Classes and Events

IMPORTANT NOTES: Our classes have a minimum of 3 students. If we don't get the minimum number of sign-ups for the class will be cancelled and you will be rescheduled for the following class (same type of class). Also, registrations will close two or three days before the class so that we can order materials.... so don't wait until the last minute to sign up!!!


Classes we offer: Intro to 3D Printing/Scanning/Design, Inkscape Fundamentals, Laser Cutting, CNC Shopbot Router, Basic Operation Wood Shop Safety, Welding and Plasma Torch, CNC Plasma Table, Digital Embroidery, Wood Lathe, Metal Lathe, 3D Resin Jewelry Design, Precious Metal Clay, Into to Arduino, and Intro to Raspberry Pi. If you are interested in one of these classes that are not currently posted, please contact Dani@FabLab.com, to request the class.

Upcoming events

    • 07 Mar 2017
    • 01 Apr 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Designer Bootcamp is a Maker's dream workshop series. It is ideal for tinkerers, teachers, inventors, and anyone with a love of art, technology, and modern fabrication. Designer Bootcamp includes seven workshops, a prototyped project, and a membership through the month of March for the bulk  price of $400. In addition 50% off FabLab membership for the following month, so you can make the most of your new skills.  

    Workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Tuesday March 7 | Introductions and 2D Vector Design

    Saturday March 11 | Laser Cutting and Engraving 

    Tuesday March 14 | 3D Design and Printing

    Saturday March 18 | CNC Router

    Tuesday March 21 | Intro to Welding and Plasma Cutting

    Saturday March 25 | CNC Plasma Cutting 

    Tuesday March 28 | Basic Wood working | 123D Make

    Saturday April 1 | Open Studio and Design Time

    Note: A membership includes access to Fablab's tools and workspace during open hours, plus a discounted rate on FabLab classes that are not included in the bootcamp.

    Also, Feel free to bring your laptop. All the software we teach is open-source (free). If you do not have a laptop available, we have laptops. 

    • 31 Mar 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 2



    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. 
    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 5

    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 John Laskajan

    John has been working metal for over 15 years with architectural and structural projects.  Currently he is project manage for a company that does primarily structural work, and in his free time he likes to take on one off projects and create forged steel pieces.  "Metal is not always the easiest medium to work with, but I am always amazed at how enjoyable a project turns out in the end."   


    • 08 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 5


    In this two hour class you will be introduced to the fundamentals of 3D modeling and the history of 3D printing.  You will also have the opportunity to learn 3D Scanning using a Structure Sensor Scanner. At the end of class we will upload a 3D model into the MakerBot Software to send to the 3D Printer. This is a great class for getting introduced the the developing world of 3D Technologies. 

    For this class you can bring your own computer with  123D Design downloaded. If you do not have a laptop available, the Fablab has several available.

    Daniella is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and designer. She recently completed a Master Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana. She works predominantly in the medium of sculpture and new media. You can find her online portfolio at DArtStudio.info.

    • 15 Apr 2017
    • FabLab Tacoma

    Open to Residence of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California
    Application Fee: $25
    Deadline: March 15st
    Residency Dates: April 15 - June 1

    FabLab Tacoma is excited to launch our Virtual Reality Production Suite Spring of 2017. We are calling for local artist in the vicinity of Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho to apply for our two-week to six-week Artist-in-Residency. This program will include 6 hours a day access to production suite to assist with the development of a VR experience. FabLab will only provide basic software/hardware training. Artist who have experience with VR Film, game design, or animation production should apply for this residency. The artist will have the opportunity to teach four workshops on software, production, and/or VR workflow.

    VR Film artist will have the opportunity to feature their work at Tacoma Film Festival | Open Lens Series: Works in progress. 

    FabLab Production Suite Software Includes:
    Adobe Creative Cloud - Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, Character Animator, After Effects | Autodesk Maya | AgiSoft | PhotoScan Professional | VIVE System | Unity | Solidworks | CorelDraw | SketchFab | Kolor | Leap Motion

    FabLab Production Suite Hardware Includes:
    GTX 1070 Computer | HTC Vive | 360 Fly Camera | Bridge from Occipital | Drone Videography **Operator FabLab Staff

    FabLab Tacoma 1938 Market street Tacoma, WA 98402

    To Apply Click HERE

    Pay $25 Application Fee to finalize application

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 14 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 10

    July 10 - 14 | 9 am - 12pm | Ages 12 - 16 | Cost $230 

    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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 10


    June 26 - 30 | 1pm - 4pm | Ages 10 - 15 | Cost $250 

    Coding, building circuits, prototyping ideas, and learning electronics are all included in our Raspberry Pi Bake-Off Camp. This camp is designed for beginners and "experts." Campers will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of coding through creating interactive projects. Python and scratch 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. 

    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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 10


    July 10 - 14 |1pm - 4pm| Ages 14 - 18 | Cost $280 | Registration Open Soon

    This series of 5 workshops are designed for teens interested in learning modern fabrication techniques utilized in industry. These workshops will be taught by FabLab's staff of designers and engineers. Participants will have opportunity learn 2D/3D CAD software, and how to operate CNC equipment safely. Specific tools that will be demonstrated include: Laser Cutter/Engraver, CNC Router, CNC Plasma Table, 3D PLA Printer, and 3D Resin Printer. 

    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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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


    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 12


    July 17 -21 | 9:00am - 12pm | Ages 8 - 14 | Cost $ 220

    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. They will edit all of there short clips into a multimedia short film. At the end of the class 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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 8


    July 17 - 21 |1pm - 4pm |  Ages 8 - 14 | Cost $240 | 

    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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 28 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 11


     July 24 - 28 | 1pm - 4pm | Ages 9-15 | Cost $230  

    Kickstarters have lead the way for anybody with a clever idea to crowd source funding to launch their prototypes. Inventor camp is a great way for youth to get involved with modern fabrication and design. Campers will be presented two design challenges as a means to learn vector and 3D design. Campers will then protype their own ideas utlizeing CNC design and arduinos. These mini projects will embrace laser cutting/etching, 3D printing, electronics, and soldering. The last day and half they will have an opportunity to prototype an idea.

    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 Dani Pavlic in advance to reserve a lab computer. 

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


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

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Hours

Mondays | Closed
Tuesday - Thursday | Noon - 10pm
Friday  | Noon - 8pm
Saturday | Noon - 10pm

Sunday  | 1pm - 8pm