Safety/Orientation classes are required for tool access regardless of previous experience. All upcoming classes are in our calendar below.
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
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.
Electronics Lab Classes
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.
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.
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.
theory based workshops
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.
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.
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.
Introduction to the camera
There will be a wide variety of film cameras for students to use with a variety of lenses.
Project Based Workshops
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.
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.
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.
** Refunds or credit for future classes and orientations will only be provided if we are notified by email to email@example.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.
Multi-week programs to get you making