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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.
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.
Instructor: The teacher is a 4th grader who wants to be a professional tiny maker when she grows up.
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: email@example.com
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
Our latest configuration is in this folder - grab the latest date if you want to slice on your local machine:
*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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, is an experience metalworker who has been teaching with us for over 3 years.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
PREREQUISITES: Age 16 and over. Any person aged 16 or 17 must have a parent remain on the premises in case of emergency.
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
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."
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
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
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
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.
This class, in addition to Green Orientation (GO), is required in order to use the yellow tools without supervision.
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
This class will introduce students to LEDs, how they work, different kinds available and how to control them. TinkerCAD examples will be used to illustrate how LEDs are used in circuits and how to control their illumination using Arduino UNO. The class cover single color and RGB discrete LEDs, LED strips, and NEOPIXELS.
Note: The 4 classes in our basic electronics series (EL_P01, P02, P03, and P04) along with a successfully mentored project earns the Nova Labs Basic Electronics Microcertification.
Prerequisites: None. *This is an adult class, but beginners of all ages are welcome.
Before Class: 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.
Zoom Link: Available upon registration only. The link is also sent in 2 reminder emails. Email us at email@example.com if you do not receive it within 15 minutes of registration. Contact us at least 1 day before the class if you did not receive the 3 emails.
***Your instructor, Nick Carter, is donating all proceeds for this class to Nova Labs. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 bandsaw without supervision.
This hands-on class will teach students the basics of the NL woodshop bandsaws. The class period is first spent discussing and demonstrating bandsaw anatomy, safety principles and practices, and rules of the road. The remainder of the class period is spent on several hands-on exercises for rip, cross and freehand cutting as well as resawing. If time allows, exercises may include cutting irregularly shaped objects like logs (or lawgz, if you're from the South).
Class required for everyone, regardless of experience level. Students who demonstrate the suitable skill and knowledge at the conclusion of class will be signed off immediately.
Tool Sign-off: All Bandsaws (Rikon, General, Laguna)
Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Wear closed-toed shoes, and no loose clothing. Things that present an "entanglement hazard", like long hair or dangly jewelry should be tied back or removed.
Hands-on learning with real components, breadboard, and testing equipment, makes great connections for using the Nova Labs Electronics Toolbench.
Students are introduced to the basic electronics concepts using TinkerCAD's 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).
In this fun 2-day class you will learn all the techniques needed to make a beautiful and functional cutting board to use everyday, give as a gift, or just display in your kitchen as piece of art (seriously, people who have taken the class say they don't use the board because it's too pretty).
All materials will be supplied.
After you take this class you will know all the steps necessary to come back and make a cutting board (or 500) on your own.
- If you don't want to learn the steps, or use the tools, and you just want something pretty to show off, look for our "simple project" class coming later.
- If you are a cutting board snob, and think the only cutting boards should be end-grain, look for the end-grain class coming in early 2023.
Day 1 - Saturday, Jan 21st at 10:30 am
You will see how to prep your materials using the Jointer, planer, and table saw. Once the wood is cut to size. At the end of this 2-3 hour session you will glue up the board.
Day 2 - Saturday, Jan 28th at 1:00 pm
You will remove the board from the clamps and clean it up on the jointer and planer. We will route the edges and apply finish.
No sign-off needed to take this class.
You will not be signed off on any machines or tools
Appropriate for ages 14+
All materials will be provided.
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