Tours of Seattle Makers are free and open to the public. You’ll get to the see the classroom, shared working spaces, various machines (including laser cutters, 3D printers, CNC mill), and much more. To make sure we have time to answer everyone’s questions, we’d like to keep the tours to 20 people. Register here. You don’t need to bring your ticket to the tour.
What to bring: Your curiosity and questions.
Schedule: Every Wednesday and Saturday, 12-1pm. Tours last between 30-60 minutes (depending on the size of the group).
Laser cutter certification
This course is the certification to be able to use the laser cutters at Seattle Makers to make your own projects. Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate. For more information about the laser cutters and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
Equipment and Software: Software you’ll learn is Adobe Illustrator (optional) and Inkscape (free, open source software for designing vectors). Equipment you’ll learn is Black Cat Labs 90Watt CO2 laser with 2’x3′ bed
Skills: You’ll learn how to set up vector files in Lightburn, our laser cutter software. You’ll also learn about capabilities of the laser (including rotary).
What you’ll be able to to do by the end of the certification: You’ll be able to cut objects from 1/8″ and 1/4″ wood, paper, acrylic, EVA foam, and some types of fabric.
Schedule: Every other Saturday, 4-7pm; every other Monday, 6:30-9:30pm
Laser rotary Night
Etch your pint glasses, shot glasses, coffee mugs, wine glasses, and more with our 90-watt laser cutters and the rotary tool! This event is open to members and nonmembers ages 11 and up (under 16 with parental guardian). The event is free to RSVP. You only pay for the items and services you choose at the event.
What we provide: We will set up the rotary tool, set up your design, and guide you through your custom etching project. We will be using Inkscape (Adobe Illustrator files will work too).
What to bring: Your ideas, and container of your choice for etching (note: must be glass, anodized aluminum, or powder-coated aluminum).
Schedule: Every other Monday, 6-10pm.
3D printer certification
This course is the certification to be able to use the 3D printers at Seattle Makers to make your own projects. Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate. For more information about the 3D printers and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
Equipment and Software: Learn the basics of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) on our Prusa I3+ 3D Printers.
Skills: This class will cover the printing with PLA and discuss other types of materials that can be printed. We’ll also touch on designing for 3D printing.
What you’ll be able to to do by the end of the certification: You will learn how to take a 3D model file (downloaded or modeled by a CAD program) and use Simplify 3D software to slice it into layers for a 3D printer to print. You’ll also leave with resources to find and print amazing 3D projects.
Schedule: Every other Friday, 6-8pm; every other Sunday, 1-3pm
3D Print Design 101: Intro to Tinkercad
Do you have an interest in the world of 3D Printing, but don’t know where to start? Tinkercad is a great first program to start on! Tinkercad is a free, browser-based 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program created by AutoDesk, with a large community that adds new features to the program. It’s a great program for all ages, from 6 to 106!
Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate. For more information about the laser cutters and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
What you’ll learn: This class will give you an introduction to the world of Tinkercad. You will learn about the interface, how to manipulate and shape the workspace to match a 3D printer space, how to insert, match, and align shapes, and how to use additive or subtractive tools to create exactly what you’re looking for. You will also learn how to transfer your newly-created files to to 3D printers, so you can see your project through from start to finish!
What to bring: If you can, bring a laptop and mouse so you can follow along with the exercises we will be running.
Schedule: Every Sunday, 11am-12:30pm
Intro to 3D Printing Pens
3D Printing Pens are a great way to not only introduce yourself to the basics of 3D Printing, but create some amazing designs that you can literally pull right off the paper! The Mynt3D Pen uses 3D printing technology to promote rapid creation, prototyping sculpting, and is great for anyone with a creative mindset, from artists to engineers! Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate. For more information about services at Seattle Makers, go here.
What You’ll Learn: This class will teach you all the ins and outs of using a 3D Printing Pen. You will learn how to safely operate a 3D Pen, how to load and unload filament, how to “draw” 3D objects that you can pull off the paper, how to design fully 3D objects using a 3D Pen, and how to draw details onto items using a 3D Pen. You will learn everything you need to know to get your own pen and start creating!
What to Bring: Just yourself and ideas!
Schedule: Every other Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm
CNC Design 101: Intro to VCarve
In this class, you will learn the fundamentals of VCarve Pro. You’ll learn how to create paths (and holes and letters and pockets) that can be sent to robots to cut into wood (including our wood CNC mill). We’ll teach you about the different cutting bits that are used, what you’ll need to consider in designing your cuts, and the settings you’ll use for different types of bits and material.
Equipment and Software: Vectric VCarve Pro
Skills: This class will cover the basics of importing files, and creating CNC programs using VCarve Pro
What you’ll be able to to do by the end of the certification: You’ll leave with resources to design your own unique 3d products.
What we provide: Tuition includes client copy of program VCarve: Makerspace edition
What to bring: A PC with Windows or Linux, with the VCarve Pro trial downloaded. We recommend using a mouse (not trackpad) for designing. We will provide a laptop and mouse if you don’t bring your own (Mac users are welcome – you can do much of your initial design on a Mac and then use VCarve on the shared laptop PCs to complete your project.)
Schedule: Every other Sunday, 4-6pm
CNC mill certification
This course will teach you how to use the CNC mill at Seattle Makers to cut your designs from wood or plastic. This course builds on the CNC Design 101: Intro to VCarve course. Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members. Members can enroll for a discounted rate. For more information about the CNC mill and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
Prerequisite: You will need to attend CNC Design 101: Intro to VCarve as a prerequisite for this machine certification (exceptions can be made if you are generating g-code with another software for use on our CNC. Contact Jeremy for approval).
Equipment and Software: 30″x30″ Shapeoko CNC Router with Dewalt 1.25hp router DWP611. CAM software is CNC JS, a free browser based software that can be found here.
Skills: This class will cover the basics of generating g-code for the CNC, setting up material, bit selection, and using the machine software to cut or engrave various material. The skills learned here are easily transferable to larger or smaller CNC machines, including our metal mill and PCB “woodpecker” mill.
What you’ll be able to to do by the end of the certification: You’ll be able to set up your material, router bit, clamps, and dust collection. Upload g-code, home the machine, set up your start point and z height, and run your cut. You’ll learn how to stop the machine and all fire safety precautions.
Schedule: Every other Saturday, 4-7pm
Raspberry Pi meetup
Learn to bake and make your own Rapsberry Pi – the computer kind that is.
Have you always wanted to learn how to program your own (fill in the blank)? Watch, camera, sign, robot, arcade, clothing, radio, laptop? With Pi, there’s no end of ideas!
Come gather with other Pi enthusiasts. Any level of experience is welcome. Learn new things, or show what you’ve learned to others. Don’t know what to do with your Pi? We have lots of ideas. Can’t figure something out? We’ll help!
What to bring: Your self and your ideas! If you have a physical project you want to bring, feel free.
Schedule: First Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm