Upcoming events

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 3
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    This introductory Solidworks class will help guide you through the somewhat steep learning curve that follows CAD programs. You will learn some of the basic tools and features Solidworks has to offer. While creating a simple 3 dimensional object along the way.


    Resources:

    Ages 8+

    Additional Info:
    • There is no order in which to take the 3D printing classes!
    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 2
    Register


    Make dust and cool wood designs with our awesome ShopBot CNC Router.  This machine opens up all kinds of fabrication doors for those who would rather sit back and let the computer do the hard work!

    In this hands-on class you will learn the basic steps of CNC production while you cut a design of your choice to take home.

    We highly recommend prior to taking this class you take our Inkscape class to learn the fundamentals of vector design that will be applied in this class.

    Please bring with you:
        - Ideas for a design you would like to cut
        - Basic computer navigation skills


    • 04 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4
    Register


    Make dust and cool wood designs with our awesome ShopBot CNC Router.  This machine opens up all kinds of fabrication doors for those who would rather sit back and let the computer do the hard work!

    In this hands-on class you will learn the basic steps of CNC production while you cut a design of your choice to take home.

    We highly recommend prior to taking this class you take our Inkscape class to learn the fundamentals of vector design that will be applied in this class.

    Please bring with you:
        - Ideas for a design you would like to cut
        - Basic computer navigation skills


    • 04 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 1
    Register


    This workshop is perfect for couples or individuals who want to experience working in a metal shop to create a custom wine rack. It requires no prior experience to welding or metal working. Here is what to expect:

    * Cover Metal Shop Safety Rules

    * CNC Plasma Cut wine rack design ( FabLab will have the files ready to go)

    *Introduction to Welding techniques

    *Weld Joints, grind Joints, and spray clear coat to seal wine rack. 

    Clothes to wear: 

    • Cotton clothing  (No synthetic clothes, nylon, rayon, etc)
    • Closed toe shoes, preferably work boots
    • Long sleeve, button up shirt
    • We will provide safety gear (PPE) for use in the class, including helmet, goggles, and welding jacket/ apron and gloves.


    • 10 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4
    Register



    About the Laser Cutter

    Laser cutting and engraving is a very versatile process used to cut or engrave numerous materials including wood, leather, acrylic, anodized aluminum, Formica, and even mother of pearl. It can also be used engrave and mark some metals, marble, and stone to create a variety of projects. The laser cutter excels even with fine, intricate work.

    In this class you will learn the basics of working with Laser including:
    • Safe operation of the laser system
    • Setting up files for vector cutting
    • Raster engraving and etching
    • Material preparation and clean-up
    Through the process of learning how to use the Laser, students will take home a living hinge book cover. We will also share some tricks of the trade, our experts have learned to create successful projects. 
    • 11 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 5
    Register

     

    This class does not include 3D CAD design. This introductory 3D printing class will go over how to use the Makerbot 3D printers and the software associated with them. You will learn how to prepare a 3D model for printing, resources to acquire 3D models, as well as the programs available to create 3D models.

    Resources:

    Age 8+

    • 18 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4
    Register

    In this Basic Operations and Safety class, you will learn how to safely operate many of the woodworking tools at FabLab Tacoma including the SawStop table saw, wood drill press, wood band saw, wood miter saw, circular saw, and orbital hand sander.

    You will perform various procedures on these tools, obtaining familiarity and expertise, and readying you for the creation of your next wood shop project.

    Please register for the class online before the class date. If we do not have any registered the day before the class, class will be cancelled!
    Class size is limited.


    • 18 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 0
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    Welding and Plasma Cutting:
    This two-hour class covers welding and plasma cutting safety, positions, and techniques. The instructor will demonstrate proper welding techniques, and tips to be successful. 

    Please wear cotton clothing, a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. If you already own any related safety equipment you are invited to bring it as well. All other materials and supplies are included with the class. If you have any questions, please email Dani@fablab.com

    Open to ages 18+

    Instructor Sergio

     

    • 25 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 5
    Register

     

    This introductory Solidworks class will help guide you through the somewhat steep learning curve that follows CAD programs. You will learn some of the basic tools and features Solidworks has to offer. While creating a simple 3 dimensional object along the way.


    Resources:

    Ages 8+

    Additional Info:
    • There is no order in which to take the 3D printing classes!
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 11
    Register


    June 24 - 28 | 9am - 12pm | Ages 10+ | Cost $250 

    Learn to create your own computer programs using the powerful Python programming language. This camp covers the basics of writing code and thinking like a programmer, and you will do several interesting projects. If you’ve wondered about what goes on inside your computer or wanted to dive into “real” programming, this is for you! You will be working with the latest version of Python 3 and writing your code in the IDLE programming environment. Note: This camp will be the same as last year's camp. If your camper has already taken this camp, we advice he/she to take our advanced camp in August!

