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MS_WFD_Digital Fabrication with the Laser Cutter, 3D Printer and CNC Router (Ages 16 to 99) Fall 2021

  • 23 Aug 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 16 Dec 2021
  • 12:30 PM
  • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
  • 6



Makerschool students will experience a diverse, hands-on educational journey. We believe all children are makers and we believe makers are people who collaborate with others, have the courage to try new things, communicate their ideas, and create a better world around them. In addition to core academic subjects our pods offer students everyday opportunities to explore, ask questions, and create solutions.  

Digital Fabrication with 3D Printers, Laser Cutters and CNC Routers with Patrick Waters

The Nova Labs Workforce Development program focuses on developing the skill sets most needed by manufacturing, trade, and technical careers in today’s economy.  This live and in-person program teaches students safe work practices and quality craftsmanship while students learn to develop and read technical drawings, create a portfolio of their work, and write resumes.  Students will get a foundational experience in using CAD and CAM software to design projects while simultaneously learning woodworking, metalworking, laser cutting, and CNC disciplines, thus allowing them to explore careers in a variety of industries.  Get connected to the largest group of makers, craftspeople, and industry professionals in Northern Virginia!

Digital Fabrication focuses on developing a student's ability to generate 2D & 3D CAD drawings for use in an artisan or light manufacturing setting. Computer-Aided Design is a foundational skill for many jobs in manufacturing, trade, and technical careers in today’s economy.  Students will build, develop and refine projects using basic CNC manufacturing with 3D printing, laser cutters and CNC routers.  

Labs: CAD/CAM, 3D Printing, Laser Cutter, CNC Router, Computer Numerical Controls

Time: Thursdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm 

Age Requirements: 16-99

Course Fee:  $900 per semester, $1,800 per year

Maximum: 6 students

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