Learn Something New

MakerPlace offers basic to advanced courses to start you off or to hone an existing skill. Learn something new, collaborate with experts, complete a prototype, start a business or fashion unique gifts. 

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 Shop Orientation and Safety (SOS)Shop Orientation is a mandatory course for all  new members who are interested in utilizing shop tools without instructor supervision. Shop        Orientation must be completed before accessing any tools in MakerPlace. The cost of the course is  $40.00 and is payable upon check-in, however, this fee is waived for members who sign up for a  month or more prior to taking Shop Orientation.                       

 Shop orientation provides every member with basic knowledge of the layout and tools currently  available at MakerPlace San Diego. Successful completion of this course allows members to utilize  all tools other than those requiring specific Basic Operation and Safety (BOS) instruction.  SOS  covers the wood, metal, electronics and specialty shops in terms of  location, purpose, basic  operation and safety tips for each major tool.  When possible, operating demonstrations will  be provided. 


Machine Oriented Basic Operation and Safety (BOS)These courses are intended to provide Basic Operation and Safety procedures for several of the more complex tools including computer controlled tools.  These courses are mandatory prior to members using the associated tool. In cases where a student already has substantial knowledge of a tool, with the instructor’s permission, the student may "test out" of the class by demonstrating their safety and proficiency on the machine. Test outs are generally half the cost of the class registration. BOS courses are generally prerequisites for Advanced Operation and Safety (AOS) courses.

Software ClassesThese courses are intended to provide members with either an introduction to basic design software required to run the machines or to expand on already existing knowledge to make better use of the machines.

Project Based Classes and WorkshopsThese courses will cover a particular topic in depth and usually will be project based. It will be here that you will find Arduino courses and many other fun project based courses that will be offered on a variety of different crafts and practices.

Machine Reservation Policy

Class Cancellation Policy 


Upcoming events

    • 23 Feb 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Class room, MakerPlace
    • 11
    Register


    Participants of this class will be introduced to the multimeter and trained on how to use this electrical instrument to measure voltage, resistance, amperage and continuity. Participants will then learn resistor color codes, and use that knowledge to design and wire LEDs and electronics onto a breadboard and troubleshoot their designs until they work as calculated. The student will then calculate the battery energy needed to run their electronic project.

    The class a single module, organized as an interactive slide deck presentation, with a hands-on component and examples performed by the students. 

    Entry-level makers, costumers, hobbyists, technician and experienced engineers will find this class useful. Students jump right in and build a circuit using resistors and LEDs, then use the multimeter to probe and measure their circuit. The students then apply their knowledge by building a custom battery-powered LED electronic circuit. These concepts apply to off-grid builders, or costumers designing technology into their art.
     

    Prerequisites: No previous electronics experience is required. An understanding of algebra is helpful.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 3
    Register
            

    In this class, the student will learn how to create metal inlays in wood using the laser engraver. Each student will be creating a set of four coasters featuring metal (brass, aluminum, or bronze) inlays. Our instructor will demonstrate how to position and operate the laser, as well as how to manipulate the speed and power settings to get the desired depth. Once engraved, the student will inlay their coasters with metal powder using cyanoacrylate glue and learn how to use various woodworking machinery (miter saw, table saw, edge sander) to shape their coasters before sanding and finishing them with varnish.

    A $35 materials fee covers each student’s wood and consumables for their take-home project.


    Suggested Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools or basic woodworking skills are highly encouraged.

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**
    • 24 Feb 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Assembly Area
    • 8
    Register

     

    This is an introduction to lifecasting class. In this class students will learn how to use alginate, hydrocal, and wax to make single use molds of the face, hands, and other body parts. Using alginate (Algi-Safe, Smooth-On) you can safely cast molds of the skin and body.  It reproduces fine detail and makes an excellent temporary mold – good for one or two reproductions of any body part with plaster, wax and many other products.

    Class time includes:

    A) Instruction regarding SAFETY and materials set up for various casting practices

    B) Instructor Demonstration:

    1. Mixing and casting with Alginate for appendages and vertical body surfaces.

    2. Mixing and pouring plaster(hydrocal) to create a strong and detailed casting out of alginate mold.

    3. Heating and pouring wax methods to create solid and hollow wax castings using an alginate or plaster mold that can be used for future lost-wax mold-making and metal casting processes.

    C) Student Work Time:

    1. Make an Alginate mold of body appendage or instructor approved small object of stuents choice.

    2. Use the Alginate mold they made to then make original Plaster Casting to take home and reproduce on their own.

    D) Clean Up!

    Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 3
    Register
    The wood lathe can be used for a variety of applications; our members have turned everything from beautiful wooden bowls, to custom chair legs and even baseball bats. 

    In this course you will create a pen using the wood lathe. The skills you develop will also allow you to make a variety of other small tools including razor blade handles, seam rippers, mini-screw drivers, and letter openers. 
           

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Model: Jet JNL-1442VS
    • Max Material Size: 14” diameter/42” length
    • Variable Speed

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 14
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 7
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    This class covers the basic operation of our CNC Wood Router. Students will learn how to navigate VicEngrave software, proper machine set-up and calibration, how to import and run files, as well as operation of the vacuum table. 

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Max. Material Dimensions: 4 ft by 8 ft
    • Cut various types of wood and plastic
    • Vacuum bed

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 7
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to cut out your own coasters, etch custom designs on glassware, or just make really awesome gifts? MakerPlace's Intro to Laser course will guide students through the care and use of the 80 and 100 watt lasers as well as the proper steps for prepping your file, material selection, and navigation of the LaserCut software. With our Hurricane Lasers, members have the ability to cut anything from acrylic to wood and achieve detailed engraving on materials like leather and anodized aluminum.


    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a vector-based file (eg: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr .plt file extensions) If you have no idea what a vector file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • (2x) 100 watt CO2 Hurricane Lasers 35in x 47in in bed size
    • (1x) 80 watt CO2 Hurricane Laser 23in x 31in in bed size
    • File types imported into laser .plt .dxf .bmp
    • What they can't cut: metal, vinyl, PVC, and any poly-carbonate plastics

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 01 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 6
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    The VCarve: CNC Software and Fundamentals class will outline the workflow of taking your vector designs through the VCarve software which will generate the g-code used by the CNC machine to cut our your design. Students will also learn the functions of different tool-paths, cutting parameters, proper tool selection, and machining strategies. This course is a prerequisite for the BOS CNC Router and the BOS Tormach CNC Mill class. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Check out what past students think about this class:

    "Great course, super informative!"

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are required as the classroom is located though the shop**


    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 3
    Register
      

    See Jonathan Walkey's Portfolio Here


    Description:

    Over the course of two days, the student will build an Antikea Danish modern style coffee table*
    worth $500.00 from start to finish. The purpose of the course is to teach the fundamentals of
    furniture making from wood selection and characteristics through the Danish oil finish. The
    course provides accelerated training in modern woodworking, by focusing on the thought
    processes used by all experienced furniture makers through a combination of short lectures on
    conceptual thinking, followed by instruction in specific techniques as the class goes through the
    steps of building the coffee table. After the course the student can build finely made and finished
    furniture using the transferable skills needed to move to more complex pieces with confidence.
    Students will learn the concepts of self-reliance, self-teaching, and “thinking like a
    woodworker.” The students will learn most of the typical techniques and tool usage of the
    modern woodshop and how to apply them as desired for different applications. Tools used will
    include the table saw, cutoff/miter saw, band saw, table router, horizontal belt sander and hand
    sander. While not necessary for this project (because we will be using factory planed wood),
    some instruction will be given on jointer and planer use and order of operations. Basic gluing
    and clamping techniques will be augmented with some lessons about the “art of creative
    clamping.”


    Days and Hours:

    The course will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 2nd and 3rd, 2019.
    The plan is to complete the unfinished table during those hours. However, students may stay and
    work until the close of the shop both days to complete unfinished steps and apply Danish Oil
    finish to the final product. Students may finish incomplete tables anytime with Mr. Walkey’s
    free help if needed, when he is there.
    * The Antikea Danish Modern Style Coffee Table:
    Below are photos of several versions of the table, which vary in wood choice, accents, length,
    width, and proportions. Within limitations the students’ tables may be individualized. The basic
    table we build will be made from African mahogany and wenge. African Mahogany is a lovely
    wood that is easily worked, reducing cutting, joining, shaping, and sanding time and effort to a
    minimum, to allow the class to focus on and learn the skills, techniques and thinking required.
    Students may buy their own wood with a commensurate reduction in workshop price.


    Students must register with MakerPlace in advance. Fees must be paid at
    the time of registration. The minimum number of students per workshop is three; the maximum
    number of students is four. Students will elect at the time of
    registration to either build their table from African mahogany and wenge, or elect to purchase
    woods of their own choosing. Students choosing to buy their own wood may consult with Mr.
    Walkey about wood selection and purchase by email after registering. Mr. Walkey will supply
    tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and Danish oil/ satin wax for the finish. Students are encouraged to bring notetaking materials and cameras to photograph the
    processes and their project as it proceeds. Students may cancel with a full refund at any time,
    provided it leaves three students for the workshop. A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last
    minute cancelation of three-student classes.


