Member and Event Portal

Classes are available to non-members, except where marked in the title or the event gives a "restricted" error.

For classes that fill fast, e.g., woodshop, members have priority via the waitlist/Slack notifications. To be recognized as a member, you must sign in using your registered NL account only (e.g., @nova-labs.org email).

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Questions? events@nova-labs.org


Upcoming events

    • 4 Dec 2022
    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 4 sessions
    • Nova Labs (CAP Boatyard), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 16
    Register

    Join the award-winning Kinetic Sculpture team as we start designing the 2023 entry for the Boston Kinetic Sculpture Race! We are ready to start building and testing designs!

    Please note: we will start the meeting in the "Boatyard" (in the crossroads of the building as you head to the back shops), set tasks for the day, then break up into teams. We'll post where each team went, no worries!

    COST: Free!

    Prerequisites: an interest in the wackiness of previous sculptures, an interest in engineering challenges, a sense of fun, or all of the above! Minors are welcome. Please follow Nova Labs Minor policies.

    For these planning and design events, membership is not required, but registration is. Please register to attend, even if you are only able to come for part of the build day!

    • 9 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Register

    MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

    Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

    Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

    Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!

    Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.

    MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE

    Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

    WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

    This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nova Labs
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Brian

    COME TO THE WOODSHOP DOOR ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING

    This class covers two of the most frequently used tools for any project. The jointer and planer are essential when preparing raw materials for all kinds of woodworking. Class required for everyone, regardless of experience level, and demonstrated competence is required to be certified to use the tools independently.


    Sign off: Planer, Jointer, Thickness Sander
    Prerequisite: None
    Safety Dress Code: Woodshop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toed shoes; no loose clothing; and hair and beard tied back). Must wear a mask at all times.
    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classroom 2))
    • 3
    Register


    This is a hands-on class about making everyday things on a small scale -- barbie-sized; OMG doll sized; or polly pocket-sized -- things like: mini-books; fruits; plants; clothes; bedtime things; utensils. Materials include fabric; clay; foam; paper; wire; toothpicks and skewers; yarn; using tools like hot glue; scissors; markers; pens; pencils; pliers.

    Materials and tools will be provided.

    Optional: Bring your own dolls and things you have made.

    Prerequisites: none

    Instructor: The teacher is a 4th grader who wants to be a professional tiny maker when she grows up.


    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 3
    Register


    Have you ever wanted a set of dice that perfectly fit your personality of character, but just can’t find the right ones at the game store? Maybe you want a very specific D20 for your attack rolls? Or maybe you just really like shiny click clack math rocks and want to level up your collection? Why not learn how to make your own dice!

    This two-part, hands-on class will teach you the basics of making your very own set of sharp-edged dice! This skills covered in this class will consist of resin casting in a two-part mold, using a pressure pot to get crystal clear resin casts, sanding, polishing, and inking the numbers of your dice. If you wish to continue dice making, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about advanced techniques as well.

    This class will take place on two separate class times a week apart. Participants will leave with their own fully finished handmade dice set after the second class! There will be dice molds to use in class, as well as all other necessary materials covered.

    Prerequisite: While not required, to get most out of this class, we recommend you take the Mold Making and Plastics Casting 101 class, or have an understanding of using molds and epoxy resin casting.

    Instructor: Danielle Summerlin is the owner and dice maker behind Fatemaker Dice, and she has been making dice for 2 years. New to Nova Labs, but not new to crafting and making, she enjoys resin casting, sewing, and is always looking to learn new skills. Questions about the class? Email: fatemakerdice@gmail.com

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Class Room 1)
    • 5
    Register


    Ever found a great project on the internet, but instead of build steps, it provides a diagram? Now, you can learn to read those schematic diagrams, order all the parts needed (or get them for free in the Nova Labs Electronics Bench). Learn to idenfiy all the symbols and how to connect them. Resistors, inductors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs and ICs will be covered.  As we learn, we'll get some hands-on practice to solidify the new skills. Makers will read and  prototype basic buildable circuits like you’d find in standard maker projects. 

