Courses & Events Catalog

Courses and Events Catalog

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
~ Albert Einstein

TOURS

Tours

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).

MACHINE CERTIFICATIONS

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, 3-6pm, and every other Monday, 6:30-9:30pm

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

CNC mill certification

This course is the certification to be able to use the CNC mill 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 CNC mill and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
Equipment and Software:  Learn how to make products using our 30″x30″ Shapeoko CNC Router.
Skills:  This class will cover the basics of designing for the CNC, setting up material, and using the machine software to cut or engrave various material. The skills learned here are easily transferable to larger CNC machines.
What you’ll be able to to do by the end of the certification:  You’ll leave with resources to design and and make your own unique wood products.
Schedule: None currently scheduled.  Contact us to schedule.

COURSES

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

CNC Design 101: Intro to VCarve

In this class, you will be introduced to the basics of the Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Computer Aided Machining (CAM) programs VCarve Pro. This will help enable you to get your designs to various Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines, including our wood CNC mill.
CNC machines need directions to move the cutting head similar to how a car needs directions to drive to a store. Our CAD files are the map and V-Carve helps us make the directions for the CNC machine from those files.
Using a couple of files, you’ll learn the basic workflow for both vector files, how to pick feed and speed rates, and set up tabs to help hold your part in place.
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: Vector designs. Tuition also includes client copy of program VCarve: Makerspace edition
What to bring: USB drive to transfer files between machines
Schedule: Every other Sunday, 4-6pm

EVENTS & MEETUPS

To join our Meetup group (and stay informed of upcoming meetups), go here.  If you have an idea for an event, let us know by sending us a message.

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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 and RSVP:  The first Tuesday of every month, 6-8pm

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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).