NextFab Studio: Classes and Courses     

                                                                                                               

ORIENTATION/SAFETY TRAINING

New Member Orientation

Wood Shop Safety

Metal Shop Safety

OVERVIEW CLASSES

Introduction to 3D Printing

Introduction to CAD Software

LASER CUTTING & ENGRAVING

Introduction to Laser Cutting and Engraving

Using the Rotary Attachment: Custom Pint Glasses

3D PRINTING & SCANNING

Consumer Grade 3D Printing

3D Scanning with the NextEngine HD Pro

Powder Printing with the Spectrum Z510

3D Printing with the Stratasys Dimension

SOFTWARE

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Introduction to Solidworks

Intermediate SolidWorks Premium 2013: 6 Week Course

Introduction to Rhinoceros 5.0

Wood Preparation: Jointer, Planer, and Wide Belt Sander

Wood Joinery Box Series: Spline, Finger, and Dovetail Joints

Table Saw and Miter Saw: Versatility and Power

Introduction to the Wood Lathe

ShopBot Course: From Start to Finish in 3 Weeks

METALWORKING

Metal Preparation for Machining and Welding

Vertical Mill 1

Introduction to the Metal Lathe

MIG Welding

2D PRINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY

Inkjet Printing with the Epson 9900

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

Photo Studio Essentials

Film and Flatbed Scanning

SEWING AND DIGITAL EMBROIDERY

Digital Embroidery Machine Setup

Digital Embroidery Software: Creating Custom Designs

Machine Sewing Basics

Serger Basics

Industrial Machine Sewing

ELECTRONICS

Design your own Circuit Board: An Introduction to Eagle

Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino

Introduction to Electronics

Introduction to Soldering

OTHER CLASSES

Fundamental Drawing Principles 1

CNC Milling on the Roland MDX

ORIENTATION/SAFETY TRAINING

New Member Orientation

$0 Course Fee (Included with Initiation)

Prerequisites:  None

This session will introduce new members to the facility, including guidelines and regulations for safe use. Members will be walked through the process of logging into our computer workstations and be taken on a guided tour of our class signup and machine reservation procedure.

Wood Shop Safety

$0 Course Fee (Included with Initiation)

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: Wood Drill Press, Wood Band Saw , Pedestal Sander

This class will cover an in-depth introduction to the Wood Shop. Students will first learn to safely navigate the Wood Shop, and then learn the basic use of several powered and hand tools. Students will make a toolbox for use in the shop.

Metal Shop Safety

$0 Course Fee (Included with Initiation)

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine/Tool Access: Drill Press, Ironworker, Vertical Band Saw, Pneumatic Hand Tools

This class is an in-depth introduction to the Metal Shop. Students will first learn to safely navigate the the Metal Shop and then learn the basic use of several powered and hand tools. Students will make a bottle opener for use in the shop.


OVERVIEW CLASSES

Introduction to 3D Printing

$0 Course Fee (Open to the public)

Prerequisites: None

This lecture-style class will introduce attendees to the world of 3D printing. We will explain the general concept of additive manufacturing and how it is different from subtractive manufacturing. We will then dive into the details of the processes offered at NextFab [multi-jet modeling (MJM), 3D inkjet, fused deposition modeling (FDM)] and mention some others.

Introduction to CAD Software

$10 (Open to the public)

Prerequisites: None

This lecture-style class will introduce attendees to the computer-aided design (CAD) packages available either freely online or on the NextFab workstations. In addition, common 2D and 3D exchange formats will be briefly discussed to provide insight into how best to move designs and geometry between software packages.


LASER CUTTING & ENGRAVING

Introduction to Laser Cutting and Engraving

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access:Trotec Speedy 500, Trotec Flexx 300

This class is for beginners and will cover the basics of safely operating the Trotec 300 and the Trotec 500 laser engraver/cutters. Topics of discussion will include material choice, file preparation, laser focusing, air filtration and clean up. Included in file preparation discussions will be how to use color, stroke weight and fill to gain wider access to laser capabilities. NextFab will provide a file for students to run a file to demonstrate both engraving and cutting. After taking this class, participants can schedule an appointment with a laser technician to demonstrate their ability to safely operate the machines, and will then be granted unsupervised access.

