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).

Open House

You are invited to spend an afternoon in Seattle’s newest makerspace.
What have you always wanted to learn?  Woodworking?  Robotics?  3D design?  Laser cutting?  Sewing?  We have a total blast around here brainstorming ideas – we’d love to talk to you about yours.   Seattle Makers is here to support you in taking your ideas and dreams and bringing them to reality.
Join us for a casual afternoon of building and brainstorming.  We will show off our makerspace, provide tours of our tools and gadgets, and hear what you are interested in creating. Come tour the space and partake in several activities where you can release your creative side!
All ages welcome.  Looking forward to seeing you there!
Schedule and Tickets:  Stay tuned to see our next scheduled open house.

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 by Default (OpenSource 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 transfer files into machine’s software (RD Works).  You’ll also learn about capibilities 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, leather, and some types of fabric.  You’ll also be able to etch metal and glass.
Schedule:  Every other Sunday, 3-5pm

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 FDM (Fused deposition modeling) on our own Alex Checker’s Prusia 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’ll 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: Every other Tuesday, 6-8pm; Every other Sunday, 4-6pm

COURSES

TinkerCad Workshop

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

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Contemporary polymer clay Jewelry

Learn to express yourself by creating one-of-a-kind polymer clay jewelry!  No experience necessary.
Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate.
What you’ll learn:  In this class, you’ll learn some polymer clay basics, like mixing colors, basic bead shapes, marbling, and finishing.  You’ll leave the class with a finished beaded necklace!
What to bring:  Just yourself!  Materials will be provided for you.
Schedule:  As requested

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Laser Cut Space Needle

In this course, you will learn how to make (AND get to take home!) a gorgeous, laser-cut, 3D wooden model of the Seattle Space Needle.  That’s right, the same Space Needle that was featured at our Seattle Maker Faire booth!  Open to members of Seattle Makers and non-members; members can enroll for a discounted rate.  For more information about laser cutters and the other tools/equipment in our workshop, go here.
Equipment and Software:  You’ll learn the basics of using our Black Cat Lab 90W CO2 laser, as well as how to input a design into RD Works. You’ll be making your model using 6mm Russian birch, wood glue, and sandpaper.
Skills:  This class will cover the basics of cutting with lasers, 3D design and construction.
What you’ll get to take home:  You’ll leave with with your very own fully-assembled, 3-foot-tall Space Needle!
Schedule & RSVP: This meetup has no upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in this event, let us know.

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It’s a Sign! Workshop

In this course, you’ll learn how to use a computer-numerical-controlled mill (aka CNC mill) to design and make your own wooden sign.  What kind of sign?  A name or a quote.  For your business, for your home, for a gift!  Really any kind of sign!  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:  You’ll learn the basics of using our Shapeoko CNC mill, as well as how design for the CNC mill using Carbide Create and Carbide Motion.  We will supply the wood and sandpaper, you provide the ideas!
Skills:  You’ll learn how to design vectors for cutting on CNC, setting up the machine to make a cut, and how ot trouble-shoot common issues.
What you’ll get to take home:  You’ll leave with with your very sign!
Schedule & RSVP: This meetup has no upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in this event, let us know.

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Laser Cut Animal Puzzles

In this course, you’ll learn how to laser cut and assemble your very own 3D wooden animal puzzles (like this).  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:  You’ll learn the basics of using our Black Cat Lab 90W CO2 laser, as well as how to input a design into RD Works. You’ll be making your model using 6mm Russian birch, wood glue, and sandpaper.
Skills:  This class will cover the basics of cutting with lasers, 3D design and construction.
What you’ll get to take home:  You’ll leave with with your very own 3D puzzles!
Schedule & RSVP: This meetup has no upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in this event, let us know.

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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Prototype night

Got an idea that you want to get out of your head? Have you been saying for weeks, months, maybe years that you’ll start your project… someday? Come do it today at Seattle Makers’ Prototype Night!! Come hang out and brainstorm your ideas with other makers and actually build the first version of that nagging idea.
What we’ll provide: Basic supplies will be available – hot glue, hand tools, string, tape, soldering irons, etc. If you need to 3D print a part, or use a laser cutter or CNC, machine time will be available for purchase. Seattle Maker’s staff and volunteers will be available to consult with as well – they are highly skilled at taking a project from idea to prototype, quickly.
What to bring: your ideas, your supplies, and your questions.
Schedule and RSVP:  Every Thursday, 6-9pm