TEKVENTURE CLAYWORX WORKSHOPS OFFERED

 April, 2017


Pottery Free Throw  ClayWorx is a new ceramics workshop featured in TekVenture's new location at 1550 Griffin Street in the area of River City.  Ceramicist Tom Sherbondy is working to build on his legacy in establishing at TekVenture a fully functional ceramics workshop accessible to the public.  "CLAYWORX" is being equipped with electric and manual pottery wheels, kilns, wedging table, slab roller, glazing area, work tables and other tools for use by all who wish to create with clay.  An adjacent "gallery" is planned for display of ClayWorx artworks.

TekVenture members will be able to use the ClayWorx facilities almost daily. Those wanting instruction will be able to choose from a number of introductory and advanced workshop sessions currently being planned. Artists and other geeks are encouraged to join TekVenture for repeated use of ClayWorx and other facilities.

To introduce the public to ClayWorx, during the Month of April, Tom is inviting all who are interested to sign up for a three session "Pottery Free Throw" at TekVenture. For no charge or membership requirement, folks can make a clay object either by hand-building or using the wheel before firing their objects in the kiln. At the second session, participants will glaze their object for re-firing. At the third session they may collect their piece and receive constructive criticism and inspiration for further commitment. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothing and bring a towel for cleaning their workspace and tools.

Pottery Free Throw sessions can include up to four people in each group of three sessions. Friends and Family members are encouraged to sign up. Home Schoolers, Veterans, clubs, artists and past members of TekVenture are also invited to sign up. All ages are welcome!

Pottery Free Throw sessions of two hours can be scheduled Monday - Friday 10 am - Noon, 2 pm - 4 pm and 6 pm - 8 pm, and Saturday mornings 10 am - Noon.

For reservations call Tom at 260.580.1964.

 

 

TEKVENTURE SUMMER PROJECT WORKSHOPS 2016

July - September, 2016

 

Summer Projects are undertaken by TekVenture Makers inviting others to assist in building their project.  Participants in some Projects may build their own version of the Project supplying their own materials. A nominal contribution of $10 is asked to participate in any Project workshop; $35 to build your own version of the project.

 

Time and dates shown are mostly for the first meeting of each project. Dates and times for further sessions will generally be agreed by the presenter and participants at the first meeting with some exceptions as posted.

NOTE: Times and dates for sessions are subject to change with very short notice due to volunteer schedules. It is important that participants sign waivers and list contact information in the event sessions might be cancelled or rescheduled.

 

All Projects take place at TekVenture 1800 Broadway @ Swinney Streets 46802

Information 260.432.1095 or email: gregj@tekventure.org

                                                                

PROJECT                                           Starting DATES                     BUILDERS                                                                                                     Additional sessions determined by participants at start date.

RPC=(front room)  W=Woodshop  M=Machineshop  HS=HotShop  A=Autobay   V= 'Botz & Voltz

 

Blacksmithing                                                                                   Wilds                         

Building the Tin Man Smoker HS   July 20 Wed. 12 - 3 PM  

                                                                         Sats.  12 - 3 PM

Blacksmith Brett Wilds is building a meat and cheese smoker cabinet in the form of a full-size version of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz! Those helping will learn how to roll flat sheet steel into complex parts as well as riveting, welding, cutting, and bending. The face will be produced by the process of répoussé.                                         

 

Making Drawers                    W         July 27 Wed. 7 PM                 Loew

Learn the basics of building basic plywood drawers and boxes as we build drawers to hold tools and other items for the TekVenture Woodshop. Basics include laying out, cutting, routing, fastening, clamping and gluing. Bring your own dimensions and material if you wish to build drawers for your own project.

 

 

Media Blaster from Power Washer M        July 28 Thu. Noon    Bolakowski

First repair an 18HP high pressure water washer.  Involves small engine repair, pump testing and assembly of a media blaster that we will make or buy. 


 

Tools 4 Cardboard Carpentry WV  July 26 Tues. 1 PM                Bierbaum, Loew, Jacobs,

"Cardboard Carpentry" is a fast and inexpensive way to make furniture, boats, toys, environments and art. Help make the tools that may be used to lay out, safely cut and assemble cardboard, especially TriWall® triple-laminated cardboard. These tools may be used during Cardboard Carpentry workshops to be held at TekVenture in the Fall.

 

Welding                                                                                             

Build a Steel Trailer  Bed     HS       July 30 Sat. 10 - 3                  Jacobs, Wilds

I'm building a small general purpose flatbed trailer and will be welding the bed. Join me to learn some welding and fabrication techniques.

 

 

Restore 12.5 " Trailer Telescope  A   Aug. 3 Wed. 6 PM               Thomas, Jacobs, FWAS,

In the 1960's founders of the Fort Wayne astronomical Society built a 12.5 inch reflector telescope mounted on a trailer for mobile observing. Help FWAS members restore this cool 50 year-old mobile telescope  for  itinerate observing!

 

Build Your 25 ft. Mobile Crane       Aug 3 Thu. 4 Noon

Building a 25' personal crane on the back of a trailer by adding an A-frame and winch to an existing trailer to form a 30' crane. Come and help or just observe. 

Build a River Skiff                 W         Aug. 6 Sat. 9 AM                   Loew, Jacobs

This 12 ft. long plywood river skiff-boat might be used to navigate the growing Summit City River scene. Help with lay-out, cutting, bending, gluing, fastening and finishing this very simple ½ in. marine plywood boat. Make it a family affair and build your own alongside. Call 260.432.1095 for details.

 

 

Singing TESLA Coil Lab      V          Aug.10 Wed. 7 PM                 Law

Two, six-foot-tall Tesla coils that can generate a 6 ft. lightening bolt will be tuned to "sing" through frequency adjustment. Help Chris build the apparatus for his second Tesla Coil set informed by among other sources, a recent MAKE Magazine "ArkAttack" article .

 

                                                 

Intro to Milling or Lathe       M         Aug 12 Fridays Noon            Harding, Knipstein et al

This workshop will teach you how to use and maintain a metal lathe or a milling machine, cutting tools, indicators and other measuring devices while creating machine that converts rotary motion into reciprocal motion. No previous machining experience is required. $25 per session. 

 

 

Bike Tune Up                                    A         Aug 13, Sat  10 - 2                 Bailey, Gensic

You've been bouncing all over town and country with your bike this season. Now its time to re-tune it while learning how. Derailleur adjustment, brake and speed cable adjustments and tire changing on the fly are possible subjects presented by Bike Friendly Fort Wayne folks.  Don't forget to bring your bike!

 

 

Bike Customizing                 A         Aug 13, Sat  9 - Noon           Wilds, Greene, Gensic Does

All the tools for customizing your bike or for creating a new cycle form are available at TekVenture from cutting to welding and bending. Get started with this group of customizers. How wild can you get and still ride?! Donations of used or broken bikes are appreciated. There may be limited stock to work from.

 

ARCH*TEK II WINDOW RESTORATION** Aug. 13 Sat. 9AM - Noon    Loew, Bolakowski                   This workshop will open your window on window removal, weight and rope replacement, sill replacement, re-glazing and re-caulking and more. info@archfw.org for location.


 

Build a Suitcase Telescope W         Aug. 15 Mon. 7 PM                Jacobs, Hudson, Brudi, Clifford

This collapsing  8in. Dobsonian reflector telescope flies with you in your overhead luggage compartment! As seen in the March 2013 issue of Sky And Telescope magazine, join Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members in building this clever scope. Pick up woodworking skills in the process.

 

ARCH*TEK II PORCH AND STEPS         Aug 20 Sat. 9AM - Noon       Loew, Bolakowski               Does your porch sag and invite animal residents? Are your steps out of step? Two carpenters with restoration experience will show you how to fix it all. info@arachfw.org  for location.

 

Sewing Stuff:

Intro to Sewing Machines   RPC    Aug. 20 Sat. 9 - Noon           Gemmer, Jacobs,

Learn to thread, sew and basically maintain your sewing machine as we make simple and interesting projects. Use TekVenture machines or bring your own. Guys are encouraged to attend!  $35 for 3 hrs.

 

 

Forge Building                      HS       Aug. 27 Sat.. 9 - Noon          Wilds, Jacobs, et al

A portable propane forge is an essential tool for the blacksmith. Building a propane forge for use by TekVenture makers will involve layout on steel plate, bending, cutting, welding, insulating, plumbing. and ultimately firing. Build your own forge along side!

 

Sine Wave Barbecue Build  M         Sep. 1st Thu. Noon              Jacobs

Combining sound and fire in this propane-fueled fire tube produces a sine wave of flames when sound is introduced into the burner pipe. Help assemble and test this unique way to prepare for Labor Day cook-outs. Basic plumbing, signal generator operation and linear barbecuing are skills to learn.

 

Build A Tool Chest               W         Sept. 14 Wed. 7 PM               Loew

The  multi-drawer, opening top artisan's tool chest has been the best friend of craftspeople for hundreds of years. Help build this classic tool chest with cabinet maker Charlie Loew, during multiple sessions while learning to use most of the hand and power tools of the woodshop.

 

 

Motorcycle Basic Mechanics    A    Sept. 14 Wed. 7 PM               Law

Name your favorite topic: professional motorcycle mechanic, Chris Law, can  enlighten you on carburetor tuning, fuel injection, ignition, electronics, restoration, and more. Here's a chance to learn more about your bike and how to maintain it. 

 

Foundry Pour                        HS       September TBD                    Harding, Koorsen, & ?

Pour Hot Metal! Cast small parts, medallions, figures and small sculptures in aluminum while using molding tools, flasks, casting sand, sand mixer and complete safety gear.

 

Cardboard Carpentry           W         October TBD                         Bierbaum

Build furniture, sculpture, "cabinets", theater sets and other forms using a variety of cardboard types and special tools to safely cut cardboard.

 

E Fashionista Studio           RPC    October TBD                         Glossen

Let your fashions speak...literally when sewing in microcontrollers, LED's , sensors, speakers and other low-voltage devices while you learn the basics of electricity and how to use it as an art form.

 

RPC = (prototyping)  W = woodworx  M = Machineworx  HS = HotShop  A = autobay  

V = 'Botz & Voltz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING INTO MAKING! WORKSHOPS

 April & May 2016

1800 Broadway next to the Old General Electric

Workshops for Members and Non-Members!

20% discount for Members!

Individual, Family, & Associate Memberships!

People 12 yrs and up!

Workshops open at 9 AM with noted exceptions.  All day workshops are specified.

Members Access Tues. - Friday Noon - 8 PM Sat. 9 - 4 PM

All workshops* require advanced registration via Eventbrite - register now!

or call 260.432.1095

*Register for  ARCH*TEK workshops directly thru archfw.org/events. 

FREE PARKING!

Workshops take place at TekVenture 1800 Broadway except Flame Working Sat. May 21

Participants are urged to attend by 9:00 to catch initial instructions.

All workshops cost $35 unless otherwise specified. Members receive 20% discount!

Kit of materials extra cost where specified.

4-MAKING TICKET:

Pick any 4 Saturdays to attend workshops of your choice!*                                  $100 !

*First Come first served, advanced registration for this offer required by calling 260.432.1095

*Each Saturday = $25

 

APRIL 

Week of April 11 - 17

Sat. April 16

Free Day Demonstrations and Hands-on Tools:

Win a 3 month Indy or Family membership worth over $100!

Visit TekVenture today and put your name or biz card in the pot to be eligible.                                                                                                               

RPC   (Rapid Prototyping Center):                      

Demonstrations of 3D Scanning, Printing, Vacuum Forming, Sewing, Button Making.                                     

Machineworx:                     

Manual and CNC demos of lathes, mills, Marvel saw, and shaper              

Woodworx: ARCH*TEK Restoration WoodWorx: Hand Tools

Hand Tools:  professional restoration woodwright, Charlie Loew, provides an introduction to hand tool use with an emphasis on use in carpentry on historic buildings.  Topics will include measuring and marking, the use of planes and chisels, and hand-held power tools, such as drills and saws.  This class is intended for beginning to moderately-experienced students. NOTE: This is not a free workshop; $10 Arch Members, $16 TekVenture Members, $20 for non-members.  Three more ARCH*TEK Workshops: April 23, May 7 and 14.

 *Register for ARCH*TEK workshops directly thru archfw.org/events.

 

'Botz & Voltz: Learn to solder

Solder a simple electronics LED kit. Play with Vex Robots and see what tools are available in this robotics and electronics workshop that is also HQ for YouthBot, a high school robotics after-school program.                   