    Required Prerequisites:

    Some woodworking or power tool experience is required unless Mr. Walkey waives this requirement for good reason. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register


    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    Individualized, interactive one-on-one start up assistance sessions to enhance your entrepreneurship experience and boost your product development efforts. Each session will focus exclusively on your business needs, including the aspects of creating, growing and sustaining your business that are important to you.

    Whether you're in the idea stage, or struggling with post launch issues, this personalized session will help you determine what actions you need to take now and how you can become more productive. Understand the important steps to making your business a success - ask questions and get answers.

    Determine your business's value proposition, manage the challenging transformation from product offering to ongoing business, perform important research, jump-start your sales efforts, learn how to conserve cash & control costs, enlist the support of others and gather resources you need.

    Mark Jahn is an adviser with 17 years' experience assisting San Diego area businesses, he specializes in providing advice much like a board of directors would. Mark served for over 10 years as a Counselor with the Small Business Administration and as Director of the Technology Incubator at San Diego City College.

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register


    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    Individualized, interactive one-on-one start up assistance sessions to enhance your entrepreneurship experience and boost your product development efforts. Each session will focus exclusively on your business needs, including the aspects of creating, growing and sustaining your business that are important to you.

    Whether you're in the idea stage, or struggling with post launch issues, this personalized session will help you determine what actions you need to take now and how you can become more productive. Understand the important steps to making your business a success - ask questions and get answers.

    Determine your business's value proposition, manage the challenging transformation from product offering to ongoing business, perform important research, jump-start your sales efforts, learn how to conserve cash & control costs, enlist the support of others and gather resources you need.

    Mark Jahn is an adviser with 17 years experience assisting San Diego area businesses, he specializes in providing advice much like a board of directors would. Mark served for over 10 years as a Counselor with the Small Business Administration and as Director of the Technology Incubator at San Diego City College.

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 1
    Register
            

    During this hands-on, two day class each student will create their very own face grain cutting board. This class will teach the student how to safely and properly operate various woodworking machinery including the miter saw, jointer, table saw, planer and router table. The student will also learn how to glue, clamp, sand, and finish their cutting boards. Our instructor will go over a variety of techniques which will provide the student with the skills necessary to pursue their own woodworking projects.


    A $45 materials fee covers each student's wood and consumables for their take-home project.

    This is a two day course held on March 2nd and 3rd from 1:00PM to 4:00PM.  

    Suggested Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools or basic woodworking skills are highly encouraged.

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 6
    Register
     
    If you're itching to start making sawdust in the wood shop, but aren't sure where to start, this simple project is the place to start!
    Intro to Wood Shop, Airplant Art,  outlines the basic operation and safety of a variety of wood working equipment. This is a hands on course that includes instructor demonstration as well as the opportunity for each student to practice on the equipment. By the end of the course each student will complete a beautiful wall art piece, perfect for decorating your space!
    A $20 materials fee covers each student's wood. plant, and consumables for their take-home project.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 03 Mar 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
    Register
            

    In this class, the student will learn how to create metal inlays in wood using the laser engraver. Each student will be creating a set of four coasters featuring metal (brass, aluminum, or bronze) inlays. Our instructor will demonstrate how to position and operate the laser, as well as how to manipulate the speed and power settings to get the desired depth. Once engraved, the student will inlay their coasters with metal powder using cyanoacrylate glue and learn how to use various woodworking machinery (miter saw, table saw, edge sander) to shape their coasters before sanding and finishing them with varnish.

    A $35 materials fee covers each student’s wood and consumables for their take-home project.


    Suggested Prerequisite: Prior completion of Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools or basic woodworking skills are highly encouraged.

    **No loose or baggy clothing. Hair that is shoulder length or longer should be tied back. Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**
    • 05 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 06 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    Do you have a project that requires precise drilling or cutting? Sure you could get the job done with the drill press and the band saw, but why struggle with those machines when you can do the same job more efficiently and accurately with the Bridgeport vertical mills?

    Milling offers a variety of applications from prototyping to production; you can use the mills to cut, rout, drill, and tap a variety of metals and plastics. We’ve seen our members milling everything from locomotive parts to jewelry pendants!