Using the Rotary Attachment: Custom Pint Glasses

$49

Prerequisites: Introduction to Laser Cutting and Engraving; pass test for unsupervised access to the laser cutters

Learn to laser etch on all 360 degrees! Members will learn the proper techniques and safety concerns in order to install and use the rotary attachment for the laser cutter. This attachment allows for engraving and cutting cylindrical objects without distortion. Each participant will receive their own pint glass to engrave.

Preparation: 

Participants should come prepared with a laser-ready file for use during class.


3D PRINTING & SCANNING

Consumer Grade 3D Printing

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: RepRap Prusa Mendel

Learn to use our open-source 3D printer, the RepRap Prusa Mendel. This class provides the skills needed to use this machine independently.

3D Scanning with the NextEngine HD Pro

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: NextEngine 3D Scanner

This class will introduce you to the NextEngine 3D Scanner, including how the machine works, how to run the machine, and which types of objects are scannable. Members will learn about the triangulation process the scanner uses to produce a point cloud. With the point cloud data, members will be able to digitize their product and export files (.stl, .iges, .xyz, .step) for 3d printing or CNC reproduction.

Powder Printing with the Spectrum Z510

$99

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

The Z Corporation Spectrum Z510 prints three-dimensional, full-color parts in a gypsum-based powder to create high-definition, CMYK prints that are great for realistic models and prototypes.

 

This two-part course will go over how to use the Spectrum Z510 as well as the accompanying software. The first session will cover use of the proprietary programs ZPrint and ZEdit Pro, which are the toolpathing and file-editing programs. We will then go over use of the machine and how to start prints. In the second part of the course we will show how to remove parts from the print bed and perform post-processing procedures. After completing this course and a scheduled demonstration of proficiency, an individual will be able to manage the entire Spectrum 3D printing process without staff assistance.

 

Preparation:

Students should come prepared with a 3D file under 1 cubic inch in volume to print (.zpr, .3dm, .sldprt, .vrml, .stl, .ply, .3ds). If participants do not have a file, NFS will provide a stock file to print.

3D Printing with the Stratasys Dimension

$109

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: Stratasys Dimension SST 1200es

The Stratasys Dimension SST 1200es prints three-dimensional parts using ABS plastic and a soluble support material, resulting in objects that are both detailed and durable. This two-part course will go over proper use of the machine and the toolpathing software, and participants will be able to use the machine independently after completing both sessions.

The first part of the course will explain the printing process and go into greater detail about the material the Dimension uses. Also covered will be the machine’s proprietary toolpathing program, Catalyst; available print resolutions; proper placement and orientation of objects; and the bathing process and removal of soluble support. The second part of the course will cover Dimension hardware, including preparation and post-processing procedures. Participants will master the skills of purging the machine, cleaning the envelope, changing material, and starting a print. After a scheduled demonstration of proficiency, participants will be able to manage the entire Dimension 3D printing process without staff assistance.


SOFTWARE

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

$39

Prerequisites: None (Open to non-members for an additional $50 access fee)

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics drawing and editing software, useful for creating files for digital fabrication at NextFab Studio. This introductory class will cover the interface, tools, layers, and more. By the end of the class you will be comfortable navigating the software.

Introduction to Solidworks

$39

Prerequisites: None (Open to non-members for an additional $50 access fee)

This class is an introduction to the CAD software SolidWorks and covers the basics of creating geometry for 3D parts and assemblies. The course will begin by teaching students how to navigate the main menus and options, including how to create a sketch in the sketch menu; how to utilize the different shape options to create custom geometries; and how to dimension each sketch feature. Then we will move on to the features menu, where we will discuss how to extrude, cut, and fillet a sketch in order to achieve some basic, but useful, 3-dimensional geometries. Finally, we will discuss how to change appearances and scenes to create professional-looking renderings of parts. When we have completed the “lecture” portion of the class, the students will be presented with a short SolidWorks challenge of modeling a USB drive. This will help cement topics covered in the lecture.

