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WELCOME!

This is the new Member Portal, where you can discover and sign-up for NovaLabs classes and events. We're in the process of migrating from Meetup, so please bear with us!

We suggest you check out Events By Category.

And if you'd like to use a workshop, be sure to reserve before coming in.

For more information on the transition, please visit our FAQ:

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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 3 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Dragon Fire Conference Room)
    • 0
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    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 3 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 embroidery projects.

    This class meets Mondays for three weeks. You must attend all three classes to get signed off on the machines. If you miss one class you will have to reregister/repay for the course.  Make up classes will not be offered.

    YOU MUST BRING your own laptop, clean USB drive,  and mouse (mouse pad optional but recommended)

    Sign off: PFAAF Embroidery Machine, Happy Embroidery Machine

    Prerequisite: Nova Labs Green Orientation*

    Safety Dress Code:  N/A

    Instructor: Karen Long - KLong on slack

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

    **Refund and Events Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/

    Class size is limited and masks are required.

    • 3 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 17 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Dragon Fire Conference Room)
    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 3 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 embroidery projects.

    This class meets Mondays for three weeks. You must attend all three classes to get signed off on the machines. If you miss one class you will have to reregister/repay for the course.  Make up classes will not be offered.

    YOU MUST BRING your own laptop, clean USB drive,  and mouse (mouse pad optional but recommended)

    Sign off: PFAAF Embroidery Machine, Happy Embroidery Machine

    Prerequisite: Nova Labs Green Orientation*

    Safety Dress Code:  N/A

    Instructor: Karen Long - KLong on slack

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

    **Refund and Events Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/

    Class size is limited and masks are required.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online event
    Register

    Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

    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!

    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.

    We meet the first and third Saturday each month.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 1
    Register

    You must be a current, active member to attend this event.

    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)
    Prerequisites: Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO!)*
    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. Must wear a mask at all times and must bring your own safety glasses.

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

    **Refund and Events Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/
    No refund if the student is non-compliant with the safety dress requirement or more than 15 minutes late for class.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online event
    Register

    Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

    Join URL: https://zoom.us/j/91279360121?pwd=MHloazBWdis1S3pZcDFUVnlCTElYZz09

    The NVIDIA Jetson Interest Group is interested in understanding and using the NVIDIA Jetson GPUs (TK1, TX1 and TX2). These GPUs are specialized pieces of hardware that can do high speed image processing as well as execute the newest neural networks. They are designed for low power operation so they can be used in embedded systems like cars, robots and drones.

    In fact the Nvidia Jetson TX1 is the chip that powers the amazing Skydio drone (https://www.skydio.com/). This drone does all of its maneuvering using a series of 6 pairs of navigation cameras and a ton of video/image processing on the TX1. There is a 13th camera to record the user and I suspect it is processed by the TX1 as well.

    The TX2 chip is at the heart of the Open Source Robotics Foundation's robot stereo camera system: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NCimNJTRP6g3ESWhmaqi4t3dOprq7Yvne_JLeCTt3io (on GitHub https://github.com/osrf/ovc).

    While this group is initially looking at the NVIDIA Jetson family of GPUs, most of our discussions will be completely general and appropriate to anyone interested in programming or using NVIDIA GPUs of any flavor.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 2
    Register

    Hands-on 1/2 day workshop. Learn the art of PCB design using the open-source PCB CAD software, EasyEDA so you can continue this hobby after the workshop. Software is very similar to EagleCAD and other CAD options so this is a good entry point for moving into learning to design your own PCBs.

     Making a PCB using EasyEDA. // Review - MickMake - Live ...

    You'll learn basic techniques for optimal PCB layout, schematic design, electronic components and semiconductors, and auto-routing! The project we'll be making is an Arduino-based OLED Alarm Clock, and we'll be covering how to order a copy of your project at the end through a PCB fabricator, and how to order the parts from a components distributor.

    BEFORE Class: You must visit EasyEDA.com and make an account
    BRING YOUR OWN COMPUTER!!!! <<-----REQUIRED.

