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WKS1212: Halloween: Laser Etch a Pumpkin!

Halloween is coming! How better to prepare than by laser etching your very own pumpkin to proudly display? This workshop is for laser pros and novices alike -- all who want to infuse a little tech into their Halloween decor are welcome. Participants may bring their own Adobe Illustrator file or choose from one of our pre-made designs. Drop in at any time during this 3-hour workshop, but do be aware that pumpkins will be etched on a first-come, first-served basis.

This workshop will NOT clear students to use TechShop's laser cutters. One pumpkin is included in the cost of the workshop, but you may bring additional pumpkins if you wish.

Safety Requirements: Closed-toe shoes must be worn.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Halloween: Laser Etch a Pumpkin!
(Halloween: Laser Etch a Pumpkin)
Tuesday, 10/24/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 1 SEAT TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
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    Halloween: Laser Etch a Pumpkin!
(Halloween: Laser Etch a Pumpkin)
Thursday, 10/26/17 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
8 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $25.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $30.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1239: Aluminum Casting with a Kiln

In this workshop, you will cast a small object from a hand-cut foam mold. Aluminum ingots will be heated to 1500 degrees in our small kiln while students carve their molds out of foam blocks. Your instructor will discuss pattern design, mold troubleshooting and, most importantly, safety.

Molten aluminum will be handled, so participants must wear leather footwear (preferably boots), long sleeves and pants.

This class will NOT clear you to use the kiln for metal casting, as this is an extremely dangerous activity. Once you have taken this workshop, you will be approved to bring molds you have designed to our once-monthly casting event. Molds will be collected by our staff and will be cast during off-hours in the shop. Students can observe the casting if they wish; castings will be left in the shop to cool, and students will be emailed when they are ready for pickup!

Prerequisites: None!

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 18

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, and natural fiber or leather long pants

  • Advised: Leather boots


3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Tuesday, 9/26/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Tuesday, 10/10/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Thursday, 10/19/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, 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.
   
WKS201: 3D Scanning - Hack Your Xbox Kinect!

Did you know that your Xbox Kinect can be hacked to become a 3D scanner? All you need is a bit of patience, software, and some excellent instruction! One of our knowledgeable 3D printing instructors will take you through the process, step by step. You'll not only learn about the wide-ranging usefulness of 3D scanning, but also how to turn your Kinect into a 3D scanner and operate the scanning software. You'll walk away from this workshop with the ability to hack your own 3D scanner, as well as an .stl file of yourself! This file type can be used on a 3D printer or even on the ShopBot. Get your loved ones what they've always wanted: a desktop version of you! It's possible, thanks to 3D scanning and this awesome workshop.

Project: An .stl file of yourself from a 3D scan

Prerequisites: None

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When in the shop outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

1 session currently scheduled:
    3D Scanning - Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Friday, 10/13/17 5:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS203: Make a Plasma Cut Flower

Want to impress your loved one with a handmade gift this season? Need a "Get out of Jail Free" card? Come to TechShop and make a one-of-a-kind decorative flower out of steel using a plasma cutter and spot welder!

In this workshop, each student will design a flower on sheet steel and use the plasma cutter to cut the design straight out of the metal. You'll then learn to work with the metal to create curves in your petals and leaves. Once the "petals" are ready, you'll attach them to a metal "stem" and spot weld them together.

You'll leave with an impressive handmade metal flower that is sure to please even the hardest to impress on your holiday gift list.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Make a Plasma Cut Flower
(Plasma Cut Flowers)
Tuesday, 10/17/17 8:00 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS204: Laser Cut and Etched Leather Wallet

Let's face it: So many wallets out there are pretty boring.

Since you take it with you everywhere, don't you want something more interesting? Here's your chance to make a custom leather wallet using a laser cutter! When someone admires your cool new billfold, you'll be able to say, "Oh this? I made it with a laser!"

In this workshop, you'll cut out a wallet design using the laser cutter. Then, you can etch into the surface of the leather to customize it to your heart's content! Finally, you'll hand-stitch your creation together into its fetching, functional final form. Your instructor will also provide valuable guidance on working with leather in the laser. You'll walk away with plenty of tips and tricks to help you continue working on laser projects that incorporate leather. Every student will leave this workshop with a personalized wallet that would make a perfect gift- or treat yourself and keep it for your own use!

Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. To learn more about laser cutting and etching, check out our Laser Cutting SBU - ULS, offered regularly.

Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS prior to taking this class is recommended. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator is also helpful.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Laser Cut and Etched Leather Wallet Thursday, 9/28/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $80.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $100.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS620: Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes

Learn how to build a puzzle box in the style of traditional Japanese master craftsmen. Students will examine the fundamentals of the how the internal structure works in concert with the movements of the sliding faces of the box. Everyone will leave with their own puzzle box, perfect for hiding small valuables or a gift box that poses a challenge!

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the Woodshop SBU and the Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU prior to taking this class

Students who have not taken the prerequisite classes should NOT register for this class. Students attempting to attend this class who have not completed the prerequisite classes will be turned away.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Saturday, 10/7/17 12:00 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS621: Puzzle Boxes 102 - Exploring Complexity

Building on the box-making foundations from Puzzle Boxes 101, this course delves into techniques that will teach students to augment the puzzle components of their boxes!

Participants will learn techniques that create a truly puzzling box: stepped movements, sliding dovetails, innovative opening methods, and hidden catches. The instructor will even demonstrate how to cut dovetails in the box's veneer using the laser cutter and provide students with a handy guide to follow when designing their boxes. Upon completion of this workshop, students will have the knowledge necessary to exponentially increase the difficulty level of their next puzzle box.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Puzzle Boxes 101: Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes

1 session currently scheduled:
    Puzzle Boxes 102 - Exploring Complexity Wednesday, 10/25/17 5:00 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS131: Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs

Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand in hand, and this fun workshop will show you how!

First, you'll learn how to safely operate the vinyl cutter and use it to make custom stencils to suit all your screen printing needs. When using the vinyl cutter, as opposed to hand-cutting your stencils, the possibilities for easily making intricate designs is infinite. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs to use the vinyl cutter to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more! Be sure to come with a design file in hand, or at least in mind.

Next, it's onto the screen printing station. You'll learn how to prep your stencil, transfer it to a screen, mask the screen, then apply ink through the stencil and screen onto your shirt. It's a much quicker, easier process than photo emulsion, and it cures quickly, too. You'll spend the last few minutes of class heat-setting your shirt, and voila! You'll be the proud owner of your very own, handmade screen printed shirt that is sure to be an eye catcher.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the screen printing station AND vinyl cutter.

Project: Custom screen printed shirt

Prerequisites: None!

Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

Safety: Closed-toe shoes are required.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using the screen printing station and/or vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

3 sessions currently scheduled:
    Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Saturday, 10/14/17 4:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Sunday, 10/15/17 11:00 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Wednesday, 10/25/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.