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    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Shop area)
    • 7
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    This class will focus on installing doors and windows in a built wall. Class will focus on installation procedures and proper weatherproofing techniques for installation. We will install a window, a pre-hung door, and the jam framing and installation of a slab door.

    Wear clothes you can get dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Dust mask recommended. Safety glasses are required. You may bring your own or use ours.

    Tools and materials are provided but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own tools.

    NOTE: We may be working on ladders. You should feel comfortable lifting up to 50 pounds, though this is not a requirement for attendance.

    Prerequisite: none.

    Your instructor, Robin Renner has 35 years experience as a carpenter, a contractor, and as a construction director for housing nonprofits. She has worked with hundreds of volunteers teaching and leading construction projects, everything from basic repairs to full whole house construction.  She has taught over 40 training classes ranging from drywall skills and general construction, to electrical and plumbing repairs, to healthy housing and safety.


     

    • 8 Oct 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 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, and Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO) Class.  You may take this class without GO, if you do not plan to attend any other blacksmithing session or class.  Any person aged 16 or 17 must have a parent remain on premises in case of emergency. 

    PPE and CORRECT CLOTHING IS REQUIRED - Students must dress in non-synthetic clothing (linen, wool, cotton), wear closed toed shoes (preferably leather) and bring eye protection.  Mask are required at all times in the lab.  Failure to do so may result in being turned away from the class without a refund. 

    We reserve the right to ask any participant to leave if we feel they are
    compromising safety or disturbing the class.

    • 9 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nova Labs
    • 1
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    Instructor: Amy

    This class, in addition to Green Orientation (GO), 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.

    • 9 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 6
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    Discover the foundations of silversmithing by making your own stackable rings! You will learn how to measure, cut, file, anneal and texture your metal before shaping it into a ring. You will then learn to solder the seam, quench and pickle, and discuss finishing. We will be using ring sizing mandrels, texturing hammers, Dremel tools, learning about jeweler's saws and files, and most importantly, learning how to make solder run without melting the whole thing!

    Copper, brass and silver will be available, and you'll go home with your own custom-made rings! Keep them for yourself or they make great gifts.

    Small butane torches will be used for soldering.

    Prerequisites: None
    Sign off: Jewelry soldering sign off

    Members will be allowed to return again and again to use the materials provided in The Studio and use the following tools: small butane torch, firebrick with heat resistant mat, soldering pick, pickle pot, ring mandrel, mallet/hammer, metal file, and jewelry saw.

    Non-members are welcome to attend take this project class. You will leave with one or more rings of your own design.

    Instructor: Margie Foster

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Crafter's Cove)
    • 2
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    Time to get those sewing projects realized that require something beefier than a home sewing machine.
    Come learn to use the industrial sewing machine which sews a range of materials from light cotton to heavy canvas or several layers of leather.

    All materials provided.
    - Put the finishing touches on your embroidery machine projects.
    - Finally, finish up that heavy quilt that you've been thinking of making.

    Sign off: Consew Industrial Sewing Machine

    Prerequisite: none

    Instructor: Kathy McCabe

    Age Restriction: Red tool. Must be age 16 or older for sign off. Use must always be supervised. Supervising adult must be signed off. The parent does not have to take the class with the student but must remain on the premises.

    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
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    Hands-on learning with both real components, breadboard, and testing equipment, makes great connections for using the Nova Labs Electronics Toolbench.

    1. Students are introduced to the basic electronics concepts using TinkerCAD Circuits' amazing electronics simulator. Build and experiment with electronic circuits in a visually accurate, functional simulator that is designed for easy use. No components to buy, no soldering. With TinkerCAD you can learn to work with a variety of components, breadboards, test instruments, sensors and there are even Arduinos and displays you can program (not covered in the basic class).

    2. Get hands on practice by building with real components.

    Prerequisites: None. * This is an adult class, but beginners of all ages are welcome.

    Other Nova Labs Events you should attend: The Arduino meetups (3rd Tuesday in the month) and Robotics Meetups (1st and 3rd Saturday in the month) now held virtually, at which you can discuss your projects with other makers. After Nova Labs reopens, there will be Electronics Evenings to discuss projects, and members can use the Electronics bench to make things.

    Preparation/Tools: Sign up for a free TinkerCAD before class.
    • TinkerCAD is a web based simulator, you do not have to download anything. You do have to make an account with login. After you are logged in, the circuits is below the 3D CAD.
    • Register for an account: Go to web page www.tinkercad.com
    • Log into TinkerCAD; it will help if you have also accessed TinkerCAD Circuits (below the “3D Designs” option) and looked at the interface.

