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, to request the class.

Upcoming events

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 3

    Designer Bootcamp is a Maker's dream workshop series. This workshop series is ideal for teachers, inventors, tinkers,  and anyone with a love of art, technology, and modern fabrication. Participants will have the opportunity to learn 2D/3D CAD design to build a small one of a kind table. In this workshop series participants will learn the fundamentals of CNC Laser Cutting, CNC Routing, CNC Plasma Cutting, and Welding. In addition on the final day we will finish the table tops with epoxy resin. For the duration of the classes period, participants will have a FabLab membership. 

    Workshops will be held on Mondays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Monday July 17| Introductions and 2D Vector Design

    Monday July 24| CNC Router *

    Monday July 31| 3D Design 

    Monday August 7 | CNC Plasma Cutting*

    Monday August 14 | Welding*

    Monday August 21 | Epoxy and Wax Finish

    * These class dates may rotate based on the number of registrants.

    Note: If you know ahead of time you can not make a class that you will miss,  we can work with you to run your files and give you a discount on one of our future classes. 

    If you have a laptop available, feel free to bring it in. All the software we teach is open-source (free). If you do not have a laptop available, we have laptops. For questions contact

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 2

    Ages 8-14

    Virtual Reality production is emerging in Western Washington, and FabLab is excited to offer a workshop that allows youth to explore the world of VR production. In this camp students will learn how to film in 360. FabLab has an HTC Vive on site, were campers will create unique drawing using hand controllers that can be saved in 3D format to view later. In addition to building content in VR, youth will have the opportunity to build there own Google Cardboard headset.

    Participants 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.

    • 19 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 2

    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

    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."   

    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma

    Unity is a powerful open-source software tool. In this tw0 hour workshop we will cover the capabilities of Unity in relation to Game Design, VR Design, and AR Design. We will provide a, introduction for getting started in unity and how to manage files. You will with the knowledge and resources to dive into the world of interactive design. 

    To download Unity visit:

    FabLab will provide computers for this class. 

    • 25 Aug 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4

    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

    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma - 1939 Market Street
    • 8

    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…..)
    • 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…
    • 26 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 6

    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. 

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

Sunday  | 1pm - 8pm