Learn Something New

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

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

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


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

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

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

Machine Reservation Policy

Class Cancellation Policy 


Upcoming events

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 3
    Register


    Description:
    In this 2-session workshop, you’ll configure and build your own skateboard deck! On Day 1, you will
    select your shape from a variety of premade templates and molds. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of
    different shapes, so no skateboarding experience is necessary! Once you’ve decided on your shape,
    you’ll glue and vacuum form 7 maple veneers using the Roarockit method of skateboard fabrication.
    The glue will dry overnight, and on Day 2, you’ll trace your template and cut out your shape, drill your
    holes, and sand your deck smooth. Instructions for clearcoating, applying art, and assembling the
    skateboard will be provided on Day 2, so you can take your time to put on your custom finishing touches
    at home. Participants will leave the workshop with their own handmade skateboard deck. (Other
    skateboard components like wheels, trucks, etc., are not included in this workshop.)
    Note 1: The veneers we use are roughly 9.5” x 34”, so your board will be smaller than that; however, we
    can provide larger veneers upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the instructor if
    interested, and we’ll get you set up with your dream board.
    Note 2: We have a variety of molds to choose from – if you would like to know the options and use a
    specific shape, please contact the instructor to reserve a mold. Otherwise, participants will choose
    their mold based on the order in which they registered.
    Early registrants will have first choice from
    molds that have not been reserved on the day of the class.


    Duration: (4.5 hours over 2 days)
    Day 1: 2 hours
    Day 2: 2.5 hours


    Price:
    Materials: $70
    Class fee: $60 (members)
    $80 (non-members)


    Minimum class size: 2
    Maximum class size: 6


    About the instructor: Beau Trifiro is a skateboarder with over 17 years of experience skating. He is a
    mechanical engineer and runs Open Source Skateboards, a custom skateboard design/build shop and
    educational program. www.opensourceboards.com
    Contact: beau@opensourceboards.com

    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 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 9
    Register

    Do you want to use the cool machines?  Do you want to make incredible things that make people wonder how you did it?


    The 2D graphics class is where it all starts.  It’s the gateway to all the really amazing computer controlled machines at MakerPlace.


    Laser:

    Vinyl Cutter:

    CNC Plasma:

    CNC Router:


    When you learn to make 2D designs like these, soon you can think about how those 2D designs will look on each machine and in multiple materials like wood, plastic, metal, vinyl, leather, thread, and more. You can also create beautiful logos for your companies and for clients and friends.

    In this class we will learn CorelDraw, which is on all the computers and laptops available to you at MakerPlace. By the end of the class, you will understand enough to do most of the things you want to do, and to be able to self-learn the rest.

    This class is taught by Evan Moulton, a great teacher and wonderful person who is at MakerPlace most evenings and is happy to help when you have additional questions in the future.

    Please wear closed toe shoes so we can see the shop together, and bring a USD flash drive if you want to save some of the files you create in class.

    There are no particular prerequisites for this class other than very basic understanding of how to use a computer.  This class is for everyone. 

    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 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 9
    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**



    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6
    Register

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


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


    Required Prerequisites:

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

    Suggested Prerequisites: 

    Corel Draw 2D class,  suggested for those without experience creating/editing vector artwork.

    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**

    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 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**

    • 25 Oct 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register


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

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

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

    Required Prerequisites:

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8
    Register

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

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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

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


    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 12
    Register
                 
    De-mystify silver soldering while learning proper soldering technique.  We’ll go over sweat soldering (a GREAT technique!) and how to pick and set a cabochon.  Learn how to set a cab and a couple of invaluable stone setting tricks. We will also go over a couple of different finishing techniques. This class will boost your confidence in using a torch and creating beautiful rings you can be proud of.

    *Students must supply their own cabochon. Instructor will also have some for sale at the class.*

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**


    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    We are very pleased to announce a new offering of individualized start up assistance intended to enhance your entrepreneurial and product development skills.  These will be coordinated by Mark Jahn and presented by Mark and several local experts. Sessions will focus on critical aspects 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. 

    See Mark's website here


    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.




    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 3
    Register
            

    Cutting Board Workshop: Face Grain (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 $45 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on October 27th and 28th from 3:00PM to 6:00PM.  

    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**



    • 28 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 5
    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**

    • 30 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 14
    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**



    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 7
    Register

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

    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**


    • 01 Nov 2018
    • 02 Nov 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Metal shop
    • 4
    Register

    The purpose of this class is to learn the basics of a variety of metal shop tools through the process of creating an object that you can take home.  Students will learn about measuring and marking, hand tools, electric hand tools, and how to properly operate a variety of commonly used metal shop machinery. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how metal reacts to bending, cutting, and heat. You will understand how different types of metals behave and how to choose what kind of metal you need for your specific project and how to work safely and confidently in Maker Place's metal shop.

    Over the course of two evenings, we will be making a small 22 gauge steel sheet metal tray.  The standard size we will be working with will be 6” x 6” base with 2” tall walls, but adjustments may be made.  The corners will be secured using handmade copper rivets from ¼” copper bar or tubing. Or if you choose, from a rivet gun and manufactured rivets.

