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Anyone can propose a new class, workshop, demo, etc. If you want to discuss ideas use the Slack #education channel (invite) To propose a new class you can use the Teach A Class! form or click new proposal and fill out a simpler form with the following guidelines at the top (unless you use a mobile phone):
  • Name: Who is going to teach the class
  • Email: Need a valid contact here (to let you know when folks register for your class)
  • Title: What to name the class
  • Description: Briefly describe what the class is about, what will be covered and what the participants will be doing - preferably what they will be making and taking home. The following information is optional, but most of it is needed before an event can go live:
    • Are there any prerequisites for taking the class, e.g. one of the Intro classes
    • When to offer it and how often - day/time/hrs, one time/once a month/etc.
    • How much to charge the general public and makerspace members/volunteers (>= 20% off), include any materials/supplies.
    • Weather or not to allow 50% off scholarship and/or volunteer audit (free) promo code registrations (hidden options, usage requires instructor approval)?
    • What is the minimum and maximum number of participants. Classes will be canceled if the minimum is not reached 24hrs before the class is scheduled to start (default is 1-4).
    • Include a brief instructor bio - describe yourself or your experience, in third person
After you click Preview you can attach the image you want to use with your listing, something that will look OK when Eventbrite crops it to 2:1.
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Intro to CNC - Coasters

An introduction to CNC using Easel and the Makerspace X-Carve CNC router. Participants will design, engrave and cut acrylic coasters to take home.

An introduction to CNC using Easel and the X-Carve to make acrylic coasters. Designing and making custom coasters is a quick and easy way to cover numerous topics that apply to any CNC project. The class will use Easel to design coasters and then engrave and cut them using the Makerspace X-Carve. Topics to be covered include:
  • Basic intro to CNC (x/y/z axis, steppers, origin/home, toolpath, etc.)
  • Using the Easel software (design tools/apps, paths, preview, etc)
  • Router bit selection (straight, spiral, compression and V-bits)
  • Using hold down clamps, wasteboards and the dust collector
  • Making more complex wood and acrylic coasters/projects
Participants are encouraged to register at Inventables, watch the Learn Easel in 4 Minutes video and bring a laptop PC (helpful, not required). Makerspace members can use the X-Carve for personal projects after taking this class.

Class Length: 2 hours
Prerequisites: None
Min/max registrations: 2-3
If you'd like a 50% scholarship discount (no questions asked) or would like to see the class offered at another day/time, email davelers@gmail.com

Instructor bio: Dave Lers has been a professional woodworker, metalworking hobbyist and maker for decades. Since becoming involved with the Makerspace he has been expanding his repertoire using the X-Carve and his Workbee CNC router.
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Intro to 3D Design in Onshape

Intro to 3D Design in Onshape3D printing classes will start as soon as the new printers arrive.

Learn how to design a 3D Printable Fidget Spinner in Onshape. This class will focus on the fundamentals of 3D design and how to navigate Onshape's browser-based cad system. The students will be designing a fidget spinner to be 3D printed in the Intro to 3D printing class or on their own time if they are already adequately familiar with 3D printing. Some of the learning objectives are listed here:
  • Navigating Onshape
  • Design intent for parametric design
  • Start a Sketch
  • Additive Design
  • Subtractive Design
  • Filleting
  • Exporting
Participants are encouraged to get an Onshape Free account and bring a laptop if they can.

Class Length: 2 hours
Prerequisites: None (Intro to 3D Printing is useful)
Min/max registrations: 2-4
If you'd like a 50% scholarship discount (no questions asked) email ben@bellinghammakerspace.org

Instructor Bio: Ben Holmgren is a Plastics and Composites Engineering graduate of Western Washington University. He has been working with the Bellingham Makerspace for 6 years teaching 3D printing, 3D design, and a class to build your own 3D Printer.
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Intro to 3D Printing

Intro to 3D Printing3D printing classes will start as soon as the new printers arrive.

Participants will 3D print and assemble a Fidget Spinner. This class will focus on the fundamentals of 3D printing. Using Cura, students will learn to slice a 3D design, adjust printing parameters, level a 3D printer bed, start a 3D print and troubleshoot common problems. Members will be able to use the 3d printers after taking this class.

