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MIG/TIG Welding Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Improve your MIG and TIG welding skills with one-on-one instruction and the creation of a take-home project.  This is a hands-on class with Jacob Ritter.  Class size is limited to one student per welding machine.  You will learn and practice … Continue reading

Introduction to Arduino Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn to use the Arduino, a popular microcontroller used by artists, musicians, gardeners, hobbyists and engineers! In this class we will cover the basics of programming and connecting simple switches, sensors, and outputs. This is a beginner course, so no … Continue reading

SheetCam CAM Software Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn how to use SheetCam to convert AutoCAD (and other dxf) CAD files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill and the CNC plasma.  Computers with SheetCam will be provided.  Show up early to copy the class … Continue reading

Improve your welding skills! - post

Posted on by Dale Grover

The time has come to develop your welding skills. Those of you who have taken our MIG/TIG checkout class will love this opportunity to explore the wonderful world of welding. This is a really great class, led by a skilled … Continue reading

Camp ShopBot at Maker Works, Saturday 9/28! - post

Posted on by Dale Grover

Maker Works is delighted to welcome Camp ShopBot, Saturday September 28th. Learn new techniques, see examples of advanced work, and meet fellow ShopBot users and owners. It is free to attend, and you do not need to be a member … Continue reading

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi, a $35 Single-Board Computer - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

“Great instructor” “Aimed right at the perfect skill/knowledge level” Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi, a popular, powerful, and inexpensive ($25-$35!) single-board computer.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of programming the Raspberry Pi in Python, connecting simple … Continue reading

FIRST Robots: Complete & Ready to Compete - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Dexter, Huron, Pioneer and Skyline High Schools have been making use of Maker Works space as they prepare for upcoming FIRST robotics competitions. Each robot will compete against other teams’ robots in an original game called Aerial Assist. We got … Continue reading

Introduction to Arduino - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Learn to use the Arduino, a popular microcontroller used by artists, musicians, gardeners, hobbyists and engineers. We’ll cover the basics of programming and connecting simple switches, sensors, and outputs. An Arduino and parts will be supplied for your use in … Continue reading

Hone Your Welding Skills - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

with Tommy Butler Mastering welding on your own takes loads of time and effort. It can challenge you. It can cost you blood, and sweat, and tears. It can make you want to throw in the towel. But it doesn’t … Continue reading

MeshCAM CAM Software Skill Development - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Computers with MeshCAM will be provided.  Show up early to copy the class example files (or see link … Continue reading

Makerspace Operations Bootcamp - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

When Spring 2017 (please email us to be notified when it is scheduled at membership@maker-works.com) 9 AM to 5 PM daily Where Maker Works 3765 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 Register for this bootcamp Maker Works’ Makerspace Operations Bootcamp … Continue reading

Arduino & Open-source Imagination - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

“You don’t need anyone’s permission to make something great.” At the 5th annual World Maker Faire in New York City last weekend, Massimo Banzi presented on Arduinos–affordable micro-controllers that help make projects interactive. Banzi, a co-founder of the Arduino Project … Continue reading

Custom Gifts with the Epilog Laser - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

The Epilog Laser is an excellent tool for making all sorts of gifts. You can use it to create a card by etching custom designs into paper. You can make a memorable gift by laser-engraving drinking glasses, water bottles, or … Continue reading

Corel Draw for the Laser - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Learn to use Corel Draw to create artwork for engraving and cutting on the Epilog Laser. 2 Hours $65

Woodworking Basics with BrainMonkeys - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Jan 29; Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30; May 7, 14 4:30-5:30pm Students in grades 6-12 will explore hand tools and learn how to use a drill, saw, hammer, planes, and screw … Continue reading

Snapshot: What’s Coming Up at Maker Works - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

January Monday, 1/5: Intro to Raspberry Pi Thursday, 1/8: Corel Draw for the Laser Tuesday, 1/13: GO-Tech (Monthly Community Meeting, 7pm) Friday, 1/16: Fix-It Friday (Third Friday of each month, 4-6pm) Saturday, 1/17: Intro to Arduino Monday, 1/19: SheetCam Saturday, … Continue reading

Intro to MeshCam – Saturday, 1/24 - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Saturday, 1/24: 2-4:30pm   Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Check out the class description for the difference between 2, 2-1/2D, and full 3D … Continue reading

Geomagic Design 3D CAD - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

Geomagic Design 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 that can be exported for 3D printing or … Continue reading

NEW! Skill Development Class: Long Grain Cutting Boards - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Two-Part Class! Wednesday, 9/30: 6-9pm Thursday, 10/1: 6-8pm Improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction through the creation of a long grain cutting board. The entire process will be covered from beginning to end, beginning with selecting what types of wood work best and … Continue reading

Make Your Own Long Grain Cutting Board in our NEW Class - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Two-Part Class! Wednesday, 10/14: 6-9pm Thursday, 10/15: 6-8pm Improve your woodworking knowledge with one-on-one instruction through the creation of a long grain cutting board. The entire process will be covered from beginning to end, beginning with selecting what types of wood work best and … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

Posted on by Dale Grover

How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

Art to CAM: A Maker Works class taught by Monica Wilson - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Saturday, March 12 | 10a – 12:30p Learn to use MeshCAM to create 3D models and generate tool paths for your art/design project. We will take a digital image and walk through each step from preparing and importing the file, … Continue reading

NEW VCarve Classes Coming Up! - post

Posted on by Maggie Cease

Do you have some experience with VCarve, the official ShopBot Tools Inc. software used with the ShopBot CNC Router and other milling machines, and want to learn more? Check out these exciting new VCarve 8.0 classes held in the shop! … Continue reading