    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 within 15 minutes of registration.

    ***Your instructor, Nick Carter, is donating all proceeds for this class to Nova Labs. You may contact him at nick.carter@nova-labs.org.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 7
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    How To Become A Plumber - Explore The Trades

    Got a leak or a drip? Learn some plumbing basics for home repairs. We’ll learn about tools, plumbing fittings, and types of plumbing lines, as well as some troubleshooting. There will be hands-on practice
    learning to solder copper pipe, how to connect plastic pipe, and using solderless, quick connect parts to do your own repairs.

    Tools and materials are provided but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own tools.

    Prerequisite: Age 16 or over

    Your instructor: Robin Renner and Bill St. Amant

    Robin Renner has 35 years experience as a carpenter, a contractor, and as a construction director for housing nonprofits. She has worked with hundreds of volunteers teaching and leading construction projects, everything from basic repairs to full whole house construction.  She has taught over 40 training classes ranging from drywall skills and general construction, to electrical and plumbing repairs, to healthy housing and safety.

    Bill St. Amant is a senior construction contractor and also teaches woodworking classes.

    Plumbing Tools Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images - iStock

     

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA (The Studio)
    • 3
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    Foamsmithing is the craft of turning floor mats into lightweight, durable cosplay armor. This class will teach you the basics of foamsmithing, including pattern design, cutting, and assembly techniques, and how to finish your armor.

    You'll also build a foam cosplay helmet from scratch.

    This class requires cutting foam with a razor knife. Younger children must be accompanied by an adult. It also uses contact cement and other materials that can stain fabric. Wear appropriate clothing.

    Class Fee: $40/helmet made. So if you and your kid both join us, but you only want to make 1 helmet, only register once!

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

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 (Blacksmith Shop)
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    This class teaches the basic techniques and safety practices needed to begin making your own tools and knives on the Nova Labs 2" x 72" belt grinder, and provides a signoff if you demonstrate a solid understanding of tool operation and safety practices during the class.

    Our 72 inch grinder has a 2 inch belt and is specifically designed for precision grinding tools and knives. It gives you a lot of freehand grinding surfaces that get into corners and curves of your piece. If you know a few simple techniques, it is safe, efficient, and a joy to use but there are some serious risks involved so a signoff is required to use the tool.

    Sign off: 72 inch Belt Grinder (members-only)
    Prerequisite: Minors under 16 may NOT take the class. Minors 16-17: May take the class, but parents must remain in the lab and available in case needed or in an emergency.

    SAFETY: Must wear leather shoes and non-synthetic clothes (synthetics will melt and can stick to your skin). Eye protection (goggles) are provided or you may bring your own.

    NOTE: Due to Safety Concerns, you MUST provide your own respirator!

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classrm 1)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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

    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA (Woodshop)
    • 4
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    A sharp tool is a turner's best friend. If you are having difficulty achieving smooth cuts and relying on scraping rather than cutting then this is the class for you. In this class you will learn a quick and easy way to repeatedly and consistently sharpen all of your wood turning tools using the Wolverine sharpening system on a slow speed grinder. The Varigrind jig will be demystified and you will be show a simple method to sharpen all of your bowl and spindle gouges. Sharpening the spindle roughing gouge, skew, and scraper will also be discussed and demonstrated. Bring your turning tools - as many as you want to sharpen to practice your skills in class or use the studio tools.

    Prerequisites: None

    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.

    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio) 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA
    • 6
    Register


    Learn all the tools and safety policies required for your stained glass sign-off. This class will include a demonstration and hands-on practice, but we will not be creating a finished project together. You can come back later to work on projects on your own, or attend stained glass open office hours.

    Members: Stained glass in a variety of colors and textures is included as part of your membership! After taking this sign off class, you'll be able to return as often as you wish to use the stained glass collection, extensive tools, and supplies to make even more projects for your home or gifts. Combine this tool with the laser cutter or sublimation printer to add personal touches to your projects.

    Sign Off: Stained Glass

    Prerequisites: None

    Safety Clothing: Please wear safety glasses, disposable gloves, mask, and closed toed shoes. No dangly sleeves and tie back long hair. Please arrive within 15 minutes of start time

    Instructor: Margie Foster

    • 17 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
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    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*
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    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.

    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax (Mixed Media Studio)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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: 

    • All Yellow Bandsaws including woodshop and metalshop
    • 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, General, Rikon and Grizzly Bandsaws

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

    Instructor: Woodshopcowboy is steward of the Mixed Media Studio, program director for the Nova Labs Makerschool, and mentor for the youth internship program.