    A $25 materials fee covers materials for the entire course.  
    **Please wear appropriate shop attire:
    Safety glasses, long pants, close toed shoes(preferably boots), NO loose clothing, long hair tied back.  NO EXCEPTIONS**
    • 02 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8
    Register

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

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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

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


    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 3
    Register
      

    See Jonathan Walkey's Portfolio Here


    Description:

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


    Days and Hours:

    The course will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd and 4th, 2018.
    The plan is to complete the unfinished table during those hours. However, students may stay and
    work until the close of the shop both days to complete unfinished steps and apply Danish Oil
    finish to the final product. Students may finish incomplete tables anytime with Mr. Walkey’s
    free help if needed, when he is there.
    * The Antikea Danish Modern Style Coffee Table:
    Below are photos of several versions of the table, which vary in wood choice, accents, length,
    width, and proportions. Within limitations the students’ tables may be individualized. The basic
    table we build will be made from African mahogany and wenge. African Mahogany is a lovely
    wood that is easily worked, reducing cutting, joining, shaping, and sanding time and effort to a
    minimum, to allow the class to focus on and learn the skills, techniques and thinking required.
    Students may buy their own wood with a commensurate reduction in workshop price.


    Students must register with MakerPlace in advance. Fees must be paid at
    the time of registration. The minimum number of students per workshop is three; the maximum
    number of students is four. Students will elect at the time of
    registration to either build their table from African mahogany and wenge, or elect to purchase
    woods of their own choosing. Students choosing to buy their own wood may consult with Mr.
    Walkey about wood selection and purchase by email after registering. Mr. Walkey will supply
    tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and Danish oil/ satin wax for the finish. Students are encouraged to bring notetaking materials and cameras to photograph the
    processes and their project as it proceeds. Students may cancel with a full refund at any time,
    provided it leaves three students for the workshop. A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last
    minute cancelation of three-student classes.


    Required Prerequisites:

    Some woodworking or power tool experience is required unless Mr. Walkey waives this requirement for good reason. 

    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 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    We are very pleased to announce a new offering of individualized start up assistance intended to enhance your entrepreneurial and product development skills.  These will be coordinated by Mark Jahn and presented by Mark and several local experts. Sessions will focus on critical aspects 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. 

    See Mark's website here


    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.




    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Class room, MakerPlace
    • 11
    Register


    Participants of this class will be introduced to the multimeter and trained on how to use this electrical instrument to measure voltage, resistance, amperage and continuity. Participants will then learn resistor color codes, and use that knowledge to design and wire LEDs and electronics onto a breadboard and troubleshoot their designs until they work as calculated. The student will then calculate the battery energy needed to run their electronic project.

    The class a single module, organized as an interactive slide deck presentation, with a hands-on component and examples performed by the students. 

    Entry-level makers, costumers, hobbyists, technician and experienced engineers will find this class useful. Students jump right in and build a circuit using resistors and LEDs, then use the multimeter to probe and measure their circuit. The students then apply their knowledge by building a custom battery-powered LED electronic circuit. These concepts apply to off-grid builders, or costumers designing technology into their art.
     

    Prerequisites: No previous electronics experience is required. An understanding of algebra is helpful.

    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 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 6
    Register
    If you're itching to start making sawdust in the wood shop, but aren't sure where to start, this simple project is the place to start!
    Intro to Wood Shop, Airplant Art,  outlines the basic operation and safety of a variety of wood working equipment. 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 beautiful wall art piece, perfect for decorating your space!
    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**

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    Register

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

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

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

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

    **Equipment used in this class could be harmful to and/or affect the operation of pacemakers, implanted medical devices, prosthetics, or other similar devices. A doctor's note is required, before taking this class, for any individual with an implantable medical device.**

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

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

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

    A $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**

    THIS CLASS WILL MEET FOR TWO SESSIONS:

    TUESDAY November 6th 6:00-9:00 PM

    THURSDAY November 8th 6:00-9:00 PM






    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Maker Place Laser Room
    • 3
    Register


    Give the perfect customized gift for the holidays, that you designed and built yourself.  Unleash your creative potential and make a one of a kind gift for someone you love.
    With the help of a certified expert, you can design and build a unique gift using the laser cutter.  Choose from different project options and styles to make something truly one of a kind.
    Choose from the following projects and then customize during class to make it perfect.
     
     Custom Coasters – Set of 4 customized wooden coasters. Select from two different styles and then personalize them to make them unique.
     
     Personalized ornaments– Have something special to celebrate in 2018?  Create a set of personalized wooden ornaments to decorate your tree or give the perfect stocking stuffer!
     
     Beautiful custom storage box – Give the gift of organization by building a customized wooden box with adjustable dividers. 
     
     (+$13) Personalized wine stopper – Have a friend who loves wine? Give them a unique gift they can use all year. Design and build a custom wine stopper using beautiful hardwood and 3D printed parts. 
     
     (+$30) Cutting board – Choose from two different cutting boards and then personalize with a custom design.  After engraving, seal your cutting board with oil to make it shine!
     
     (+$50) Custom Engraved Beer Caddy – Build a one of a kind wooden beer caddy for a beer loving friend or family member.  Design a custom engraved side panel and then assemble, stain, and finish.
     

    No prior design or laser experience required.  
     
    Contact Kevin to at Kevin@MakingSTEM.com or call 614-330-6921 if you have questions or want to discuss a design.


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

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


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


    Required Prerequisites:

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

    Suggested Prerequisites: 

    Corel Draw 2D class,  suggested for those without experience creating/editing vector artwork.

    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**

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EST)
    • 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**

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 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**

    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register


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

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

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

    Required Prerequisites:

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    Register

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

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

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

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

    **Equipment used in this class could be harmful to and/or affect the operation of pacemakers, implanted medical devices, prosthetics, or other similar devices. A doctor's note is required, before taking this class, for any individual with an implantable medical device.**

    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    We are very pleased to announce a new offering of individualized start up assistance intended to enhance your entrepreneurial and product development skills.  These will be coordinated by Mark Jahn and presented by Mark and several local experts. Sessions will focus on critical aspects 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. 

    See Mark's website here


    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.




    • 10 Nov 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 3
    Register