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A foundation workshop for beginner makers.

 

Digital Fabrication is the making of things using computers. Instead of moulding clay or cutting wood with your hands, Digital Fabrication methods allow you to produce objects using digital designs that talk to machines. These machines could be additive, like 3D printers, or subtractive, like laser cutters or routers. At STEAMLabs, we have all three of these machines.

This two hour workshop is an intro to Digital Fabrication and is a great foundation for additional workshops (like Vector 101 where we teach you to make digital 2D designs, or the basic usage workshops where we teach you how to safely operate the machines).

In this workshop you will:

 

  • learn what DF is and isn’t useful for
  • learn about the different methods and machines of DF
  • learn about some of the software used for DF (specifically those used for our machines)
  • learn about vector and 3D models
  • learn about what kinds of DF are useful for certain kinds of projects
  • learn about rapid prototyping and micromanufacturing

$60

not currently scheduled 

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A workshop 2D digital design.

 

Vectors are the digital illustration file type that many Digital Fabrication machines require – including CNC routers, laser cutters and vinyl cutters. Vectors are also very frequently used in digital illustration, and almost always in graphic design. This workshop will show you how to create and manipulate your own vector images, scale them, and export them for laser cutting. If you’re looking for creative freedom for your CNC laser or router projects, we recommend this course. We have a limited number of laptops with Inkscape previously downloaded, or you can bring your own laptop and download Inkscape in advance. We recommend the latter if you’re hoping to continue your designs at home.

In this workshop you will:

  • Learn now to make and manipulate vector files in inkscape
  • Learn how this relates to Digital Fabrication, specifically for our machines
  • Learn how to turn a pre-created image (jpg) in to a vector
  • Learn how to export the vector file for use on our laser cutter


$40

not currently scheduled

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A one stop certification for using the laser cutter.

 

Laser cutting machines use laser beams (!!) to cut and etch digital designs in to flat objects like paper, cardboard, plastic, plywood, fabrics and even food. The laser is super fine and super precise – making it a perfect tool for signage, jewelry, satellites and more. This is a 2 hour class on how to use our 150 watt C02 laser cutter, and doubles as a certification so that you will be able to use out machine independently. The bed is 3 x 4 feet and can cut plastic, paper, leather, and up to 3/8th wood. This machine can’t cut any plastics that contain chlorine (polycarbonate, lexan, vinyl).

 

In this workshop you will:

  • Become certified on our specific laser cutter so that you are able to cut independently
  • Learn how to export a vector file to the laser cutter
  • Learn how to manipulate the settings for your desired material and design
  • Learn how to troubleshoot common problems
  • Learn how the laser cutter works and it’s different components
  • Cut a basic design on your own

 

$75

 

Note: If you have little knowledge of vector files, we recommend taking the Vector 101 class in advance. For a comprehensive Laser Cutting course, we recommend taking the Zero to Laser three-part workshop that includes Digital Fabrication 101, Vector 101 & Laser Training.

Fridays 630-830pm

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A one stop certification for using the fleet of 3D Printrbots.

 

3D printing is one of a handful of tools in our Digital Fabrication tool belt. It is a perfect tool for rapid prototyping, bespoke digital fabrication, and replacing that board game piece the dog ate that time. 3D printers use additive technology to produce small objects from plastic filament that is melted down and extruded by the printer nozzle. This is a 2 hour long class on how to use our 3D printers. These printers can make forms up to 5×5 inches big, printed out of PLA plastic. You don’t need any previous knowledge to take this class.

In this workshop you will:

  • learn how to use intuitive 3D software (TinkerCad) to produce basic 3D objects
  • learn the basics of 3D printing and become familiar with 3D Printrbots
  • be certified to use our 3D Printrbots (PLA & ABS printers)
  • complete a small 3D print of your own (this depends on the size of your print, and you might have to pick it up another day)

$65

not currently scheduled

sewing-101-square

A workshop in sewing for beginners.

 

Always wanted to get your sew on, but haven’t had a chance to learn the basics? We’re here to help!

This is an hour long workshop on the basics of using a sewing machine. You don’t need any previous knowledge, and our workshop sizes are small to maximize individual attention.

You will learn:

  • how to navigate your way around a sewing machine
  • how to thread a sewing machine
  • the basic settings and stitch types
  • how to sew basic forms
  • how to change a needle
  • troubleshooting and how to fix a jam

$25

not currently scheduled

soldering-101-square

A workshop in soldering for beginners.

 

Soldering is similar to welding, except different! Usually performed on a much smaller scale to connect electrical circuits – among other things – soldering is a great skill to start with for beginner makers interested in electronics. If you’ve ever wanted to make a wearable, add lights to an art project, build a robot, or fix a toaster, then you’ll most likely need to get your solder on!

You will learn:

  • how to solder a basic circuit
  • how to maintain tools and solder safely
  • trouble shoot common problems

$25

not currently scheduled

maker-boot-camp-yellow-square

A ten week intensive for beginner makers.

Maker Boot Camp is a ten week intensive course for beginners who want to learn All The Things. Numbers are capped at 10 in total, and there is 1 instructor for every 3-5 makers depending on the topic.

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A two part 3D printing workshop for beginner makers.

 

This is a 2 part comprehensive workshop that includes Digital Fabrication 101 and 3D Printer Training. If you’d like to  learn how to make digital 3D design files for fabrication, become certified to use our 3D printrbots, and understand the ins and outs of digital fabrication and it’s uses, then this is the course for you!

 

$95

zero-to-laser-yellow-square

A three part laser cutting workshop for beginner makers.

 

This is a 3 part comprehensive workshop that includes Digital Fabrication 101, Vector 101, and Laser Training. If you’d like to  learn how to make digital 2D design files for fabrication, become certified to use our machine, and understand the ins and outs of digital fabrication and it’s uses, then this is the course for you!

 

$135