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WKSCH012: Advanced Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press - Using Multiple Colors

Ever wanted to make cooler, multi-colored vinyl-cut garments? This is the class you have been waiting for!

Participants will learn how to prepare vector files in Adobe Illustrator before utilizing advanced heat press techniques. You will see how great file preparation can help us create intricate, multi-layered designs that you will be proud to make and wear on a t-shirt. The instructor will have a selection of monsters that range in difficulty so that no matter your skill level, there will be one that's just right. All the steps of garment decoration will be covered.

There will be emphasis on multi-layered Thermoflex Plus as well as a more advanced vinyl product known as TexTact foil adhesive. Participants are urged to bring an example .eps/.ai/.similar vector file so the instructor can establish a baseline for vector creation

  • Required: WKS537: Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press SBU

  • Recommended: COM201: Adobe Illustrator for CNC; COM207: CorelDRAW for CNC
Safety: Closed-toed shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press - Using Multiple Colors
(Advanced Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press)
Thursday, 9/10/15 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
WKS883: Electronic Hardware

Are you more comfortable with computer software than computer hardware? Have you ever wondered how a computer actually works at the hardware level? Do you want to design your own electronic project/prototype circuits? Do you want to know Boolean logic and understand Inverters, OR, AND, NOR, Exclusive OR and NAND gates? How about flip-flops, multiplexors, decoders, etc.? Would you like to understand how Transistors, Diodes, MOSFETs, LEDs, Capacitors, Resistors, Inductors and SCRs work and when to use them? Then the Basic Electronic Hardware Workshop is for you.

The three-hour Electronic Hardware Workshop - Level 1 will help you understand the basics of electronic circuit design. You’ll learn how the simple Ohm’s law can be used to guide you through most of your electronic designs. You’ll learn all about voltage, current and power and how they affect each other. You’ll learn how to read a datasheet for LEDs, MOSFETs and other components. You’ll learn how to read and draw schematics. This fun and very interactive workshop will include interactive discussions, hands-on demonstrations and electronic experiments.

After attending this workshop, you should be able to answer this question: If a switch is rated at 10 Amps and 250 Volts, how much current (Amps) will it handle at just 25 Volts? (You’d be surprised at how many EEs get this wrong!)

The Electronic Hardware Workshop – Level 1 is presented by Lou Lippincott. Lou has over 30 years of experience in electronic design and has his name on over 70 hardware design patents. Now an independent inventor, Lou has taught electronics at many levels. Lou has a knack for teaching complex concepts in clear and understandable terms for people at all levels of knowledge and experience. You do not need any prior electronic hardware experience to enjoy this workshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Electronic Hardware Sunday, 9/27/15 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $89.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Intellectual Property Protection Monday, 8/31/15 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    * Member Sign Up $150.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $190.00, No Materials Fee
    Intellectual Property Protection Sunday, 9/6/15 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
    * 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.