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

    • 19 Mar 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**



    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    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**

    • 20 Mar 2019
    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 7
    Register

    This class will teach the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. It will be taught with a contemporary approach to the materials and process. Creative projects may include jewelry, wall art, bowls, etc. Techniques to be explored will be stencils, screen prints, wet packing, cloisonné, liquid enamels, etching and other techniques suitable to the materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks.

    Class dates are as follows: March 20th, 27th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th 
     
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    This course has a $20 materials fee. 

    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**

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 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 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**

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom
    • 4
    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**


    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 24 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 23th and 24th, 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**

    • 23 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.

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 1
    Register
    If you're itching to start making sawdust in the wood shop (but the last time you used a band saw was middle school shop class) then this is the course for you!
    Intro to Wood Shop Power Tools outlines the basic operation and safety of a variety of wood working equipment including the table saw, miter saw, band saw, drill press, nail gun, hand drill, belt sander, pedestal sander, and drum sander...phew!
    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 wooden tool box, perfect for your future woodworking endeavors! 

    Check out what past students think about this class:

    "(The instructor) was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly (but not overly) and very professional.  She just had the perfect demeanor for the purpose of both imparting the importance of safety but also the enjoyment that can be had in learning these skills.  I just loved her and her energy."

    A $10 materials fee covers each student's wood 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**

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Assembly Room
    • 6
    Register


    Description:
    In this 2-session workshop, you’ll configure and build your own skateboard deck! On Day 1, you will
    select your shape from a variety of premade templates and molds. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of
    different shapes, so no skateboarding experience is necessary! Once you’ve decided on your shape,
    you’ll glue and vacuum form 7 maple veneers using the Roarockit method of skateboard fabrication.
    The glue will dry overnight, and on Day 2, you’ll trace your template and cut out your shape, drill your
    holes, and sand your deck smooth. Instructions for clearcoating, applying art, and assembling the
    skateboard will be provided on Day 2, so you can take your time to put on your custom finishing touches
    at home. Participants will leave the workshop with their own handmade skateboard deck. (Other
    skateboard components like wheels, trucks, etc., are not included in this workshop.)
    Note 1: The veneers we use are roughly 9.5” x 34”, so your board will be smaller than that; however, we
    can provide larger veneers upon request for an additional fee. Please contact the instructor if
    interested, and we’ll get you set up with your dream board.
    Note 2: We have a variety of molds to choose from – if you would like to know the options and use a
    specific shape, please contact the instructor to reserve a mold. Otherwise, participants will choose
    their mold based on the order in which they registered.
    Early registrants will have first choice from
    molds that have not been reserved on the day of the class.


    Duration: (5 hours over 2 days)
    Day 1: 2 hours
    Day 2: 3 hours


    Price:
    Materials: $70
    Class fee: $100 (members)
    $120 (non-members)


    Minimum class size: 2
    Maximum class size: 6


    About the instructor: Beau Trifiro is a skateboarder with over 17 years of experience skating. He is a
    mechanical engineer and runs Open Source Skateboards, a custom skateboard design/build shop and
    educational program. www.opensourceboards.com
    Contact: beau@opensourceboards.com

    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**

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
    • 5
    Register
       


    During the two day course students will make an urban lumber live edge slab table or bench from a selection of lumber we have available from local nonprofit mill called Lumber Cycle. They are based in Ramona, CA and work with arborists, property owners and county officials to harvest downed and dying trees, milling them into affordable live edge slabs for local artisans to create beautiful furniture from. Typical species include Torrey Pine, Coastal Live Oak, Eucalyptus, Redwood, Cedar, Ash, California Pepper and many more. The slabs are selected on a first come basis based on sign up order but it may be possible to get specific species If it’s been prearranged with the instructor and it’s available.

    Days and Hours:

    The course will run from 10am until 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Students must register with Maker Place 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 five. Students will elect at the time of registration to build either a table or bench. Instructor will supply tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and finish etc.

                The cost of the class without wood is $400 for members and $420 for non-members to be paid to Maker Place directly. The urban slab prices vary depending on the size/ thickness and variety of wood but total class price including hair pin legs will be in the $500-600 range typically. The selection of lumber varies so you will have to check with the instructor prior to class for lumber payment details.

                The plan is to complete the finished project during those hours. However, students may stay and work until the close of the shop both days to complete unfinished steps if any and apply wipe-on poly finish to the final product. Students will begin by selecting the slabs for their table/bench and we will go through the process of cross cutting the slabs to length using a circular saw and fence. Then we will proceed to the CNC machine where students will learn how to secure and shim the slabs to ensure a level/ flat surface. I will demonstrate the leveling of the slabs using a surfacing bit. Students are encouraged to take the wood CNC class offered (at Maker Place) but if they have not the instructor (MG) will assist in the operation of the machine. Next we will remove the bark and outer layers from the live edge to reveal the natural beauty underneath. We will use (a) variety of sanding attachments to smooth and polish the surface without destroying its organic features.

                At this point we will assess the overall integrity and stability of the slabs. There will most likely be some cracks or defects which we will either putty/ wood glue or epoxy depending on the severity of the cracks. After we will sand the  flat surfaces of the slabs using orbital sanders and 80 through 220 grit sandpapers as well as the live edges of the slabs using 320 grit and steel wool. After the final 320 hand sanding they will be ready for finishing.

