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

    • 28 Apr 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 3


    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


    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 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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    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."   


    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma - 1939 Market Street
    • 3


    The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit card sized, single board Linux computer. If you have outgrown your Arduino this is a great, cost effective, next step. A Raspberry Pi with Ethernet, Wifi adapter, 4GB storage, enclosure and power supply is less than the cost of an Arduino Uno and Ethernet Shield!

    Class size is limited to 8 students.

    With this class, you will receive:
    • Raspberry Pi 3 Model B - 1GB RAM
    • 8GB SD card
    • Power supply
    This class covers:
    • Loading an OS onto your SD card
      (this may be a handout due to time constraints)
    • Raspberry Pi first boot with monitor, keyboard and mouse
    • Basic network configuration via command line
    • SSH via Putty
    • Raspberry Pi first boot without monitor, keyboard and mouse
    • Basic file system structure, permissions, and basic commands
    • Updating and installing new software on your Raspberry Pi
    • Downloading files and software from the web to your Raspberry Pi
    • Other things you can do remotely with your Raspberry Pi
      (surf the web, Tweet, read email, chat, turn things on/off…..)
    Requirements:
    • Bring a Laptop computer with WiFi
    Things to bring to class if you have access to them:
    • Spare USB keyboard and mouse
    • HDMI LCD monitor (Composite RCA input will work)
    • An installed SSH client (For Windows users Putty is nice)
    Specifications of the Raspberry Pi:
    • 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU
    • 1GB RAM
    • SD card slot for storage(and OS)
    • Wired 10/100 ethernet on board
    • Four USB 2.0 ports
    • 3.5mm audio jack
    • Composite RCA (PAL and NTSC)
    • HDMI (14 resolutions available)
    • On-board UART, I2C, SPI, GPIO
    • 1080p, h.264, MPEG4
    • Multiple Linux distros are currently available (including Debian, ChromeOS and Android)
    Notes on the Raspberry pi:
    • If you’ve wanted to dip your toes in the Linux waters this is an great place to start.
    • If you’re interested in computer science, networking, scripting, web servers, web apps this board is for you.
    • Low parts count. You only need the Raspberry Pi board, an SD card and a cheap power supply to build a web enabled project or server. **You probably have an SD card and old cell phone power supply laying around already that will work.
    • The level community support for this board and the available tutorials are amazing. A lot of people have donated alot of their time to make your experience with the board fun.
    I have a Raspberry Pi. My friends are jealous. What do I do with it now?
    • Pocket Desktop
    • Electronics Projects
    • The sky is the limit with the on board GPIO
    • Media Server
    • XBMC, Pandora client, etc
    • Web Server
    • Home automation, file sharing, LAMP server, etc, etc, etc….
    • Networking
    • Firewall, wireless access point, penetration testing appliance, etc
    • Data Collection, Process Monitoring (via Cosm)
    • Mobile projects
    • Car, bicycle, snow machine, motorcycle, boat…
    • 29 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4

    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."   


    • 09 May 2017
    • 27 May 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 8


    If you’re wanting to get into game design, but don’t know where to start, this workshop will help get your foot in the door of video game creation and design. 

    This series of classes is perfect for those who have little to no knowledge of coding, 3D modeling, or game development. Unity is one of the best professional game development platforms out there and it is FREE! In the 6 sessions of this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of Unity to produce a small interactive game.

    • 13 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4

    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."   


    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 9


    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 | 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.

    • 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
    • 10


    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
    • 6


    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
    • 10


     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.


FABLAB TACOMA  
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