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WKS125: Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper

Starting with a block of polystyrene foam, learn to use a hot wire to shape your original design. After detailing, the foam is buried in sand and molten aluminum can easily be poured in, allowing the foam to be lost and creating a solid metal replica of your stopper.



Project: Aluminum Wine Bottle Stopper

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

Equipment access: Kiln, Crucible

5 sessions currently scheduled:
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Sunday, 5/8/16 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Monday, 5/30/16 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Tuesday, 5/31/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Sunday, 6/12/16 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting: Wine Bottle Stopper Tuesday, 6/28/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $95.00 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.
   
WKS128: Brazing and Silver Soldering

Brazing is a metal joining process in which two or more metal items are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint, the filler metal having a lower melting point than the adjoining metal. Employing proper materials and techniques joints of considerable strength can quickly and easily be achieved. The instructor will explain the differences and similarities between soldering and brazing procedures and introduce students to the skills and materials required to make strong and durable joints in a variety of metals.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Brazing and Silver Soldering Saturday, 5/21/16 12:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Brazing and Silver Soldering Friday, 5/27/16 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Brazing and Silver Soldering Saturday, 6/18/16 12:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $55.00 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.
   
WKS129: DC Motor Basics

During the course of your life as a maker, hobbyist, or DIY-er you will eventually cross paths with a direct current (DC) motor. "How does it work?" and "How do I drive it?" are questions that will be answered in this workshop. Whether you're building a CNC robot with stepper motors, constructing an interactive art installation with brushed motors, or working on that home-automation project with servo motors, the fundamentals of how these DC motors operate and how to drive them will be useful. We will discuss the various power requirements, basic driving circuits, parts and wiring, and the motor driver controller (using an Arduino). As a bonus we will also cover how to incorporate relays (for switching higher power ON/OFF) to your project.

1 session currently scheduled:
    DC Motor Basics Wednesday, 5/11/16 6:15 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS130: Calligraphy Pen Turning

Using exotic hardwoods, make your own custom shaped calligraphy pen. With an instructor’s guidance you will learn to use lathe chisels to turn and shape wood into a comfortable pen that would make the poets of old weep. You will also learn best practices for finishing, shaping and sanding by hand.

Prerequisite: None. However, participants can redeem a 50% discount for the Wood Lathe SBU.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Calligraphy Pen Turning Saturday, 5/28/16 1:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS135: DIY Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Learn basic vocabulary, concepts and tools for using graphic design, photography, social media and the Internet to promote your work and brand. This workshop explores beginning/OCT design and photography principles (including how to use your phone to document your work), as well as strategies for using new technologies for self-promotion and network marketing (when to post, how to build audience).

1 session currently scheduled:
    DIY Marketing for Entrepreneurs Monday, 5/16/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $85.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS136: Custom Street Signs

Rename your driveway “Steelers Place” or “Clemente Boulevard” for ultimate Pittsburgh pride. In this hard arts workshop, students will learn powder coating and vinyl masking techniques to design and fabricate their own custom street sign.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use class.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Custom Street Signs Tuesday, 5/10/16 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Custom Street Signs Friday, 6/17/16 5:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS137: Home Automation

Bring your row house into the next millennium with home automation. Manage appliance usage, customize home heating and cooling systems, and monitor home security from your smart phone. Discuss possibilities and best practices with local expert Stephen Zelenko.



Wink bulbs and gateway are included in the materials fee in class. Participants will leave with a basic automation kit from Wink [http://www.wink.com]. Students can add to their home automation systems after the class, including systems like irrigation control, lighting and thermostats.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Home Automation Tuesday, 5/17/16 5:15 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS139.5: Custom House Numbers (Part 2)

Make a unique architectural embellishment using the Waterjet cutter. In this workshop, an experienced instructor will help you conceptualize and design a custom house number in an appropriate style for the period and character of your home. You will translate your design for the CNC Waterjet, cut it in sheet aluminum and bend it on the finger brake to create a personalized piece of art that can be easily attached to the outside of your house.

This is a two-day (4 hours per day) workshop. Upon completion of both days, your creation can be finished with spray paint or powder and LED or solar lighting can be added to create an illuminated house number to make your neighbors envious.

One month of membership and the Waterjet SBU are included in this package.

This listing is only for the second day. To register, please visit Custom House Numbers (Part 1)



1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom House Numbers (Part 2) Saturday, 5/21/16 11:00 AM 8.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $275.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $395.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS140: ZeGoBeast Build

ZeGoBeasts are biologically-inspired walking creatures brought to life by you. Inspired by Theo Jansen's leg kinematics, this kit was created to teach people about basic kinematics, how to use basic hand tools, and bring friends and family together through a shared challenge.