HotShop: Tour of Tools for Working Hot and Cold Metal!

See the non-ferrous metal foundries, welders, rolling and bending machines, sand blaster, and other tools while blacksmiths demonstrate their bench-top propane-fired forges which participants might build in a Summer Workshop TBA.

Week of April 18 - 24

Sat. April 23

RPC: Figure That! Scan and 3D Print Your Personal Action Figure!

Dustin Harding shows you how to scan object or yourself, manipulate scanning software and operate a 3D printer to print scanned objects. Take home a printed object or a scannd object file for future 3D printing.  Bring your flashdrive or laptop to upload files you created.

 

Woodworx: ARCH*TEK Restoration Woodworx: Mouldings                               

Moldings:  Frequently in renovation one needs to match some existing molding.  This course will cover how to make molding to match a sample by multiple-pass methods using a router, shaper, scratch stock, and table-saw molding head.  Creating period-appropriate molding through built-up stock will also be covered as well installation, including cutting cope joints for inside corners.    NOTE: This is not a free workshop; $10 Arch Members, $16 TekVenture Members, $20 for non-members.  Two more ARCH*TEK Workshops: May 7 and 14.

*Register for ARCH*TEK workshops directly thru archfw.org/events.

 

'Botz & Voltz: Using My Multimeter

Do more with your multimeter than just check continuity! Learn to measure voltage, amperage, resistance, in AC and DC circuits, check batteries, capacitors, motors, and other electrical devices. Learn about Ohm's Law  and simple electricity math. If you don't yet own a multimeter, optional kit cost includes one. Kit cost: $6

Week of April 25 - May 1

Sat. April 30

RPC: Build HydroTower! A Hydroponic Growing Machine            $50

A Workshop for city slicker gardeners has you building your own hydroponic growing tower for tomatoes, beans, peas and other vining crops.  After brief overview of Hydroponics, use 3D printer, drills, saws and other tools to layout and manufacture your tower. Kit cost includes aquarium pump and all materials.  Plan to spend all day with lunch break in this workshop. Kit cost: $35

 

Machineworx: Prototyping The Next Little Thing: Design and Injection Mold a Personal Medallion

From idea to plastic injected parts in 4 hours introduces you to designing in Sketchup 3D modeling, G-Code (machine language) generation and editing. Then using the CNC vertical mill, machine a mold of the medallion to use in the Injection Molding machine.

 

Woodworx: The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Lathe Turning Bowls                             

Make a small decorative wooden bowl from woods already glued together as a square. Bandsaw cut the furnished square into a round shape, attach it to a lathe chuck, and carve away a desired shape with wood turning chisels.

 

HotShop: Tools of The Blacksmith

Learn shop safety, types of tools and their applications, fundamentals of heating, tips and techniques on forging, bending and twisting metal hot metal. Participants will have hands-on time at the forge and anvils. No open-toed shoes; long sleeves and blue jeans or wool clothing preferred.

Stay around for the Small Forge Completion!  Observe Blacksmith Brett Wilds and student complete the final session of constructing a small propane forge from a Making It In Winter Workshop in the TekVenture HotShop.

MAY

Week of May 1 - 7

Sunday  May 1                   

1 - 4 PM 

TekGarage: Seasonal Motorcycle Maintenance: Keeping Your Bike Safe and Reliable         $40

Bring your motorcycle to TekVenture and learn how to perform basic seasonal maintenance to keep your bike safe and reliable for all seasons . Professional motorcycle mechanic for 25 years, Chris Law, will cover fluid change-outs, when brake components need rebuilding, servicing cooling systems, proper tire pressure and when a tire is no longer safely usable, chain adjustment and lubrication, belt tension and maintenance, air filter maintenance and when it is time to take your motorcycle to a qualified shop to have things like steering head bearings and suspension bearing serviced and valves adjusted.

Chris is Yamaha, Can-AM and Suzuki certified.

Sat. May 7

RPC: KITES: Round And Not Round

Board with your ordinary plastic drug-store diamond kite? Let Steve Kumfer show you how to make a cylinder kite from ripstop nylon and other simple materials. Sewing machines are provided and instruction in their use if necessary. Then, weather permitting; we'll fly our kits in McCullough Park across from TekVenture.   Kit cost: $10

 

Machineworx: If I Had A Hammer,            $60

it would be one I made while learning how to set up and run a metal lathe. Learn about centering, measuring, tool sharpening, cutting, boring, tapering, threading and knurling among other techniques in making a simple metal hammer. All day workshop with lunch break.                       

 

Woodworx: ARCH TEK Restoration Woodworx: Doors

Doors:  Doors that work well are seldom noticed, but those that don't are a constant annoyance.  This class will cover how to hang and adjust a typical wooden door.  Common door problems and repair to the door itself will be covered.  Door hardware will be discussed   NOTE: This is not a free workshop; $10 Arch Members, $16 TekVenture Members, $20 for non-members.  One more ARCH*TEK Workshop: May 14.

*Register for ARCH*TEK workshops directly thru archfw.org/events.  

 

HotShop: Welding for Women: MIG and ARC

You've always wanted to learn how to weld. Lose your fear of the Arc! Learn the tools, setup, safety and management of electric welding of metals from a professional female welder! For women who want to experience welding, professional welder, Jasmin Hartman, covers welding basics including: safety, welding apparel, welder operation and maintenance, materials, fluxes, and practice. Wear old jeans, long sleeved cotton or wool shirts, closed toed shoes. Safety gear is provided.  All participants will weld.  No guys allowed!

Sat. May 7

Afternoon: The "Art of Welding" for Art's Sake and Practice for Everyone

Do you already have a little exposure to welding and want more? Welder/Artist, Jasmin Hartman helps you weld up you own piece of yard art while practicing the art of welding.

Wear old jeans, long sleeved cotton or wool shirts, closed toed shoes. Safety gear is provided. Artists may bring their own small steel scrap or materials to weld.

 

Week of May 8 -14

Monday May 9 evening 6 - 9 PM:

TekGarage: Motorcycle Maintenance for Women

Similar to Seasonal Motorcycle Maintenance workshop offered on Sunday May 1st above, but this workshop is exclusively for women motorcycle owners and riders. Bring your motorcycle to TekVenture and learn how to perform basic seasonal maintenance to keep your bike safe and reliable for all seasons . Professional motorcycle mechanic for 25 years, Chris Law, will cover many topics of interest to women riders.

Sat. May 14

2 PM               FREE GARDEN TOOLS TUNE UP 

It's time to sharpen your hoes, spades, planters and dibbles. Don't know what a dibble is? Find out at this workshop. Bring in your tools and Chris Knipstein and the folks from Food Not Lawns will help you fix up your tools, ready for serious gardening.                         CoSponsor: FOOD NOT LAWNS

 

Machineworx: Milling Your Own "Two Slider"         Cost: $60

This workshop will teach you how to use and maintain a milling machine, cutting tools, indicators and other measuring devices while creating a small hand cranked machine that converts rotary motion into reciprocal motion. No previous machining experience is required.

All day workshop with lunch break.         Kit cost: $10

 

Woodworx: ARCH*TEK Restoration Woodworx: Windows

Windows:  The class will focus on repair to double-hung and fixed windows.  Traditional wood sash can be repaired by replacing just the damaged elements.  This may be simply removing and replacing glass, or might involve replacing damaged wooden elements.  Cords for sash weights are replaceable. Weatherizing will also be discussed.  NOTE: This is not a free workshop; $10 Arch Members, $16 TekVenture Members, $20 for non-members.

*Register for ARCH*TEK workshops directly thru archfw.org/events.

 

'BOTZ & VOLTZ: Electronic Archeology:

Deconstructing Computers and other electronic devices for Fun, Knowledge and Profit! Novice makers are demystified about the fundamental components of the common desktop computer while simultaneously increasing their comfort in replacing internal components. Also learn methods of maximizing profits in recycling circuit boards and components. Bring your old computer(s), printers, VCR's or other dead digital devices!

 

Week of May 15 - 21

 Thursday May 19 evening 6 - 9 PM

RPC: Make a Custom Tool Holder or Apron.

For the male or female who has never learned how to use a sewing machine, now's your chance to learn from sewing machine teacher, Betsy Gemmer. Bring old jeans or your favorite fabric. Fabric available for those who are threadbare.  SORRY! This workshop has been cancelled.

Sat. May 21                         

TekVenture has a booth @ Farmers Market, Parkview Field 9 AM - 1 PM.

Sign up for Summer Workshops!

RPC: Draw Your Invention: Get started with SketchUp®

SketchUp® is one of the easiest CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs available free to aspiring designers. Engineer Peter Bolakowski helps you find your way around the program to draw your model or ideas. Workshop includes tour of the drawing, scaling and maneuvering tools, creating and saving files, accessing on-line files and generating G-code for 3D printing, routing and machining among other topics.

 

Machineworx: Building the Air Rocket Launcher

Gain basic assembly and machining skills while building a manually-operated pneumatic rocket launcher using PVC piping that will launch a paper rocket. A fun family project. Rocket builders will use the drill press, lathe and hand tools. Kit cost: $10

 

Woodworx: Light Up Your Life: Make An Art Lamp                                    

Woodmeister Leon Kowalenko shows you how to use the wood lathe and/or bandsaw to make a working lamp from wood (and other parts). Kit cost for electric parts or bring your own.            Kit cost: $12

 

Botz & Voltz: Electricity: Plug Into This Invisible Force

Electricity flows: how is it monitored, how is it effected by loads, how is mechanical motion turned into electricity, how is electricity turned into mechanical motion? Explore circuit definition, effects of parallel loads, effects of  parallel sources,  effects of series loads and sources, Ohm's Law, the Power Equation, the Energy Equation, the importance of wire size, dangerous voltages, flavors of electricity: DC, AC, 120V 220V 3 Phase.  Take away a digital multi-meter, battery stick and light bulbs.  Kit: $6.

 

HotShop:  Gas Welding for Beginners

Portable gas welding and cutting requires no electricity. Learn Oxyacetylene welding and cutting equipment set-up, safety, job set-up cutting, brazing, fusion welding, filler rod welding, tips and techniques including vertical up and down welding.   Wear old jeans, long sleeved cotton or wool shirts, closed toed shoes. Safety gear is provided. No previous experience required.  Ages 16 thru Adult

 

Sat. May 21: Flameworking at GlassPark                    This is an Off-Site Workshop.

Noted glass artist, Eran Park introduces you to the gas flame working of glass in his studio GlassPark at 4037 South Wayne Avenue just South of the Friendly Fox Café. Workshop includes tour of the shop, safety, tools and demonstration of technique. Particpants may make a small glass marble, pendant, leaf or other trinket.

 

Week of May 22 -28

Sat. May 28                         

Machineworx: Clamp It!                   $60

A refresher workshop for folks who already have some basic machining experience, this workshop will review the basic machining skills required to use the mill and lathe to produce a simple machinist's clamp or mill stop tool. This is an all-day workshop with break for lunch.      Kit cost: $5

 

HotShop: Introduction to Forging

Overview of small forge blacksmithing by blacksmith Clint Casey, a member of the Indiana Blacksmith's Association. Topics include safety, tools, materials, basic techniques with the hammer and anvil and more.  Participants in this workshop will view one of the forge types which will be built in a Summer workshop on Building a Propane Forge. Participants must wear older jeans, sturdy shoes, long-sleeved cotton or wool shirts, no synthetic clothes. Safety gear will be provided.

 

For more information about workshops or booking a group call

Greg at 260.432.1095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAKING IT THRU WINTER WORKSHOPS!  



 

1800 Broadway next to the Old General Electric

Workshops for Members and Non-Members!

20% discount for Members!

Individual, Family, & Associate Memberships!

People 12 yrs and up!

All Workshops on Saturdays 9 - Noon, 1 - 4 PM !

Members Access Tues. - Friday Noon - 8 PM Sat. 9 - 4 PM

All workshops require advanced registration via Eventbrite - register now!

FREE PARKING!

Rapid Prototyping Center

Jan 9                3D Printing:

9 - Noon           Meet The 3D Printer                              $35                                                           Getting acquainted with3D printing technology, types of printers, printing media, how the 3D printer works, selection and use of files, The role of CAD software in object printing and classy examples of  maker 3D prints.

1 - 4 pm            Printing and Tweaking Files                 $35                                                          Creating and selecting files for 3D printing, tweaking files to produce better 3D prints; create or bring a file then print and evaluate results.