    Topics covered in this course include: general safety, material selection and set up, proper tool selection,  use of the digital meter, and feeds and speeds. The first portion of this class is lecture based with instructor demonstration followed by a free period of  hands on practice and Q&A. 

    This course is a prerequisite for the BOS- Tormach CNC Mill class. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock.

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 


    The Tormach 4-Axis CNC Mill not only allows you to mill a variety of metals under strict tolerances, you can also use it for small productions lines of pieces that need to be cut to the same dimensions. Our members have cut everything from jewelry pendants to gears for kinetic sculptures.


    This course will outline Mach 3 control software, machine set up and calibration, importing and running files, as well as tooling systems and tool holders.

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    The BOS- Vertical Mill class is required for students who have little or no experience operating milling equipment. This course covers topics like feeds and speeds which will be vital when you're first starting out on the Tormach. You'll save money not breaking bits, you'll save time understanding proper speed and feed rates, and you won't risk putting unnecessary stress on the machine (which makes us happy!). 

    *You must machine a part on the vertical mill and show it to the instructor before you are able to register for the Tormach CNC Mill course* Ask the front desk if you have any further questions!

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 5
    Register


    Have you ever wanted to design in 3D on your computer? Fusion 360 makes designing, rendering, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) simple and fun! In this hands-on lecture/demonstration we will explore the different workspaces in Fusion 360 to design a desk lamp.

    We will use the model workspace to build most of the components using sketch-based modeling. We will also explore the sculpt workspace to create the lampshade, and look at inserting pre-built components from the McMaster Carr library.

    Fusion 360 is currently free for students and makers/tinkerers. Follow the instructions online to download your free Fusion 360 software. Instructions for students can be found at www.vdci.edu.

    Required Prerequisites:

    Basic computer skills: keyboard and mouse functions, how to save to an external drive, menu options and navigation.

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    In order for the class to move smoothly and allow everyone to learn the maximum amount, it’s suggested to watch the Free Fusion 360 Essentials videos that are available at www.vdci.edu or can be found at the VDCI YouTube page. This video-based workshop takes about 30 minutes, and goes over essential tools, preferences, and navigation in Fusion 360. 

    Syllabus (specific topics to be covered):  Sketch-based modeling, T-Spline Modeling, Joints, Materials, Inserting Components


    Consumed Materials/sources:  All course materials will be provided in class and can be found for FREE at www.vdci.edu (with videos!)


    Tool Requirements:  All students should bring a personal laptop to class (PC or Mac).


    Software Requirements:  All students should have Fusion 360 installed before class – installation videos at www.vdci.edu

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 07 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PST)
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to cut out your own coasters, etch custom designs on glassware, or just make really awesome gifts? MakerPlace's Intro to Laser course will guide students through the care and use of the 80 and 100 watt lasers as well as the proper steps for prepping your file, material selection, and navigation of the LaserCut software. With our Hurricane Lasers, members have the ability to cut anything from acrylic to wood and achieve detailed engraving on materials like leather and anodized aluminum.


    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a vector-based file (eg: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr .plt file extensions) If you have no idea what a vector file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • (2x) 100 watt CO2 Hurricane Lasers 35in x 47in in bed size
    • (1x) 80 watt CO2 Hurricane Laser 23in x 31in in bed size
    • File types imported into laser .plt .dxf .bmp
    • What they can't cut: metal, vinyl, PVC, and any poly-carbonate plastics

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 1022 W. Morena Blvd Suite H

    San Diego’s Premier Do-It-Yourself Workshop is hosting its semi-annual Open House on Saturday, March 9th! Join us from 2-6PM for a showcase of a variety of Maker projects all under one roof, from furniture to jewelry, laser cutting to wood turning, and from youth STEM programs to engineering prototypes. Enjoy Tools, Classes and Community. 

    Free admission and open to the public! Be sure to ask a front desk staff member about our BOGO membership promotion (offer valid for new members only).

    *The shop will be CLOSED for cleaning and set-up from 9AM to 2PM. The shop will close again after 6PM. There will be no tool use allowed for the entire day. Please plan your project schedules accordingly!

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    This course will introduce students to the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of  Metal Inert Gas welding (MIG). Class will be lecture/lab style, with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to trouble shoot problems associated with the process.

    Originally developed for welding aluminum and other non-ferrous materials in the 1940s, MIG was soon applied to steels because it provided faster welding time compared to other welding processes. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    **Equipment used in this class could be harmful to and/or affect the operation of pacemakers, implanted medical devices, prosthetics, or other similar devices. A doctor's note is required, before taking this class, for any individual with an implantable medical device.**

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace
    • 15
    Register

    Welcome to MakerPlace! This class is the first step on your journey to become a bona-fide MakerPlace member. 

