Sew a Felt Plush Monster

Use laser-cut felt parts, hand stitching, and machine sewing to create your own terrific tiny creature. At the end of this workshop, you’ll walk away with an awesome monster as well as basic stitching skills to carry your interests further. Ages: 8+.

The cost is $50 for this two hour class, which includes materials, tools, and instruction. No prior knowledge or experience required. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.

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Intro to Metal Sculpture

In this class, students will be introduced to metalworking. Using precut parts from the Plasma Cutter (demo included) we’ll modify them with the Jump Shear and Corner Notcher. We’ll take those parts to the Metal Brake and Spot Welder to further shape and connect them. You’ll go home with a fantastic metal sculpture!

Ages 13 and up are welcome on their own. Ages 8-12 are welcome with adult. If the adult will be making a sculpture too, register and pay for all parties. If the adult is just assisting the child, only register the child.

The cost is $75 for this two hour class.

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Beginner’s Toolbox

In this kid-friendly workshop, attendees will build a toolbox suitable for holding the tools of a beginning woodworker! A brief discussion on wood and general safety instruction will be followed by use of a rasp, sandpaper, hammer, nails and clamps to assemble your toolbox.

The cost is $50 for this two hour workshop, which includes materials, tools, and instruction for one toolbox. No prior knowledge or experience required. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.

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Beverly B2A Throatless Shear

The Beverly B2A Throatless Shear lets you cut sheet metal of any length using its unique design.  It is capable of cutting both straight and curved lines in a number of materials listed below.

No checkout class is required, however you must use the SOP.

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2017 Summer Camp – Metal Sculptures

Ages 13-16

Jul 10 – 14 & Aug 14 – 18 

9:00am – 4:00pm (aftercare available from 4pm to 5pm)

Do you want to harness the power of the sun to cut metal? Shape that metal with your mind and hands? Join Maker Works for an exciting metal workshop for kids. Students will be introduced to a variety of metalworking methods including forging, casting pewter, plasma cutting, and using various other tools. Students will learn about design and tool skills, which will allow them to create their own custom sculptures.

Students must wear closed toe shoes and natural fiber clothing (cotton, denim). Avoid loose/baggy items. Long hair must be pulled back from the face. Leather gloves are encouraged.

Teacher: Casey (kcd) Dixon, an ArtPrize 2016 finalist for his massive metal tree sculpture, Invasive Species.

News stories about Casey’s 2016 ArtPrize sculpture:

Invasive Species sculpture

Invasive Species by The Shiny Seed at ArtPrize 2016

Prerequisites: None

Please pack a bagged lunch, we will provide light snacks.

Cost $489

Register for Session I (Jul 10-14)

Register for Session II (Aug 14-18)

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2017 Summer Camp – Kinetic Camp

Ages 8-12

Jun 19 – 23  9:00am – 12:00pm

Flying! Rolling! Crashing! Join Maker Works for a series of kinetic-themed Make & Take classes. Students will be introduced to a variety of traditional kinetic projects and the tools to create them. Everything from rubber band planes and mousetrap-powered cars to stomp rockets will be covered in this week-long series of half-day workshops. Starting from kits, students will end the camp with their own custom creations and a new appreciation for designing from scratch!

Prerequisites: None
Light snacks provided!
Cost $250

Register for Jun 19-23 Kinetic Camp

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2017 Summer Camp – Upcycled Fashion

Tote bag made from an upcycled denim pant leg

“The name of the Game is re-use.”

Ages 10-16

Jul 17-21 & Aug 21-25

9:00am – 4:00pm (after care available from 4pm to 5pm)

Get your kids thinking outside the box when it comes to self-expression through everyday fashion. While we will use basic hand and machine sewing, students will be introduced to bigger tools like the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and heat press to help achieve their creative visions. Students will be exploring T-shirt and denim reconstruction, plus the art of accessorizing. Transform “hand-me-downs” into runway-ready style for the new school year! Students will create several garments and accessories. All materials included.

Kimono-sleeved Top

Mix a favorite t-shirt and a grandpa sweater to create this awesome kimono-sleeved top.

Teacher: Je’Tone Cherene Alexander

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with hand and machine sewing (thread a needle, thread a machine, wind a bobbin).

Please pack a bagged lunch, we will provide light snacks.

Cost: $489

Register for Session I (Jul 17-21)

Register for Session II (Aug 21-25)

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2017 Summer Camp – Comic/Manga Camp

Ages 10-14

Jun 26 – 30 & Aug 07 – 11

9:00am – 4:00pm (aftercare available from 4pm to 5pm)

Students will be immersed in a week-long workshop of creative storytelling through the art of comics and manga. We will work on drawing skills, narration, and formatting a story to go wherever their imagination takes them. Pen and paper are combined with modern experimental tools like laser cutters, conductive ink and 3D printing to give students the means to meet their print deadline. Staff will guide students through the use of these devices to express their art in multiple media to create a single-issue zine featuring everyone’s work by the end of the week.

Prerequisites: None

Please pack a bagged lunch, we will provide light snacks.

Cost $489
Register for Session I (Jun 26-30)

Register for Session II (Aug 07-11)

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Beginning 3D CAD with Fusion 360

AutoDesk’s Fusion 360 is a professional 3D parametric CAD program that can produce 3D models for machining, visualization, and 3D printing.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of creating a 3D part using the common sketch-extrude-modify method.

By the end of this class, you will

  • know what the software does, when to use it

  • be able to make simple 3D parts

  • know how to export the design for fabrication

  • have a foundation for further exploration

Specifically, we will cover

  • purpose of Fusion 360 CAD

  • how it compares with other 2D and 3D CAD programs

  • the basic 2D sketch -> 3D feature -> modify sequence of creating a 3D part

  • using the design history and timeline for efficient modifications

  • using dimensions

  • basic and intermediate 2D sketching

  • using constraints

  • generating 2D and 3D files for fabrication (e.g., 3D printer or a milling machine)

  • using parameters and equations

  • repeating sketches and features

Bring to class:  Nothing is required.  If you wish, you can install Fusion 360 on your own computer, but we will have computers with the software already installed for your use in the class.  (See the class description on our website for any .zip files that may be used in this class.)

You will need to establish an account with AutoDesk to use the software.  Fusion 360 can be evaluated for free for 30 days by anyone–we will try to keep this class well under that limit.  Many people can continue to use the program for free (as of this writing), including students, startups, hobbyists, and so on.  Please refer to AutoDesk’s website for more details.  We should have time at the start of the class to create the account, but it will be faster if you create it beforehand.

Even if you choose not to use Fusion 360, the concepts in this class are widely applicable to parametric 3D CAD in general.  There are variations in details, but the general ideas should give you a good foundation regardless of the actual program you end up using.

Provided:  PCs with Fusion 360, example files.

This is a learn by doing class.

Maker Works has Fusion 360 installed on our common room workstations and our computer lab computers.

1 class: 3 hours
Class size: 5 people
$90

Data files for this class (place on your desktop):  Fusion360CADClass.zip

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T-962A Reflow Oven

The T-962A is a 1500W reflow oven for soldering surface mount components on printed circuit boards.  It has a 300 x 320 mm (11.8″ x 12.6″)  capacity, and a temperature range up to 350 degrees C.

It has been upgraded with new open-source firmware from Unified Engineering for much improved performance and an internal temperature sensor for increased temperature accuracy (cold junction compensation).

You can use leaded or lead-free solder paste.  (Maker Works provides a refrigerator for storing solder paste–please do not use the kitchen refrigerator.)

There is currently no checkout required.  Use the SOPs.

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