Intermediate SolidWorks Premium 2013: 6 Week Course

$239

Recommended Skills: Basic computer proficiency

(Open to non-members for $399)

6-session course, Minimum Attendees: 2

This is an intermediate level course that will prepare students for the SolidWorks Associate Exam. We recommend some brief CAD experience, taking "Introduction to SolidWorks" prior to this course, or independently going through the built-in SolidWorks tutorials prior to taking this course.

This 6 session course covers a variety of intermediate topics in SolidWorks 2013 and 2014 in preparation for the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam. The first session will include a refresher on topics covered in the introductory SolidWorks course. Next, we will turn our attention to creating 3D reference geometries, lofts, revolves, and sweeps. Session 3 will cover the hole wizard, linear and circular feature patterns, shell, wrap, and mirror commands. Following session 3, we will turn our attention to creating functional assemblies, as well as assigning mass properties and materials. Next, we will discuss engineering drawings and their applications in manufacturing. In the final session of the course, NextFab will host a test session at NextFab Studio for those students interested in becoming a Certified SolidWorks Associate. Throughout the 6 sessions, students will be challenged with an in-class SolidWorks challenge corresponding to that session’s topic. This will help to cement concepts learned throughout the course, and will encourage good modeling practices.

Introduction to Rhinoceros 5.0

$39

Prerequisites: None (Open to non-members for an additional $50 access fee)

Rhinoceros (Rhino) is a free-form non-uniform rational B-spline (NURBS) based 3-D modeling software, commonly used for industrial design, architecture, marine design, jewelry design, automotive design, CAD / CAM, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, product design as well as the multimedia and graphic design industries. This introductory class will cover the basics of navigating and using the software, and upon completion, students should be able to start a basic project in Rhino.


WOODWORKING

Wood Preparation: Jointer, Planer, and Wide Belt Sander

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety

Machine Access: Jointer, Planer, Wide Belt Sander

Learn to prepare rough sawn wood for use in all your woodworking projects! This class will go over safe use of the jointer, planer, and wide belt sander, machines used to flatten, straighten, and square wood for projects. Participants will practice using the machines, and glue up boards to make a cutting board. Unsupervised access to the jointer, planer, and wide belt sander will be granted after this class.

Wood Joinery Box Series: Spline, Finger, and Dovetail Joints

$109

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety, Table Saw and Miter Saw: Versatility and Power

Machine Access: None, 3 session Course

Learn 3 important wood joinery techniques: spline joints, finger joints, and hand-cut dovetails. These joints are used frequently in a variety of woodworking projects. Participants will be guided through each of the joinery types and practice these skills by constructing beautiful wooden boxes. Materials are included in the cost of the course.

Table Saw and Miter Saw: Versatility and Power

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety

Machine Access: Table Saw, Miter Saw

This class will cover the fundamentals of table saw and miter saw safety, as well as effective use. Arguably the most important machine in the wood shop, it is critical for woodworkers of all skill levels to understand the table saw. In this class, participants will learn safety, theory of operation, and cross and rip cuts for both machines. In addition, participants will also delve into the more advanced operations such as mitering, bevels, and dado cuts. Students will make a small box using both machines to hone their skills.

Introduction to the Wood Lathe

$69

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety

Machine Access: Wood Lathe

This class will familiarize you with spindle turning techniques on the Nova wood lathe including roughing, shaping beads and coves, drilling, and finishing. Members will learn how to safely set up and operate the wood lathe, and to use the turning tools properly. At the end of the class, participants will leave with a candlestick holder of their design, and be granted access to the wood lathe.

ShopBot Course: From Start to Finish in 3 Weeks

$249

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety

Machine Access: ShopBot CNC router

6-session course, Minimum Attendees: 2

This 6-part course is for anyone interested in learning about and operating the ShopBot CNC router for independent usage. We will first cover how CNC machines work and the ShopBot’s capabilities. Next we will move into the PartWorks software, covering vectors, tool paths and tool selection. After files have been created, students will be taught workpiece fixturing, machine operation, tool changes, zeroing and cut their first designs. File selection and creation for 3D contours will be covered and students will get more practice setting up and using the ShopBot. At the end of this course, students will be granted unsupervised access to the ShopBot for independent usage.