Jan 16              Computer Aided Design CAD:                                                                                          9 - Noon           SketchUp for Makers                             $35                                                                  Meet SketchUp, a freeware, easy to learn, design and modeling software that enables you to design objects for 3D printing and machining.

1 - 4 pm            More SketchUp for Makers                   $35                                                              Refine your SketchUp CAD skills by designing an object or part that you can machine or 3D print on TekVenture machines in another session.

Jan 23              Textiles                                                                                                                              9 - Noon           Hands-On A Sewing Machine                 $35                                                              Make a custom case for your favorite tool set from your old jeans or other fabric and learn to set up, operate and maintain a sewing machine in the process.

1 - 4 pm            3 D Quilting                                            $35                                                               21st Century quilts are not just wall or bed decorations. An award-winning retired engineer guy quilter takes you through the steps of making a 3 dimensional quilt and shows you how to get started. See his 3D quilts! The instructor will welcome into the class any guys who want to try their hand as a beginning quilter!

 

Feb 6                3D Printing:                                                                                                                   9 - Noon           Scanning Small Objects                        $35                                                             Discover the art of scanning small objects for 3D printing models of parts or figures using Connex-based scanners and stitching software.

1- 4 pm             Scanning Larger Figures                      $35                                                                  Use the large turntable, Connex camera rack and stitching software to scan whole figures or objects for 3D printing scaled models. Scan yourself to print as a super-hero model figure!

 

Feb. 13             LASER

9 - Noon           Intro to Laser Etching and Cutting       $35                                                                         This workshop is postponed due to technical problems with the Laser. Watch the TekvEnture website for new listings for the Laser workshops.

1 - 4 pm            More Laser Etching and Cutting           $35                                                                   This workshop is postponed due to technical problems with the Laser. Watch the TekvEnture website for new listings for the Laser workshops.

 

Feb. 20             Molding

9 -Noon            Intro to Vacuum Forming/Molding        $35                                                                  Make simple molds in thermoplastic sheets for jewelry, candy, or art making.

1 -4 pm             Intro to Injection Molding: Jewelry       $35                                                               Chose from a selection of molds to inject with plastic for creating a bracelet or necklace or other baubble. Also understand the process of creating the molds.

 

Feb 27              Digial Drawing

9 - Noon           EggBots: Intro to Digital Drawing         $35                                                                   The EggBot is a small CNC Drawing machine that can draw on a regularly curved surface like an egg, light bulb or small ball. Learn to create images or writing on spherical objects using the free Inkscape drawing program.

1 - 4 pm            EggBots: Digital Spherical Etching        $35                                                                   The EggBot is a small CNC Drawing machine that can draw on a regularly curved surface like an egg, light bulb or small ball. Practice your skill creating images or writing on spherical objects using the free Inkscape drawing program. Design your own imagery or pick from a pre-existing selection of files.

Mar. 12             Textiles

9 - Noon           Learn To Use A Sewing Machine          $35                                                               Make a custom case for your favorite tool set from your old jeans or other fabric and learn to set up, operate and maintain a sewing machine in the process.

1 - 4 pm            Make a 3D Quilt!                                   $35                                                                21st Century quilts are not just wall or bed decorations. An award-winning retired engineer guy quilter takes you through the steps of making a 3 dimensional quilt and shows you how to get started. See his 3D quilts! The instructor will welcome into the class any guys who want to try their hand as a beginning quilter! 

Mar. 26             KITES!

9- Noon            ­­­­­Sewing A Great Ring Kite                      $35 + kit                                                           Get ready for Spring by making a Great Ring Kite, a round, shallow-tubular kite. Selelct your colors of Rip-Stop nylon and sew panels together to form a continuous, seamed band. Then learn to properly bridal the kite. Kit of nylon, hoop, swivel and string may be purchased. Opportunity to learn to use sewing machine if not already mastered.

 

WOODWORX

Jan. 9               WoodMaker's Tool Box:

9 - Noon           Hand Tools                                          $35                                                                  The course will introduce measuring and layout techniques and the use of chisels, hand planes, saws and cabinet scrapers.  The quiet sort of woodworking you can do during a power outage.

1 - 4 pm            Powered Hand Tools                            $35                                                                   An introductory course on the use of:                                                                                                       Circular Saw-- Guides: Shooting Boards, Speed Squares, Rip Fence.                                                            Cutting a dado with a circular saw.                                                                                                       Saber Saw-- Freehand and Guided cuts.                                                                                    Reciprocating Saw.                                                                                                                              Oscilating Trim Saw.                                                                                                                              Chop Saw.                                                                                                                                  Drills: Hand drilling, Bit Types: Twist Drills, Spade Bits, Augers, Form Drills, Self-centering Bits.               Biscuit Cutter.                                                                                                                               Sanders: Belt, Block, Random Orbit.                                                                                                   Power Planer.                                                                                                                                  Router: Guides, Bit Types, Decorative Bits.

Jan. 16            

9 - Noon           Stationary Power Tools                        $35                                                                 The table saw, radial-arm saw, band saw, and chop saw as well as jointer, and shaper will be covered.  The class will focus on safe operation and will be taught with regard to what individual students want to learn.

1 - 4                 Routing and Shaping                           $35                                                                  This class covers the router and the many things it can do.  Template routing and guides will be demonstrated.  Dado, dovetail, and mortise and tenon joints will be shown.  Decorative profile molding will also be covered.

 

Jan. 23

9 - Noon           Make a Bandsawn Box                         $35                                                             Several types of small boxes, including a simple puzzle box, that can be made on the bandsaw and scrollsaw will be shown.  Participants may then choose a style to make on the bandsaw or scrollsaw.  ($5 materials)

1 - 4                 Joinery                                                 $35                                                                   The joints used in woodworking and furniture making will be discussed including: dovetail, box joints, mortise and tenon and bridle joints.  The biscuit cutter, dovetail jig and mortising machine will be demonstrated.

 

Feb. 20

9 - Noon           Lathe Turning Bowls                            $35                                                                 Make a small decorative wooden bowl from woods already glued together as a square. Bandsaw cut the furnished square into a round shape, attach it to a lathe chuck, and carve away a desired shape with wood cutting tools.                                                                                                                                              

1 - 4 pm           Lathe Turning Wheels                          $35                                                                  Make small wheels from woods already glued together as a square. Bandsaw cut the furnished square into a round shape, attach it to a lathe chuck, and carve away a desired shape with wood cutting tools.

 

Feb. 27

1 - 4                  The Bandsaw   in Detail                       $35                                                                  The bandsaw will be demonstrated showing how to change and adjust a blade, how to align a fence for resawing or vertical slicing.  Curved cuts and compound curves will be shown.

                                   

Feb. 6               WOODMAKERS ART:

9 - Noon           Making Art Frames                               $35         

This workshop is postponed. Watch the TekVenture website for rescheduled dates.                      Wooden picture frames can be used alone or with glass to frame artwork.  Frame material can be made from hardwood and profiled in a variety of shapes at great savings.  Framing of paintings on canvas and shadowboxes will be shown.  Students may make their own frames to use in the following class. (material cost varies)

1 - 4 pm            Frame and Mount Your Art                   $35

 This workshop is postponed. Watch the TekVenture website for rescheduled dates.

 

Mar. 12                                    

9 – Noon           Intro to Marquetry                                 $35                                                           Marquetry is the art of applying small thin pieces of wood, often of different colors, to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. The technique may be applied to furniture, to decorative small objects with smooth, venerable surfaces or to freestanding pictorial panels appreciated in their own right. Learn basic techniques from a master wood artist.

 

Mar. 19

9 - 4 all day      Building a Detailed Box Sculpture        $35                                                                  All day class.  Students will make an elaborate box with several drawers, and ornamentation.  Each box will be different.  (material cost $10)


Mar. 26

9 - Noon           Build The Artful Birdhouse                    $35

1 - 4 pm            Building The Artful Cat Castle              $35                                                                    Your cats would be jealous of the Artful Bird House if you did not make an Artful Cat Castle for them. How beautifully eccentric a play structure for cats can you create using provided scrap wood and other materials and woodworking tools. Participants may also bring their own special materials.

Feb. 27             RESTORATION  WOODWORX:

9 - Noon           Restoring Moldings                                $35                                                               When the previous owner has removed some trim or time has taken its toll, it's nice to be able to make a few feet of trim that matches the rest of the room!  You don't need custom knives if you can replicate the molding using multiple passes with a molding head, router and scratch stock. 

Mar. 5              

9 - Noon           Restoring Doors                                   $35                                                                Doors on old houses can be a pain, but they can also be a pleasure if they look nice, open, close, and latch securely.  Door making, repair, hanging, adjustment, and installation of hardware will be covered.

1 - 4 pm            Restoring Windows                              $35                                                              When a house is made from biodegradable materials, bad things can happen.  Windows suffer from deteriorating wood, broken sash-weight cords and broken glass.  All wooden windows are repairable, often one piece of wood is all that's bad.  That will be covered, along with weatherstripping, replacing glass, and weight cords.

 

BOTZ & VOLTZ

Jan.9                ELECTRICITY

9 - Noon           Intro to Basic Electricity                       $35                                                                 Your introduction to electricity: voltage/current/power, how it flows, is measured, and controlled, the importance of wire size, how it is turned into mechanical motion.  Electronic components: resistance, inductance, capacitance, semiconductors. Series and parallel circuits.  Three way switches.  Lots of hands-on demonstrations, because playing is learning. Take away a battery stick and bulbs: kit $6.

1 - 4 pm            Intro to  Basic Digital Electronics         $35                                                                 An introduction to binary logic and electronics, the basis for all digital equipment we enjoy today.  Depending on students' interests and existing experience with these topics, we will cover binary to decimal conversion, AND, OR, NOR gates, flip-flops, counters, shift registers, adders, state machines and microcontrollers.   Breadboards, power supplies, clock sources, logic probes and pulsers as well as oscilloscopes will be used.

Jan. 16

9 - Noon           Using My Multimete(included)           $40                                                                                                  & Other Electrical Test Instruments                                                                           Learn to get the most use from volt/ohm/amp meters, oscilloscope, clamp-on meters, capacitance meters, and household watt meters. If you don't have your own Digital Multi Meter (DMM), you will when you leave this workshop or get a $5 refund. If you want to debug an electrical appliance, bring it in and we'll explore techniques using these tools to isolate the problem.

  

Feb. 13            

9 - Noon           Learn To Solder                                   $25 + Kit                                                           Learn the basic techniques for correctly soldering and de-soldering electronics parts. Inexpensive kit will be available for purchase at time of workshop.

1 - 4 pm            Deconstructing Computers* for Fun, Knowledge and Profit!                                      Bring an old computer to dismantle; learn to identify electronic parts and their uses.                                                                          

 

Jan. 23             MICROCONTROLLERS

9 - Noon           Intro to Arduinos*                                $35

1 - 4 pm            Advanced Arduinos*                            $35

                                    *Must bring Arduino and laptop

Feb. 27

9 - Noon           Have Some Raspberry Pi*                    $35                                                                 Bigger cousin of the Arduino, Raspberry Pi is a small, inexpensive programmable computer known as a Microcontroller. Learn to program these little guys to operate your projects. *Bring your laptop and Raspberry Pi to Workshop

1 - 4pm             Do More With Microcontrollers*            $35                                                              Arduinos and Raspberry Pi  Microcontrollers are the little brains of the maker's projects. Learn more programming techniques and troubleshoot your programs. *Bring your laptop and Raspberry Pi or Arduino to Workshop.

                                 

Feb. 6               CIRCUITS

9 – 4 all day      Electronics 4 Makers:                

                           Design & Make Simple Circuit Board      $60 + Kit

Mar. 5              

9 - 4 all day      Electronics for Makers: Build Mini-Laser Cutter From Scrap     $50 + Kit                       Using former hard drive frames, mini laser, Arduino microcontroller, electronic components and pre-cut parts, build a mini-laser cutter/engraver with a 3 in. build platform. Cut paper, foam and other light materials. There will be a lunch break during this workshop.  Purchase of a kit is necessary.

 

Mar. 12             ROBOTICS

1 - 4 pm            Intro to Robotics: Pieces and Parts            $35                                                           Learn the definition and anatomy, design, electronics, assembly and programming of a robot from a founder of YouthBot, a local high school robotic competition using VEX robots.

