CLASSES  

Safety/Orientation classes are required for tool access regardless of previous experience. All upcoming classes are in our calendar below.

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LaserLab Classes

The laser cutter is a versatile tool that can cut, etch, and engrave a wide variety of materials including wood, cardboard, paper, leather, and even acrylic. In this orientation, you will learn the basics of how a laser cutter works, and how to prepare a digital design for cutting. You will use RetinaEngrave software to control the laser cutter, and you will have the chance to create and cut a small design of your own!

LEARN ABOUT LASERLAB 101

LEARN ABOUT LASERLAB 201

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WoodLab Classes

WoodLab classes cover the safe operation of the core tools in the MakerLabs woodshop. Members and drop-in members must take these orientations before using the woodshop or lathe.

LEARN ABOUT WOODLAB 101

LEARN ABOUT WOODLAB 102

LEARN ABOUT LATHE 101

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CNC Router 101

Learn the basics of our CNC router. This robotic cutting tool can create parts with complex curves and surfaces out of wood, plastic, soft metal (including aluminum), foam, and other composites. This orientation will present the whole CNC process, from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided machining) to CUT (cutting your part), and each student will get hands-on experience operating the CNC router.

LEARN ABOUT CNC ROUTER 101

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MetalLab Classes

These courses are geared towards those who want to get familiar with working with metal. MetalLab 101 covers the cutting and shaping tools most commonly used and we also offer two types of Welding classes.

LEARN ABOUT METAL LAB 101

LEARN ABOUT MIG WELDING 101

LEARN ABOUT TIG WELDING 101

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Electronics Lab Classes

Learn all about electronics in our Electronics Lab! We offer beginner-friendly introductions to electronics prototyping, soldering, and working with Arduinos. Includes practical theory, tools, and techniques for working with circuits.

LEARN ABOUT SOLDERING & ELECTRONICS 101

LEARN ABOUT ARDUINO 101

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3D Printing & Design Classes

Learn all about 3D printing and 2D design. Make your own computer generated 3D models that you can then 3D print or CNC. Learn 2D vector based software to build files that can then be laser cut, CNC routed, or used to make stickers on our Vinyl Cutter.

LEARN ABOUT 2D VECTOR DESIGN 101

LEARN ABOUT 3D MODELLING 101

LEARN ABOUT 3D PRINTING AND SCANNING 101

LEARN ABOUT VINYL CUTTING 101

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TextileLab 101

In this class you will learn how to work with various domestic sewing machines, use of an industrial walking foot machine, textile and thread basics, and an overview of basic pattern concepts and edits.

LEARN ABOUT TEXTILE LAB 101

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PhotoLab 101

This is a one-on-one class introducing you to the fundamentals of working in a black & white darkroom: how to use the equipment and chemicals, how to develop black & white film and print black & white photographs.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PHOTOLAB 101

theory based workshops

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WoodLab 201

WoodLab 201 covers the principles of basic woodworking techniques and the knowledge needed to build something properly to last.

This is primarily a theory based class with some instruction taking place in the WoodLab.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WOODLAB 201

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Metal Fabrication 101

This is an in-depth metal fabrication course that complements our MIG Welding 101 and MetalLab 101 classes.

Students will learn both basic and advanced fabrication techniques, and how to work with metal in order to create quality work that is built to last.

By the end of the course, students will have made a metal frame for a table that is square, true, and level and is ready for a table top to be added to it.

LEARN MORE ABOUT METAL FABRICATION 101

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Introduction to Film Photography and Developing

In this introductory photography course, students will get a basic overview of film photography and how to develop your own photographs.

Class Overview:

Introduction to the camera
Photography Session
Film Developing
Photo Printing

There will be a wide variety of film cameras for students to use with a variety of lenses.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

Project Based Workshops

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Laser Cut Coaster Workshop

This workshop is a fun evening where students paint a set of four laser cut coasters.

Students will get to see how the laser works and then will paint their own set of chevron style coasters that have been pre-cut by the laser cutter. Coasters will be sealed at the end of the class so they are ready to hold a refreshing beverage.

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In this beginner woodworking class students will build a modern looking triangle shelf.

Add a beautiful looking modern home decor piece to any room that you made yourself!

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Digital Stained Glass Window Workshop

In this workshop attendees will learn how to design and make a unique illuminated digital stained glass window. The illuminated digital stained glass window is animated using fully programmable RGB LEDs and a microprocessor. The effect is a dazzling display of lights.

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Cutting Board Workshop

In this beginner woodworking class students will build a cutting board that is 12” x 18” and made out of various types of hardwood.

Participants will learn some basic woodworking skills and walk away with a simple and attractive cutting board that is ready to use at home.

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Cancellation Policy

** Refunds or credit for future classes and orientations will only be provided if we are notified by email to hello@makerlabs.com at least 24 hours in advance of the class. No refunds will be provided for late cancellation, but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class or orientation.

MakerLabs Academy

Multi-week programs to get you making

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

To arrange a private class or workshop just email education@makerlabs.com or check out our educational services page here.

If you need a refresher you can find the class curriculum here.