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WKS012: Knife Making

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 be able to take advantage of the powerful waterjet cutter by choosing a knife blade style and have it cut out for you. 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.

This workshop is not a Safety and Basic Use course. Students will only be passed on the Knife Making checkout kit (including a belt sander, torch, and filing jig, but NOT the waterjet).

1 session currently scheduled:
    Knife Making Monday, 5/18/15 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $150.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $170.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1220SJ: Intro to Wood Bending - Build a Custom Skateboard Deck

Learn the fundamentals of vacuum press wood bending and build a skateboard or longboard deck from scratch in this woodworking class for all skill levels. You'll learn how to laminate thin layers of maple to a curved mold using a vacuum press. You will also practice basic hand tool and power tool skills to shape and finish your deck. In the end, you'll walk away with a pro-quality skateboard or longboard deck and the skills to make all sorts of bent-wood objects.

This is a two-part class. By signing up for Part 1 you are automatically registered in Part 2.

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of WOD:101 Woodshop SBU prior to taking this class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Wood Bending - Build a Custom Skateboard Deck Wednesday, 5/27/15 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $120.00 plus $50.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1236SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps

This workshop covers the use of Autodesk V-Carve Pro to create flexible toolpaths for cutting out a woodworker's cam clamp. The Inventor Assembly files will be provided so the student can learn to generate drawing files and then import relevant vectors into V-Carve for use. Drilling paths, pockets and profile paths will be generated for a variety of tooling.

Topics will include:
  • How to take an Autodesk Inventor part or Assembly file and create usable drawings and vector files
  • Strategies for dealing with variable thickness materials
  • Workholding and alignment techniques
  • Working with layers in V-Carve
  • Tool database use and setting feeds and speeds
This workshop is one of an "Art To Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworkers cam style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CNC101: Concepts of CNC and CNC201: CAD-to-CAM VCarve and AUD006: Autodesk Inventor Basics are required prior to taking this workshop series.

1 session currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps
(Advanced VCarve: Cam Clamps)
Tuesday, 5/12/15 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1261SJ: WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp

In this workshop, students will learn through hands-on experience how to cut precision parts using the ShopBot. Toolpaths will be provided or students can use their own paths created in the V-Carve Cam Clamp workshop. Each student will go through the entire process of setting up the ShopBot and cutting out their parts.

Topics will include:
  • Creating a level working surface
  • Workholding and registration methods
  • Tool changing
  • Adjusting feeds and speeds for better finish
This workshop is one of an "Art to Part" series featuring the design and realization of a woodworker's cam-style clamp. The series covers the process and steps needed to take an idea or "napkin sketch" and create an actual working physical product. It's not necessary to take these workshops in order.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CNC302: ShopBot SBU prior to taking this class.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Wednesday, 5/6/15 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Friday, 5/15/15 2:30 PM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    WORKSHOP: Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 5/26/15 11:30 AM 3.0 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS515: Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter

Our resident artist, Darius B'Alexander, will demonstrate and instruct on the art of origami and paper folding. Using the CNC vinyl cutter as well many hands-on techniques, participants will learn how to fold, crease and cut pieces of paper into art. This workshop will also include a viewing of "Between the Folds," a wonderful and informative origami documentary. Paper materials will be provided.

Note: This is not a safety and basic use (SBU) class. If you have not taken and passed the Vinyl Cutter SBU, the instructor will operate the machinery for you.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intro to Scoring Paper for Origami Corrugations Using the Vinyl Cutter Sunday, 5/10/15 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $20.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $25.00 plus $10.00 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.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intellectual Property Protection Sunday, 5/24/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 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.
   
WKS519: Pewter Drop Casting Workshop

Since the 11th century, pewter has been cast into objects of utility and beauty. An alloy of tin and copper, pewter is relatively malleable, and its soft sheen provides an elegant contrast to the steel which surrounds us today.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn to make a mold and cast a small part using molten pewter. You will first create a plaster mold blank that can be carved using hand tools or any other carving instrument. Next, you will hand carve a simple part or design and will learn various other techniques such as using modeling clay or copying an existing piece. Finally, you will melt the pewter and make your casting to create a pendant, key fob, piece of jewelry, or small part.

Workshop length: 2 hours

Cost: $50 including materials fee

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pewter Drop Casting Workshop Tuesday, 5/26/15 3:30 PM 2.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.