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 CNC (CNC)
 
   
CNC301: CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU

In this class, learn to use the CNC (computer-controlled) mill. This machine is the perfect combination of precision and power for any prototyping or hobby milling needs. Learn to convert G-code (created in InventorCAM, Cut 3D or VCarve Pro) into actual parts made from aluminum, steel, and even titanium.

Materials fee:
Includes materials for the class project and a router bit for each student to keep.

Project: Bottle opener

Prerequisites: CAD experience, ability to create G-code, and experience with conventional milling are recommended.

Equipment access: CNC milling machine

Minimum age: 16

Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the CNC mill outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        CNC Tormach Milling Machine SBU Tuesday, 12/23/14 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC304: CNC Plasma Cutter SBU

    Learn how to cut metal with the CNC (computer controlled) plasma cutter in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. The automated cutting torch works with graphics software like CorelDRAW and two-dimensional CAD drawings from AutoCAD or Autodesk Inventor to cut virtually any shape from sheet metal, cold rolled steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, and other metals. This machine cuts up to 1/2" thick and has a work surface of 4’ x 8’. Sit back and relax while the computer takes over.

    Project: Cut a gear from a piece of metal

    Prerequisites: CAD to CAM experience and an understanding of vector-based graphics are recommended.



    Equipment access: Plasma cutter

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the plasma cutter outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

  • Advisable: hearing protection, respirator

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        CNC Plasma Cutter SBU Saturday, 12/20/14 3:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    CNC310: CAD/CAM Software - InventorCAM

    InventorCAM is the next level CAM program offered by TechShop, supporting multiple-axis machining, both 2.5D and 3D feature cut path generation, and high levels of control over the cutting paths generated. It has the powerful benefit of being directly embedded into Autodesk Inventor so users can easily switch back to creating or adjusting their part and the toolpaths automatically reflecting the changes.

    InventorCAM's highly intuitive user interface allows toolpath generation to be as simple or as complex as users want it to be, with equal level of control over the geometry and makeup of cutting tools. It is the optimum tool for the intermediate to advanced TechShop CNC machinist.

    In this class, students will follow the instructor step by step in creating toolpaths for half of a feature-rich part, then solidify their knowledge by creating the toolpaths for the other half with instructor guidance.

    Prerequisites: This CAM works with Inventor to create GCode; you must be able to use Autodesk Inventor before signing up for this class.

    In order to get the most out of this class, we recommend that students be familiar with TechShop's first-level CAM programs from Vectric: VCarve and Cut3D as well as have experience using the Tormach or the ShopBot. Introductory topics such as feeds and speeds, zeroing machines appropriately according to defined zeros in the CAM program, workholding, and loading exported toolpaths into the machines will not be reviewed.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        CAD/CAM Software - InventorCAM Sunday, 12/21/14 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    8 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     COMPUTERS (COM)
     
       
    COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC

    Makers and designers alike agree that vector drawing is the starting point of all CNC fabrication.

    Adobe Illustrator is an extremely powerful 2D vector graphics drawing program -- almost any product or invention that you imagine can begin in Illustrator. By following the pathways offered in this class, you will be able to export your files to any of the CNC machines in the TechShop arsenal.

    In this class, you will learn the basics of the interface and navigation, effective drawing techniques, converting bitmaps to vectors in one step, creating clean and optimized vectors, and the most efficient techniques to prepare your files for CNC operations. You will also learn how each of the CNC machines at TechShop will work with your file to create your projects.

    This class provides the foundation of skills for the following classes: CNC Concepts, CAD / CAM, ShopBot SBU, Tormach SBU, CNC Vinyl Cutter SBU, Laser Cutter SBU, and Waterjet SBU.

    Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Windows operating environment!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Adobe Illustrator for CNC Friday, 12/19/14 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     FABRICATION (FAB)
     
       
    FAB107: Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics

    Learn how to work with silicone RTV (room temperature vulcanization), make a small mold using a plastic cup, see how more advanced molds are made, and even cast your own part in urethane resin!

    In this introductory class, you will learn to make a silicone RTV mold from a small part or pre-made plug. You will makea single-sided mold of a quarter or other small, simple part. You will also examine two-sided mold making, adding registration "buttons" and slicing the mold. You will then cast resin in an RTV mold, learning tips and tricks to mixing and pouring resin and other substances to create final pieces from a silicone RTV mold.

    Designed for the beginner, this class shows how easy it is to build molds with silicone RTV.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Silicone RTV Moldmaking and Casting Basics Saturday, 12/20/14 2:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    FAB108: Injection Molding SBU

    The Morgan injection molding machine enables one to inexpensively fabricate from a few to many hundreds of identical parts molded from a large variety of thermoplastic materials.

