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    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 3
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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 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



    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 2 Jun 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road Fairfax, VA 22030 (Blacksmith Shop)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. But what if you don’t have a hammer?

    Then all your problems look different – they all require unique solutions, and who has time for that? You need to make a hammer so you can simplify your life!


    In this class we will make a 2.5 pound (1.1kg) blacksmithing hammer using 4045 medium-carbon steel. Along the way, you’ll learn some metallurgy, a little history, and a lot of procedural information on how to use some Red Tools.

    On the first day, we will forge out the head of the hammer and learn how to use Nova Labs’ 16-ton pneumatic press to punch a hole through the stock. We will shape, drift, and heat-treat the head of the hammer.

    On the second day, we will learn how to grind and polish our hammer-heads, which sounds dirty. And it is; you shouldn’t wear nice clothes. But it’s dirty in a wholesome way. We’ll be using Nova Labs’ 2x72 Inch Belt Grinders and a die grinder to finish shaping our hammer.
    Students will be expected to come in on their own time during the week to shape their hammer on the grinder, and mount the head on a (provided) handle.

    Schedule:

    June 1, Noon to 5:00:
    Introduction to blacksmithing hammer styles
    Introduction to the 16-ton Pneumatic press
    Forging, punching & drifting the Hammer
    Heat treating
    Cleanup

    June 2, Noon to 3:00:
    Introduction to the 2x72 Inch Grinder
    Shaping the hammer head demonstration
    Polishing the face demonstration

    Handle mounting demonstration
    Cleanup!

    INSTRUCTOR: Patrick Marstall

    SIGN-OFF:  16-ton pneumatic press and 2x72 inch grinder.  (Must attend the entirety of both days.)

    PREREQUISITES: You MUST have taken the Blacksmithing 101 safety sign-off class to take this project/sign-off class! 

    Some experience beyond the sign-off class is recommended. It is highly recommended that you have attended at least a few of the Blacksmithing Practice Sessions (aka Open Office Hours) and/or that you are comfortable with the basic blacksmithing tools.

    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.
    • Failure to wear appropriate clothing may result in being turned away from the class without a refund.
    • 8 Jun 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 5
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    Discover the foundations of Metalsmithing 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

    • 10 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 14 Jun 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 6
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    An invention class built for the youngest set, these students will utilize their creativity to invent new vehicles, machines and more. This camp will introduce simple machines, gears and other mechanical ideas to your camper.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 15 Jun 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Outdoors) 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
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    Open to all. Please sign up so we know how many we are serving. Then either now or closer to picnic day, tell us what you are bringing to the Potluck -->> https://www.PerfectPotluck.com/LYPW1980  (password is 1916)

    Come to the Nova Labs Juneteenth Barbeque and bring your friends and family for a fun-filled community day. Share red foods, dress snappy, and learn about African American traditions, inventors, and makers. This is outdoors in the fresh aire with lots of room.

    Volunteers will be there to provide activities for the whole family: 

    • Tie-dye t-shirts and bandanas, kids STEAM activities, and more
    • Plenty of seating but you can bring your lawn chair and relax

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    More about the holiday

    Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. June 19th or Juneteenth is a time for family, friends, and community to celebrate freedom. Juneteenth is worthy of recognition for some important historical reasons.  First the Emancipation proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1st, 1863.  Second, Robert E. Lee did not surrender the Confederate Army until April 9th, 1865. Finally, The enslaved people in Texas, some 250,000 men, women, and children did not learn about their date with freedom until General Morton Granger and his 2,000 union soldiers arrived in Texas to inform them on June 19th, 1865.

    Just like our makerspace, Juneteenth celebrations almost always focus on education and self-improvement. But importantly, the Nova Labs Juneteenth tradition is an opportunity to bring our community together, to reunite, and to plan bright futures together in celebration--over some great barbeque.

    The following is derived from Juneteenth.com:

    Barbeque is a traditional focus of Juneteenth celebrations, formerly enslaved people celebrated by eating meats such as lamb, beef, and pork each of which was rarely available to enslaved people. Consuming red foods is another recognized tradition of Juneteenth.  Strawberry soda, “Red Drink”, beet salad, and red velvet cake are all examples of foods which are welcome and common at Juneteenth celebrations. “The crimson is a symbol of ingenuity and resilience in bondage,” according to The New York Times.  The red is significant as some West African traditions associate the color red with strength. Other traditions include wearing ornate or fancy clothing in celebration of Juneteenth. Formerly enslaved people were not allowed to wear clothing of any consequence, dressing with sophistication is an  exercise in freedom on Juneteenth.

    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 7
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    In this camp, students will explore all things space. Campers will design a space telescope, watch a Mars rover landing, design and 3D print a spaceship, create galaxy paintings, imagine habitats for humans to survive in far away planets and much more.

    Note that this camp is four sessions this week. Makerschool is closed on Wednesday in observation of Juneteenth on Jun 19, 2024.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 7
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    Arrgh, me mateys! This camp will turn yer landlubbers to pirates in no time. Activities will include learning to tie knots, making a foam boat, building a cardboard peg leg, and drawing treasure maps, all peppered with plenty of pirate games.

    Note that this camp is four sessions this week. Makerschool is closed on Wednesday in observation of Juneteenth on Jun 19, 2024.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 12:30 PM
    • 21 Jun 2024
    • 4:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Events Bay), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
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    Design your style and personalize your stuff! Customize your clothes, bags, hats, or other items with a variety of makerspace tools. Explore 2D graphic design using open-source software and bring your designs to life with laser cutting, vinyl stickers, sublimation, and embroidery. Learn about branding, logo development, and graphic design while creating a digital brand portfolio and personalized merchandise. For Teenagers (Ages 13-18)

    Note that this camp is four sessions this week. Makerschool is closed on Wednesday in observation of Juneteenth on Jun 19, 2024.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 17 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs-Classroom 2, 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
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    Nova Labs has a fleet of Phrozen Sonic 4K LCD-based SLA 3D Printers. 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.

    • 19 Jun 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Crafter's Cove)
    • 5
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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: Michael Rosin

    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.

    • 24 Jun 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 2
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    Designed especially for young girls, this camp features robotics, coding, 3D printing and more. Campers will create animal habitats, code robotic animals, use CAD to design cookie cutters and build rocket cars.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Crafter's Cove)
    • 5
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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: Michael Rosin

    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.

    • 22 Jul 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 26 Jul 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 8
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    Get rhythm! Campers will build a glorious cacophony of instruments, from shakers, flutes, ukuleles, tambourines and whatever else they can invent. Turn the volume to 11 and welcome to the MakerSchool of Rock!

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 24 Jul 2024
    • 25 Jul 2024
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 3
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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 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: Rebecca M



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