 

Safety & Operation

Members and Wannabe Members take these:

 

Jan. 30

Safety and Operations for members and makers             $25  for all incl. safety kit                                            

RPC                             1 :00     Safety & Operations

MachineWorx               1 :30     Safety & Operations

WoodWorx                   2 :00     Safety & Operations

Botz & Voltz                 2 :30     Safety & Operations

TekGarage                    3 :00     Safety & Operations

HotShop                       3 :30     Safety & Operations

 

GREENWORX

 Mar. 5               HYDROPONICS

9 - 4 all day      Build & 3D Print a Hydroponic Planter   $50 + kit                                                       Make a hydroponic garden using 6 net pots, 5 gallon buckets, with a flood chamber, a pond pump and a plant tie off post. Using the 3D printer, CNC router, bandsaw and drill press in the fabrication process. There will be a lunch break during this workshop.  $50 Kit including pump maybe puchased.

 

TEK*GARAGE

 

Feb. 13             Electric Car:

1 – 4 pm           How We Built Our Voltzwagen; U Can 2                 $35                                                                                          

Mar. 19             AUTOMOTIVE:

1 - 4 pm            Auto Maintenance and Repair for Non-Mechanics  $35                                             Understand how all the systems of your car work, how to maintain it, make simple repairs and, for all those who don't have a clue: how to change a tire!

 

MACHINEWORX

Jan. 9                M4M: Machining 4 Makers:

9 - Noon            M4M: Sharpening Basic Tools                        $35                                                   Sharp tools are essential to make sharp work! Learn the proper and safe ways to sharpen cutting tools and bits for metal working by hand and machine.

1 - 4                   M4M: Laying Out Parts                                   $35           

  

Jan. 16           

9 - Noon            M4M: Learn Precision Measuring                  $35

1 - 4                  M4M: Lathe and Milling Refresher                 $35

 

Jan. 23

9 - 4                  Intro to Vertical Milling Machine:                                                                                                            Make a small crank machine                        $65 + Kit

This workshop will teach you how to use a mill, cutting tools, indicators, types of tools, measuring devices, and how to do maintenance on the machine. You will also make a take home part to show to friends and family of your accomplishments.

Feb. 6

1 – 4                  M4M: Drilling, Tapping & Threading            $35

Feb 13

9 - 4 all day       M4M: Intro to Metal Lathe:                           $65                                                                                           Make a small tool                                                                                                             You know a little about using a metal lathe; review set-up, cutting and cutters, knurling, boring and taper turning while you make this tool.  

Feb 27

9 - Noon            Make A Hot Wire Plastics Bender                $35                                                           Build an electric hot wire tool and experiment with forming plexiglass and other thermoplastics.

 

HOTSHOP

Jan. 16                        WELDING:

9- Noon            Welding For Women                                    $35

1 - 4 pm            Welding for Everybody                               $35

 

Mar. 12

9 - Noon            Welding for Women MIG                            $35                                                             MIG or wire welding is the quickest technique by which to learn welding. Shed your fear of the electric arc; learn basic set up and moves while you make a simple sculpture from metal scrap. Taught by a female profesional welder.

1 – 4                  Oxyacetylene Welding for Everyone         $35                                                            "Get Cookin' With Gas:" Oxyacetylene is welding with a mixture of oxygen and acetylene gases fed through hoses to welding and cutting tips. Cutting and welding metal with torch requires no electricity and is a valuable skill to learn. Taught by a Master Blacksmith. No open-toed shoes or short sleeved shirts.

Feb. 6                 FORGING

9 - 4 all day       Building A Portable Forge Part 1              $99 & kit           

Feb.13               Building A Portable Forge Part 2

 

Feb. 20               ART OF THE BLACKSMITH           

9 – 4 all day        Intro to Blacksmithing Part 1                     $60

Feb. 27           

9 – 4 all day        Intro to Blacksmithing Part 2                     $60           


Mar.5                       SHEET METAL

9 - Noon                  Intro to Sheet Metal Forming                $35


Mar. 19                    CASTING

9 - 4 all day             Intro to Sand Casting                           $60                                                              The art of casting parts in hot metal poured into carefully prepared sand molds is easier than you think. Experiment with this fabricating method using a small propane foundry. Design and prepare the molds in the morning . Then pour and release the mold after the lunch break.

Mar.26

9 - 4 all day             3D Printing Molds for Sand Casting     $60

 

Workshops for Members and Non-Members!

20% discount for Members!

Individual, Family, & Associate Memberships!

People 12 yrs and up!

All Workshops on Saturdays 9 - Noon, 1 - 4 PM !

Members Access Tues. - Friday Noon - 8 PM Sat. 9 - 4 PM

Workshop Tickets at Eventbrite.com/workshops/

 



 
 

 

 

SATURDAY SAMPLERS: Preview of Making It Thru Winter Workshops

 

Contact: Greg Jacobs, President 260.432.1095; gregj@tekventure.org

3 December 2015                                              For Immediate Release

In December TekVenture will be offering Saturday Sampler Workshops: PREVIEW of

2016 Making It Thru Winter Workshops.

Come to TekVenture at our new building 1800 Broadway on any of the following 

Saturdays in December and "sample" one or more workshops for a $10 donation ($5

students with ID). Workshop Samplers take  place starting at 10 AM and run to 2 PM on

Saturday 12 and 19 December, 2015.

 

The following Workshop areas will be accessible:

Rapid Prototyping features 3D Printing & Scanning, Computer Aided Design (CAD),

EggBot Digital Drawing, Sewing, Electronic Textiles, Vacuum Forming and Injection

 Molding. MachineWorx features demonstrations of lathe, Mill, Drill, Saw, Shaper, and 

Grinders.  WoodWorx features demonstrations of use of Hand Tools, Saws, Joining,

Turning, Gluing, CNC Routing, among others.

Botz & Voltz includes demonstrations of robots, soldering, circuit board design and

fabrication, basic electricity and electronics, multimeter use, and microcontrollers.

TekGarage features the car lift, and several electric vehicles.

HotShop offers gas, arc, Mig and Tig welding, metal-forming and black-smithing, 

Ideally there will be someone in each workshop ready to demonstrate subjects they will

cover or have covered in workshops, demonstrate tools, answer questions and pitch

membership and workshop participation. These demonstration workshops will enable

visitors to see the facilities and tools, see the possibilities and get excited about

booking workshops in the upcoming Making It Thru Winter Workshops January 9th -

March 26th, 2016.

 

Visitors to Saturday Sampler Workshops are encouraged to take out an individual or family

membership so they can sign up for a workshops at a 20% discount when the schedule comes out.

Ideally they will also went to give a gift membership or two for the holidays.

Check www.tekventure.org website for specific workshop listings coming soon.

Most of the same workshop topics we have offered last Fall will be included as well as

new workshops possibly including Architectural Restoration in wood, a

series on Tesla Coil Construction, Hydroponic Garden Equipment, E-Textiles, Basic

Robotics, Telescope Construction, Balloon Animation, Advanced 3D Printing, Advanced CAD,

Laser Engraving & Cutting, and DIY Homebuilding, among others. 

 

 

 

FALL 4 MAKING WORKSHOPS October - November 2015

RAPID PROTOTYPING CENTER: RPC Modeling Your Idea

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons.  All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Member discount: 20% off. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

www.tekventure.org/eventbrite       or           call 260.432.1095 for workshop reservations.

 Oct. 10, 9 - Noon          Basic Electricity

                                    Your introduction to electricity, how it flows, is measured, controlled; importance of wire size, voltages, how it is turned into mechanical motion. Electronic components: resistance, inductance, capacitance, semiconductors. Take away a battery stick and bulbs: kit $6.00

 Oct. 10,  1 - 4               Basic Digital Electronics

                                    Now learn about binary logic: AND, OR, NOR gates, flip-flops, counters, adders, sate machines and a brief introduction to microcontrollers.                  

Oct. 17,   9 - Noon          SketchUp for Makers

                                    Meet SketchUp, a freeware, easy to learn, design and modelling software that enables you to design objects for 3D printing and machining.

 Oct. 17,  1 - 4               More SketchUp for Makers

                                    Refine your SketchUp CAD skills by designing an object or part that you can machine or 3D print on TekVenture machines in another session.

 Oct. 24,  9 - Noon        3D Printing: Meet The 3D Printer

                                   Getting acquainted with3D printing technology, types of printers, printing         media, how the 3D printer works, selection and use of files, The role of CAD software in object printing and classy examples of  maker 3D prints.

Oct. 24,   1 - 4               3D Printing: Printing and Tweaking Files

                                    Creating and selecting files for 3D printing, tweaking files to produce better 3D prints; create or bring a file then print and evaluate results.

Oct. 31,  9 - Noon          The Sewing Machine for Guys

                                    Make a custom case for your favorite tool set from your old jeans or other fabric and learn to set up, operate and maintain a sewing machine in the process.

Oct. 31,  1 - 4                3 D Quilting    

                                    21st Century quilts are not just wall or bed decorations. An award-winning retired engineer guy quilter takes you through the steps of making a 3 dimensional quilt and shows you how to get started. See his 3D quilts! The instructor will welcome into the class any guys who want to try their hand as a beginning quilter!

 Nov. 7, 9 - 4                Electronics for Makers: Design a Simple Circuit Board Then Make It.

                                   Using Eagle, a free-ware, CAD-type software, create a circuit board by laser-printing a design, heat-transferring the image to a copper-clad board, then etching, cleaning and drilling the board. After a lunch break, then solder components onto the board to create a simple electronic circuit device. Participants should bring a laptop computer to download and work the Eagle program. Workshop cost: $60 including kit cost.

Nov. 14,  9 - Noon         Using My Multimeter and Other Electrical Test Instruments

                                    Learn to get the most use from your meter, oscilloscope, variable power supplies, clamping meters, household watt meters. Meter Kit cost $5.

Nov. 14, 1 - 4               Make a Hobby Servomotor

                                    Make little things move! Understand servo control, feedback, and programming. Build a battery stick-powered, potentiometer-controlled hobby servo. Kit cost $10      

 Nov. 21  9 - Noon         Deconstructing Your Computer for Fun, Knowledge and Profit!

            or 1 - 4             Novice makers are demystified about the fundamental components of the common desktop computer while simultaneously increasing their comfort in replacing internal components. Also learn methods of maximizing profits in recycling circuit boards and components. Bring your old computer(s)! 

                              

MACHINING & HOTSHOP: Cutting & Burning ideas in Metal

 

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons.  All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Member discount: 20% off. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 10,  9 - Noon          Machining For Makers: Sharpening Tools

                                    Sharp tools are essential to make sharp work! Learn the proper ways to          sharpen drill bits, cutting and lathe tools for metal working by hand and machine.

Oct. 10,  1 - 4                Machining For Makers: Hand Machining Skills

                                    Basic part measuring and layout, Sawing, Filing, and cutting threads are all essential skills for machining in metal. Learn to do them properly for best results.

Oct. 17,  9 - Noon          Setting up the Vertical Milling Machine

                                    Learn to set up, tram the mill, select and mount cutters, select feed and speeds, measure parts, use the numerical read out, and safely cut metal.

Oct. 17,  1 - 4                Practice on the Vertical Milling Machine

                                    A follow-on workshop for those who took the Oct 17 morning workshop. Practice         by setting up and milling a simple project in aluminum.

Oct. 24,  9 - Noon          Welding for Women

                                    Lose your fear of the Arc! Learn the tools, setup, safety and management of  electric welding of metals from a professional female welder! No guys allowed!

Oct. 24,  1 - 4                Start Welding!

                                    You've always wantd to learn how to weld with the MIG or Arc welder.  Learn to use the tools, set-up, safety, layout and basics of metal joining from a professional welder.     

Nov. 7, 9 - Noon            Machining For Makers: Metal Lathe

                                    A master machinist introduces you to the manual metal lathe set up, truing, cutters and cutting, measuring and reading drawings.

Nov. 7,  1 - 4                 Machining For Makers: Metal Lathe Refresher

                                    You know a little about using a metal lathe; review set-up, cutting and cutters, knurling, boring and taper turning from a master machinist.

 

WOODWORX: Making works of art & technology in wood & non-metals

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons.  All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Member discount: 20% off. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Oct. 10,  9 - Noon           The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Hand Tools

                                      Learn to use many hand (non-power) tools including chisels, planes, saws, scrapers. Also learn how to mark out, lay out as well as sharpen tools.

Oct. 10,  1 - 4                 The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Powered Hand Tools

                                      No need to be scared of powered hand tools. Learn to properly and safely use circular saws, routers, sanders, drills and others.