    To advance your skills in electronics, we will also cover other skills needed to help you go from schematic-to-circuit such as, interpreting data sheets and reading schematics for existing electronics.

    Note: The 4 classes in our Advanced electronics series (EL_P05, EL_S01, EL_P06, and EL_P07) along with a successfully mentored project earns the Nova Labs Basic Electronics Microcertification.

    Instructor: Mark Anderson

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classroom 2)
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Put that geometry knowledge to work for you and get started in the art of making pop-up paper structures. Learn about and experiment with v-folds, parallel folds, converging creases, and more. A few basic skills are all that is needed to gain an understanding of the wonders of paper pop-up engineering, and start designing your own creations. 

    In the second half of the class, we will assemble a holiday card so everybody can take home a dose of pop-up winter cheer. 

    Age requirement: children under 8 should bring an adult helper

    Instructor: Fabiana Cesa
    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 7
    Register

    After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

    Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

    This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

    Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

    1. No more than 2 people per anvil
    (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
    2. Masks must be worn at all times.
    3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
    5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
    6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

    Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

    Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

    Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

    *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, Inc. 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 1
    Register

    Present your special holiday gift in a laser cut, engraved, and personalized gift box that you made yourself! Laser cutting projects make everything better and more personalized. This will make a great keepsake when engraved.

    Attendees will start in a computer classroom setting, exploring techniques, tips, and tricks for creating different shapes and types of boxes. Techniques for adding your graphic to your design will also be covered. Students will then get instructor-led hands-on practice with the laser cutter on provided wood to design a container about the size of a box of crayons!

    Recommend you bring your own computer, but the classroom will provide computers as well if needed. Students should bring a graphic they wish to engrave and are welcome to discuss it with the instructor prior to the class.

    Minors under 16: Parents must also sign up and actively participate and supervise.

    Prerequisite: none. *However, Laser 101 is recommended for the best experience.*

    Instructor: Andrew Albosta has been coming to Nova Labs since late 2013 and it was all because of the laser cutter. A multimedia designer by day doing videography, graphics, and photography work, he moves from shop to shop at Nova Labs and might turn up anywhere.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 6
    Register


    Socialize with a Glass and Learn the Lifelong Skill of Wreath-Making!

    Eleven year Florist Melanie Cameron delights in the art of arranging and designing with flowers. As the season turns cold, the wreath is a perfect invitation for those out of doors to enter and take a place by the fireside. In this Skills Workshop and Social Event, Melanie will instruct participants in the skills of fine wreath-making to compete with garden centers and holiday markets. Your neighbors and friends enjoying holiday gatherings will wonder where you got your wreath. And you can share that you made it by learning the skill at the fabulous makerspace, Nova Labs.

    A dessert wine will be available for tasting. You are encouraged to bring a bottle to share.

    Class Fee includes all materials

    Sign off: none

    Age limit: must show ID to participate in the wine portion of this class.

    You may wish to bring: gloves and pruning shears

    Instructor: Melanie Cameron

    Additional Information:
    Refunds require 48 hours notice and please remove your name from the class.

    This class requires three attendees to run.  If the class is cancelled do to lack of attendance, a full refund will be issued.



    • 11 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Mold making and casting are an invaluable part of any maker's toolkit. Whether you want to create decorative pieces, mass produce 3D printed models, or make a one-off part for a DIY project, mold making and casting will produce durable, attractive finished products. These techniques can be used for jewelry making, prototyping, costumes, creating unique embellishments for your maker projects and many other uses.

    This class will teach you how to make a box mold using silicone rubber and how to cast plastic parts in that mold. Each student will receive hands-on training. It will also cover the different materials available for mold making and casting, how to choose the right materials for your project, safe handling of materials and potential pitfalls like cure inhibition and bubble formation.