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you will have the opportunity to fabricate several different plastic parts using molds that illustrate a variety of molding techniques. Once you have been completed this basic class, you will have the knowledge to safely operate the machine and set it up for your own mold and material.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Injection Molding SBU Monday, 12/22/14 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    FAB201: Carbon Fiber Basics

    In this class, you will learn the basics of carbon fiber layup, then combine raw carbon fiber cloth, a strengthener and 2-part, high-strength epoxy to make your very own carbon fiber key fob and take it home with you.

    This class focuses on the "compression molding" technique of carbon fiber fabrication, which you can easily use to make your own custom carbon fiber parts. You may also use a scroll saw to cut out a particular shape for your carbon fiber key fob. You'll be surprised how easy it is to do your own carbon fiber fabrication of all sorts of parts, and you'll want to use carbon fiber for many of your projects.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Carbon Fiber Basics Saturday, 12/20/14 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     LASER CUTTING (LAS)
     
       
    LAS101: Laser Cutting & Etching SBU - Epilog

    Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave designs in a variety of materials up to 24" x 18" and up to 3/8" thick in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Work with acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric, leather, and even chocolate! Using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, cut intricate designs and engrave highly detailed images at the touch of a button. The sky is the limit with this simple and versatile tool.

    Project: Etch a custom dog tag

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, familiarity with graphics software will be helpful.

    Equipment access: Laser cutter

    Minimum age: 12 years

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the laser cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Passing this class allows you to use our standard Epilog Helix lasers; however it does not allow usage of the 120 watt Epilog Fusion laser. To use the Fusion, after passing this class please take our FREE half hour LAS199: Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Laser Cutting & Etching SBU - Epilog Monday, 12/29/14 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    LAS199: Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course

    Use the new Epilog Fusion Laser Cutter to cut, etch, and engrave materials as large as 32 by 20 inches. With twice the wattage of our standard lasers, you can cut thicker materials faster! This FREE supplement to the Laser Cutting & Etching SBU will teach you the capabilities of the Fusion laser, as well as the new, easier to use control interface.

    Prerequisite(s): You must have taken and passed LAS101: Laser Cutting & Etching SBU - Epilog

    Equipment access: Fusion Laser cutter

    Minimum age: 12 years

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the laser cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    5 sessions currently scheduled:
        Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course Friday, 12/19/14 12:00 PM 0.5 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
        Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course Friday, 12/19/14 7:00 PM 0.5 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
        Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course Monday, 12/22/14 7:00 PM 0.5 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
        Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course Tuesday, 12/23/14 7:00 PM 0.5 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
        Supplemental Epilog Fusion Course Friday, 12/26/14 7:00 PM 0.5 Hour 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up FREE, No Materials Fee
       
    LAS201: Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Epilog

    Learn how to use the laser cutter’s rotary attachment in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. The rotary attachment allows laser etching on cylindrical objects such as wine glasses, beer mugs, flashlights, bottles, and even drumsticks. Imagine the possibilities!

    Project: Etch a design into a drinking glass

    Prerequisite(s): LAS101 Laser Cutting and Etching SBU

    Equipment access: Laser engraver rotary attachment

    Minimum age: 12 years

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the laser rotary attachment outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Laser Engraver Rotary Attachment SBU - Epilog Friday, 12/19/14 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     MACHINING (MAC)
     
       
    MAC101: Milling Machine SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn basic operations of the vertical milling machine to safely select speeds, change end mills, use the digital readout, and secure work needed to accurately machine parts. Explore the theory of how to successfully choose the correct end mill and speed setting. Work precisely with metal and plastics to cut, drill and surface parts.

    Project: Aluminum business card holder

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, MTL103, Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: Milling machine

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the mill outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

    Materials fee: The materials fee includes materials for the class project, and an end mill for each student to keep.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Milling Machine SBU Friday, 12/26/14 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Milling Machine SBU Tuesday, 12/30/14 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MAC102: Metal Lathe SBU

    The lathe is used to create detailed cylindrical or tapered objects in plastic or metal. In this Safety and Basic Use course (SBU), learn the basic operations of metal turning on the lathe to safely select speeds, select and change cutting tools, use the digital readout, and secure work to make accurate cuts. Explore the theory of how to choose the correct cutter and speed setting.