    • 19 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Crafter's Cove)
    • 4
    Register


    Is your serger not humming like it used to? Maybe it just
    needs a little TLC. Bring your own machine and we’ll provide the tools
    and guidance to give your serger its annual tune-up. YOU will do a test
    sew then remove the covers, dust and vacuum the inside, oil the
    moving parts, replace the needles and take a close look at the cutting
    blade. After reassembly, you will do another test sew and we will
    compare the before and after.

    Perquisites: none
    Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance
    Sign off: none
    Safety Dress Code: N/A
    Class Fee: 45$
    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.


    • 20 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 5
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    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? 

    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 8
    Register

    Beginner DIY: How To Change A Light Fixture + 15 Favorite Flush Mounts ...

    Want to learn how to do your own basic electrical repairs for your home? Replace and reattach light fixtures, outlets, or switches safely. We’ll go over basic tools and safety and how your home wiring works. There will be hands-on practice so you can learn how to replace or install an outlet, a switch, and a light.

    Tools and materials are provided but you are welcome and encouraged to bring your own tools.

    Prerequisite: none.

     Your instructor: Robin Renner and Curt Welch.

    Robin Renner has 35 years experience as a carpenter, a contractor, and as a construction director for housing nonprofits. She has worked with hundreds of volunteers teaching and leading construction projects, everything from basic repairs to full whole house construction.  She has taught over 40 training classes ranging from drywall skills and general construction, to electrical and plumbing repairs, to healthy housing and safety.

    Curt Welch is the steward of the metalshop. He does a LOT of the repairs and maintenance work on our makerspace building!!

    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 23 Oct 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 2
    Register

    There are so many things you can create with Machine Embroidery - from customizing your own clothing to monograms, patches, applique, quilting and more!

    Attend this 2 part class to get signed off on the PFAFF Creative Home Embroidery Machine and the Happy Voyager 12 Head Industrial Embroidery Machine. Learn the Hatch Customizing software and everything else you need for successful machine embroidery projects.

    This class meets for 2 days. You must attend both classes to get signed off. If you miss one class you will have to reregister/repay for the course. Make up classes will not be offered.

    Perquisites: Age 16+

    Sign off: PFAFF Creative Home Embroidery Machine and the Happy Voyager 12 Head Industrial Embroidery Machine

    This class requires 2 students to run. If less then 2 students register, the class will be cancelled and you will be offered a full refund.

    Instructor: Karen Long



    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, (The Blacksmith Shop), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 3
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    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, and Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO) Class.  You may take this class without GO, if you do not plan to attend any other blacksmithing session or class.  Any person aged 16 or 17 must have a parent remain on premises in case of emergency. 

    PPE and CORRECT CLOTHING IS REQUIRED - Students must dress in non-synthetic clothing (linen, wool, cotton), wear closed toed shoes (preferably leather) and bring eye protection.  Mask are required at all times in the lab.  Failure to do so may result in being turned away from the class without a refund. 

    We reserve the right to ask any participant to leave if we feel they are
    compromising safety or disturbing the class.

    • 22 Oct 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 14
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    Join us at the Nova Labs Makerspace for a project class on making light up cards!  We will be using copper tape, LEDs and batteries.  No soldering!

    Note: This is a private group event.

    Instructor: Fabiana Cesa

    • 24 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, Inc. 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 2)
    Register


    Nova Labs has a new fleet of LCD-based SLA 3D Printers: Phrozen Sonic 4K machines. SLA printing is much higher resolution than our FDM machines, and the LCD process is a good bit faster than laser SLA. These machines can be used to print jewelry or miniatures with a resolution of ~ 50 microns, but the prints do require a bit of post-processing before use. These machines are great for prints that are small but require more detail than the FDM machines can provide.

    If you are interested in learning about this exciting technology and getting signed off on the equipment please join us.

    Note: This class does not cover the Form Labs Form 3 SLA 3d printer  which is a separate sign off.

    Please arrive at this safety class on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may not be able to take the class and there will not be a refund or rescheduling.

    • 26 Oct 2022
    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 1
    Register

    There are so many things you can create with Machine Embroidery - from customizing your own clothing to monograms, patches, applique, quilting and more!

    Attend this 2 part class to get signed off on the PFAFF Creative Home Embroidery Machine and the Happy Voyager 12 Head Industrial Embroidery Machine. Learn the Hatch Customizing software and everything else you need for successful machine embroidery projects.

    This class meets for 2 days. You must attend both classes to get signed off. If you miss one class you will have to reregister/repay for the course. Make up classes will not be offered.