METALWORKING

Metal Preparation for Machining and Welding

$0 Course Fee (Included with Initiation)

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Metal Shop Safety

Machine Access: Disc Grinder/Belt Sander, Pneumatic Tools, Cold Saw, Horizontal Bandsaw

Metal Preparation for Machining and Welding will go over tools and machines that were not covered in Metal Shop Safety. Participants will be trained for basic use of the cold saw, horizontal bandsaw, pneumatic tools, disc grinder, belt sander, hand files and deburring tool. While learning to safely use these machines, students will help prepare parts for the MIG welding class.

Vertical Mill 1

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Metal Shop Safety, Metal Preparation for Machining and Welding

Machine Access: JET Vertical Mill

This class is the first step in milling in our metal shop. We will first go over safety features of the vertical milling machine, basic functions and milling operations, an introduction to cutter theory, as well as the functionality of the Digital Readout screen. Students will run through setting up the machine for milling of a six sided die in class, then attempt to make one on their own.

Introduction to the Metal Lathe

$59

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Metal Shop Safety

Machine Access: Metal Lathe

This class will go over basic safety as well as the tools and processes involved with basic turning, facing, and taper operations on the Nardini metal lathe. Participants will be trained for basic use of the lathe, lathe cutters, hand files and deburring tool. Students will fabricate their own bottle stopper during class, and at the end will be granted access to the metal lathe.

MIG Welding

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Metal Shop Safety

Machine Access: MIG Welder, Oxyacetelyene Torch

This MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding course is intended for beginners and will cover safe practices and setting up NextFab’s Miller Dynasty 200DX welder. Students will practice on scrap parts, and finish off the class by making a set of bookends. Participants will also be introduced to the safe use of the oxyacetylene torch.

Preparation:

All participants must come prepared with natural fiber long pants, closed-toe leather shoes, and long sleeves.

Welding Course: MIG, TIG, and More

$249

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Metal Shop Safety, Metal Preparation for Machining and Welding

Machine Access: MIG welder, TIG welder, oxyacetylene torch, manual plasma cutter

6-session course, Minimum Attendees: 2

We will first introduce students to the different types of welding and cutting, and appropriate materials. Next, we will move onto hands-on learning and practice of MIG welding using mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum. Then participants will learn TIG welding, preparation, and fixturing. We will review preset configurations for different materials and thicknesses, and build a picture frame. At the end of this course, students will complete a small project, and will be granted access to the MIG welder, TIG welder, and oxyacetylene torch.

Preparation:

All participants must come prepared with natural fiber long pants, closed-toe leather shoes, and long sleeves.


2D PRINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY

Inkjet Printing with the Epson 9900

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Epson Stylus Pro 9900

Epson Stylus Pro 9900 is designed for fine art reproduction and photography printing. In this class, participants will learn how to set up and operate the printer and how to obtain the best prints when printing from Adobe Photoshop CS6. During the class, participants will print color or black-and-white prints on Epson Luster paper.

Preparation:

Participants of this class are required to bring their own hi-res images to print. We will meet in the classroom to prepare our files with Adobe Photoshop, then move to the printer for media setup and printing.

Vinyl Printing and Cutting

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Roland XR-640

This course is an introduction to printing and cutting production on the Roland XR-640. The XR-640 is ideal for creating decals and labels, vehicle graphics and wraps, banners and posters, and apparel decoration. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of preparing the graphics, basic machine setup, software usage, and how to produce different applications.

Photo Studio Essentials

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Photo Studio

The NextFab Studio Photo Studio is a private space that can be reserved. Members may reserve the space and use their own equipment, or sign out NextFab’s professional equipment once they have been trained. Participants will learn how to safely operate the ProFoto Air strobe lighting set, in conjunction with the Nikon D800 DSLR camera along with some general studio lighting tips. During the class, participants will take photographs of each other and/or each others projects.

Film and Flatbed Scanning

$19

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Epson Pro750

In this class, participants will learn how to get great scanning results from negatives, slides or prints with up to 6400 dpi resolution, using the Epson Pro750 and Silverfast scanning software.


SEWING AND DIGITAL EMBROIDERY

Digital Embroidery Machine Setup

$42

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: Brother Innov-ís 2800D

This class will introduce participants to the basics of digital embroidery using the Brother Innov-ís 2800D. Participants will learn about the mechanics of the Innov-ís 2800D, including how to set up the machine for digital embroidery, types of threads and needles, how to navigate the LCD interface, how to hoop, stabilizer considerations, and common troubleshooting. Participants will embroider a small stock image to become familiar with the machine and processes.

