New Workshop: Monotype and Collograph Narrative Class
In this class students will learn both the process of Monotype printing and Collograph printing to produce a short visual narrative. Monotype printing is done by applying ink to a sheet of plexiglass and then running the sheet through the press to produce one, unique image.
Workshop Archive: Inkscape for Graphic Design
Want to strengthen up your graphic design skills and enhance your experience in the fab lab? Participants will receive an overview of vector graphic design using Inkscape, including how to make objects, trace images, and create design files that could be used on our digital fabrication tools. Inkscape is a free, open-source competitor to Illustrator. This class will teach students the skills needed to develop vector graphics for the Laser Cutter and Rolland Desktop Vinyl Cutter machine as the Labs. Designs can also be used for professional printing, web design, and computer graphics. Being able to use computers to design real life objects has a lot of advantages, and is a necessary skill to have for digital fabrication.
There are no supplies needed for this course. The lab has a computer lab of iMacs and Linux computers for students to use. It is recommended that you bring your own laptop if you can, but it is not a requirement to take the course. The software we use in our fab lab is Inkscape, if you want to get a head start, download it and check it out before class.
Downloading and Installing Inkscape
Level 2 Stuff
Layers and Z-index
Stroke vs Path
Cool Text Example
Real World Uses
Creating Print Ready Files
Crop and Fold Marks
Laser Cutter and Vinyl Cutter File Setup
Workshop Archive: Introduction to Android Development
This Android training course is designed to quickly get you up to speed how to make Android apps for Android devices. This Android development training course will teach you the basis of the Android platform and the application lifecycle. You will become familiar with the platform, it’s capabilities, and how to write and deploy simple GUI applications that store and retrieve data in files on the device.
No programming experience is necessary, this is a gentle introduction with examples for someone interested in starting development.
In this class students will learn about side lighting acrylic. We will discuss the concept, design a project, and build a side lit sign or figurine. Each student will get to make their own side lit acrylic project on the laser cutter. This is a great opportunity to make a cool valentine, name plaque, comic figurine, or other sign.
We will design the projects in Inkscape and cut/etch the, with the laser cutter. Then We’ll build a simple LED and battery circuit to side light the image.
This class consists of one 3 hour session. At the end of this class you will understand the basics of side light design and get to take home your project.
All materials are included in the cost of the class.
Please note that though we will be using the laser cutter, this class will not train students on the details of using the machine and will not certify students to use the laser cutter on their own.
This workshop is a collaborative effort of the Lab and Printshop. It will introduce the laser cutter as a printmaking tool to experienced and neophyte printmakers. Instructors will show participants how the laser cutter and a software program can be used to prepare acrylic, wood, metal, and other matrix for relief and intaglio printing. At the Printshop, you will printing the prepared images on the etching press. This is a great opportunity to learn what the laser cutter can do for you in your work. The Lab will provide acrylic plates. The Printshop will provide printing ink, but participants must bring paper. Registrants will receive a detailed information sheet prior to class.
Participants will learn the basics of the laser cutter machine, and techniques on how to etch into various forms of glass. The machine is capable of rotating cylindrical glasses and engraving any custom graphic into the glass. Participants are encourage to bring ideas, graphics on a flash drive, even a laptop to do some designing during the class. Everyone will leave with their own engraved piece of glass.
The Labs will provide a limited amount of glass for students to work with and experiment with, student may also bring in their own glasses to etch onto. Please, do not bring crystal glass to the workshop, it will shatter when trying to engrave.
In this workshop, students will learn how to use and apply the computer-aided design (CAD) program, Adobe Illustrator for Digital Fabrication and CNC Machine. Adobe Illustrator is a vector design program that is a useful tool to design files for the Laser Cutter, CNC Router, and Vinyl Cutter. These are machines at the AS220 Labs, and can be used by members. This workshop is meant to cover how to properly design and prepare your files for the machines. A basic understanding of computer design and digital fabrication is recommended, but not required. You are also encouraged to bring your own Laptop if you already have the program, otherwise you may use the computers here at the Media Arts Lab.