Oct. 17,  9 - Noon            The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Stationary Power Tools

                                      Learn to safely use band saw, scroll saw, table saw, radial arm saw, sanders, drill press, and other tools.

Oct. 17,  1- 4                  The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Routing and Shaping

                                      Learn to shape wood with the router using guides and templates and even do molding and cove cutting on the table saw.

Oct. 24   9- Noon             The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Joinery

                                      Make the joints that connect materials together to make some thing including doweling, box joints, biscuit joints, dovetails, mortise and tenon joints and etc.

Oct. 24,  1- 4                  The WoodMaker's Art: Your Personal jig Saw Puzzle

                                      Bring a photo on durable paper you will laminate onto thin plywood. Then cut out shapes with a scroll saw to make a jigsaw puzzle!

Oct. 31, 9- Noon              The WoodMaker's Art: Assembling The WoodBeast

                                      It's Halloween! What creatures will you conjure from raw wood stock, scrap, glue and fasteners to haunt your world?

Oct. 31,  1- 4                  The WoodMaker's Art: The Artful Frame

                                      Learn to frame your favorite pictures and objects in wood. Learn techniques in measuring, miter cutting, fastening and mounting. 

Nov. 7,   1- 4                  The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Turning

                                      Learn the tools, material selection and lathe set-up, tool sharpening, and basic techniques of spindle and bowl turning.

Nov. 14,  9 - Noon           The WoodMaker's Tool Box: CNC Machining of Non-metals

                                      Based on freeware SketchUP®  learn how to set up and use the TekVenture CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Router to cut designs from card, plastic, foam or thin wood stock.

 Nov. 14  1 - 4                The WoodMaker's Tool Box: CNC Machining of Non-metals

                                     Introduction to the CNC language of G-Code: writing and editing it is not as hard as you think. Then use the TekVenture CNC Router to cut designs from card, plastic, foam or thin wood stock.                                                                 

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All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons.  All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Member discount: 20% off. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes permitted.

Group workshops may be scheduled at other times depending on instructor availability by calling Greg at 260.432.1095. Group discounts may apply.

www.tekventure.org/eventbrite          or           call 260.432.1095 for workshop reservations.

MEET THE MAKERS @ MAKER MEETUPS!

Every Thursday 7 pm until ??:??

At TekVenture under the blinking arrow sign

1800 Broadway @ Swinney Streets.                                          

Information call 432.1095

Hours of Operation:                        

Workshops:                            Sat       9 AM – 12 & 1 - 4 PM unless otherwise stated.

Open access fabrication:       Tue.               7 PM – 9 PM

                                              Wed.             7 PM – 9 PM

                                              Thur.             7 PM – ?

                                              Sat.              9 AM - 4 PM*

*Workshops may be in progress in cerain workshop areas.

 

Maker MeetUps every Thursday evening starting at 7 PM. FREE 

 

AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture.

FREE    

 

3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture.

FREE


ROBUG (Robotics User Group) every third Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture.

FREE

 

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FALL FOR MAKING WORKSHOPS coming In October!

Beginning Saturday 5 September all Making Summer Long Workshops are suspended until Fall.

Delays in completing construction of WoodWorx, Robotics Lab and Hot Shop areas and the need to focus volunteer efforts on completing those areas necessitates the suspension.

Don't worry they're all coming back and more in the FALL FOR MAKING Workshops starting in October. Stay tuned!

Have a workshop idea you'd like to share with 1 - 6 others? Let us know! Email gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095

 

 MAKING SUMMER LONG WORKSHOPS     15 August thru 26 September 2015

 

RAPID PROTOTYPING CENTER: RPC Modeling your idea

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons

All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced registration is required! Order tickets through eventbrite.

For information about group workshops email to:gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095

 

Aug.    9 - Noon        Basic Electricity

15                            Your introduction to electricity, how it flows, is measured, controlled;                                                                   importance of wire size, voltages, how it is turned into mechanical motion. Electronic                                           components: reistance, inductance, capacitance, semiconductors.                                                                       Take away a battery stick and bulbs: kit $6.00

Aug.    1 - 4               Basic Digital Electronics

15                             Now learn about binary logic: AND, OR, NOR gates, flip-flops, counters,                                                          adders, sate machines and a brief introduction to microcontrollers.                        

Aug.    9 - Noon        3D Printing: Meet The 3D Printer

22                             Getting acquainted with3D printing technology, types of printers, printing                                  media, how the 3D printer works, selection and use of files, The role of                                  CAD software in object printing and classy examples of  maker 3D prints.

Aug.    1 - 4                3D Printing: Printing and Tweaking Files

22                              Creating and selecting files for 3D printing, tweaking files to produce                                   better 3D prints; create or bring a file then print and evaluate results.

 

Aug.    9 - 4               Electronics for Makers: Design a Simple Circuit Board

29                             Using Eagle, a free-ware, CAD-type software, create a circuit board by laser-printing   ,                                    a design, heat-transferring the image to a copper-clad board, then etching, cleaning   .                                and drilling the board. Then solder components onto the board to create a simple e                                        electronic circuit device.  Participants should bring a laptop computer to download .                                and work the Eagle program.   Workshop cost $60 includes kit cost.

Sep.    9 - Noon        The Sewing Machine for Guys

5                               Get acquainted with the electric sewing machine, how it works, is maintained,                                                how to set up for sewing, understanding stitching,  Make a tool bag from your old jeans.

Sep.    1 - 4                Quilting for Guys

5                                Your secret ambition fulfilled. An award-winning retired engineer guy                                   quilter shows you how to get started. See his 3D quilts!

Sep.    9 - Noon         Using My Multimeter and Other Electrical Test Instruments

12                              Learn to get the most use from your meter, oscilloscope, variable power                                                         supplies, clamping meters, household watt meters. Meter Kit cost $5.

Sep.    1 - 4                Make a Hobby Servomotor

12                              Make little things move! Understand servo control, feedback, and                                                             programming. Build a battery stick-powered, potentiometer-controlled                                                           hobby servo.                                                             Kit cost $10                

 

Making Summer Long Workshops @ TekVenture

 MACHINING & HOTSHOP: Cutting & Burning ideas in Metal

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons

All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced registration is required! Order tickets through eventbrite.

For information about group workshops email to:gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095

Aug.    9 - Noon        Welding for Women

15                             Lose your fear of the Arc! Learn the tools, setup, safety and management of                                                      electric welding of metals from a professional female welder! No guys allowed!

 

Aug.    1 - 4                Start Welding!

15                              You've always wantd to learn how to weld with the MIG or Arc welder. Learn to      .                                    use the tools, set-up, safety, layout and basics of metal joining from a                                                    professional welder.               

 

Aug.    9 - Noon         Machining For Makers: Metal Lathe

29                              A retired professional master machinist introduces you to the manual metal lathe  .                                 set up, truing, cutters and cutting, measuring and reading drawings.

Aug.    1 - 4                Machining For Makers: Metal Lathe Refresher

29                              You know a little about using a metal lathe; review set-up, cutting and cutters,                                   knurling, boring and taper turning  from a professional Master machinist.

Sep.    9 - Noon          Setting up the Vertical Milling Machine

5                                Learn to set up, tram the mill, select and mount cutters, select feed and speeds,  .                                 measure parts, use the numerical read out, and safely cut metal.

Sep.    9 - Noon          Injection Molding

19                               Using Sketchup CAD software, design and machine a simple mold for the                                                 manual injection molding machine. Then inject your mold with hot plastic!

Sep.    9 - Noon          3 D Quilting 

26                               21st Century quilts are not just wall or bed decorations.  Award-winning quilter                                    takes you through the steps of making a 3 dimensional quilt.

 

Sep.    1 - 4                Machining For Makers: Weird Gears

26                               Review some fundamentals of gear design and then meet some gears                                                    you didn't think possible.

 

Making Summer Long Workshops @ TekVenture

WOODWORX: Making works of art & technology in wood & non-metals

All workshops take place on Saturdays at TekVenture 1800 Broadway.  Maximum: 6 persons

All workshops $30 unless otherwise stated. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Advanced registration is required! Order tickets through eventbrite.

For information about group workshops email to:gregj@tekventure.org or call 260.432.1095

Aug.     9 - Noon         Help Build WoodWorx!

15                               Do you want to be in on the building of TekVenture's WoodWorx wood shop? .                                  Admission to this workshop is only a membership in TekVenture!

Aug.     1 - 4                Help Build WoodWorx!

15                                Help build out TekVenture's WoodWorx wood shop! Admission to this                                             workshop is only a membership in TekVenture!

Aug.     9 - Noon         The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Hand Tools

22                               Learn to use many hand (non-power) tools including chisels, planes, saws,                                                      scrapers. Also learn how to mark out, lay out as well as sharpen tools.

Aug.     1 - 4                The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Powered Hand Tools

22                               No need to be scared of powered hand tools. Learn to properly and safely use                                                circular saws, routers, sanders, drills and others.

Aug.     9 - Noon          The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Stationary Power Tools

29                               Learn to safely use band saw, scroll saw, table saw, radial arm saw, sanders,                                                  drill press, and others.

Sep.     9- Noon           The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Routing and Shaping

5                                  Tables saws can do more than rip and crosscut wood; learn to use the molding                                     head and table saw cove cutting and more tricks.

Sep.     1- 4                 The WoodMaker's Art: Make a Do-Dad Box

5                                  Put into practice all you learned about tools, marking and measuring, cutting                                     out and joining when you make your personal "Do-Dad Box".

Sep.     9- Noon           The WoodMaker's Art: Your Personal jig Saw Puzzle

12                                Bring a photo on durable paper you will laminate onto thin plywood. Then cut                                     out shapes with a scroll saw to make a jigsaw puzzle!

Sep.     9- Noon           The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Turning

19                                Spindles, tops, handles, bowls, candlesticks, wheels, boxes; learn to make                                                     them on the wood lathe. Learn the tools, jigs and basic techniques of turning.

Sep.     1- 4                 The WoodMaker's Tool Box: Joinery

29                               Make the joints that connect materials together to make some thing including                                    doweling, box joints, biscuit joints and mortise and tenon joints for starters.

Sep.     9- Noon           The WoodMaker's Art: Assembling The WoodBeast

26                                What creatures will emerge from raw wood stock and scrap.

Sep.     1- 4                 The WoodMaker's Art: The Artful Frame

26                                Learn to frame your favorite pictures in wood using mitering tools.

 

www.tekventure.org                      or             call 260.432.1095 for workshop reservations.

1800 Broadway @ Swinney Streets.    Just South of old GE factory complex.

Hours of Operation:                        

Workshops:                             Sat.                 9 AM – 12 & 1 - 4 PM unless otherwise stated;

Open access fabrication:         Tues.               7 PM – 9 PM

                                                Wed.               7 PM – 9 PM

                                                Thur.               7 PM – 12 AM

                                                 Sat.                1 PM - 4 PM.   Or by appointment; call 260.432.1095

 

Maker MeetUps every Thursday evening starting at 7 PM. FREE 

AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) starting October first Mondays 7 PM @ TekVenture. FREE 

3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture. FREE

ROBUG (Robotics User Group) every third Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture. FREE

Workshops cost $30 for each 3 hour topical session unless:

Workshops are 20% off to those holding or purchasing a TekVenture Maker Membership;

All participants must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes permitted.

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MEET THE MAKERS @ MAKER MEETUPS!

Every Thursday 7 pm until ??:??

At TekVenture under the blinking arrow sign

1800 Broadway @ Swinney Streets.                                          

Information call 432.1095


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 TEKVENTURE SPRING RENAISSANCE WORKSHOPS

 APRIL & MAY 2015

All workshops take place at 1800 Broadway at Swinney just South of the old GE complex.

Register for workshops at www.eventbrite.com or call 260.432.1095                                               

For information about workshops call Greg 260.432.1095 or email: gregj@tekventure.org

For Makers 12 years old thru adult.

 

Day 

Date 

Time 

Topic 

Presenter 

Kit 

Total Cost 

 

APRIL 

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Sat 

25-Apr 

9am 

Learn to Solder  

K. VanZuilen 

$6 

$36 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The TekVenture IEEE Workshop is designed to teach students hand-soldering techniques suited for assembling typical low-voltage or battery powered Maker circuit boards, as well as wiring circuit boards to batteries, sensors or motors.  The techniques are straight-forward, easy and fun to learn, and students will gain necessary hands-on experience during the course by soldering together a small project circuit board provided as part of the class.  The class can also serve as a prerequisite to learning more advanced Surface Mount Device (SMD) reflow soldering techniques, beyond the scope of this workshop.