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 11
    Register


    June 24 - 28 | 1pm - 4pm | Ages 10 - 15 | Cost $250 + $90 Lab Fee 

    Coding, building circuits, prototyping ideas, and learning electronics are all included in our Raspberry Pi Bake-Off Camp. This camp is designed for beginners; campers will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of coding through creating interactive projects. Python will be languages campers will utilize to write commands for the GPIO (hardware control platform).  Campers will leave with Raspberry Pi 3, Power source, Micro SD card, Bread board, LED's, and an interactive electronic project built on the Pi. This year, our new project will be a heartbeat simulation using an interactive pulse sensor! 

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. Registration closes 7 days before the camp starts.

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 12
    Register


     July 8 - 12 | 9am - 12pm | Ages 9-15 | Cost $250 + $30 lab fee  

    Focus will be on learning the elements of design thinking while also being introduced to 2D and 3D design skills. Design thinking is an integral process in the world of inventing and will help expand camper’s views on problem solving. While things like prototyping and testing will be gone over, topics such empathy centered design and effective brainstorming will also be covered. Campers will learn problem solving skills while also learning basic 3D design skills through 3D printing and basic 2D design skills through laser cutting. By the end of the week campers will have built a Bose Bluetooth speaker that has been customized by them!

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.


    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 10
    Register


    July 8 - 12 | 1 pm - 4 pm | Ages 12 - 16 | Cost $250

    Unity is a professional software for building interactive environments for game, virtual reality, and much more. This camp is designed for campers with no experience in coding or design, to launch into the world of game design. Campers will design 3D environments in Sketchup, and then bring them into Unity to build objectives and rules for the their games. We will 3D print the a small sketchup model for campers at the end of the week. On the last day, we invite friend and family in to play the prototyped games.

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 15 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 19 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 8
    Register


    July 15 - 19 | 1pm - 4pm | Ages 8 - 12 | Cost $250 + $50 Lab Fee

    This camp explores the world of animation through various means of creation. Campers will collaborate to write a series of short stories and create several animations. This camp includes stop-motion animation, claymation, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and 3D animation. Campers will learn how to draw storyboards, create stop motion videos, 3D model characters, and 3D Print their characters. Students will edit all of their short clips into a multimedia short film. At the end of the camp they will take home their videos and a 3D printed character they have designed!

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 8
    Register


    July 22 - 26 |1pm - 4pm |  Ages 8 - 14 | Cost $250 + $40 Lab Fee | 

    Virtual Reality production is emerging in Western Washington, and FabLab is excited to offer a camp that allows campers to explore the world of VR production. In this camp students will learn how to photograph an film in 360. They will also learn 3D modeling in Sketchup, and how to move their models into VR. FabLab has an HTC Vive on sight were campers will create unique drawing using hand controllers that can be saved in 3D format to view later. On the final day campers will build their own VR Cardboard viewer, and we will have screening of projects for friends and family.

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 11
    Register


    August 12 - 16 | 9am - 12pm | Ages 10+ | Cost $250 

    Prerequisites: Be familiar with Python OR have taken the Beginners Python Camp

    This camp is for more in depth learning to create your own computer programs using the powerful Python programming language. During the camp, students will learn how to write more advanced code and begin to think like an advanced programmer. Are you ready to know more about what goes on inside of your computer? In this camp students will have the opportunity to create 3 projects! Our projects consist of coding games, creating graphics as a plus to your game, and making a more advanced chat server! You will be working with the latest version of Python 3 and writing your code in the IDLE programming environment.

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

    • 12 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 16 Aug 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 12
    Register


    August 12 - 16 | 1pm - 4pm | Ages 10 - 15 | Cost $250 + $90 Lab Fee 

    Prerequisites: Be familiar with Raspberry Pi AND Python OR have taken the beginners pi camp.

    Our new advanced camp will have more coding, building circuits, prototyping ideas, and learning electronics! Campers will have the opportunity to learn more in depth coding through creating interactive projects. Python will be languages campers will utilize to write commands for the GPIO (hardware control platform).  Campers will leave with Raspberry Pi 3, Power source, Micro SD card, Bread board, LED's, and an interactive electronic project built on the Pi. 

    For this camp we will have multiple projects campers will have the opportunity to create and/or choose from! The projects will consist of do a more advanced music/light project with a display instead of lights, add a speaker to the GPIO project, and a new theremin project! 

    Campers have the opportunity to bring their own laptop to work on. All of the software we use is open source and can be downloaded for free. If your camper does not have a laptop available we can provided a limited amount. Please contact Gaby Orozco in advance to reserve a lab computer. Registration closes 7 days before the camp starts.

    Cancellation fee: $30 if canceled less than 7 days before camp.

FABLAB TACOMA  
1938 Market Street Tacoma, WA 98402 
info@fablabtacoma.com
(253) 426-1267

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Hours

Mondays | Closed


Tuesdays | 4pm - 9pm

Wednesday - Thursday | Noon - 9pm

Friday  | Noon - 8pm

Saturday | Noon - 9pm

Sunday  | 1pm  -  7pm