Class Length: 2 hours
Prerequisites: None (Intro to 3D design is helpful)
Min/max registrations: 2-4
If you'd like a 50% scholarship discount (no questions asked) email ben@bellinghammakerspace.org

Instructor Bio: Ben Holmgren is a Plastics and Composites Engineering graduate of Western Washington University. He has been working with the Bellingham Makerspace for 6 years teaching 3D printing, 3D design, and a class to build your own 3D Printer.
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The Garden Hour - Dahlia propagation

The Garden Hour with Master Gardener Marie Metivier-DeMastersThe Bellingham Makerspace hosts a weekly Garden Hour talk with Master Gardener Marie Metivier-DeMasters. This week's topic: Dahlia propagation

Dahlia propagation, AKA “separating dahlias” is a simple thing in theory but didn't work when I tried it until I watched someone do it. I'll bring in some dahlia tubers (mostly cleaned up), demonstrate what needs to happen, then let you try it yourself with a plastic bin, a set of clippers, a clump of dahlias, vermiculite, plastic bags to take home some dahlias, and instructions on storing and planting them.

We have a different Garden Hour every Saturday! Subjects we plan to discuss: Propagating Herbs, Seed Saving, Picking & Drying Herbs, Making Seasonal Wreaths, Garden-Themed Gifts, Propagating Indoor Plant Cuttings, Planning for Spring

Class Length: 1 Hour
Min/max registrations: 1-10
Instructor Bio: Master Gardener Marie Metivier-DeMasters
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Intro to Soldering - Weevil Eye

Intro to Soldering - Weevil EyeBased on a previous Eventbrite listing ($3 Weevil Eye kits). Some other possibilities are a $3 Mini Tesla Coil Kit, $4 Smart Car Kit and, for a hot air reflow class, a $5 LED Fidget Spinner

Make a Light Up Weevil Eye and learn how to solder while you do it!

The WeevilEye is a through-hole soldering kit designed for the beginner. It has a low part count so even young kids can easily complete it. Once it's put together the red LED “eyes” light up brighter or darker according to how much light is getting to the photosensor.

Learning how to solder is an extremely useful skill for all skillsets and ages.

As we assemble our project we will discuss all aspects of soldering including, safety, soldering irons, component identification, preparation, types of solder, and flux. We will also cover tinning and splicing wires and desoldering as necessary. There will be examples of prototype circuit construction techniques and extra components and boards to practice on.

Class Length: 1-1/2 hours
Prerequisites: None
Min/max registrations: 1-6

Instructor Bio: Rochelle has over thirty-five years experience working in all areas of the electronics industry including repair, manufacturing, R&D, and currently works as a test engineer in the test lab of a local electronics manufacturer. He has a passion for helping others get their projects off the ground and enjoys passing on skills and advice he has gained over his career.
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Hosted Open Woodshop

Hosted Open WoodshopThis is something that could be offered multiple days/times by multiple hosts. The goal is to provide a learning environment where help from skilled hosts can be counted on.

The hosted open woodshop is for anyone that wants to make stuff from wood. Get help with projects and learn new skills. All skill levels welcome. Each session will offer something new based on the participants projects. Each participants' project will receive up to 40min of attention. Topics can include design, material selection, construction methods, machine and hand tool how-to's, etc.

Workshop Length: 2 hours
Prerequisites: Intro to the Woodshop
Min/max registrations: 1-3
What to bring: Project materials and plans or ideas.

Host Bio: Dave Lers has been a professional woodworker for decades and has experience with many aspects of woodworking, from house framing to hand-cut dovetail cabinetry.
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Intro to 3d Printing

Intro to 3d PrintingPosted by Instructor Needed on Sunday, 16-Feb-2020

We need someone to teach this class. The following is based on one of our previous offerings, everything about it is open to change, e.g. the newer and more popular Ender3 VS Ultimaker2.

Have an interest in 3D printing? Come to our class at the Makerspace and learn what you need to get started!

In this class you will learn how to build a name tag keychain in Tinkercad, the steps of slicing using Cura, how to start a print on the Ultimaker2, and the basic techniques to troubleshoot simple problems.

Once you have learned these basic skills you will be able to make all manner of things with a 3D printer, so stop dreaming and start making at the The Makerspace!

Skill level: This class is built for beginners

Topics Covered:
   Tinkercad 3D CAD design
   Use of Cura 3D slicing software
   Starting prints on the Ultimaker2 3D printer
   Troubleshooting your prints

What to Bring: Participants are encouraged to sign up at Tinkercad and bring a laptop with Cura installed (both are free). If you cannot bring a laptop, please let us know ahead of time so we can get a computer set up for you.
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