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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 an end mill 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

Safety
  • Required: Wear closed-toe shoes, 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
 COMPUTERS (COM)
 
   
COM130: Autodesk Fusion 360 Basics

Fusion 360 is Autodesk’s latest product development tool for design, fabrication and collaboration. Merging industrial and mechanical design, you will quickly explore organic shapes through intuitive free-form modeling tools, or create precise, parametric models – it’s up to you! Simply put, Fusion 360 is the platform for rapidly accelerating from an idea in your head to a manufactured product in your hand.

In this introductory course, you will learn about:
  • Cloud data management and collaboration
  • Navigation
  • Solid modeling
  • 2D sketching
  • T-spline sculpting
  • Creating assemblies
  • Rendering
By the end of class, you will have an understanding of direct and parametric modeling, dimensioned sketches, T-spline geometry, and much more!

Prerequisites: None!

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
 FABRICATION (FAB)
 
   
FAB105: Vacuum Forming SBU

Lots of parts can be made quickly and inexpensively with the use of a vacuum forming system.

In this Safety and Basic Use class, you will learn the parts of the vacuum forming machine and then make vacuum-formed parts. You will make a master (plug) tool from inexpensive materials like pine, foam, balsa or found objects; select plastic sheeting; and then use the created part as a "plug" to mold the final object from a heated plastic sheet with the assistance of atmospheric pressure.

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

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
FAB106: Sand Blasting and Powder Coating SBU

Powder coating is a durable, simple to apply, easy to clean up, product. It is inexpensive, and more environmentally friendly than paint, as it has no VOCs and no solvents are used. The final product is more durable than paint, and powder is available in many colors and finish types.

The sand blaster can be used on metal, wood, glass, mirror, plastics and almost any material that is rigid. It will remove paint, rust and mill scale, as well as cleaning welds. (The parts must be baked at about 400 degrees for 15 minutes, so it will not work on magnetic items, or anything with grease in the part, like bearings.)

In this Safety and Basic Use class, you will learn how to use a cabinet sandblaster to prepare a small metal part, clean and coat it with powder, and then bake it on in the powder coat oven. There is only time in class for sandblasting steel and aluminum parts.

Note: The sandblast cabinet and powder coating oven are large enough for motorcycle frames, bicycles and many other bulky items. Please visit your local TechShop and check the oven size if you have a specific project in mind.

Because of possible shock (high voltage, low amperage) with a powder coating gun, members with a pacemaker or any voltage-sensitive medical equipment are not permitted to take this course or use the equipment.

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

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
 MACHINING (MAC)
 
   
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

Prerequisites: 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-toe 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
 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

Prerequisites: 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-toe shoes, eye protection, and short sleeves. Pull back hair, remove all jewelry, do not wear 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
MTL201: Sheet Metal - Organic Shapes SBU

Learn to safely work with sheet metal to form curved shapes in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Receive hands-on practice with the slip roll, English wheel, planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. Practice these basics techniques and create motorcycle gas tanks, fenders, curved panels, and more!

Project: Turtle shell-shaped piece of aluminum with a beaded edge

Prerequisites: Successful completion of MTL104 Sheet Metal Basics SBU prior to taking this class is recommended.

Equipment access: Slip roll, English wheel, planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. Note: These tools are not used to 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-toe shoes, eye protection

  • 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
 STEAM CAMPS (STEAM)
 
   
STEAM200: School's Out! Winter Break Camp

School may be out, but the fun is just beginning! Our day camps foster an atmosphere that reflects our five core focuses: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Now you can have a stress-free holiday knowing that your kid is learning, growing, and making friends at TechShop!

Who: 8–17 year olds

What: School's Out! Winter Break Camp

When: Tuesday, December 26th, to Friday, December 29th, from 9:30AM–3:30PM. Lunch will be from 11:30PM–noon. Remember to pack a lunch or bring lunch money!

Where: TechShop DC-Arlington

DAY 01:Electronics
Learn the basics of electronics and circuitry as you solder a lit LED tree and create light-up cards.

DAY 02:Chocolate Molds
'Tis the season to each chocolate. Make custom candies to give as a gift or to eat yourself!

DAY 03: Felt Ornaments
Add a cozy look to your holiday tree with hand-sewn felt ornaments.

DAYS 04: Custom Sweatshirt
Make a personalized ugly sweatshirt perfect for showing off your holiday maker spirit!