Youth and parents are invited to collaboratively build one beastie in this workshop. Learn more at ZeGoBeast.com.

1 session currently scheduled:
    ZeGoBeast Build Wednesday, 5/18/16 5:45 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS141: Intro to Wetplate Collodion (Tintype) Photography

Replicate a black and white heirloom photo or capture a truly unique image of your work with wetplate collodion photography, commonly known as tintyping and recognized as the oldest photo-emulsive process. In this workshop, you will learn to harness this heritage photography technique by taking still-life photos.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Wetplate Collodion (Tintype) Photography Saturday, 5/21/16 1:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $165.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $185.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS142: Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes

Design and build a piece of furniture.

You will design a small piece of furniture: a simple wooden box. Design, plan, build and assemble a mitered box. Joinery suitable for beginners in the woodshop, though more complicated joints can be demonstrated.

Note: This class is not an SBU for any equipment.

Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes Sunday, 5/8/16 11:15 AM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $155.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $175.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes Saturday, 5/14/16 12:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $155.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $175.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Furniture Basics, Custom Mitered Boxes Saturday, 6/11/16 12:30 PM 3.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $155.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $175.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS155: Sew a Leather Wallet with Fabnik

Fabnik makes high quality, modern DIY kits. In this workshop, Fabnik Founders will lead students in making their own sleek, minimal leather wallet using a traditional technique called the saddle stitch.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Sew a Leather Wallet with Fabnik Wednesday, 5/18/16 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $42.50 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $62.50 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS156: Make a Baseball Bat

People say baseball is America's favorite past time. Some say that woodworking is, too. Combine these classic interests in this unique workshop! You'll learn the art of wood turning by making your own baseball bat.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Make a Baseball Bat Sunday, 5/29/16 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $105.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $120.00 plus $30.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS603: Lifecasting 101

Lifecasting is the process of creating a 3D copy of a living human body through the use of molding and casting techniques. In this Special Effects Series workshop, you will learn how to make an exact copy of your own finger, eye or nose using industry-standard alginate. You will then cast a positive of the finger, eye or nose in a strong plaster. In addition to hands-on molding and casting, we will discuss the many uses of lifecasting and touch on more advanced techniques. This workshop is designed to accommodate beginners as well as the experienced special effects guru.

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    Lifecasting 101 Sunday, 5/15/16 1:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Thursday, 5/19/16 5:45 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Sunday, 6/5/16 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Monday, 6/6/16 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Thursday, 6/16/16 5:45 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Lifecasting 101 Thursday, 6/23/16 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS901: Tesla Coil Design and Operation

Learn about design methods and operating principles of a traditional spark gap Tesla coil! Mathematical relationships and empirical measurements will be used to gain a greater understanding of high voltage electronics. We will be demonstrating these concepts on a giant homemade Tesla coil!

This is the perfect workshop for high-voltage electronics enthusiasts and for those who want to build their own Tesla coils.

About the Instructor: Mark Barlow teaches electronics classes at TechShop Pittsburgh. He has worked in the solar industry for five years and has cumulatively worked on 35 megawatts of solar power generation, including the first solar array in downtown Pittsburgh. Mark built his first Tesla coil in high school and continues to be an enthusiast of high voltage electronics.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Tesla Coil Design and Operation Friday, 5/13/16 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00, No Materials Fee
    Tesla Coil Design and Operation Saturday, 5/21/16 11:00 AM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00, No Materials Fee
    Tesla Coil Design and Operation Tuesday, 5/31/16 7:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
7 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS115: Knife-Making Using CNC Machines

Knife-making is an art of patience and craft. Learn how to make a knife from scratch using a combination of high powered tools and traditional knife-making techniques. In this class, you'll learn the basic fundamentals and tools for grinding an edge and heat treating metal. You'll also experience a live demo of the waterjet, the machine used to cut your knife blank from a sheet of steel. After receiving your knife blank, you'll get a matching acrylic handle that will be cut out using the laser cutters. With raw materials in hand and knowing the basics of knife-making, you'll have the ability to freely work on your knife with the provided equipment.

Project: Knife

Prerequisite(s): None


This Make-it, Take-it workshop is open to both members and non-members of TechShop.


Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Usage class. To learn more about waterjet cutting, check out our Waterjet Cutting SBU class offered regularly.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Knife-Making Using CNC Machines Saturday, 5/14/16 1:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $165.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $195.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Knife-Making Using CNC Machines Friday, 5/20/16 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $165.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $195.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Knife-Making Using CNC Machines Friday, 6/17/16 4:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $165.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $195.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.