    Project: Aluminum refrigerator magnet

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, knowledge of basic metal shop tools is recommended

    Equipment access: Metal lathe

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the metal lathe outside of class time, 16- and 17-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Tie hair back or secure under a cap and remove all jewelry.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Metal Lathe SBU Monday, 12/29/14 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     METAL SHOP (MTL)
     
       
    MTL103: Basic Metal Shop SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the cutting and shaping tools most commonly needed when working with metal. The tools work best on materials at least 1/8” thick, but some will work on thinner material as well. These tools are designed to work with steel and aluminum. Get hands-on experience using the vertical and horizontal band saw, cold saw, drill press, pedestal grinder, and disc sander.

    This class is the perfect companion to the mill, lathe and welding classes.

    Project: Metal bottle opener

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Equipment access: Vertical and horizontal band saw, cold saw, drill press, pedestal grinder, and disc sander

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirement: None

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Pull back hair, no jewelry,no gloves.

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Basic Metal Shop SBU Monday, 12/29/14 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    MTL104: Sheet Metal Basics SBU

    Learn to safely use the tools most commonly needed to work with sheet metal. Get first-hand experience using the hydraulic shear, turret punch, slitting shear, corner notcher, finger brake (also called a box brake or pan brake) and spot welder in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Gain the knowledge to shear (cut), fold, bend, and punch holes in sheet metal.

    Project: Small sheet metal box

    Prerequisite(s): None

    Equipment access: Hydraulic shear, turret punch, slitting shear (hand shear) corner notcher, finger brake, and spot welder

    Note: These tools cannot be used to make curved surfaces or work with metal thicker than 16 gauge mild steel or aluminum.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

  • Advised: Hearing protection

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Sheet Metal Basics SBU Sunday, 12/21/14 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     STEAM CLASSES (STEAM)
     
       
    STEAM540: Parent and Child Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Epilog

    THIS COURSE IS FOR YOUTH AGES 8-17 ONLY AND PARENT/GUARDIANS

    Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch, and engrave designs in a variety of materials up to 24" x 18" and up to 3/8" thick in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Work with acrylic, wood, paper, cardboard, fabric, leather, and even chocolate! Using graphics software like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW, cut intricate designs and engrave highly detailed images at the touch of a button. The sky is the limit with this simple and versatile tool.

    Each slot in this course is for 1 parent/guardian and 1 child. Both students will be certified on our tools. To sign up, use the website to enroll the parent/guardian and pay, and then call the TechShop Front Desk to enroll your child.

    Project: Etch a custom dog tag

    Prerequisite(s): None!

    Equipment access: Laser cutter

    Minimum age: 8 years. Parent/guardian must be at least 18.

    Supervision requirements: When using the laser cutter outside of class time, 8- to 12-year-olds may only use equipment during "Supervised Maker Sessions" (classes and courses taught and supervised by TechShop Youth Education instructors). Members who are 12-15 years old must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU when using the tool outside of "Supervised Maker Sessions."

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Parent and Child Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - Epilog
    (Parent and Child Laser Cutting and Etching)
    Saturday, 12/20/14 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $120.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $150.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     TEXTILES (TXL)
     
       
    TXL106: Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine SBU

    The walking foot industrial sewing machine is a perfect tool for working with leather, heavy weight canvas and other thick fabrics that have slick, resistant surfaces.

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you will learn how to safely operate the walking foot industrial sewing machine. We will cover an overview of the machine and its capabilities as well as its several safety features.

    You will complete a small project in this class.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Walking Foot Industrial Sewing Machine SBU Tuesday, 12/23/14 5:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $3.00 Materials Fee
     WELDING / HOTSHOP (WLD)
     
       
    WLD101: TIG Welding SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together.

    Learn how to use the basic TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding equipment in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Get started creating quality weld beads on mild steel. While this class practices on thin steel, the TIG welder is capable of welding material up to 1/2” thick.

    With extensive practice, TIG welding can be used with a wide variety of different metals, producing a very pure, precise, and attractive weld.

    Project: No project; just guided practice with an instructor.

    Prerequisite(s): None. However, successful completion of MTL103: Basic Metal Shop will provide access to the cutting and grinding tools needed for working with metal.

    Equipment access: TIG welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket will beprovided by TechShop.
  • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        TIG Welding SBU Monday, 12/29/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WLD102: MIG Welding SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together. In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use a basic metal inert gas (MIG) welder with solid wire and shielding gas to create quality weld beads on steel up to 1/2" thick. This semi-automatic method of welding (continuous consumable wire feed), also called GMAW (gas metal arc welding) and wire feed welding, offers versatility, speed, and quality. About as easy as welding gets, this is a great place for the beginner to start.

    Project: Guided practice with an instructor

    Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: MIG welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket will be provided by TechShop.
  • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        MIG Welding SBU Friday, 12/19/14 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        MIG Welding SBU Saturday, 12/27/14 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $70.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WLD104: Stick Welding (SMAW) SBU

    Welding is the process of fusing materials together.

