Courses & Events Catalog

TOURS

Tours

** Note: due to Covid-19, attendees are asked to adhere to our social distancing and hygiene protocol. **
In-person 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.  We’ll go over how memberships work, and take time to answer questions.  Register below – you don’t need to bring your ticket to the tour.
What to bring:  Your curiosity and questions.
Schedule:  Every Saturday, 10-11am.  Tours last between 30-60 minutes.

New Member Orientation

** Note: due to Covid-19, some of these events will be held in person (with social distancing and hygiene protocol) and some will be virtual. **
Come get oriented to our space.  We will have an in-depth tour of the makerspace and give you information about how to access the building.  We’ll share information about the Maketeer program and other ways for members to get involved.  We will also talk about our values, Holacracy, and the community we are creating.  Open to members and maketeers only.
Schedule:  Most Saturdays, 11:30am-12:30pm.

LASER CUTTING

Laser cutter certification

** Note: due to Covid-19, the main portion of this certification will be taught virtually in our online classroom, after which you will schedule a one-on-one machine practical with your instructor to complete the hands-on portion of your training.  Both parts (virtual and in-person) are included in your purchase of this event. **
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 Lightburn.  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 week, alternating between Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm; and Thursday, 6-8pm

Laser Rotary Night

** Note: due to Covid-19, this event will be held virtually in our online classroom.**
Etch your beverage containers with our 90-watt laser cutters and the rotary tool! This event is open to members and nonmembers. 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 while you watch online. We will be using Lightburn laser cutter software (which reads both .svg and .ai Adobe Illustrator files).
What to bring: Your ideas!
Schedule: Every other Monday, 5:30-7pm.

3D PRINTING

3D printer certification

** Note: due to Covid-19, the main portion of this certification will be taught virtually in our online classroom, after which you will schedule a one-on-one machine practical with your instructor to complete the hands-on portion of your training.  Both parts (virtual and in-person) are included in your purchase of this event.**
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 Sunday, 10-11:30am

Troubleshoot Your 3D Printer Live

** Note: due to Covid-19, this event will be held virtually in our online classroom.**
Are you brand new to 3d Printing?  Is troubleshooting your printer keepAttend this virtual event where you can ask for help with your specific print and create an actionable list for solving your 3d printers’ issues keeping you from enjoying the hobby?
Who is welcome: all 3D printer owners, ages 14 and up; members and non-members of Seattle Makers
What you’ll need:  Access to a 3D Printer that you’ve printed with – successfully or unsuccessfully.  You’ll also need a slicer installed (such as PrusaSlicer, Cura, or Simply3D).  If you don’t have these, sign up for our 3D Printer Certification.
What you’ll learn:  how to troubleshoot your specific 3D printer issues, and create an approach to solve issues in a logical manner while maintaining sanity.
Cost:  Donation-based.  Suggested donation for members = $10, suggested donation for non-members = $20
Schedule: Every other Sunday, 2-4pm

SLA printer certification

Coming soon

CNC MILLING

CNC Design 101: Intro to VCarve

** Note: due to Covid-19, this course will be taught virtually in our online classroom.**
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.
This class is a pre-requisite for the CNC mill machine certification.  At the completion of this online VCarve course, you can schedule a one-on-one CNC mill machine certification with your instructor that will take place physically at the makerspace at a time that works for you.  The machine certification is an additional cost: $150 for members, $200 for non-members.
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, 10am-12pm

CNC mill certification

** Note: due to Covid-19, this course will be taught one-on-one at the makerspace by appointment only.**
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: Contact us to pick a time that works for you.

ELECTRONICS

Arduino Meetup

Coming soon.

Raspberry Pi meetup

Coming soon.

AUDIO/VISUAL

Basic Editing in DaVinci Resolve

** Note: due to Covid-19, this event will be held virtually in our online classroom.**
Are you interested in creating video content for social media or your website?  Learn how to assemble exciting video content in the free program DaVinci Resolve!
Who is welcome:  ages 12 and up; members and non-members of Seattle Makers
What you’ll need:  A desktop or laptop computer;  this is an entry level class – basic computer operation skills required
What you’ll learn:  Basic editing skills, navigation of the DaVinci Resolve program (including how to setup project file, organize video media, assemble a working video timeline, and prepare and export a completed video), and how to personalize video content to YouTube or other social media platforms.
What we’ll provide:  An archive file with example footage for editing.  You won’t need to bring your own footage.
Schedule:  Every other Friday, 6-8pm

MISCELLANEOUS

VanLife Meetup

** Note: due to Covid-19, this event will be held virtually in our online classroom.**
Are you a vanlife enthusiast who loves vehicle modification and learning from others in the community? Whether you’re a full timer, weekender or curious to learn more about the art of van and car camping we would love to see you at the next Seattle Vanlife Meetup! Join us for an evening of community cultivation and share ideas about how to live your best vanlife.
Have you made some progress on an amazing one-of-a-kind build for your van? We wanna see it! Got questions or ideas you’re hoping to share and bounce off others in the group? We wanna hear it! This meetup is all about you, your projects, your hopes and your dreams for the next phase of your vanlife.
Who is welcome:  All ages 8 and up (members and non-members of Seattle Makers) are welcome to join in this monthly event, no matter where you’re calling in from! We look forward to hearing your questions, seeing your projects and basking in your enthusiasm.
Schedule: The 2nd Thursday of every month, 7-9pm

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