    Recommended Clothing: The materials used in this class will permanently bond to anything they get on. It is strongly recommended you wear old work clothes and shoes you won't mind getting stained

    Instructor: Steve Fritzinger is the composites steward, woodworker, chef instructor, bread-maker, and cosplay expert.

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA (Conference Rm 1)
    Register

    NoVA Hackers is a group located in the Northern Virginia area and is made up of Information Security Professionals from all walks of life, from government and private sector to students and beginners.

    The monthly meetings are held much like a mini conference with 4-8 speakers and only a few basic but strict rules.

    Participation and Permission

    Active Participation is required for continued membership and is the only dues required.

    Permission: Please ask the group for permission before providing any information learned to outside sources. 

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    Register


    Learn how to make your own projects using Nova Labs 3d printers. Class includes instruction on basic use of the printers.

    - Sign off: FDM 3d printers
    - Tools Covered: Prusa Mini, Nova I3 and Nova 300 3D printers. It does NOT cover the SLA machines.
    - Software: PrusaSlicer (https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/)
    - Class covers the use of PLA, PETG or TPU plastic filaments.
    - Prerequisite: Nova Labs GO New Member Orientation*
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    This class required for everyone, regardless of experience level prior to using our Nova Labs printers! We use the proceeds of the class to purchase basic filament and help maintain the machines.

    This in-person class is currently limited to Current Nova Labs members only.

    To get a head start, please download and install PrusaSlicer:
    https://www.prusa3d.com/prusaslicer/

    Our latest configuration is in this folder - grab the latest date if you want to slice on your local machine:
    https://github.com/nova-labs/Nova-I3/blob/master/Slic3r_Configs/

    *You may take this class before taking GO but you will not receive the sign off and may not use the tools covered except when supervised by a certified adult or key member. You have 30 days to take GO or the sign off is forfeited.

    Note that unsupervised printer use is limited to Key and Associate members only. This is simply because 3d prints take significant time.

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Nova Labs
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Bill SA

    Come to the woodshop door on the side of the building. 

    This safety class will introduce you to the router, the single most versatile tool in the woodshop. With the right accessories, the router can do it all. Learn to use a router safely as well as a few basic techniques. The class covers basic setup, operation, safety concerns, and a few particulars of using these tools at Nova Labs. Class required for everyone, regardless of experience level, and demonstrated competence is required to be certified to use the tools independently.

    Review the material prior to attending the class: https://www.notion.so/novalabs/Router-Sign-off-Class-b3d3bc8b106c4358925edb3b0f3b317c

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA
    • 6
    Register

    Why YOU should attend: Highly recommended for members who are inexperienced metalworkers. Get to know your stewards and the other metalworkers in your community. Ask about the next sign-off classes. Get help with your projects. Ask questions.

    Shop Safety: bring your OWN safety glasses and ear protection. Wear closed-toed shoes. MASK REQUIRED. Portal reservation required.

    Age: Minors 16 and older with projects and questions welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

    NOTE: Attending these meetups is not a substitute for the required tool sign offs. Having previous tool experience is useful but insufficient. To use shop tools independently, you must be an attendee or member with documented safety sign-off for the relevant tools. The liability waiver and sign off will be verified and enforced by the event hosts!

    Suggest you message the event hosts beforehand on #metalworking channel with your intentions to increase the chances of the shop being prepared for your project.

    • 12 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    Register

    Work on your own 3d printer, learn more about 3d printing technology, or keep tabs on what we're up to at Nova Labs. We also welcome people who have already built or acquired their own printers to help others get theirs going and show off their latest awesome prints.
    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Come learn the king of all tools, the metal lathe. The only tool in the shop that could make itself! Learn the transcendent joy of machining and watching chips fly! Learn how to safely, maintain, set up the machine, face, turn, and drill parts as well as cut short tapers!

    Sign off: Enco 12 x 36 metal lathe

    Prerequisites: Use of this tool requires metalworking knowledge. We strongly suggest anyone taking this class also take Metal Shop Yellow first unless they have significant metalworking experience.

    - Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Metal Shop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toe shoes; no jewelry; no loose clothing; long pants, and hair/beard tied back. ==>DO NOT wear synthetics.

    IMPORTANT: You must arrive within 15 minutes of sign off class start time.

    Class is required for everyone wishing to use the listed tools, regardless of experience level. Though not required for sign off, we highly recommend that after taking this class, inexperienced or moderately experienced people should select a project and come in for help and practice on Metal Shop Mondays Open Office Hours.

    Instructor: George Clessas, george.clessas@nova-labs.org, is an experience metalworker who has been teaching with us for over 3 years.

    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Nova Labs
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Instructor: Amy

    This class is required in order to use the lathes without supervision.

    Woodturning is a fun, absorbing activity. Almost no one comes to the shop just to “putter around” with the table saw or the planer, but once you learn the basics of turning, you’ll want to putter around with the lathe. While this sign-off course is intended for those with no prior experience it is a prerequisite to use the lathe independently and this sign-off is required for the bowl-turning class. This course is NOT a project class, but focuses on the basic skills needed to turn. We will cover spindle-turning as well as learn how to safely use the lathe, how to take care of the tool within Nova Labs policies, and begin to develop proficiency with the roughing and spindle gouges, and the skew chisel. You won’t become an expert with one course, but I hope you will (re)discover that turning is fun and adds a new dimension to your portfolio of woodworking skills.

    Sign off: Woodshop Lathes.
    Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Closed-toed shoes, short sleeves, no loose clothing, and hair tied back. Must wear a mask at all times. Optional: Hearing protection, particle filter, or dust mask.

    **Refund is not issued if you are more than 15 minutes late or if prerequisites or safety dress code is not met at the time of the class.

    Note: Our pen turning, bottle top turning, and bowl turning classes are excellent ways to continue learning in a project-centric way.

    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Metalshop), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This hands-on class will cover the basic skills of working safely and effectively with sheet metal in our metal shop. You’ll learn the safe operation of the key sheet forming tools by laying out a simple box from a pattern, cutting it to dimension using different shears, bending it into shape, and spot-welding the corners. Materials are included.

    Non-members maybe take this class, especially if you have this equipment at home or have some basic metalworking. The project is a fun one to make and students use several tools.

    Sign Off: Members may return to use the Jump Shear, Throatless Shear, Sheet Metal Box & Pan Brake, Spot Welder.

    Prerequisites: Metalshop yellow class is highly recommended

    Safety Clothing: Please wear safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. Do not wear rings, watches, necklaces, lanyards, or bracelets, tie back long hair. You may wish to bring lightweight gloves.

    Note: If you arrive at the class without the prerequisites, this is a violation of policy, and you will not be able to attend or receive a refund. Additionally, the class builds in a 15-minute window to allow for traffic events. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late the class will have already started and you will not be caught up, nor will you receive a sign off or a refund for the class.

    Instructor: Chip Levy is an experienced metalworker and metal artist who has had his work selected for local and regional galleries and exhibitions and in private collections.

    • 13 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 1
    Register

    Get signed off to use our laser cutters with this lecture and hands-on class. The process is a simple one, but this class is critical for your safety and that of the laser equipment. Makers will engrave and cut a Nova Labs keychain. Nova Labs currently has two 100W CO2 laser cutters.

    Sign Off: Laser Cutter

    Prerequisite: none. 

    Instructor: Andrew Albosta

    Bring a Windows computer recommended, but not required.

    To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by watching the training video before class.

    Youtube Training Series
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeKaKWOIPgi_XP6Nxzeapp-vUMCLQyVMB

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Register


    Crafters Cove open office hours! Bring your project or come and find a new one to work on! Painting, sewing, knitting . . . you name it! We are so excited to see what you are working on and share the joy of crafting!

    Members Only (All levels of membership welcome)


    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, Inc. 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 1
    Register

    Learn to design and engrave round objects on the laser cutter. We'll practice hands-on with a tapered glass or wine glasses.... start thinking about your design before class.

    Sign off: Laser Rotary Tool
    Prerequisite: Laser Cutter 101 sign off required to receive official sign-off of rotary tool.

    You will walk away with an engraved glass you designed and get signed off to use the rotary attachment to our laser cutter with this hands-on class. The process is a simple one, but this class is critical for your safety and that of the laser equipment. Attendees will get some background in a Computer classroom setting then will get hands-on practice with the equipment. Students will go through laser cutter software techniques, tips, and tricks for cutting glasses, then will spend the second half of class hands-on laser engraving glasses on the rotary tool.

    Recommended Video Tutorials to Review on Laser Cutter Software:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjSZrgjcrhs405L2FsE_JwJ6u3uhhXkiB

    Thanks Mom - Engraved Polar Camel Stainless Steel Tumbler ...


    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 2
    Register


    Did you know Crafters Cove has a sublimation printer? In this workshop, we will cover what sublimation is and how we can use it to customize puzzle blanks, satin ribbon, felt, polyester fabrics and more! In this special edition we will focus on sublimation on a mug!  Bring a full color picture on usb and take home some custom swag.

    This class will also cover the safe use of the Heat Press and sign off will be awarded.

    Perquisites: none
    Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance
    Age requirement: 16+
    Sign off: Heat Press
    Safety Dress Code: N/A
    Class Fee: 65$
    Instructor: Kathy McCabe

    Class must have 3 participants sign up to run. If this does not happen those who have paid will be issued a full refund.

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
    Register

    After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

    Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

    This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

    Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

    1. No more than 2 people per anvil
    (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
    2. Masks must be worn at all times.
    3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
    5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
    6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

    Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

    Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

    Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

    *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 6
    Register

    Sharp knives are essential tools for every kitchen. They are easier to use, safer, and more precise. Yet many of us neglect our knives.

    This hands-on class will teach you how to sharpen a knife properly. It will discuss inexpensive tools like whetstones and basic techniques anyone can master. It will also discuss more advanced techniques.

    Please bring one of your kitchen knives to use for practice.

    Instructor: Steve Fritzinger is the composites steward, woodworker, chef instructor, bread-maker, and cosplay expert. Questions about this class? 

    • 14 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax (Mixed Media Studio)
    • 5
    Register

    The Mixed Media Shop offers a full suite of wood, metal and plastic-working tools for the needs of Nova Labs members. Learn the ins-and-outs of the basic tools in this hybrid sign-off class. Once signed off members can access the Mixed Media Shops for their own projects as needed.

    Permission to the following Mixed Media Shop Tools: 

    • MX bandsaw
    • Harbor Freight Disc Sander
    • Bauer (Harbor Freight) Belt & Spindle Sander
    • Hengar & Delta Scroll Saw
    • Delta Drill Press
    • Biscuit Joiner
    • Wet Tile Saw
    • Various Circular Saws
    • Dewalt Reciprocating Saw
    • Track Saw

    Sign off: MX Basic tools, Grizzly bandsaw

    Safety Requirements: Closed toed shoes and no synthetic fibers due to fire and melting hazard.

    Instructor: Duncan Kellogg

    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Metalshop), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Come out and learn the safe operation of our metalshop mills. We will cover the set-up of the mill, methods of securing parts, basic end mill bits, table operations, and understanding the Digital Read Out (DRO).

    Sign offs: Enco Vertical Mill and Enco Index Mill

    Prerequisites: Prior metalworking knowledge. We strongly advise inexperienced metalworkers take the Metal Shop Yellow class prior to taking this class.

    Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Metal shop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toe shoes; no jewelry; no loose clothing; long pants, and hair/beard tied back. ==>DO NOT wear synthetics.

    Instructor: George C has been a metalshop instructor with Nova Labs for over 3 years.
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    Non-members may take this class, but only subscribed members may earn the sign off which enables members ot return to use the tool for their projects. Although not required for sign off, we highly recommend that inexperienced or moderately experienced students select a project and come in for help and practice during our mentored Metal Shop Mondays Open Office Hours.

