Fabrication Shop

Prior Maker Workshops

3D Capture: Scanning, Photogrammetry & Print

3D Capture

Three 7-hour sessions
​$350 
Location: CED Digital Fabrication Lab
​Taught by Grant Diffendaffer

This workshop introduces students to the concept and practice of 3D reality capture. Students will use photogrammetry software to make 3D models from photographic input. Additionally, they will learn the basics of 3D scanning, with the opportunity to scan small items on our NextEngine hi-res 3D laser scanner. Lastly, they will learn how to post-process the resulting mesh models for 3D printing using the DFL 3D printer farm.

Requirements: Bring a laptop, camera, and several small items to 3D scan;  if you are able also bring a tripod. Limited to 8 people only.

Silversmithing: Ring Making

Copper/Silver Ring Making

Five 5-hour sessions
​$375
Location: CED Fabrication Shop
​Taught by Semar Prom and LM deLeon

This class introduces precious metals construction techniques. Through a series of demonstrations students will learn cutting, forming, annealing, silver soldering, and finishing techniques on copper and sterling silver. Students will make a copper ring, and a minimum of two silver rings.

Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older.

Hairpin Table Construction

Finished hairpin table

Five 5-hour sessions
​$450
Location: CED Fabrication Shop
​Taught by Semar Prom and instructor to be announced

Students will learn fundamental techniques of wood and metal working by constructing a classic mid-century inspired hairpin leg table with shelf via demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on construction. Woodworking skills will include making the cherry table top (measuring, marking, milling, laminating, joining and finishing); metalworking skills include making the hairpin legs (marking, measuring, cutting, grinding, bending, drilling, welding and finishing). Students will be able to customize the height and angle of their hairpins as well as the dimensions of their top and shelf so they can make various styles of table such as a coffee table, side table, or console table. 

Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older.

Laser Cutting Introduction

Laser Intro

Three 6-hour sessions
​$260
Location: CED Digital Fabrication Lab
​Taught by LM deLeon

Introduction to the laser cutter as a tool for cutting various materials. Become familiarized with laser cutting operations, materials, and settings; also learn to create designs using Google Draw (an open sourced designing software). You will take home a decorative acrylic etching, a monogram stamp and a lasered surface design for a box.


Dovetail Chair Construction

Dovetail Chair Construction

This workshop will guide students through the process of replicating a chair designed to combine the classic dovetail joint with the flexibility and accuracy of digitally produced templates in their  choice of Maple, Walnut, or Cherry. Students will learn to dimension lumber (jointing, planing, sizing down on the table saw), cut dovetail joints using a template, assemble (glue up), sand, and apply finish to the final product.


Build a 3D Plastic Printer

Output from a 3D Plastic Printer

Build a plastic 3D printer with a 203mm (8”) cubic build chamber from a kit designed by Chris K. Palmer. The frame and mounts will be produced for the workshop in the CED Digital Fabrication Lab from polycarbonate sheet on the ZUND Swiss Cutting System. Topics will include: general 3D printing modeling tips, an overview of slicing software choices, an introduction to free slicing software with setting templates, and general instruction about how to prepare prints. You will leave the class with the printer and the skills needed to enter and explore the amazing world of 3D printing. 


Small Cabinet with Vacuum Formed Doors

Finished Cabinet

In this class students will build a small cabinet out of hard maple with steal hairpin legs. Cabinet sliding doors will be vacuum formed acrylic. Student will learn about the properties of wood, safe tool use, and box construction techniques such as stop grooves and dowel construction. In addition, students will learn to vacuum form plastic. Box dimensions: 14 x 16 x 18 in plus leg height (8 in).


Wooden Boxes by Elizabeth Thorpe

Wooden Box

Make & Take: a metal and wood box

Build a hardy box while learning safe woodworking practices, the properties of wood, and box construction techniques such as mitering, spine joinery, and tongue and groove construction. Learn basic finishing techniques for this project and leave the workshop with a hand-crafted box and hands-on knowledge of its construction.


3D Plastic Intensive Workshop by Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer

This 3D printing introduction intensive will guide students through the process of unboxing, setting up and printing for the first time on a Printrbot Play (4"x4"x5") 3D printer.

Topics will include: general 3D printing modeling tips, an overview of slicing software choices and an introduction to free slicing software with setting templates and general instruction about how to prepare prints.

Simple repairs and what to expect and learn further as you enter the world of 3D printing will also be covered.
 


Maple Table by Tonia Chi

Chris Palmer

In this class students will learn some of the fundamental techniques behind making furniture with domestic hardwoods. The project will be a mortise and tenon table that each student will take home at the end of the class. We will discuss techniques, tools, and materials that are specific to furniture making. Students will learn and practice the processes of design, milling, cutting joinery, sanding, and finishing.