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WKS500: Quilt Piecing Using the Laser

Quilting for the modern world. Instead of cutting out hundreds of little pieces painstakingly by hand or rotary cutter, use the laser cutter instead, only taking seconds instead of hours! In this class learn how to design templates for quilting squares that will then be cut using the laser. Students will then move to the basic sewing machine and learn how to piece quilts tops together.

Project: Quilt Squares/Pieces

Prerequisites: LAS101: Laser Cutting and Etching and TXL 101:Basic Sewing Machine SBU

Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Quilt Piecing Using the Laser Saturday, 9/12/15 10:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $98.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS708: Jewelry Workshop: Basic Tools - Saw, File, and Rivet

Learn the basics of jewelry and metalsmithing!

This course is an introduction to the most common metalsmithing techniques that will help you start making your own jewelry and metal sculpture.

This is a hands-on workshop in which participants will learn sawing, riveting, drilling, filing, and sanding techniques that are essential to the jewelry metal arts.

Project: Sawed and riveted metal sample

Prerequisites: None!

Safety: Closed toed-shoes are required. Remove dangling jewelry and tie back long hair.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Jewelry Workshop: Basic Tools - Saw, File, and Rivet Sunday, 9/6/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Jewelry Workshop: Basic Tools - Saw, File, and Rivet Monday, 9/21/15 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $40.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1219: Advanced Autodesk Inventor: Cam Clamps

This workshop is one in 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 (although that would certainly be helpful).

In this workshop, you will learn advanced Autodesk Inventor techniques and tools, including:
  • Top-down design, sketch blocks and multi-solid parts
  • How to use a "layout sketch" to design and constrain an assembly
  • How to create parameterized parts using linked parameters and an Excel worksheet
  • Constraints and more constraints
By the end, you will have a fully customizable cam clamp design.

This is the first in a 3-series workshop.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of AUD006: Autodesk Inventor - Basics is required before taking this workshop series.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Autodesk Inventor: Cam Clamps Monday, 9/28/15 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 8 SEATS TOTAL
8 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.
   
WKS1236: 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:
    Advanced VCarve Workshop: Cam Clamps
(Advanced VCarve: Cam Clamps)
Monday, 9/28/15 3:00 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.
   
WKS1261: 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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Tuesday, 9/15/15 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 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
    Advanced ShopBot: Cam Clamp Saturday, 9/26/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 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
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS104: Advanced Heat Press and Vinyl Cutting: Multi-Colors

Ever wanted to make cooler, multi-colored, vinyl-cut garments?

Learn how to prepare vector files in Adobe Illustrator and utilize advanced heat press techniques. See how great file preparation can help you create intricate, multi-layered designs that you will be proud to make and wear on a t-shirt, and then walk through all the steps of garment decoration. 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.

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

Project: Custom t-shirt

Prerequisites
  • Required: Successful completion of WKS537: Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press SBU prior to taking this class

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

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Advanced Heat Press and Vinyl Cutting: Multi-Colors Sunday, 9/13/15 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $95.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Advanced Heat Press and Vinyl Cutting: Multi-Colors Sunday, 9/27/15 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 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.
   
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 Saturday, 9/19/15 4:00 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
10 SEATS LEFT
    * 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.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Intellectual Property Protection Sunday, 9/20/15 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 10 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.