    Prerequisites: Please MUST MUST MUST have basic knowledge of electricity (positive and negative) & common components as a prerequisite. Breadboard/Arduino experience is preferred.

    Instructor: Bryce Peterson (Pecacheu), advanced electronics and programming engineer, [masked]

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs (Blacksmithing Alley), 1916 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, VA 20190
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-

    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: Blacksmith Safety
    Prerequisite: NL Green Orientation (GO) class, age 16 to adult
    NOTE: You may take without GO if you only want to try blacksmithing and will not be returning for the practice sessions.

    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.

    READ-->REQUIRED to BRING/SAFETY. There are lots of sparks. So, you MUST wear Non-synthetic clothes, including leather shoes and long pants are a must. Long sleeve shirts are not necessary, but no shorts.

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, you must bring your own safety Glasses.
    Masks are required for this class.

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

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-

    Refund and Events Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/


    • 15 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    ** Please disregard the status reflected on Meetup: You must register and pay for the event on the Nova Labs event site at https://novalabs.wildapricot.org/event-
    Space is limited. **

    You must be a current, active member to attend this class.

    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. This class signs off for use of either laser. To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by watching the training video before class.

    Prerequisite: Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO)

    --->> Bring your computer since this is a digital tool.

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

    **Refunds require 48 hours notice and please remove your name from the class.

    ** Please disregard the status reflected on Meetup: You must register and pay for the event on the Nova Labs event site at https://novalabs.wildapricot.org/event-
    Space is limited. **

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 15 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 7
    Register

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-

    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. Social distancing of six feel must be maintained
    (we will spread out the anvils to facilitate this).
    4. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    5. 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.
    6. Obviously, you must have taken BS 101.
    7. 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

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-

    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.

    • 16 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 2
    Register

    To reserve your spot, find this event and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org

    Experience the joy of working with stained glass in this hands-on class covering basic skills in The Studio and Projects Classroom. You’ll learn the safe operation of our cool tools including glass cutters, pliers, soldering iron, and grinder. You will assemble your piece using the copper-foil method. Materials are included.

    Sign Off: Stained Glass (Yellow)

    Prerequisites: Nova Labs Green Orientation for sign off*

    Safety Clothing: Protect yourself against glass shards, dust, and solder fumes. Please wear safety glasses, disposable gloves, mask, and closed toed shoes. Please no dangly sleeves and tie back long hair. Safety glasses are available at the front desk.

    Class Fee is $50

    Covid-19 Precautions: We will follow Nova Labs policy of social distance. A Covid-19 Questionnaire will be filled out and we will disinfect tools, bench, and stools.

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

    Note: Please arrive within 15 minutes of start time.

    Refund and Events Policy: https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/


    • 16 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs Inc., 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    In this class, we'll explore design concepts and woodturning techniques needed to transform a piece of wood into an attractive and functional bowl. Process fundamentals will include, but are not limited to:

    • bowl turning safety
    • bowl design fundamentals
    • wood selection,
    • roughing and mounting bowl blanks
    • options for workpiece holding
    • shaping exterior and interior
    • sanding, finishing, decoration, etc.

    Prerequisite :
    – Lathe Safety & Tool Sign Off
    – Recent turning experience (attendance at a Lathe Office Hours/Skill Enhancement is strongly recommended)
    Safety:
    - Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, short sleeve shirts, and eye protection (both face shield and safety glasses are needed – bring yours or use ours).
    -Tie back long hair, remove necklaces and watches. Wear a short-sleeve shirt, remove hoodies or loose-fitting sweaters. No earbuds, gloves, or anything else that can get wrapped up in the lathe.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 16 May 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    This tour is live and in-person at the makerspace. Come take a look and see if this is the space is for you. We'll take a guided tour of the makerspace, see what people do here. Get your questions about membership answered.