                The easiest and most forgiving finish for beginners is wipe-on polyurethane because it doesn’t require any spray experience. We’ll clean the slabs with denatured alcohol to remove any final dust and then apply the wipe on the poly allowing it to penetrate before wiping up the excess. This process will take several coats allowing it to dry between each one. So depending on their time allowance students can either stay after class to finish their coatings or can complete the finish at home on their own time. I will provide satin wipe-on polyurethane and rags for students who stay but if you want to do it at home or prefer a different sheen you will need to provide it yourself. The final step in the project will be to attach the hairpin legs students have pre-selected from several off the shelf options (16”/18” and black or steel finish) which simply need to be screwed too the underside of the table/bench.

                Students are encouraged to bring note taking materials and cameras to photograph the processes and their projects 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.

    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**

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Class room, MakerPlace
    • 12
    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**

    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 3
    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 23rd and 24th 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**



    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Assembly Room
    • 8
    Register

    In this class, students will learn the basics of soldering wires, circuit boards and other electronic components. Class will begin with a lecture followed by hands-on practice building a power supply kit, and practice with surface mount soldering. 


    The topics presented in this class include:

    • Safety- Safety goggles recommended. Proper handling techniques and caution given the high heat soldering irons.
    • Tinning- Demonstrate how to tin a soldering iron tip for most efficient performance.
    • Wire Soldering- Provide proper technique to join two or more wires.
    • Circuits- Learn how to solder components on a circuit board for maximum effectiveness and how to de-solder and remove if necessary.
    • Maintenance- Learn how to maintain and care for soldering iron tip to ensure optimal performance.
    • Accessories- Discover helpful tools to aid in certain tasks such as helping hands, solder braid, and vacuum de-solder stations.            
    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 4
    Register
    Copper Bowl Forming will teach each student how to form their own copper bowl with readily available tools and equipment using the sinking method. 
    The class will consist of both lecture and demonstration of the bowl forming method. It will include methods on forming copper, how to anneal copper, how to clean copper, general safety guidelines and much more!
    Each student will have their own workstation for rough forming the bowl. At the end of the workshop each student will have finished their own copper bowl and also have the knowledge and ability to continue on their own to form copper using the sinking method. 

    A $5 materials fee covers each student’s copper. 

    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 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**
    • 24 Mar 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 students 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 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Conference Room and Wood Shop
    • 6
    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**


    • 25 Mar 2019
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 3D Printer Area
    • 6
    Register


    Class Description: 

    3D Printing is ushering in a new era of manufacturing, and changes how we design and build new products.  During this hands-on class, you learn about advancements of 3D printing, and how to utilize this technology for your life or business.  

    You will become certified to use the 3D printers at MakerPlace.  During class, you learn how to set up, control, and operate a 3D printer.  Learn how 3D printers make it possible to go from concept to creation in a matter of hours.

    Instructor Qualifications:

    • ·         Professional 3D Design Consultant
    • ·         Expert in rapid prototyping and product development
    • ·         Master’s degree in Education with focus on Technology
    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    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.**

    • 26 Mar 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 Mar 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Classroom/Conference Room and MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 3
    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.**

    • 28 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**

    • 29 Mar 2019
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Metal shop
    • 4
    Register


    The purpose of this two evening class is to learn the basics of a variety of metal shop tools through the process of creating an object that you can take home.  

    Students will learn about measuring and marking, hand tools, electric hand tools, and how to properly operate a variety of commonly used metal shop machinery. By the end of the class, you will have a basic understanding of how metal reacts to bending, cutting, and heat. You will understand how different types of metals behave and how to choose what kind of metal you need for your specific project and how to work safely and confidently in Maker Place's metal shop.

    Over the course of two evenings, we will be making a small 22 gauge steel sheet metal tray.  The standard size we will be working with will be 8” x 8” base with 2” tall walls, but adjustments may be made.  The corners will be secured using a rivet gun and manufactured rivets.

    A $25 materials fee covers materials for the entire course.  
    **Please wear appropriate shop attire:
    Safety glasses, long pants, close toed shoes(preferably boots), NO loose clothing, long hair tied back.  NO EXCEPTIONS**
    • 30 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.

    • 30 Mar 2019
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • MakerPlace Wood Shop
    • 4
    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 30th and 31st 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**



    • 31 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**
    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • 3D Printer Area
    • 6
    Register


    Class Description: 

    3D Printing is ushering in a new era of manufacturing, and changes how we design and build new products.  During this hands-on class, you learn about advancements of 3D printing, and how to utilize this technology for your life or business.  

    You will become certified to use the 3D printers at MakerPlace.  During class, you learn how to set up, control, and operate a 3D printer.  Learn how 3D printers make it possible to go from concept to creation in a matter of hours.

    Instructor Qualifications:

    • ·         Professional 3D Design Consultant
    • ·         Expert in rapid prototyping and product development
    • ·         Master’s degree in Education with focus on Technology
    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 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 Apr 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**



    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Classroom/Conference Room
    • 1
    Register