    Shop Orientation covers all the important information you’ll need to know as a new member- from general shop safety and member rules, to other hot topics like project storage, machine reservations, and local sources for materials. 

    The registration fee ($40.00) for this course is waived for all new members who have signed up for a month or year membership prior to taking their Shop Orientation. 

    This is a mandatory course for all new members. So, before you start tinkering in the shop, make sure you’ve cleared your schedule on Tuesday night to complete your Orientation. 

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**



    • 13 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 5
    Register

    The CNC Plasma is a Maker’s best friend when it comes to cutting designs out of large pieces of sheet metal. Create custom letters for signs, cut curves and organic shapes, or easily duplicate and cut repeating patterns. The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 


    Be prepared for some sparks and molten metal! All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.


    Required Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Suggested Prerequisites: 

    Corel Draw 2D class,  suggested for those without experience creating/editing vector artwork.

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Imports .dxf or .svg
    • Max material thickness: 3/4 inch
    • Bed size: 4ft by 8 ft

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Woodshop
    • 8
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    This class covers the basic operation of our CNC Wood Router. Students will learn how to navigate VicEngrave software, proper machine set-up and calibration, how to import and run files, as well as operation of the vacuum table. 

    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Required Prerequisites:

    If you’re familiar with .DXF files then you can jump right into the VCarve: CNC Fundamentals class. This course covers the the ins-and-outs of VCarve, which is the software that converts your .DXF file into the G-code that the router will read to cut out your design. We highly recommend completing this course before the BOS CNC Router class. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • Max. Material Dimensions: 4 ft by 8 ft
    • Cut various types of wood and plastic
    • Vacuum bed

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**


    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 4
    Register

    The TIG Welding course teaches students the basic principles involved in the set up and safe operation of the Tungsten Inert Gas process. Class will be lab/lecture style with opportunity to take notes, ask questions and receive hands on operation of the machines. Students will learn how to adjust the machines, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a sub standard weld. The students will also learn how to troubleshoot problems associated with the process. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock and welding consumables. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. Students should wear long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants and long hair must be pulled back.**

    **Equipment used in this class could be harmful to and/or affect the operation of pacemakers, implanted medical devices, prosthetics, or other similar devices. A doctor's note is required, before taking this class, for any individual with an implantable medical device.**

    • 14 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • MakerPlace Laser Lab
    • 8
    Register

    Have you ever wanted to cut out your own coasters, etch custom designs on glassware, or just make really awesome gifts? MakerPlace's Intro to Laser course will guide students through the care and use of the 80 and 100 watt lasers as well as the proper steps for prepping your file, material selection, and navigation of the LaserCut software. With our Hurricane Lasers, members have the ability to cut anything from acrylic to wood and achieve detailed engraving on materials like leather and anodized aluminum.


    The first portion of this class will be lecture based. After the lecture, students will each have the opportunity to calibrate the machine and run a test file. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A during this time. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a vector-based file (eg: .ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .cdr .plt file extensions) If you have no idea what a vector file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the CorelDraw: Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Equipment Rundown: 

    • (2x) 100 watt CO2 Hurricane Lasers 35in x 47in in bed size
    • (1x) 80 watt CO2 Hurricane Laser 23in x 31in in bed size
    • File types imported into laser .plt .dxf .bmp
    • What they can't cut: metal, vinyl, PVC, and any poly-carbonate plastics

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 8
    Register

    We’re sure by now you’ve heard about all the fabulous CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) equipment at MakerPlace. The concept behind these machines is simple; create a design on your computer and the machine will cut out the design for you. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a series of classes to help you turn your concept into a reality. 

    The VCarve: CNC Software and Fundamentals class will outline the workflow of taking your vector designs through the VCarve software which will generate the g-code used by the CNC machine to cut our your design. Students will also learn the functions of different tool-paths, cutting parameters, proper tool selection, and machining strategies. This course is a prerequisite for the BOS CNC Router and the BOS Tormach CNC Mill class. 

    Suggested Prerequisites:

    The first thing you’ll need to know before taking this class is how to create a .DXF file. If you have no idea what a .DXF file is or how to go about creating one we would highly suggest taking the Intro to 2D Vector Graphics class first. 

    Check out what past students think about this class:

    "Great course, super informative!"

