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

    • 28 Nov 2018
    • 02 Jan 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 2
    Register

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

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

    Class dates are as follows:  November 28TH, December 5TH, 12TH, 19th, and January 2nd.   
     
    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**

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.**

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 10
    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**

    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 10
    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**



    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Maker Place Laser Room
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    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!
     
     (+$10) 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**

    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 5
    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**

    • 20 Dec 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**


    • 20 Dec 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 5
    Register


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

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

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

    Required Prerequisites:

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


    • 20 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

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

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

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

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

    **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.**

    • 21 Dec 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register

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

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

    Suggested Prerequisites:

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

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

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


    • 22 Dec 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.




    • 22 Dec 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 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 $20 materials fee covers each student's wood. plant, 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**

    • 26 Dec 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 29 Dec 2018
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
    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 $20 materials fee covers each student's wood. plant, 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**

    • 03 Jan 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • 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**

    • 04 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Assembly Area
    • 8
    Register

     

    This is an introduction to lifecasting class. In this class students will learn how to use alginate, hydrocal, and wax to make single use molds of the face, hands, and other body parts. Using alginate (Algi-Safe, Smooth-On) you can safely cast molds of the skin and body.  It reproduces fine detail and makes an excellent temporary mold – good for one or two reproductions of any body part with plaster, wax and many other products.

    Class time includes:

    A) Instruction regarding SAFETY and materials set up for various casting practices

    B) Instructor Demonstration:

    1. Mixing and casting with Alginate for appendages and vertical body surfaces.

    2. Mixing and pouring plaster(hydrocal) to create a strong and detailed casting out of alginate mold.

    3. Heating and pouring wax methods to create solid and hollow wax castings using an alginate or plaster mold that can be used for future lost-wax mold-making and metal casting processes.

    C) Student Work Time:

    1. Make an Alginate mold of body appendage or instructor approved small object of stuents choice.

    2. Use the Alginate mold they made to then make original Plaster Casting to take home and reproduce on their own.

    D) Clean Up!

    Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 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.




    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 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 $20 materials fee covers each student's wood. plant, and consumables for their take-home project.

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

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

    • 05 Jan 2019
    • 06 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Metal shop
    • 5
    Register


    The purpose of this two evening 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 8” x 8” base with 2” tall walls, but adjustments may be made.  The corners will be secured using 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**
    • 08 Jan 2019
    • 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.**

    • 08 Jan 2019
    • 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**

    • 08 Jan 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
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    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**



    • 09 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
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    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 Jan 2019
    • 06 Feb 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 8
    Register

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

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks.

    Class dates are as follows: January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, and February 6th.  
     
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    This course has a $20 materials fee. 

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

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

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 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**


    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

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

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

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

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

    **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.**

    • 11 Jan 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 6
    Register
    Make stuff! Print on T-shirts, signs, posters and just about anything you can think of.  Vinyl stencil is a quick easy way to get exposure to t-shirt printing using vector art.  You will learn to use the cutter/plotter, transfer vinyl stickers, and print shirts all in one class.  We will discuss tools, techniques and media.  Take advantage of hands-on projects and small class sizes. Get detailed understanding of what screen printing is and how to apply it to your project.  At Maker Place we have everything you need to make professional prints on t-shirts. In this class, we will learn to print with vinyl stencils. 
    A $7 materials fee covers each student's pigments, ink and screens. 
    Students should bring in their own T-shirt that they would like to print on. It wouldn't hurt to have a backup too!

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

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


    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 6
    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 is a 6 hour course, which will be broken up into a mandatory 4 hour session, and after a break, an optional 2 hour session where students can practice "specialties".

    • 12 Jan 2019
    • 13 Jan 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 3
    Register