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WKS100: CNC Mini Lathe Build

Joe Katona and Ron Ginger return from last year's CNC Workshop Mini Mill build class to guide students through the conversion of a high quality, bench top lathe to CNC control.

The machine will feature CNC threading capabilities, a unique feature for such a low cost, bench top CNC lathe. A lathe conversion is a first for the CNC workshop and will be quite popular.

Enrollment is limited to 12 spots, so don't miss out!

Note: Build classes start Monday, April 24th.

An experienced instructor will guide the class through the entire conversion process as participants build a working, bench top CNC machine. Each student will purchase a selection of a machine along with appropriate controls, motors, mechanical components, and software. The student can be confident all the components will work together to build a successful machine. By the end of class, each participant will have a fully functional CNC machine to take home!

Build classes require pre-payment of the system cost. Shipping charges are included in the price. Students are responsible for getting the completed system from the workshop to their home.

All necessary tools will be provided, but you may bring your favorite hand tools if you prefer. Tools needed include screwdrivers, pliers, allen keys, small wrenches, nut drivers, etc.

You will need to provide a computer for checking out the system, and the class will include training on the use of the machine. A laptop is probably the easiest PC to bring, but a desktop can be accommodated if needed. Exact PC requirements will be provided before the session.

Features:
  • Based on the Little Machine Shop 7 X 16 Mini Lathe
  • 2-axis lathe operation with threading
  • Ball screws (preloaded) on all axes

  • Travel is the same as the base, manual lathe
  • Mach 4 machine control software
  • Pokey controller with laptop operation
  • Spindle on/off and speed control
  • Limit switch and Home switch
  • Basic tooling package included


NOTE:
This is pre-registration to reserve your seat in the build class. You will still need to purchase your machine, conversion parts, and supplies. TechShop will provide you with instructions for purchasing those items prior to the class. Final cost has not yet been determined but is anticipated to be $2,500 - $3500.

1 session currently scheduled:
    CNC Mini Lathe Build
(Convert a manual, bench top lathe to full CNC control)
Monday, 4/24/17 9:30 AM 16.0 Hours 12 SEATS TOTAL
11 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $75.00, No Materials Fee
   
WKS101: Mechatronics 1

This is the first of a 4-part workshop.You will need to take all 4 sessions to complete this workshop. Only Part 1 is being offered at this time.

Now is your chance to know more about CNC machines and how they operate! Join TechShop and John Osborne as he leads you on your first CNC build from scratch. Over the course of the 4 sessions, you will build your own Doddlebot.

This course is designed for students to learn the basics of design, engineering, electronics, programming, and troubleshooting while enjoying the hands-on aspect of building your own CNCmachine.

Prerequisites: None

Each workshop must be taken in order.

Session 1 is online and available monthly now
Session 2 $130 coming in April and available moving forward
Session 3 $110 coming in April and available moving forward
Session 4 $110 coming in May and available moving forward

In May, all sessions will be up and running and offered on a regular basis. Check back often to see when your next session will be available.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Mechatronics 1 Tuesday, 4/4/17 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $130.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $150.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS102: Mechatronics 2

This is the SECOND of a 4-part workshop. You will need to take all 4 sessions to complete this workshop.

Now is your chance to know more about CNC machines and how they operate! Join TechShop and John Osborne as he leads you on your first CNC build from scratch. Over the course of the 4 sessions, you will build your own Doddlebot.

This course is designed for students to learn the basics of design, engineering, electronics, programming, and troubleshooting while enjoying the hands-on aspect of building your own CNCmachine.

Prerequisite: Mechatronics 1

Each workshop must be taken in order.

Sessions 1 and 2 are online and available monthly now
Session 3 $110 coming in May and available moving forward
Session 4 $110 will also be coming in May and available moving forward

In May, all sessions will be up and running and offered on a regular basis. Check back often to see when your next session will be available.

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Mechatronics 2 Thursday, 4/13/17 10:00 AM 2.5 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Mechatronics 2 Tuesday, 4/18/17 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Mechatronics 2 Thursday, 4/27/17 5:30 PM 2.5 Hours 3 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS801: Jigs and the Woodshop

Jigs are an invaluable tool to streamline your craftsmanship and work more efficiently. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworking professional or a novice, jigs can help you work smarter and faster.

During this workshop, your experienced instructor will build different jigs with you and show you their many uses. You will then use your jigs in the construction of a small finished box. You will also discuss further jig making, including various table saw sleds for simple cuts and bevels, dado cuts, and mitres. TechShop has these jigs built and on-hand for member use.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have 4 versatile jigs to take home as well as a unique project that can be stained or painted.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop SBU is required before you take this workshop

Project: 4 Jigs, Wooden Box

Equipment Access: Woodshop

Safety:Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, and face shield are required. Hearing Protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop are advised.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Jigs and the Woodshop Tuesday, 3/28/17 12:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Jigs and the Woodshop Wednesday, 4/26/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS805: Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot

Apply skills you learned in the ShopBot SBU to create a custom-designed sign. Welcome guests to your cabin, design a unique house number display, or inscribe a favorite saying to adorn your wall.

Once you learn how to apply these skills to your own projects, the sky's the limit!

You will be using VCarve and CorelDRAW on the ShopBot to create your design. Your experienced instructor will help you determine design aesthetic, font alignment, and procedural steps to make your ideas work.

After this workshop, you will have a custom sign to take home, which you may paint, stain, or leave to weather naturally. Though the sign will be made from hardwood in class, you will be given the option of adding suggested embellishments in other mediums from the laser cutters, waterjet, or preferred machine on your own.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CNC302

Project: Wooden sign

Safety:
    Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield
    Advisable: Hearing protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop


1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom Signs 1: Sign Making on the ShopBot Tuesday, 4/18/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $55.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS809: Laser Cut Basic Dice Tower

Level up your tabletop gaming with a unique, functional, laser-cut work of art!