    Important: You must arrive within 15 minutes of sign off class start time.

    • 16 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Register

    MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

    Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

    Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

    Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!

    Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.

    MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE

    Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

    WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

    This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!


    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online event
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    There's a big community interested in Robotics within Nova Makers. This group meeting is for those people with projects and questions. If you're experienced with robotics, come over too - we need answers to all the questions!  Group meets twice monthly on 1st and 3rd Saturdays.

    We try to schedule one vendor or other speaker presentation for each meeting and then leave the rest for open discussion or work on your projects. Bring your robotics projects (in any state, even napkin sketches). We can do anything from learning where to start - to talking about robotics specifics.

    Virtual Access - the link is available upon registration only. Look for the email with the zoom link! Email us at support@nova-labs.org if you do not receive it without 15 minutes.

    Hosted by: Scott Bennett who has been hosting this event for over 5 years. This is the makerspace's longest running and most successful meetup. Scott ensures there are always exciting demos at every event.


    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, (The Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This class covers the basics of blacksmithing with a simple, fun project. Makers learn essential skills like hammer control, tapering, bending and twisting as well as key safety items like how to avoid burning yourself, branding your friends or hitting yourself with blunt objects. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission. After you complete this class, you can join us at the "supervised practice sessions" and work on anything you can dream up, with help from experienced smiths.

    SIGN OFF:  Blacksmithing Safety.

    PREREQUISITES: Age 16 and over. Any person aged 16 or 17 must have a parent remain on the premises in case of emergency.

    SAFETY:

    • Must wear cotton or wool clothing – no synthetic materials.
    • Shoes must be made from leather or canvas; plastic-topped sneakers will not be allowed
    • Eye protection (goggles) are provided, but you may bring your own for the best fit.
    • Gloves: It is highly encouraged that students bring a pair of leather work-gloves to assist in the chiseling process. Nova Labs can provide welding gloves if necessary… but they are stiff and kind of stinky; you’d be a lot happier supplying your own, honest! 
    • Failure to wear appropriate clothing may result in being turned away from the class without a refund.
    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA (Metalshop)
    • 3
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    Get up to speed in the metal shop with this sign off class! Learn how to safely use the vertical and horizontal bandsaws, the drill press, the portaband, angle grinders, bench grinders, and the media blaster!

    (formerly called MW Yellow. Name was changed to reflect the content)

    Sign off: MW_Basic Safety, Horizontal Band Saw, Vertical Band Saw, Portaband Band Saw, Angle Grinder, Bench Grinder, 1x30 Belt Sander, Drill Press, Media Blaster

    Prerequisites: Age 16 or older. See minor policy on the wiki for more information.

    Safety Clothing: Please wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. Do not wear rings, watches, or bracelets.

    Note: If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, that is a safety violation, and you will not receive a refund.

    Instructor: Mike Youmans
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    No refund if the student is non-compliant with the safety dress requirement or more than 15 minutes late for class.

    Due to the hands-on nature of this class, the number of students, and the variation in experience levels of the students, the actual class time is highly variable.  It might take 3 hours instead of 2.5 hours."

    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classrm 1)
    • 1
    Register

    Welcome to Soldering 101! Here you'll be introduced to the basics of soldering, desoldering, reflow (baking boards), heat shrink, bench power supply, the oscilloscope, and more, all at the Nova Labs soldering station!

    Sign off: Reflow Oven
    Prerequisite: none

    An introductory lesson to the soldering, measuring, and debugging equipment we have here at Nova Labs, and how to keep them in tip-top shape! You'll be coming away with a battery-powered SMD project as well as a sign-off on the Nova Labs reflow oven, which is a yellow tool.