Each class lasts about 3 hours, most of which is used building (and sometimes trouble shooting!) the circuit board, which may be taken home afterwards.  The number of available soldering irons at the Maker Station places a limit on the number of students per session.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

25-Apr 

1pm 

Learn to Solder  

K. VanZuilen 

$10 

$40 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See above description.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 

29-Apr 

7pm 

Super Cool Workshop: Superconductors 

S. Pond 

$10 

$40 

 

 

 

 

 

Safely experiment with the phenomenon upon which advanced electric technologies are now developing: Superconductivity. Levitate a neodymium magnet then make ice cream with liquid nitrogen.  Further explore a superconducting application by making a rail gun, (not a real gun!)

 

 

 

 

MAY 

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

Sat 

2-May 

9am 

Electronic Textiles: Beginning  

D. Closson 

$10 

$40 

 

 

 

 

POSTPONED TO SUMMER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is e-textiles? Play with conductive and non-conductive materials using a multimeter. Learn how to test a 3V coin cell battery’s voltage. Build a series circuit using alligator clips. Then design and sew your first e-textile project (e-cuff).

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

2-May 

1pm 

Electronic Fashions: More Fun! 

D. Closson 

$30 

$60 

 

 

 

 

POSTPONED TO SUMMER 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play with how to connect a parallel circuit using just one 3V battery! Test the color mixing of warm and cool colored LEDs. Explore the LilyPad Arduino LilyTiny, a pre-programmed microcontroller with 4 different light behaviors (TWINKLE, BLINK, HEARTBEAT & FADE).  Then design and sew your first parallel circuit in an item of clothing you bring to the workshop!

 

 

 

 

Wed 

6-May 

7pm 

Building My Electric Vehicle 

Pond & Rizzo

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Pond explains how he converted an adult pedal car into an electric vehicle through many experiments. Scott Rizzo explains how he converted an electric kiddie car into a national race-worthy electric car for the Maker Faire®. Participants get tips on how to modify their own electric race cars for the upcoming Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire® Powered by TekVenture 8-9 August in Headwaters Park.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

9-May 

9am 

Meet Microcontrollers: Arduinos 

P. Simunek 

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Merz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invented in Italy, Arduinos are universally available, cheap little brains that you can program to respond to sensory inputs and to control motors, lights, relays, and your weird inventions! Easy to learn free programming language.

Participants must supply own Arduino & Laptop

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

9-May 

1pm 

Meet Microcontrollers: Raspberry Pi 

P. Simunek 

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

J. Merz 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inedible but inexpensive microcontrollers with more capabilities than Arduinos, the Raspberry Pi is a series of credit card-sized single-board computers developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools and hence anyone with basic computer skills.

What are you waiting for? Dig in!

Participants must supply own Raspberry Pi & Laptop

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 

13-May 

7pm 

Beginning with Hand tools 

C. Loew 

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Timeless hand tools are in every maker's tool kit. Learn what might be in that kit and how to use each tool from an expert craftsperson.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

16-May 

9am 

Cold Molding Fundamentals 

M. VanDiepenbos 

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the basic process and tools involved in cold molding single or multiple objects using cold media instead of molten metals. Participants will create a mold and cold cast a small object.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

16-May 

1pm 

Rotational Casting & 3D Molding 

M. VanDiepenbos 

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Our machine allows the hobbyist to experiment with different casting materials and mold creation.  With the popularity of DIY 3D printing, makers now have the ability to create a 3D object in a relatively short amount of time compared to the traditional prototype or 1-off manufacturing process.  3D Printing allows creation of one part faster than traditional processes, but not many at the same time.  With rotational casting offers many options to reproduce many identical parts from a successful print.  Additionally, it is not limited to 3D printed molds, as a mold can be created from almost any part and in turn reproduce a hollow replica of the item.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 

20-May 

7pm 

The World of Vacuum Cleaners 

R. Vanover 

  

$20 

 

 

 

 

 

A vacuum cleaner collector and expert introduces you to the many varied and often slightly humorous vacuum cleaners in the TekVenture-Skaggs Collection tracing their history and describing their evolution and operation. Suck it up!

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

23-May 

9am 

Introduction to Basic Electricity 

P. Bolakowski 

$6 

$36 

 

 

 

 

 

How it flows, how it is monitored, how it is effected by loads, how mechanical motion is turned into electricity, how electricity is turned into mechanical motion, circuit definition, effects of parallel loads, effects of parallel sources,  effects of series loads and sources, Ohms Law, the power equation, the energy equation, the importance of wire size,  dangerous voltages, flavors of electricity: DC, AC, 120V 220V 3 Phase.  Take away a digital multi-meter, battery stick and light bulbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

23-May 

1pm 

Build and Control Your DC Motor 

P. Bolakowski 

$5 

$35 

 

 

 

 

 

DC motor control: 

Switches, resistance, speed control, direction control.  Demonstration and examination of Industrial control of the DC motor.  Creating DC from AC. Rectification.  SCR.  What constitutes DC?  Speed and direction control. Take away a motor you build yourself from household items.   

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 

27-May 

7pm 

Do I Need A Patent? 

J. Wilson 

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

"Patent Basics for Individual Inventors" Jacque Wilson, patent attorney with Carson Boxberger,  and an electrical engineer, explains the basic patenting process and why you might or might not wish to pursue a patent for your fabulous invention.

 

 

 

 

 

Sat 

30-May 

9am 

Scanning for 3D Printing 

R. Gingrich 

  

$30 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine a button on your lapel featuring a 3D printed bust of yourself or maybe a suction cup version of your boy or girl friend on your dashboard! Learn how 3D scanning is used in creating 3D printed figures and other objects.

 

$25/scan

$25/3D print

 



 

 

 ANNUAL TEKVENTURE GARAGE SALE & BAZAAR

 

 

 

 

Sat 

30-May 

9am

 

1800 Broadway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many treasures and artifacts still emerge from the former Allen County Sweeper Company! Find the bargains and help TekVenture clean house and finance operations!

 

Get Scanned! Win a 3d Print from your scan!

 

 

 

 

 

                     

 

 

 

 

SUMMER OF MAKING Workshops                                                  June & July 2014

Saturdays                                                www.tekventure.org/workshops

@ TekVenture Maker Station, the Allen County Public Library and 1800 Broadway                     

All workshops are FREE Sponsored by the Allen County Public Library.*

*Where indicated                         ** particpants are asked to contribute some amount to kit costs.

Advanced registration required for all workshops by clicking on the Eventbrite link.

Further further information please call (260) 421.1374.

All participants must sign waivers and wear appropriate work clothing.

All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library or in the new ACPL Maker Lab on ground floor of the Allen County Public Library or at TEKVENTURE's new building located at 1800 Broadway.

TekVenture Maker Station Hours of Operation:         

Wed. open fabrication now is by appointment only; help needed at 1800 Broadway see below.***

Thur.  open fabrication:              7 PM – ? PM. (Maker MeetUp is main event)

Sat. workshops & /or Fab.         9 AM –  4 PM. (Open Fab. if workshop cancelled)

Other times by appointment by calling 421.1374 or 432.1095

 

Maker MeetUps every Thursday evening starting at 7 PM

AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture Maker Station 

3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture Maker Station

 

***We Need VOLUNTEERS!  to help create TekVenture's new facility @ 1800 Broadway and Swinney.

Volunteer hours at 1800 Broadway; free street parking;

      Wednesday 6 pm - 9 pm

      Saturday    10 AM- 4 pm

      Sunday       Noon - 4 pm

 

SCHEDULE: SUMMER OF MAKING Workshops 2014

                  AM      PM                  TOPICS                                             

JUNE

NOTE: The following activities and workshop will be held at TekVenture's new building located at

1800 Broadway and Swinney Streets just South of the old GE campus.

7                10        4                                                                                                                      Community & Member Workday at TekVenture 1800 Broadway @ Swinney, our new home!

Help us set up tools, work stations, cleaning and painting of the new 5,000 sq. ft. TekVenture Art & Technology Lab, just South of the old General Electric complex.

 

13 - 15 June       TEKVENTURE SPRING GARAGE AND TAG SALE!!

 8 AM - 3 PM Don't miss the opportunity for great garage-sale bargains in furniture, tools, parts, materials, used vacuums and other Artifacts and Oddments! All proceeds help build, finish and equip TekVenture workshops! Get a preview of the new TekVenture facilities!  Become a Charter Member!

 

14                9        Noon                Scanning Techniques for 3D Printing                                                 Our 3D Gurus scan your head (or some more valuable object) and then you learn how to work the scanning software to create a virtual model for 3Dprinting.                                                                    Bring your flash drive!

 

NOTE: The following workshops will be conducted in the TekVenture Maker Station in South parking lot of the Downtown Allen County Public Library:

JUNE

21                9        Noon                Astronomical Instrument Making                                              Professional astronomer and wood smith, Dr. Jon Thomas helps you fabricate your own ancient astronomical instrument using the TekVenture Maker Station rapid prototyping tools.

 

28                9        Noon               ART & CODE For aspiring teen artists                                         Professional kinetic sculptor and video artist, Jim Merz, describes how 21st. century artists are using code to open a new frontier in artistic expression. Then learn to use the Processing language to create generative animations. Musicians are also welcome and may build an audio composition in Processing.                                                                                                                                                      Please bring laptops. 

 

JULY

5                  9        Noon               Rockets Airway!                                                                                Build your own pneumatic rocket launching station, then design and build a paper rocket to launch with Pneumatic Rocketeer, Phil Springer. **Kit $10

The following workshops will be conducted in the new ACPL Maker Lab on the first floor of the Downtown Allen County Public Library:                                           

JULY

                                                      Robot AUTOWorks **

12               9        4                 Introduction to Robotics  **Kit $35                                                            In this four session workshop conducted by engineer, Marty Stern, build a robotic car with multiple sensors and learn to program the vehicle with Adublock, an Arduino-compatible free software.  Multiple challenges will provide opportunities for robot builders to improve their programming skills while trouble-shooting and improving robot performance. Persons who have attended the previous TekVenture Robotics workshop on 22 February 2014 at ACPL are welcome to bring their robot cars for upgrades and further programming practice. 

Robot kits are included. Participants must bring a laptop computer and flash drive.  

14 Mon.      9        Noon          Try out your ideas for making your robot even smarter!                         

15 Tue.       9        Noon          Robot challenges will be set up for you to try. We'll start you off with some simple Ardublock programs. We'll help you modify these programs with your ideas.

16  Wed.     9        Noon          Robot Round Up: Show & Demo Your Robot                                         

You made a robot at home? Bring it to demonstrate and test. Trade ideas with the other robotniks!

 

19                9        3                Electronic Circuit Design & Fabrication **Kit $10                                Using Eagle, a free-ware, CAD-type software, Matt Krueger helps you create a circuit board by laser-printing a design, heat-transferring the image to a copper-clad board, then etching, cleaning and drilling the board. Then solder components onto the board to create a simple electronic circuit device. Participants should bring a laptop computer to download and work the Eagle program

 

26                9        Noon           More Electronic Fashions **Kit $35                                              Electronic fashion maven and engineer, Anamarie Crone brings new ideas to her previously popular workshop of sewing microcontrollers and LEDs onto fashionware. Kit of electronics is supplied. Participants should bring their own fabrics to sew.

 

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MAKING IT IN WINTER WORKSHOPS

February - March 2014

@ TekVenture Maker Station & Allen County Public Library 

 Making In Winter Workshops provide more opportunities to use the tools and the expertise of the Makers in the TekVenture Maker Station including a new 3D printer, robotic arm and mini laser cutter! Become a "Charter Member" good through April 2014 for $50!

 All workshops are FREE Sponsored by the Allen County Public Library.

 Advanced registration required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374.

All participants must sign waivers and wear appropriate work clothing.

All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library or in the Computer Training Lab on ground floor of the Allen County Public Library

 

TekVenture Maker Station Hours of Operation:

Wed open fabrication: 6 PM – 9 PM;

 Thu open fabrication: 7 PM – ? PM; (Maker MeetUp is main event)

Sat. workshops & /or Fab. 9 AM – 4 PM.(Open Fab. if workshop cancelled)

Other times by appointment by calling 421.1374 or 432.1095

 Maker MeetUps every Thursday evening starting at 7 PM

AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture Maker Station

3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture Maker Station

 

JANUARY

MACHINING for Members  Jan 25

Learn to set up and operate the machine tools in the TekVenture Maker Station: turn or mill stock, drill and bore, tram, offset, taper, thread and rout among other operations. Includes a brief introduction to use of CAM and the "G code". (Participants may join TekVenture following the workshop.)