Using the skills you learned in the Epilog Laser SBU or Universal Laser SBU, you will be able to cut your own dice tower.

Whether you’re complementing a fully-storied DnD campaign or adding creativity to Monopoly night, this project is simple, yet creative enough to create different designs for any gaming style. The instructor will provide you with some pattern ideas and consult with you on your own designs.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you may paint or stain your creation, or modify what you have learned to create other styles and shapes. This project will lend a customized aspect for your next game night or family gathering, and will look fantastic to display between game nights.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of LAS101: Epilog SBU or LAS103

Only the Epilog laser will be used in this workshop. However, everything taught will be applicable to the Universal Laser System.

Project: A custom-cut wooden dice tower

Equipment Access: Laser Lab, HUB

Minimum Age: 8

Supervision Requirements: During class, all 8- to 16-year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are mandatory.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cut Basic Dice Tower Saturday, 4/8/17 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $30.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS814: Wine Rack - Classic Square-X Style

Though this classic design is traditionally used for wine, it functions well as a finished storage element for any type of decor.

During this workshop, you will learn how to cut and assemble the pieces, using woodshop tools. Your instructor will also give you tips on securing multiple units together, or customizing your design further using other tools of the shop.

This is a 4-hour workshop. Upon completion, you will have one square rack, which you may paint, stain, or leave in natural wood.

WOD101 is required before you take this workshop.

Project: Wine Rack

Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU

Equipment Access: Woodshop

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: None

Safety: Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, and face shield. Advisable: Hearing protection and particle filter or dust mask when in the woodshop.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Wine Rack - Classic Square-X Style Saturday, 4/29/17 11:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00 plus $70.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS815: Pen Turning

Make a custom pen on the wood lathe!

In this workshop, participants learn basic design principles and the wood lathe. All materials will be provided; all you need to bring is your creativity.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pen Turning Thursday, 4/27/17 11:00 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 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.
   
WKS822: Custom Glassware - Laser and Sandblast

In this workshop, you will learn how to etch designs into glassware using a laser-cut template and the sandblaster!

Your experienced instructor will show you different methods for creating your template and the best way to tackle your designs. You will wrap a glass beer mug with a masking film and use the Epilog laser and rotary attachment to cut out a design of your own creation, then use the sandblaster to create a deeper etching. You may also choose to spray paint the etched areas before removing the masking film.

Please have a simple black-and-white design in a digital file to use for this workshop. TechShop will provide one mug for each student, masking film, and a few colors of spray paint.

This class is a perfect complementary course to your Laser Rotary SBU or Media Blasting and Powder Coating SBU. Brush up on your skills or introduce new tools into your maker repertoire!

Bring a flash drive or portable drive with your image file. All other materials will be provided

1 session currently scheduled:
    Custom Glassware - Laser and Sandblast Tuesday, 4/4/17 1:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS825: Bottle Carrier

In this workshop, you will combine your woodworking and lasering skills under direction of your experienced instructor to create a customized gift or tote of your own!

This bottle carrier has an attached bottle opener, so you’ll be ready for the party! Leave the carrier as a gift to your hosts, or keep it stocked so you’re always ready for the next event. Carrier can be easily adapted to tote hand tools, brushes, crafting supplies, makeup, pencils, dining/grilling utensils, condiments, and many other convenient alternatives.

Participants will cut out parts from solid wood and add laser customization with a quote or simple image of their choice.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Woodshop and Laser SBUs

Note: Students MUST BRING a portable drive with their quote/image file in Corel or Illustrator.

Project: Wooden Bottle Tote

Equipment Access: Woodshop, Laser Lab, HUB

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: N/A

Safety:
    Mandatory: Closed toe shoes, short sleeves, safety glasses in woodshop
    Advisable: Hearing protection, dust mask
Class Length: 4 hours

1 session currently scheduled:
    Bottle Carrier Thursday, 4/20/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $50.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $65.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS850: "Bologna Sandwich" Pewter Casting

The name of this project comes from its stackable parts. Combine laser technology with centuries-old casting techniques to produce custom jewelry pendants in pewter.

In this workshop, you will work with your instructor to create two unique take-home jewelry pieces. The results are astounding. This is a great opportunity to let your Laser Cutter SBU skills shine.

Please note: This workshop utilizes TechShop’s equipment but all shop rules still apply – unless you have already passed the required safety course(s), you will not be operating the machine, your instructor will.

This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class – you may NOT use TechShop's equipment without passing the associated Safety and Basic Use class.

Students ages 8 and up may attend ONLY if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. The parent or guardian MUST sign up for the workshop as well.

1 session currently scheduled:
    "Bologna Sandwich" Pewter Casting Tuesday, 3/28/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS857: Pinstriping

Sexify your DIY! John Jaranson – Ford materials engineer, TechShop instructor, and automotive artist – offers hands-on lessons for this sought-after technique. Add calligraphic lines to your 'rod, your guitar, your laptop, your lunchbox, your smartphone...

John will show you the tools and materials to produce your own vanity license plate. Bring in your own small projects to get some pointers on how to take them to the next level!

Tools and materials are for workshop project only.

Please note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Workshops utilize TechShop’s equipment, and all shop rules still apply – unless you have passed the required safety course(s), your instructor will assist you on machinery. Membership is required for working in the shop space outside of classes and workshops.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Pinstriping Monday, 4/10/17 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $13.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $13.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.