An introduction to the powerful and forever useful Arduino microcontroller platform. In this workshop, students will learn how to program their first Arduino program, learning the basics of the Arduino and it’s capabilities along the way. Students will construct a “Physical Pixel” with their arduino, a RGB LED who’s color is set by adjusting potentiometers (knobs).
This workshop is meant to be a continuation from Intro to Soldering: Build Your Own Arduino!, but can be taken by people who already own an Arduino or can purchase an arduino from the Labs. All materials for making the project will be included with the cost of the workshop.
Learn how to solder and make an Arduino microcontroller, a powerful, easy-to-use gadget that will enable you to make all types of projects. After taking this workshop, it is recommended that you continue your arduino education and take the follow up workshop – Introduction to the Arduino: Physical Pixel.
We’re going to be making awesome wordclocks. What! You don’t know what a wordclock is?
This clock spells out the exact time every five minutes. The two minutes before and the two minutes after are the exact time plus “ish”. You’ll love it!
Push the side buttons to set the hour and the minute.
In this workshop we will make the Arduino part of the internet of things. We will build a device that reacts to data from web: use it to alert you to email, stock prices, sports scores or tweets. We will learn to program a full color LED, serial communication between the Arduino and the computer and scrape the web to make a color reactive orb.
The cost of the workshop includes the materials to build the ambient orb, not the arduino. It is expected that you are bringing your own arduino, or have made one in Intro to Soldering: Build Your Own Arduino!. You may also purchase an Arduino from the Labs at an additional cost.
3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital model. It is accessible to all types of people, even those with a minimal understanding of electronics, hardware, or 3D design. This workshop is for anyone interested to learning a new D.I.Y. skill, and an exciting new technology. This technology allows you to prototype any design, and turn it into a real physical product.
Students of this workshop will:
- learn the concept of 3D printing and rapid 3D prototyping.
- learn the software and hardware involved.
- learn how to properly prep files for the machine.
- learn basic machine operations and functionality.
- be trained and certified to use the machine independently.
Learn the basics of 3D Modeling with Google Sketchup and then learn how to use a 3D Printer to print out their object. Makerbot’s Thing-O-Matic will be the printer that students will be trained on, but concepts will apply to other types of 3D printers. Students will walk away with some new 3D Modeling skills + a physical 3D printed object!
Make a custom birdhouse, wine rack, or box! Participants will learn about the basics of press fit design using the Lab’s Epilog Mini Laser Cutter. Additionally, the students will have the opportunity to customize either project with unique etched graphics. This class will introduce the student to the concepts of press fit design and assembly. No glue or nails will be needed to make these sturdy, professional looking projects.
This is a great starting point for students interested in developing their own press fit designs. However, it is also a great class for students who just want to make a cool gift. Students can chose to make either project and all materials cheapdiazepamonline will be provided. The class is comprised of one 3 hour session and you will take your project home at the end. Students interested in customizing their projects should get themselves familiar with Inkscape and bring any graphics with them on a USB stick.
Though participants will have the opportunity to use the laser cutter, this class does not include full training of the equipment or Labs certification to use the laser cutter on their own. Students wishing to be trained on the operation of the laser cutter are encouraged to sign up for the next session of Introduction to the Laser Cutter or Laser Cutter Intensive.
In this workshop, students will learn how to use and apply the 3D computer-aided design (CAD) program, Rhino for Digital Fabrication. Rhino is a NURBS-based 3-D modeling software, a useful design tool to design files for the Laser Cutter, CNC Router, and 3D Printer. These are machines at the AS220 Labs, and can be used by members. This workshop is meant to cover how to properly design and prepare your files for the machines. A basic understanding of computer design and digital fabrication is recommended, but not required. You are also encouraged to bring your own Laptop if you already have the program, otherwise you may use the computers here at the Media Arts Lab.