    Covid process: The time of the tour is chosen to limit the number of people in the makerspace zones to ensure social distancing and have minimum impact on members. Please be on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late, the tour will have started and you will need to attend another session.

    Register ALL guests please, including any kids! Kids under 8 cannot enter the shop areas but are welcome to attend as long as they are registered. There is a limit based on social distancing.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 17 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 4
    Register

    Sign up --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace
    Do NOT sign up on this meetup, please.
    YOU MUST also make your own reservation on Zoho reservation. We'll be verifying so you must bot sign up for a slot AND reserve in Zoho.

    Why YOU should attend: Highly recommended for 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.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 17 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 4
    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.

    Under the present COVID conditions, there is limited in-person meetup and only current Nova Labs members can attend in person. Anyone can join us ONLINE: Please register to get your in person space or to receive the Zoom link

    If you can't make it person, Join us on Zoom! Same link each time. We should have a big monitor up for virtual hangout/troubleshooting, and will also be in the Labs working on our machines.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.
    • 17 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online event
    Register

    Please sign up for this event on the Nova Labs membership portal: https://portal.nova-labs.org/event

    Mending Mondays is an opportunity to gather to restore ripped seams, replace buttons, darn socks and otherwise restore rather than toss away favorite garments. We’ll sometimes re-purpose what can’t be mended into something new. To be clear, we’re not offering to repair your clothing. You’ll mend your own items; we’re providing space and occasional guidance.

    Passcode to enter zoom meeting:[masked]

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 5
    Register

    Looking to enhance and improve your woodturning skills? Whether you need practice with your tool technique or have a project you want help with, here you'll find the mentoring you're looking for. Not sure what to turn?

    Prerequisite: Woodturning Lathe Sign Off
    Safety Dress Code: Woodshop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toed shoes; no loose clothing; and hair and beard tied back). Masks are required until further notice.

    NOTE:
    1) Please signup so you can reserve a lathe.
    2) Please bring your own wood to turn.
    3) Please have a project in mind that you would like help with

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, 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, setup the machine, face, turn and drill parts as well as cut short tapers.

    - Sign off: Enco 12 x 36 metal lathe
    - Tools Covered: Enco 12 x 36 metal lathe

    - Prerequisites: Green Orientation is required for sign off.* Additionally, this class requires metalworking knowledge. We strongly suggest anyone taking this class to take Metalshop Yellow first unless they have significant metalworking experience.

    - Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Metalshop 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 Clessas has been teaching metalworking at Nova Labs for over 3 years, george.clessas@nova-labs.org

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

    _______________________________________________________________________________________
    Class is required for everyone wishing to use the listed tools, regardless of experience level. After taking this class, inexperienced or moderately experienced people should select a project and come in for help and practice on Metalshop Mondays Open Office Hours.

    Note: Must arrive within 15 minutes of safety class start time.

    Refunds must be requested 48 hours prior to the class. Please remove yourself from the attendance roster (update to "Not Going").

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online event
    Register

    Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

    There's a big community for Arduino (embedded electronics in general) within Nova Makers. This group meeting is for those people with projects and questions. If you're experienced with Arduino, join us too - we need answers to all of the questions.

    Bring your Arduino projects (in any state, even napkin sketches). We can do anything from learning where to start - to talking about Arudino specifics. The agenda is up to you.

    Virtual Access - Registrants are able to view the Zoom link under 'location' the day of the event.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    ** Please disregard the status reflected on Meetup: You must register and pay for the event on the Nova Labs event site at https://novalabs.wildapricot.org/event-
    Space is limited. **

    You must be a current, active member to attend this class.

    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. This class signs off for use of either laser. To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by watching the training video before class.

    Prerequisite: Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO)

    --->> Bring your computer since this is a digital tool.

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

    **Refunds require 48 hours notice and please remove your name from the class.

    ** Please disregard the status reflected on Meetup: You must register and pay for the event on the Nova Labs event site at https://novalabs.wildapricot.org/event-
    Space is limited. **

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 19 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 23 May 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 7
    Register