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New Workshop: Intro to Inkscape!

The lasers are incredibly powerful tools, able to do anything from blast out furniture to etch text on custom business cards. In this workshop, get oriented to making files for the laser using Inkscape, the most common open-source vector imaging software.

We will go over basic concepts (why do we need a vector image?), design and basic tools of Inkscape, and tips and tricks for making an image our lasers will be happy with. 

Bring a laptop with Inkscape already installed and open (boot-up time can be significant). No experience necessary.

Tuesday, November 19, 7-9 PM, $50.

Circuit Board Design with KiCAD

Kicad is an open source software suite for electronic design automation (EDA). This allows you to design schematics of electronic circuits and printed circuit boards (PCB). This workshop will cover the user interface, schematic layout, footprint selection, PCB layout, and Gerber file export. You will also learn how to make your own components and footprints. When we are done you should have the knowledge to design your own PCBs and prepare them for production.

What to bring: Laptop with the current version of Kicad installled. (available here: http://kicad.sourceforge.net/wiki/Downloads) Mouse with scroll wheel (optional) - a scroll wheel makes zooming easier but it is not required

Target audience: Beginners with basic electronics experience. You should know what a resistor, capacitor, and diode are and what a schematic looks like.

To sign up, call us at 206-357-9406, or drop by the shop! 623A Broadway E, Capitol Hill, Seattle.

3D Design with Google SketchUp

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Saturday, July 27, 2-4 pm.

Want to watch something 3D print, but tired of printing other people’s designs? Like 3D modeling, but hankering after something free and intuitively designed? Wondering what all the fuss is about SketchUp?

Come in and get oriented on the basic tools and interface of the program. Designed for beginners. Please bring a laptop with SketchUp already installed. 

$50. Come in or call (206) 357-9406.

Intro to E-textiles 6/17

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Sew a circuit!  In this workshop, you will learn the basics of e-textiles by sewing a plush firefly that lights up in the dark.  Our next workshop is 7 - 9:30 PM on Monday, June 17.

What are e-textiles?  E-textiles, or electronic textiles, are fabrics with electronics integrated in them.  The firefly has a circuit that is sewn together using conductive thread.

No prior knowledge of electronics or sewing required.  All materials included for $50.  Call 206-357-9406 or come down to the shop to sign up.  Space is limited.

Got some extra time? Stay late and Hack Your Clothes!

Reminder: We have Awesome Workshops

Since it’s been awhile since the last post about workshops, I just wanted to remind everyone that there are still some great workshops left to take this month/beginning of next month. There are spaces available in all of these classes, so you still have time to sign up.

Advanced Arduino Input and Output
Tuesday, April 27 from 6:30 to 8:30
Cost: $50 for non-members

The importance of the Arduino is mostly in how you can interface it with the rest of the analog world. We’ll talk about using analog inputs to sense light and sound. We’ll also go over using PWM to control the brightness of LEDs. Lastly, we’ll cover how to use servo motors.
This class comes with several sensors and other components. You’ll need a breadboard and Arduino.

Processing with Arduino
May 1st 2:00-4:30 PM
Cost: $50 for non-members

Processing+Arduino.  The Arduino (http://arduino.cc) development environment looks exactly the same as Processing, as it happens to be based off of it.  The two toolkits work in tandem beautifully, particularly with the Firmata libraries.  Firmata (http://firmata.org) is an Arduino firmware that creates a standard protocol to a variety of languages.  The library for Processing is a natural transition in particular.

In this workshop an Arduino will be used to create a custom hardware controller and then connected to an application created in Processing to control live visuals.  Laptop and Arduino Required.  Materials for the controller will be provided.  Familiarity with both Processing and Arduino suggested.

Arduino Robots
Tuesday, May 4 from 6:30 to 8:30
Cost: $50 for non-members

This last Arduino workshop will wrap everything from the other workshops together into an interesting project. We’ll spend the class integrating sensors, motors, and various programming techniques into a line following robot car. We’ll give you most of the supplies, but you’ll also need everything from the other three workshops (which you can buy separately if you only want to take this class).

Our first Using Transistors workshop went well today. We managed to continue the tradition of blowing up at least one component per class. This time it was a transistor that shattered due to excessive current. As usual, the exploding component served to highlight the facts covered in the class. The workshop attendees got to play with logic gates, switches, sensors, and motors. Interest in both of our electronics workshops has remained strong. The Intro to Electronics workshop on Thursday has been full for a few weeks, and we already have people on the waiting list for our next classes. Next month we’ll be having another set of electronics workshops, so register early to reserve your spot. We haven’t forgotten about those of you who want a soldering workshop. We’re hard at work designing a workshop that’s worthy of you. As soon as we’ve got a curriculum we’re satisfied with, we’ll start scheduling the soldering workshops.  Introduction to Electronics Sunday, February 7 2010 2-4:30 Cost: $40 This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started in electronics. We’ll start from the basics of electricity and work our way up to using integrated circuits. You’ll leave the class with some simple components and the knowledge to use them. Using Transistors Sunday, February 21 2010 2-4:30 Cost: $40 We’ll explore transistors, what they’re used for, and how to use them. After an overview of the function of transistors, we’ll spend the class making some simple switches, logic gates, and an amplifier. Required Equipment: Breadboard, Multimeter

Our first Using Transistors workshop went well today. We managed to
continue the tradition of blowing up at least one component per class.
This time it was a transistor that shattered due to excessive current.
As usual, the exploding component served to highlight the facts
covered in the class. The workshop attendees got to play with logic
gates, switches, sensors, and motors.

Interest in both of our electronics workshops has remained strong. The
Intro to Electronics workshop on Thursday has been full for a few
weeks, and we already have people on the waiting list for our next
classes. Next month we’ll be having another set of electronics
workshops, so register early to reserve your spot.

We haven’t forgotten about those of you who want a soldering workshop.
We’re hard at work designing a workshop that’s worthy of you. As soon
as we’ve got a curriculum we’re satisfied with, we’ll start scheduling
the soldering workshops. 

Introduction to Electronics
Sunday, February 7 2010
2-4:30
Cost: $40

This workshop covers everything you need to know to get started in
electronics. We’ll start from the basics of electricity and work our
way up to using integrated circuits. You’ll leave the class with some
simple components and the knowledge to use them.

Using Transistors
Sunday, February 21 2010
2-4:30
Cost: $40

We’ll explore transistors, what they’re used for, and how to use them.
After an overview of the function of transistors, we’ll spend the
class making some simple switches, logic gates, and an amplifier.

Required Equipment:
Breadboard, Multimeter

Metrix Create:Space will be holding its first workshop on Sunday, November 15th, 2-4PM Introduction to Electronics Ever wondered how your T.V. or computer works? How about your cell phone. Come find out the basics behind these complicated devices at our Introduction to Electronics workshop. You’ll learn what current and voltage really are, how to read a circuit diagram, and how to put together your own small projects using discrete and integrated components. $40 includes instructor and all parts and equipment. Space is limited, sign up now!

Metrix Create:Space will be holding its first workshop on Sunday, November 15th, 2-4PM

Introduction to Electronics

Ever wondered how your T.V. or computer works? How about your cell phone. Come find out the basics behind these complicated devices at our Introduction to Electronics workshop. You’ll learn what current and voltage really are, how to read a circuit diagram, and how to put together your own small projects using discrete and integrated components.

$40 includes instructor and all parts and equipment.

Space is limited, sign up now!