    Instructor: Bryce Peterson, advanced electronics and programming engineer

    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
    Register

    After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

    Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

    This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

    Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

    1. No more than 2 people per anvil
    (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
    2. Masks must be worn at all times.
    3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
    5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
    6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

    Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

    Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

    Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

    *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 17 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
    Register

    After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

    Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

    This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

    Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

    1. No more than 2 people per anvil
    (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
    2. Masks must be worn at all times.
    3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
    5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
    6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

    Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

    Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

    Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

    *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nova Labs (Woodshop)
    • 3
    Register

    Instructor: Anjelika 

    COME TO THE WOODSHOP DOOR ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING

    Start your woodworking journey with our most approachable power tools. This class is up to 3 hours of fun and learning. Class is required for everyone, regardless of experience level and tool sign off is conditional on a demonstration of competence during the class.

    Sign off: Yellow Safety
    Tools Covered: Drill Press, Scroll Saw, Oscillating/Spindle Sander, Rikon bandsaw, stationary sander, miter saw
    Prerequisite: None
    Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Woodshop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toed shoes; no loose clothing; and hair/beard tied back. Must wear a mask at all times.

    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Woodshop)
    • 7

    Instructor: Anjelika 

    COME TO THE WOODSHOP DOOR ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING

    This class, in addition to Green Orientation (GO), is required in order to use the yellow tools without supervision.

    Start your woodworking journey with our most approachable power tools. This class is up to 3 hours of fun and learning. Class is required for everyone, regardless of experience level and tool sign off is conditional on a demonstration of competence during the class.

    Sign off: Yellow Safety
    Tools Covered: Drill Press, Scroll Saw, Oscillating/Spindle Sander, Rikon bandsaw, stationary sander, miter saw
    Prerequisite: None
    Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Woodshop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toed shoes; no loose clothing; and hair/beard tied back. Must wear a mask at all times.

    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA (The Studio)
    • 3
    Register

    Bubbles are a common problem in castings. In some cases, you can ignore them. But for other applications, you might not be so lucky. You might need a transparent part which would be ruined by bubbles. Or your part’s strength might be compromised by bubbles.

    Prerequisite: Mold Making and Plastic Casting 101

    In those cases, you need special equipment to get rid of those vexing bubbles.

    This class will teach you how to use Nova Labs vacuum chamber and pressure pot together to eliminate bubbles. It will also teach you how to operate the vacuum pump.

    Recommended Clothing: The materials used in this class will permanently bond to anything they get on. It is strongly recommended you wear old work clothes and shoes you won't mind getting stained.

    Instructor: Steve Fritzinger

    • 18 Dec 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, Inc. 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 8
    Register


    Got a laser project but don’t know where to start? Too many videos on RDWorks and LightBurn?

    The sheer amount of tutorials can be overwhelming. Nova Labs is best known for its philosophy of DIT (Do It Together)... so let’s get you makers making with lasers fast! In Laser 102, we learn RDWorks and Lightburn together and how they apply to our Nova Labs CO2 Lasers in two hours or less. We use basic shapes, images, and text to learn how to prepare artwork, choose order of operations, and learn the basics of cutting and engraving with simple scalable vector graphics in RDWorks and Lighburn. Graphics Design experience is not necessary. The goal of this class is to learn how to use the CNC software in order to cut with the CO2 lasers so you can get the lasers working for you. The goal of this class is not advanced graphics and laser techniques design, which is “Laser 201 Advanced Software Techniques and Test Cards.”

    Students will test cut various materials with simple shapes. There is no “takeaway” product, but students are welcome to take away the things they make.

    What to Bring: Students may bring their own computers with LightBurn and/or RDWorks downloaded (must be done prior to class beginning). Students may bring SVG files on USB if they have a project in mind already. Students are encouraged to bring their ideas or photos for types of projects they will mainly focus on making with lasers.

    Instructor Melanie Cameron: Florist, Laser Cutter, Maker, Teacher, and Theater Geek, Ms. Cameron loves instructing and making at Nova Labs. Let’s play with fire! I mean... lasers!

    Prerequisite: Laser 101

    *Note: This is not a signoff class. Laser 101 Red Tool Safety signoff is required in order to take this class.

    • 19 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 5
    Register