    Stick welding, also called shielded metal arc welding, or SMAW, is an electric welding procedure that uses consumable stick electrodes that act as the electrode, filler medium and shielding mechanism all in one.

    In this class, learn the fundamental safety procedures accompanying arc welding as well as how to weld mild steel with commonly available electrodes. We will also cover the arc welder setup, weld preparation, electrode size/type selection, and post weld slag cleanup/removal.

    Stick welding is fast and very powerful; however, it is not as clean as MIG or TIG and requires more grinding and cleaning after welding.

    Project: Guided practice with an instructor

    Prerequisites: None. However, MTL103: Basic Metal Shop is recommended.

    Equipment access: Stick welder

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the welder outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants. Welding hood, gloves and jacket will be provided by TechShop.
  • Advised: Leather welding jacket, leather welding pants, leather boots, respirator and hearing protection.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Stick Welding (SMAW) SBU Tuesday, 12/30/14 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WLD201: TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum

    After completing the TIG Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, you can try your skills in a different material.

    Aluminum has characteristics that require specific equipment setup, metal preparation and torch operation. In this class, you will practice specific joints and improve weld bead quality under the guidance of an instructor. Lap, butt, corner and fillet welds will all be discussed and individual students will perform at their own rates. Emphasis will be placed on visual inspection of welds and heat zone theory, so that you gain a better understanding of what a quality weld joint really looks like.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TIG Welding SBU.

    Safety: You must wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in natural fibers in the Hot Shop, and remember to always wear closed-toed shoes at TechShop.



    1 session currently scheduled:
        TIG Welding 2 - Aluminum Monday, 12/22/14 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     WOODSHOP (WOD)
     
       
    WOD101: Woodshop SBU

    Learn the fundamentals of woodworking and how to safely operate the core woodshop tools in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class.

    Get practical, hands-on experience using a SawStop table saw, sliding compound miter saw, drill press, band saw, and belt and disk sanders. Learn to make straight cuts (rip and crosscut), mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes.

    Project: Build a small wooden shelf

    Prerequisites: None

    Equipment access: Sliding compound miter saw, table saw, wood drill press, wood band saw, and belt and disc sanders

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: None

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves
  • Advised: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Woodshop SBU Monday, 12/22/14 8:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        Woodshop SBU Saturday, 12/27/14 10:30 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

    In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn proper techniques and how to safely operate the jointer, planer, and table-mounted router.

    Use these woodworking tools to turn rough lumber into finished boards (achieve precise thickness, square edges and flat surfaces) as well as create complex profiles for edge finishing and joinery operations. Say goodbye to the constraints of lumberyard wood and the high price of mail order wood. Say hello to affordable custom woodworking projects!

    Project: Perform various operations on a piece of wood

    Prerequisites: WOD 101: Basic Woodshop SBU

    Equipment access: Table-mounted router, jointer, planer

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: None

    Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves
  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask, face shield

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Saturday, 12/27/14 2:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
     WORKSHOPS (WKS)
     
       
    WKS851MP: Intellectual Property Protection

    Do you have an idea, but are unsure if you should even discuss it with others, or wish you had the skills and knowledge to quickly decide how to protect your idea?Did you know there are several options available to protect your ideas, ranging from copyrights and trade secrets to patents? Did you know that you can get “patent pending” status for your idea for less than $150? And did you know that sometimes the best way to protect your idea is to make it public information?

    The journey from the birth of an idea to successful product or business can be a long and arduous path. This workshop will help guide you through the process of quickly and inexpensively protecting your idea so that you can concentrate your efforts on developing and marketing your product.

    This workshop will focus on the USPTO patent process, but it will also provide information on copyright, trademark and publishing options for protecting your ideas. Presenter Lou Lippincott will walk you through the entire process for one of his latest patent filings. After attending this interactive workshop, you will be able to write and file your own patent application for no more than the USPTO filing fees and postage!

    Attendees are encouraged to bring a flash drive to the workshop and take home completed USPTO forms and sample documents.

    About the Presenter: Lou Lippincott is an independent inventor who writes and files his own patents (he has more than 40 US and foreign patents!) He has consulted with international companies and helped them set up or improve their own patent practice processes, including invention disclosure, patent harvesting and patent selection. Now you can take advantage of his expertise to help you with your own Intellectual Property Protection process.

    Disclaimer: Lou Lippincott is neither a patent attorney nor a registered patent agent and cannot give legal advice.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Intellectual Property Protection Saturday, 12/20/14 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    7 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $150.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $190.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.