    Perquisites: Age 16+

    Sign off: PFAFF Creative Home Embroidery Machine and the Happy Voyager 12 Head Industrial Embroidery Machine

    This class requires 2 students to run. If less then 2 students register, the class will be cancelled and you will be offered a full refund.

    Instructor: Karen Long



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

    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!

    Sign off: MW_Yellow 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.

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

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


    • 27 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
    Register


    This class will describe how to use various simple types of sensor with Arduino microcontrollers, using TinkerCAD premade circuit/coded examples. It will cover Digital and Analog sensors, some ways to manage the input and see the output. Some programs are coded using block coding like Scratch and some are in text (C++) but should be not too difficult to follow. The free TinkerCAD simulator makes it easy and quick to build and try ideas. Premade circuits offer examples you can look at and modify.

    Prerequisites: Some familiarity with Arduino and simple coding will be useful – you do not have to be an expert. Nova Labs class Arduino 101 is enough. Ages: Suggested teen to adult.

    Other Nova Labs Events you should attend: The Arduino meetups (3rd Tuesday in the month) and Robotics Meetups (1st and 3rd Saturday in the month) now held virtually, at which you can discuss your projects with other makers. After Nova Labs reopens, there will be Electronics Evenings to discuss projects, and members can use the Electronics bench to make things.

    Preparation/Tools: Sign up for a free TinkerCAD before class.
    • TinkerCAD is a web based simulator, you do not have to download anything. You do have to make an account with login. After you are logged in, the circuits is below the 3D CAD.
    • Register for an account: Go to web page www.tinkercad.com
    • Log into TinkerCAD; it will help if you have also accessed TinkerCAD Circuits (below the “3D Designs” option) and looked at the interface.

    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 within 15 minutes of registration.

    ***Your instructor, Nick Carter, is donating all proceeds for this class to Nova Labs. You may contact him at nick.carter@nova-labs.org.

    • 28 Oct 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 5
    Register

    airbrush set

    If you’re an artist, baker, model maker or make up artist, airbrushes are a tool that you should be familiar with. They allow you to apply and blend paints, inks and other finishes in ways that are almost impossible to duplicate with other tools. In this course, we’ll discuss how airbrushes work and the different types of airbrushes available on the market. We’ll look at how to set up and use an airbrush. You’ll have a chance to try the various types of brush, and to practice with one or more of the brushes available. We’ll look at some of the more common problems that you might encounter and how to fix them. Finally you’ll learn how to clean an airbrush before packing it up.

    Sign off: Airbush tools
    Prerequisites: none
    Instructor: Vince McCullough


    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
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    Do you want to embroider your company logo? Design custom patches? Bring that image in your head to life in thread? Take images or photos and turn them to stitches! You can do this and so much more by learning to Digitize.

    Are you struggling a bit learning the digitizing software on your own? Are you not experienced working with fabric and thread as a medium? Do you look at your image and are just unsure where to start?

    Come join us in learning the ins and outs of the Hatch CNC Machine Embroidery Digitizing Software!

    Prerequisite:

    AC_M: CNC Machine Embroidery Sign Off - You must have taken or be currently taking the sign off class. If you have a home machine and do not intend to use our machines please contact the instructor to waive this requirement.

    YOU NEED to BRING: clean USB drive, and mouse (mouse pad optional but recommended)

    Sign off: none

    Safety Dress Code: N/A

    Instructor: Karen Long - KLong on slack


    This class must have two attendees to run.  If the class does not run your money will be refunded in full.

    • 29 Oct 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 5:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 4
    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

    • 30 Oct 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 6
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    Discover the foundations of silversmithing by making your own stackable rings! You will learn how to measure, cut, file, anneal and texture your metal before shaping it into a ring. You will then learn to solder the seam, quench and pickle, and discuss finishing. We will be using ring sizing mandrels, texturing hammers, Dremel tools, learning about jeweler's saws and files, and most importantly, learning how to make solder run without melting the whole thing!

    Copper, brass and silver will be available, and you'll go home with your own custom-made rings! Keep them for yourself or they make great gifts.

    Small butane torches will be used for soldering.

    Prerequisites: None
    Sign off: Jewelry soldering sign off

    Members will be allowed to return again and again to use the materials provided in The Studio and use the following tools: small butane torch, firebrick with heat resistant mat, soldering pick, pickle pot, ring mandrel, mallet/hammer, metal file, and jewelry saw.

    Non-members are welcome to attend take this project class. You will leave with one or more rings of your own design.

    Instructor: Margie Foster

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