Courses & Events Catalog

Below, you’ll find descriptions of tourscertifications, courses, and events and meetups at Seattle Makers.

To see the calendar of upcoming opportunities at Seattle Makers, go here.

Want to learn something and don’t see the class listed here? Go here to suggest something.  When we have enough interest we are more than happy to schedule a class and will email you to let you know.

TOURS

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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 & RSVP:  Tours last between 30-60 minutes (depending on the size of the group).  Tours are scheduled weekly at:

  • 12pm on Wednesdays
  • 12pm on Saturdays

RSVP to a tour here.

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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

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For certification dates and tickets, go here.

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For certification dates and tickets, go here.

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For certification dates and tickets, go here.

COURSES

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For course dates and tickets, go here.

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For course dates and tickets, go here.

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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 co-working space, 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 allign 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 and Tickets:  This course it taught every Sunday, 11-12:30.  For course dates and tickets, go here.

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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 co-working space, 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 and Tickets:  For course dates and tickets, go here.

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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Meet your Raspberry Pi!

Join nwpies.com for an introduction to the Rapsberry Pi computer! Learn the basics and explore more advanced demonstrations. Open to anyone and everyone who wants to learn. No experience required!
What to bring:  BYOP (Bring your own Pi) if you have one.  If you don’t, share time on the NW Pies computer lab systems.
Schedule and RSVP:  Sunday, March 18, 2-3:30pm.  RSVP on our website or at meetup.

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Wine, Chocolate, and Juicy Conversation about Making Stuff

This special “Juicy Conversation” event will take place at Seattle Makers, an amazing space in South Lake Union, that’s sure to get your creative juices flowing!
What do you dream of making?
What do you wish were possible?
What if you could collaborate with a dream team to make anything happen?
Artistic, technical, whimsical or ultra-practical, all ideas are welcome!
Come talk with other geeky creatives about your dream project…and of course, eat lots of luscious chocolate and drink yummy wine in the process!
What to bring:  Please bring a bar of good quality chocolate and/or a bottle of wine to share.
Schedule and RSVP:  This meetup has no upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in this event, let us know.

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Mendala Inspiration “Playshop”

Come get JUICY! In this fun, interactive “playshop” you will get inspired, make your own mandala, and connect with community, as you create your own Juicy Love and Juicy Life!
No matter what is keeping you stuck or weighed down in life, Una’s techniques, drawn from her training in Expressive Arts Therapy and years of spiritual and coaching work, will help you connect to your own flow state and draw on your own creative spirit for answers. Bring a blank sketchbook and colored pens, pencils or watercolor paints, or use the materials provided ($10 materials fee if you choose this option).
Una Drake helps men and women access Juicy Love, and live a Juicy Life, full of creativity and joy. Listen to Una’s show, Your Juicy Love, on Transformation Talk Radio, aired on AM 1150 KKNW in the Seattle area, or listen online from anywhere. Learn more at www.UnaDrake.com.
Schedule and Tickets:  This meetup has no upcoming dates.  If you’re interested in participating in this event, let us know.