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are required as the classroom is located though the shop**


    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 3
    Register
      

    See Jonathan Walkey's Portfolio Here


    Description:

    Over the course of two days, the student will build an Antikea Danish modern style coffee table*
    worth $500.00 from start to finish. The purpose of the course is to teach the fundamentals of
    furniture making from wood selection and characteristics through the Danish oil finish. The
    course provides accelerated training in modern woodworking, by focusing on the thought
    processes used by all experienced furniture makers through a combination of short lectures on
    conceptual thinking, followed by instruction in specific techniques as the class goes through the
    steps of building the coffee table. After the course the student can build finely made and finished
    furniture using the transferable skills needed to move to more complex pieces with confidence.
    Students will learn the concepts of self-reliance, self-teaching, and “thinking like a
    woodworker.” The students will learn most of the typical techniques and tool usage of the
    modern woodshop and how to apply them as desired for different applications. Tools used will
    include the table saw, cutoff/miter saw, band saw, table router, horizontal belt sander and hand
    sander. While not necessary for this project (because we will be using factory planed wood),
    some instruction will be given on jointer and planer use and order of operations. Basic gluing
    and clamping techniques will be augmented with some lessons about the “art of creative
    clamping.”


    Days and Hours:

    The course will run from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th, 2019.
    The plan is to complete the unfinished table during those hours. However, students may stay and
    work until the close of the shop both days to complete unfinished steps and apply Danish Oil
    finish to the final product. Students may finish incomplete tables anytime with Mr. Walkey’s
    free help if needed, when he is there.
    * The Antikea Danish Modern Style Coffee Table:
    Below are photos of several versions of the table, which vary in wood choice, accents, length,
    width, and proportions. Within limitations the students’ tables may be individualized. The basic
    table we build will be made from African mahogany and wenge. African Mahogany is a lovely
    wood that is easily worked, reducing cutting, joining, shaping, and sanding time and effort to a
    minimum, to allow the class to focus on and learn the skills, techniques and thinking required.
    Students may buy their own wood with a commensurate reduction in workshop price.


    Students must register with MakerPlace in advance. Fees must be paid at
    the time of registration. The minimum number of students per workshop is three; the maximum
    number of students is four. Students will elect at the time of
    registration to either build their table from African mahogany and wenge, or elect to purchase
    woods of their own choosing. Students choosing to buy their own wood may consult with Mr.
    Walkey about wood selection and purchase by email after registering. Mr. Walkey will supply
    tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and Danish oil/ satin wax for the finish. Students are encouraged to bring notetaking materials and cameras to photograph the
    processes and their project as it proceeds. Students may cancel with a full refund at any time,
    provided it leaves three students for the workshop. A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last
    minute cancelation of three-student classes.


    Required Prerequisites:

    Some woodworking or power tool experience is required unless Mr. Walkey waives this requirement for good reason. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register


    Basic Business Start-Up 101

    Individualized, interactive one-on-one start up assistance sessions to enhance your entrepreneurship experience and boost your product development efforts. Each session will focus exclusively on your business needs, including the aspects of creating, growing and sustaining your business that are important to you.

    Whether you're in the idea stage, or struggling with post launch issues, this personalized session will help you determine what actions you need to take now and how you can become more productive. Understand the important steps to making your business a success - ask questions and get answers.

    Determine your business's value proposition, manage the challenging transformation from product offering to ongoing business, perform important research, jump-start your sales efforts, learn how to conserve cash & control costs, enlist the support of others and gather resources you need.

    Mark Jahn is an adviser with 17 years experience assisting San Diego area businesses, he specializes in providing advice much like a board of directors would. Mark served for over 10 years as a Counselor with the Small Business Administration and as Director of the Technology Incubator at San Diego City College.

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Shop
    • 5
    Register




    Working with leather is fun! It is a very wonderful and forgiving (many mistakes can be corrected) medium to work in. There are several basic skills and tools one needs to know how have and use in order to be creative in this wonderful medium.

    This class will introduce students to the use of certain leather crafting tools and techniques common to a great many projects, including stamps, beveler, border stamp, rivet setting and edge finishing. An introductory project will be completed by each student in two to three hours. The duration of the class is subject to the project's complexity and the student’s individual learning pace.  What you will experience as you gain competence with what you learn in the basic course is that you will want to progress and expand what you can make. Come join the fun! 

    The instructor has over 30 years of experience, with much of it related to horse tack, such as saddle repair, and making riding chaps and chinks. He is also open to helping with advanced projects individually, after the completion of the introductory course. 

    Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

    **Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 6
    Register