Please fill out the WAIVER after registering for camp. Participants who do not have this form completed will not be allowed to attend.

Feel free to write to Necia Disse at STEAM.dca@techshop.com with any questions!



1 session currently scheduled:
    School's Out! Winter Break Camp
(School's Out! Winter Break Camp)
Tuesday, 12/26/17 9:30 AM 24.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $520.00, No Materials Fee
   
STEAM205: School's Out! Spring Break Camp

Spend spring break at TechShop!

Join us for a different activity every day in our spring break STEAM classes for youth.

DAY 01: Laser Cutting
Learn how to use a laser cutter to cut, etch and engrave designs in a variety of materials. Using the graphics software Adobe Illustrator, cut intricate designs and engrave highly detailed images into a laser-cut box at the touch of a button.

DAY 02: 3D Modeling and Printing
Jump into the 21st century and learn 3D modeling! Then use the 3D printer to bring your digital creation to life.

DAY 03: Basic Electronics
Learn basic electronics and soldering by building your own mini battery-powered vibro-bot. Then explore simple circuitry by creating custom light-up cards.

DAY 04: Chocolate Molds
Make your own chocolates using the laser cutter and vacuum former. You will pour delicious molten chocolate into your shape and walk away with candy and a personalized mold to use again at home.

DAY 05: Tetrahedral Fractal Kite
Celebrate the spring breeze by creating a tetrahedral fractal kite. You will learn about the basic principles of flight as you build this kite that was designed by Alexander Graham Bell. It is light enough to fly in 10mph gusts and is collapsible for easy transportation.

Spring break runs M–F, 9:30AM–3:30PM. Lunch will be from 12:30pm-1:00pm. Please bring a lunch or money for your child to get lunch from one of the restaurants nearby.

Must be between the ages of 8 and 17 to attend | Materials will be provided | Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes | Please show up 10 minutes early on your first day to complete registration.

1 session currently scheduled:
    School's Out! Spring Break Camp
(School's Out! Spring Break Camp)
Monday, 3/26/18 9:30 AM 30.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $600.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $650.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
 WOODSHOP (WOD)
 
   
WOD101: Woodshop Access SBU

Learn how to safely operate the core woodshop tools in this Access class (formerly called Safety and Basic Use).

After this class, members will have access to the SawStop table saw, sliding compound miter saw, drill press, band saw, and belt and disk sanders. Learn to set up straight cuts (rip and crosscut), mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes.

Project: This class doesn't include a project.

Prerequisites: None

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

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter, or dust mask

Note: This class does not cover the wood router, the planer, the jointer, or the wood lathe.

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

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
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

Recommended: Successful completion of WOD 101: Basic Woodshop SBU prior to taking this class

Equipment access: Table-mounted router, jointer, planer

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
WOD302: Brooklyn CNC ShopBot SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the computer-numerical-controlled (CNC) ShopBot router to cut objects, parts, or art designed in 2D or 3D CAD.

This powerful tool is perfect for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Create parts with complex curves and surfaces from most woods, plastics, foams, and other composites (no metal on this machine). This class teaches the use of the machine, but does not cover CAD drawing or toolpathing. VCarve Pro (CNC 201) is a good starting point for people new to CAD and CAM.

Materials fee: Includes materials for the class project.

Prerequisites: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro (CNC 201) and successful completion of Basic Woodshop SBU (WOD101) prior to taking this class are recommended.

Equipment access: CNC ShopBot router

Safety
  • Required: Closed-toe shoes, short sleeves, no dangling jewelry; tie back long hair

  • Advisable: Hearing protection and a 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.
 
   
WOD302: CNC ShopBot SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) ShopBot router to cut objects, parts, or art designed in 2D or 3D CAD.

This powerful tool is perfect for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Create parts with complex curves and surfaces from most woods, plastics, foams, and other composites (no metal on this machine). This class teaches the use of the machine, but does not cover CAD drawing or toolpathing. VCarve Pro (CNC 201) is a good starting point for people new to CAD and CAM.

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

Project: Wooden gear

Prerequisites: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro (CNC 201) and successful completion of Basic Woodshop SBU (WOD101) prior to taking this class are recommended.

Equipment access: CNC ShopBot router

Safety
  • Required: Closed-toe shoes, short sleeves, no dangling jewelry; tie back long hair

  • Advisable: Hearing protection and a 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!

There are currently no sessions of this class scheduled.
    Please request more sessions of this class to be added to our schedule.