9 AM Lathe  John Crunkleton

1 PM Milling  Peter Bolakowski

 

SAE TOUR & DEMONSTRATIONS Feb 1

Open House at Vacuum Bldg. & TMS* Demonstrations

Members of the Society of Automotive Engineers pick up their Founding Memberships and introduction to the tools, people and programs of the *TekVenture Maker Station. Then visit the soon-to-be new TekVenture facility in the "Vacuum Building" on Broadway and sign up to extend your membership through volunteering opportunities.

All current and past TekVenture members are also encouraged to attend.

9AM - 4 PM *TMS & American Sweeper Company ("Vacuum Building") 1800 Broadway

 

ELECTRONICS  Feb 8

Participants will be introduced to Eagle, a freeware, CAD-type circuit design software. They will assemble component symbols to create a graphic version of the project circuit board for a simple bi-directional motor controller. Then they will create the circuit board by printing the circuit with a laser printer, heat-transferring the circuit image to a copper-clad board, and then etching, cleaning and drilling the board. The afternoon session will be a Lab session for soldering components to and testing the board. Further time may be spent experimenting with the Eagle Circuit design software.

Participants should bring a laptop (and if they have one, a laminator of the type used by scrap-bookers for laminating documents).

9AM Circuit Board Design & Etching  Matt Krueger 

1PM Circuit Board Lab  Matt Krueger and Ken Ramsey

 

ROTATIONAL CASTING  Feb 15

Rotational Casting, also known as rotocasting, is a molding process for creating many kinds of items, mostly hollow in form and typically made of plastic. 

 A hollow mold is filled with a charge of air cure epoxy and then slowly rotated causing the softened material to disperse and stick to the walls of the mold. With the popularity of DIY 3D printing combined with rotational casting you now have many options to reproduce many identical parts from a successful 3D print. Additionally it is not limited to 3D printed molds; you can create a mold from almost any part and in turn reproduce a hollow replica of that item. Participants will cast a small object.

9 AM  Mark VanDiepenbos of TeMaak

 

BEADED NECKLACES  Feb 15

A timeless form of jewelry, Jeweler Emily Simpson introduces the art of bead-making. Participants will make beads from a variety of materials then assemble the beads into necklaces. No previous experience required. A kit of materials is included in the workshop price.

1PM Jewelry  Emily Simpson

 

ROBOTICS     Feb 22

Time to hit the road with a simple robot car you build while learning the basics of robot design and construction.Then once built, learn about programming the robot to perform using ArduBlock, an entry-level Arduino programming language. ^The afternoon workshop will be conduced in the Young Adults Dept. in the Library.

9AM Robotics Building   Martin Stern in TekVenture Maker Station

1PM ^Robotics Programming Martin Stern & Mari Hardacre

 

 

FEBRUARY

MAKING: YOUR THING*

Turn your ideas into an invention, document it, design a prototype using CAD software, learn how it can be controlled. Then experiment with the best ways to fabricate your prototype using the prototyping tools in the TekVenture Maker Station.

* All February sessions of MAKING: YOUR THING meet in Computer Lab @ ACPL

 

INVENTING YOUR THING Feb 1*

Using their own inventions as examples, members of the Fort Wayne Inventors Club introduce the process of refining an idea into an invention, prototyping it, testing the prototype, considering the patent process, marketing and manufacturing the invention. A brief, one-on-one critique of your idea will be offered to each interested participant.

9AM Inventing Your Thing Part 1 Sam Conte, Member of The Fort Wayne Inventors Club

1PM Inventing Your Thing Part 2 Dave Gross, Member of The Fort Wayne Inventors Club

 

DESIGNING YOUR THING 1 Feb 8*

Describing the invention prototype accurately with CAD (Computer Aided Design) drawings is essential to solving design problems and then converting those design drawings to machine code to produce a prototype. In the morning session, gain experience using the freeware SketchUp to draw, dimension and develop prototype designs. The afternoon session explores several other CAD programs as well as developing machine codes from your drawings for rapid prototyping your invention idea.

9AM Designing Your Thing SketchUp; TekVenture Makers

1PM Meet the CADS: AutoCAD & Friends Leon Kowalenko & TekVenture Makers

 

 

DESIGNING YOUR THING 2 Feb 15*

Catch up on SketchUP, Inkscape, and other CAD programs and build your digital designing skills. Bring the files and problems you created and encountered during the past week if you took DESIGNING YOUR THING 1 sessions last Saturday. Or just come for tune-up and shop talk with more experienced CAD practitioners.

1PM CAD Study Hall in ACPL Lab TekVenture Makers

 

 

CONTROLLING YOUR THING*** Feb 22*

Arduino is the ubiquitous low-end controller for Makers! Learn how useful the inexpensive little Italian microcontroller can be for your projects. Programming software is freeware. Bring your Arduino (available locally at Radio Shacks or on line) and your laptop and let Paul Simunek and Jim Merz get you started.

9AM Arduino: Getting Started Paul Simunek & Jim Merz

ADVANCED ARDUINO: SHIELDS*** Feb 22*

More advanced Arduino users learn how to customize and expand the Arduino with "Shields" that plug onto the Arduino to enhance and specialize its functionality.

***Participants in both workshops are urged to bring their own laptop and Ardunino. (Arduinos and Laptops are available for loan to those who indicate a need in advance to TekVenture.)

1PM Arduino Shields & More    Paul Simunek

 

 

MARCH

PROTOTYPING: YOUR THING**

** All March sessions meet in TekVenture Maker Station @ ACPL

 3 D PRINTING    Mar 1

The hottest, fastest and possibly cheapest tool for rapid prototyping your designed object is 3D printing. Learn the basic set up, programming and operation of the 3D printing tool in the morning session. Print an existing design or your own CAD-generated file. In the afternoon session, continue developing your 3D printing skills as well as learning how to trouble-shoot the printer: what works and what doesn't work.

9AM 3 D Printing Robin Gingrich & Ted Skeeters

1 PM 3 D Printing Ted Skeeters & Robin Gingrich

 

MACHINING Mar 8

Metal prototypes or parts for prototypes can be made using the milling machine, lathe, drill press and molding machines. In this all-day workshop learn to set up and operate the machine tools in the TekVenture Maker Station: turn or mill stock, drill and bore, tram, offset, taper, thread and rout among other operations. Includes a brief introduction to use of CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) and the "G code" language used by machines to make your prototype. The workshop also explores molding as a means of making multiples of your design prototype. Try injection plastic molding and vacuum forming tools and processes. Explore the relationship between the machining of molds and the production of objects from machined molds.

9AM Machining and Molding Lab TekVenture Makers

1PM Machining and Molding Lab TekVenture Makers

 

FIELD TRIP TO REPRAPFEST (DIY 3D Printing Expo) Mar 15

The 2014 Midwest RepRap Festival in Goshen, Indiana, is the place to be for anyone interested in or using DIY 3D printing technologies. March 14-16th at the Elkhart county fairgrounds, this event is totally FREE to attend. Hang out with other 3D printer folks, but please fill out the RSVP form by following the link below so we know how many people to expect. http://midwestreprapfest.org/wordpress/ Highlights include:

State of Reprap: Josef Prusa speaks on the state of Reprap ("Replicating Rapid Prototying").

Test and Tune: Experts will be on hand to help you troubleshoot issues or take your prints to the next level!

Meet The Makers: Meet some big names in RepRap, MaxBots (Mendel MAX dev), Josef Prusa (Prusa Mendel/i3 and more), Logxen (Smoothieboard Dev) and many more.

Build Events: More to come soon on Build Events ….check our website: http://midwestreprapfest.org/wordpress/

Printing Challenges: See some of the most difficult prints take shape over the course of the weekend, and some fun printing challenges too, like the hand-fed extruder print challenge.

If you are already a 3D printer, please feel free to bring your printer to show off or get help tuning it. (Be sure to register so you can have some free table space and 2 chairs.) If you aren't a 3D printer yet, REPRAPFEST is a great opportunity to see the various makes and models in person. In addition, several of the primary reprap vendors will be on site selling and maybe even giving some discounts!

TekVenture will be car-pooling to this event leaving the TekVenture Maker Station at 8:30 AM for Goshen. and retuning to Fort Wayne in the evening. Contributions for fuel costs will be appreciated.

Call 421.1374 to arrange your transportation.

 

ELECTRONIC FASHION STATEMENT Mar 22

Wire yourself into the growing electronic fashion trends and E-Textiles with this introductory workshop conducted by an electrical engineering student from IPFW. Learn to sew a tiny microcontroller programmed to flash colorful LED's into your fabrics. No previous electrical skills required. Learn about LED's, electrically conductive thread, simple circuit assembly and soldering during this workshop.         Kit of electronics supplied for each participant.

Participants are requested to bring their own fabrics onto which they wish to sew the electronics.

9 AM Anamarie Crone

 

ART & CODE                                                            Mar 22

Computer code is the paint and clay of the 21st century, and artists are using code to open a new frontier in artistic expression. Professional kinetic sculptor and video artist, Jim Merz, surveys the landscape of code in art and then we get our hands dirty using the Processing language to create generative animations. Musicians are welcome and may build an audio composition in Processing. Bring laptops.

1PM            Artists & Code                                        Jim Merz

 

 

TEKVENTURE SPRING GARAGE SALE AND AUCTION April 2 - 5.

Don't be a fool and miss the opportunity for great garage-sale bargains in furniture, tools, parts, materials, used vacuums and other Artifacts and Oddments! All proceeds help build, finish and equip TekVenture workshops! Get a preview of the new TekVenture facilities! Become a Charter Member!

10 AM - 5PM Daily                                     Auction 10 AM Sat. 5 April   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FALL 4 MAKING Workshops                                      

@ TekVenture Maker Station & Allen County Public Library www.tekventure.org

Our "FALL 4 MAKING" workshops provide more opportunities to use the tools and the expertise of the Makers in the TekVenture Maker Station including a new 3D printer, robotic arm and mini laser cutter!

Advanced registration required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374

All workshops, except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the South parking lot of the Downtown Allen County Public Library.

Hours of operation: Wednesday 6 pm - 9     Open Fabrication

                                Thursday 7 pm - ??    Open Fabrication & Maker MeetUP

                                Saturday 9 AM - Noon Workshops only

                                              1 PM - 4 PM  Workshops & Open Fabrication

 Become a TekVenture Member and receive 20% discount on workshops!

 ***All workshop participants must sign waivers and wear appropriate work clothing.***

 

OCTOBER

Sat. October 26  10 AM - 4 PM ACPL Globe Room & TekVenture Maker Station        FREE

FALL FOR 3D PRINTING Steve Wygant, Pres. SeeMeCNC Inc.                                         

Steve Wygant will give a brief overview of 3D printing technology and a demonstration of their latest machine, The Orion, a "ready-out-of-the-box" 3D printer. At 1:00PM inside the TekVenture Maker Station, all participate in a 3D printing workshop featuring SeeMeCNC machines and others.

 

NOVEMBER

Sat. November 2  9 AM - Noon   $25 

Introduction to Soldering                                                                                        

Learn about the basic theory of, tools and materials used and proper techniques for soldering useful connections of components and wires, and soldering printed circuit boards. Participants will have a hands-on experience soldering.

 

Sat. November 2  1PM - 4 PM    $25 

Soldering Practice                                                                                                  

Practice what you learned in the Intro to Soldering workshop. Build one of several electronic kits we have available at the TekVenture Maker Station. Choose one as simple as a Blinky Badge or something more complicated like a Blinking Christmas Tree, or just solder wires! Kits cost extra from $3 - $15. (Or supply your own kit from on-line sources or Radio Shack.)

 

 

Sat. November 9  9 AM - Noon   FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Creating and Printing 3D Polyhedra Using SketchUP                                             

Explore the fascinating world of regular geometric polyhedra by creating and manipulating these forms using the free CAD software, SketchUP. Then print one of them to take with using one of the 3D printers.

 

Sat. November 9  1 PM - 4 PM    FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Creating and Printing 3D Polyhedra Using SketchUP                                           

Continue designing and experimenting with 3D printing of geometric forms. 

 

 

Sat. November 16  9 AM - Noon FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Arduinos & Their Compatibles*                                                                                    

A workshop for those with some experience with Arduinos will explore shields and compatibles and more advanced topics using Arduinos.

