

    A $5 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**

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10

    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**

    • 25 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10

    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 Sep 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15

    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 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 10

    Love using the lasers? This class is for students looking to advance and expand their laser skills. During the first half of this 2.5 hour class, students will learn how to use, and will be tested out on, the Epilog laser and the rotary device. The Epilog engraves photos and other black and white bitmaps; the rotary device engraves cylinders, such as glasses and wine bottles. 

    Second half of class is reserved for advancing students' individual projects and, time permitting: box-making, gears, the value of laser jigs (improve accuracy and expedite production), masking tips, focus effects, glass and acrylic tips and troubleshooting.

    This class is for those who:

    Want to learn how to, and be allowed to, use different tools;

    Have projects in which you seek direction/assistance from a more experienced guide;

    Have laser-based questions about making the machines run better for your specific needs; 

    Took the laser class a long time ago, but worry you've forgotten.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions here.

    Don't be intimidated. 

    Do pay close attention as there's a LOT to cover.

    Your instructor's lasered artwork adorns businesses throughout San Diego and was even on QVC earlier this year. He also speaks quickly, so bring your quagmire, your ai/plt/eps/svg/etc, your pen, and perhaps some caffeine, and let's get you where you need to be!

    A $5 materials fee covers each student's glassware and some acrylic/wood for laser engraving.

    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**

    Required prerequisite: BOS Intro to Laser Cutting & Engraving



    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8

    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.**

    • 29 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    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**

    • 30 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 01 Oct 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
            

    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 $25 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on September 30 and October 1st from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.

    For students interested in learning additional woodworking techniques, MakerPlace offers Intermediate Woodworking Part 2: End Grain Cutting Boards as 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**



MakerPlace
619.225.7288    info@makerplace.com
1022 W. Morena Blvd. Ste. H  San Diego, Ca 92110
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