Digital Embroidery Software: Creating Custom Designs

$39

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation 

This class will introduce participants to the basics of the digital embroidery software PE-Design NEXT. In this section, participants will learn the basics of the software, and begin using the tools needed to create, understand, and use embroidery files. Please bring a simple vector or jpeg image to convert to a stitch pattern during class. This class is not required for use of the Digital Embroidery machine, but is recommended for making custom embroidery designs.

Machine Sewing Basics

$44

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Brother Innov-ís 2800D

This beginner class will cover the basics of operating the Brother Innov-ís 2800D as a utility-stitch sewing machine. We will first go over machine parts and setting up the machine for sewing: winding the bobbin, threading the top thread, attaching the presser foot and needle, and navigating the LCD screen. Then we will go over types of fabric, needles, thread, and stitches, and when to use them. Students will practice sewing and make a tote bag using fabric they bring in or scrap fabric provided by NextFab.

Serger Basics

$42

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: Brother 3034D Serger

This class is for beginners, and will cover the basics of operating the Brother 3034D Compact Overlock Sewing Machine (Serger). The serger produces overlock stitches while cutting the edge of fabric for professional and accurate edging, hemming, and seaming. Participants will be guided through attaching the presser foot and needles, threading the machine, understanding the dials and their functions, and then properly serging seams.

Industrial Machine Sewing

$42

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Basic Machine Sewing

Machine Access: Juki LU-1508N

This class will cover the safety, setup, and operation of the Juki LU-1508N industrial sewing machine. We will first go over safety concerns associated with the sewing machine. Then we will go over machine parts and setting up the machine for sewing including winding the bobbin, threading the top thread, attaching the presser foot and needle, adjusting sewing speed and stitch length. Scrap fabric will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own material to test on the machine.


ELECTRONICS

Design your own Circuit Board: An Introduction to Eagle

$39

Prerequisites: None (Open to non-members for an additional $50 access fee)

This class will help students learn about circuit board design and schematic capture techniques using the software Eagle. Students will learn what a PCB is, how to navigate the software package, and be guided through the process of designing a 555 timer board ready for fabrication.

Recommended Skills:

It is recommended that students have prior experience with drawing/reading electronic schematics.

Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino

$39

Prerequisites: None (Open to non-members for an additional $50 access fee)

This class will teach students about the open-source microcontroller development platform Arduino. Concepts such as basic automation and control, input, and output will be introduced.

Introduction to Electronics

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation

Machine Access: Oscilloscope

This class is intended for those who would like to know more about basic electronics and become familiar with NextFab’s electronics lab. We will cover basic electronic circuits, building/prototyping of electronic circuits, how to use various electronic tools and teach the basic workflow of developing an electronic gadget. Components including resistors, CdS cells, LEDs, diodes, and integrated circuits will be introduced, as will the Techronix digital storage oscilloscopes, BK Precision bench power supplies and function generators, and the solderless breadboard.

Introduction to Soldering

$49

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation  

Machine Access: Soldering Stations

In this class, students will learn how to utilize the tools and techniques related to soldering to assemble and fix electronic equipment/devices. Students will learn how to assemble and solder a pre-fabricated printed circuit board, de-solder broken/incorrect components, fix and recognize bad/broken solder joints, and splice wires.


OTHER CLASSES

CNC Milling on the Roland MDX

$129

Prerequisites: New Member Orientation, Wood Shop Safety

Machine Access: Roland MDX-540

3-session course

This three-part course is for people with a general interest in rapid prototyping and CNC milling. We will create a 3D part out of foam from an .stl file found on Thingiverse, an open source CAD database. The first part of class will cover the basics of the software, SRP Player, including file preparation, basic cutting theory, toolpathing, and fourth-axis milling. The second part of the course will consist of setting up the fourth axis on the machine; calibration; loading and measuring tools; the basics of gcode; and preparing stock to be cut on the fourth axis. Participants will practice setting up and using the machine, and will return for the third session to learn additional setup steps and to be tested for independent usage.