 

Sat. November 16  1 PM -  4 PM FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library

Introduction to Arduino Microcontrollers*                                                           

Arduino Geek and kinetic artist, Jim Merz, introduces you to Arduino set-up and development, inputs and outputs, digital Input/Output conversion, pulse width modulation and other topics that really aren't as tricky as they sound!   

*NOTE: Participants must supply their own Arduino microcontroller board, laptop computer and AB/USB cable to connect their laptop to their Arduino Board. Arduinos may be acquired on-line or from a local Radio Shack store. Bring Arduino shields if you have them.

 

 

 Sat. November 23  9 AM - Noon   FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Waving The Robotic Arms                                                                                      

Learn how a simple robotic device works. Control an electro-pneumatic robotic arm designed for industrial use. Then learn to program a robotic arm to perform simple stacking and passing tasks.                                                                     

 

Sat. November 23  1 PM - 4 PM   FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Waving The Robotic Arms                                                                                                         

GIRLTEK: A repeat of the morning workshop but this one exclusively for the ladies.     

 

 

Fri. November 29  9 AM - 4 PM    FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Open Fabrication                                                                                                      

Make something on at least one machine to take with. Many tools may be in operation including EggBots, CNC Router, Milling Machine, Metal Lathe, Injection Molder, Vacuum Forming machine, multiple 3D printers and more! 

 

 

Sat. November 30  9 AM - Noon     $25 

EggBot Christmas Ornaments and Artaments                                                             

Using freeware Inkscape, design and draw on glass Christmas balls, eggs and other spheroidal forms with the EggBot and OstrichBot robotic drawing machines. Christmas Gift Alert! Glass Christmas ornamental balls provided, first one is free.

 

Sat. November 30  1 PM - 4 PM      $25 

EggBot Christmas Ornaments and Artaments                                                               

GIRLTEK: A repeat of the morning workshop but this one exclusively for the ladies.

 

  

DECEMBER

Sat. December 7  9 AM - 4 PM   $25 

Build A Mini Laser Cutter From Scrap Parts!                                                             

In this all-day workshop, work with Matt Krueger to build a laser cutter from mostly scrounged or readily available and re-purposed parts. Why spend $5,000 when you can build (a small) laser cutter for $50?! The finished laser cutter will be available for use in the TekVenture Maker Station.

 

 

Sat. December 14  9 AM - Noon     $25 

Jewelry: Making Beads**       SORRY! WORKSHOP CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.                                                                                

Make beads from metal foil, copper and aluminum, as well as paper beads in preparation for assembling them into a necklace in the afternoon session. No previous jewelry-making experience is necessary.  

 

Sat. December 14  1 PM - 4 PM      $25  

SORRY! WORKSHOP CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS.

Jewelry: Making A Beaded Necklace**                                                                   

Using the beads made in the morning session,create a necklace from wire and findings, while learning to make wrapped loops as connectors. Learn about jewelry tools and making design choices. Bring small needle-nosed pliers if you have them; if not, tools will be supplied.  

**One kit required ($10 in addition to workshop admission) supplies both sessions. 

 

 

Sat. December 21  9 AM - 4 PM    FREE Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library 

Open Fabrication                                                                                                      

Make something on at least one machine to take with. Many tools may be in operation including EggBots, CNC Router, Milling Machine, Metal Lathe, Injection Molder, Vacuum Forming machine, multiple 3D printers and more! 

                        

***HAPPY HOLIDAYS!***

 

 

 

INVENTORS'  SUMMER  WORKSHOPS         2013

@ TekVenture Maker Station & Allen County Public Library

Inventors workshops are places where inventors bring together the parts, tools, materials and expertise to invent stuff, turn ideas into working models. We will explore "prototyping" or making models of inventions in 2 and 3 dimensions using a wide variety of tools, materials and media from digital to fire! Learn from the expert makers to become an expert maker!

Advanced registration required for all workshops by calling (260) 421.1374

All workshops except those indicated, take place in the TekVenture Maker Station located in the South parking lot of the Downtown Public Library.                                    

JUNE

Sat      22        9 - 4 PM         

INVENTORS' WORKSHOPS OPEN HOUSE:

Make something on at least one machine to take with. Many tools will be in operation including EggBots, CNC router, Milling Machine, Metal Lathe, Injection molder, Vacuum forming machine, multiple 3D printers and more!

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library. 

DIGITAL DESIGN & MACHINING                                                   !

A three part workshop introducing you to the industrial "design-fabrication cycle" of making a part design and then having a digitally controlled machine fabricate it. Sessions include: 

 

Wed     26        9 - 12              

From IDEA to Design: CADCAM Part 1                 Peter Bolakowski

Turn your invention ideas into designs by learning to draw your designs using freeware SketchUP and other computer-aided design (CAD) programs.                                         

FREE: Sponsored by ACPL

 

 

Thur     27        9 - 12              

From Design to FILE: CADCAM Part 2                  Peter Bolakowski

Refine your CAD designs and then save them to files for fabrication on 3 D printers or other TekVenture Maker Station CNC machines 

FREE: Sponsored by ACPL 

 

Fri        28        12 - 6              

Open Fabrication                                                      Makers                                                           

TekVenture Maker Station members & Library patrons. Makers must demonstrate proficiency on a tool or arrange for training by qualified Maker Station staff.                        

 FREE: Sponsored by ACPL 

 

Sat       29        9 - 12              

From FILE to MODEL: CADCAM Part 3                Makers           

Makers:  Introduce your designs to machines that can make them: 3 D Printing and CNC machines.

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

JULY  

Mon       1       7 PM   FREE  AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday

 

 

AIRBORNE                                                                                        ! 

Wed       3        9 - 12              

Rockets Away!                                                          Phil Springer

Build pneumatic rocket launchers. Then Invent and launch paper retrievable rockets just in time for 4th of July celebrations!

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

Thur      4                                NATIONAL HOLIDAY 

 

Fri          5        9 - 12              

Circle Kites*                                                             Steve Kumfer

Learn to make cool, people-sized Circle Kites. Access to sewing machine and basic seaming and sewing skills highly recommended.   

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

*Follow-up workshop inside ACPL meeting room B in on SAT. July 13

 

Sat       6            9 - 12            

‘Copter Guru                                                            Shane Rhinehart

HelioGuru from Phil’s Hobby Shop explains radio-controlled helicopters, their mechanics, aerodynamics and how they are controlled. He will fly several helicopters.     

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

Mon       1       7 PM   FREE  3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday

 

 

3 D Print ALMOST ANYTHING (Small)                                         !

Wed     9          9 - 12                                                  

3D File to Prototype                                                 Ted Skeeters 

Create a design file of your invention in SketchUP, then Learn how to prototype your invention using 3D Printing.          

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library..

 

Thur     11        6 - 9 PM         

Create A Creature                                                     Robin G 

Using AutoDesk's 123D Creature on an Ipad. Bring your Ipad, design a creature, then print it!

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

Fri        12        3 - 6 PM         

3 D PRINT-A-RAMA!                                                Makers

Open to ACPL staff and downtown biz people who want to learn more about 3 D printing and how they can access 3 D printers. 

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.           

 

Sat       13 3R  9 - 12              

THE BUGZZZ OF SUMMER 3 D Printing in the ACPL              !         

Learn about, Design and Print: bugs and other insects using 3 D printers. Workshop conducted inside the Library.                                           

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.           

 

Sat       13        9 - 12              

Circle Kites Workshop Part 2                                  Steve Kumfer

ACPL, Meeting Room B. Completion of circle kites already sewn by participants in 5 July                                                 

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

 

SPARKS                                                                                            !

Wed     17 3R  9 - 12              

Electricity & Electronics                                          Peter B

Explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism and how inventors have used this relationship to generate, measure and store electric power, using electromagnets, motors, generators and capacitors.     

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

 

Thur     18        9 - 12              

Start Soldering!                                                        Ken Ramsey                                                              

Essential to creating electric and electronic projects, soldering is easier that it looks! Learn to solder wire, then solder components to a printed circuit board in a simple electronic kit.

$25

 

Fri        19        12 - 6              

Open Fabrication

TekVenture Maker Station members & Library patrons. Makers must demonstrate proficiency on a tool or arrange for training by qualified Maker Station staff.

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.

           

Sat       20        9 - 12              

Arduinos & Microcontrollers*                                 Jim Merz

Arduino Geek and kinetic artist, Jim Merz, introduces you to Arduino set-up and development, inputs and outputs, digital Input/Output conversion, pulse width modulation and other topics that really aren't as tricky as they sound!

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library.                                                           

*Participants must supply their own Arduino board, laptop computer and AB/USB cable to connect their laptop to their Arduino board. Arduinos may be acquired on-line or from a local Radio Shack store.

 

 

HOT STUFF                                                                                       !

Wed     24        9 - 12              

Molding: Vacuum forming                                       Pond, Jacobs

Design a special logo, family or warrior crest prototype and fabricate it using wood, or 3D printers; then vacuum form that prototype to make a plastic mold from your design. The molds can then be used for making multiples of cookies, candy or plaster or cold metal! 

$25

 

Thur     25        9 - 12              

Molding: Injection molding &  machining             Pond, Dailey

Select a prototype mold to have machined on CNC mill, then place it in the injection molder and inject it with hot plastic to make a key fob, badge, coin or small object.

$25

                                               

Fri        26        9 - 12              

Flaming Working Glass Studio!                              Eran Park

Learn to heat, fuse, blow and weld colored glass rod in flame. See glass objects and beautiful vessels created by an experienced glass artist. 

Workshop is held @ GlassPark Studio, 4037 South Wayne Ave.

 

 

Sat       27        9 - 12              

Welding & Brazing                                                   Jasmin Hartman

Experience the excitement of melt two pieces of steel together to make something! A professional welder introduces you to electric welding and oxy-acetylene gas welding under the TekVenture tent. No open toed shoes; bring a long-sleeved old work shirt to wear when welding.

$25

 

Sat       27        1 -  4               

Welding for Women                                                 Jasmin Hartman

A professional woman welder introduces you to electric welding and oxy-acetylene gas welding under the TekVenture tent. No open toed shoes; bring a long-sleeved old work shirt to wear when welding.

$25

 

 

BOTS & ROBOTS                                                                            !

Wed     31        9 - 12              

EggBots                                                                     Highlen, Jacobs

Invent a design, sign, poem or other art in InkScape, then watch the robotic artist: EggBot recreate it on a hard-boiled or plastic egg! If sunny, use the TekVenture parabolic solar cooker to boil the eggs!

 

AUGUST

Thur     1          9 - 12              

Anatomy of a Robot                                                 Marty Stern

Find out how a robotic arm is built and programmed. Participants will learn how the parts of a robot go together and will learn to modify simple C-based programs to explore robotic motion from a retired Raytheon engineer.                           

$25

 

Fri        2          12 - 6              

Open Fabrication

TekVenture Maker Station members & Library patrons. Makers must demonstrate proficiency on a tool or arrange for training by qualified Maker Station staff.

FREE: Sponsored by The Allen County Public Library..

 

Sat       3         9 - 12               Robot Round UP                                                      Makers and Robots   

Got a robot you built or are building? Bring it to the TekVenture Maker Station Robot Round Up and test it. Talk shop, trade ideas and techniques with other robot makers from the area. All levels of technology welcome. Are you new to robotics?  Find out what it’s about from other makers!

$25

 

Mon       5       7 PM   FREE  AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday

Mon       12     7 PM   FREE  3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday

 

Hours of Operation:                        

Workshops:                            Sat       9 AM – 12 & 1 - 4 PM unless otherwise stated;

Open access fabrication:       Tue.               7 PM – 9 PM

                                              Wed.              7 PM – 9 PM

                                              Thur.              7 PM – ?

                                              Sat.                1 PM - 4 PM.

 

Maker MeetUps every Thursday evening starting at 7 PM. FREE 

 

AMUG (Arduino/Microcontroller User Group) every first Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture. FREE    

 

3DUG (3 D Printing User Group) every second Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture.

FREE


ROBUG (Robotics User Group) every third Monday 7 PM @ TekVenture.

FREE

Workshops cost $30 for each 3 hour topical session unless:

Workshops are 20% off to those holding or purchasing a TekVenture Maker Membership;

All participants must sign waivers; no open-toed shoes permitted.

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MEET THE MAKERS @ MAKER MEETUPS!

Every Thursday 7 pm until ??:??

At TekVenture under the blinking arrow sign

1800 Broadway @ Swinney Streets.                                          

Information call 432.1095