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

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


    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.

    • 30 Jun 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma


    Ready to get started with computer-controlled design tools? Inkscape is a free, open-source design program that works with any computer operating system. In a 1 hour class, we'll teach you the basics of using this exciting tool to generate designs for CNC machines such as a laser cutter/engraver, a CNC plasma table, and a CNC routing table. It is also excellent beginner software for vector-based graphic design, similar to Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.


    Please bring a laptop with Inkscape pre-installed, and a mouse with a scroll-wheel if you have one (such as this, though wireless is not necessary: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009VDSRJ8?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage


    Download Inkscape for FREE here: https://inkscape.org/en/download/


    If you need assistance downloading or installing Inkscape, please arrive 30 minutes before class is scheduled to begin. Please do not hesitate to contact the instructor in advance at pavlic.dani@gmail.com

    • 06 Jul 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4


    Get your burn on in our computer controlled plasma class. Learn how to set up a job on the computer and cut an example shape out of mild steel. The CNC Plasma cutter is a neat tool that can turn simple CAD drawings into awesome metal works of art.

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

    It is recommended you take this class after our Inkscape class, or have prior knowledge of vector design terms and software.

    Open to ages 18+


    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 7

    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
    • 4


    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.


    • 15 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 7


    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. 

    *Enjoy a glass of local Washington wine


    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 5 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 4


    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
    • 3


    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. Dani@FabLab.com

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

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 11

    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. 

    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 Dani@Fablab.com

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


     July 24 - 28 | 9am - 12pm | 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.


    • 31 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 14


    Makers Making Changes: Curriculum for 3D Printing and Arduino's

     July 31: 9am - 3pm | Lunch will be  provided

     6 OSPI Clock Hours

     This hands on workshop hosted by Makers Making Change and FabLab Tacoma will emphasize how to use 3D printing and Arduinos as a practical application in classroom. Makers Making Changes is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting makers to people with disabilities who need assistive technology. FabLab supports this mission and would like to give educators an opportunity to use this curriculum in their classrooms. During this workshop educators will work together in small groups to build a LipSync device, a mouth controlled input device, which will enable people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device. This workshop is practical for CTE instructors, librarians, science teachers, and anyone interested the maker movement. Participants will leave with soldering skills, basic knowledge of how to build circuits with an Arduino, and practical ways to implement 3D design/printing in curriculum.

    Pacific Lutheran University will issue 6 of OSPI clock hours to participants, for an additional fee. PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses. To Register for clock hour click here.

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 12


      Coding with Unity:   Washington Jobs and Careers


       August 1: 9am - 12pm

      3 OSPI Clock Hours

    Unity is a powerful open-source software tool that is used in industry for video game design, virtual reality and augmented reality development. Currently in the Puget Sound there are multiple job postings for unity developers, VR renderers, and software engineers. FabLab is dedicated to being a resource for educators to assist in preparing students for the industry. Educators will learn the fundamental coding necessary to get started in Unity and branch into digital animation. This is an ideal course for those wishing to get started in coding and digital design, or broadening their skills in computer science. In this three hour workshop participants will learn the Unity interface and build a short game. The last part of the workshop FabLab will provide curriculum for integrating Unity projects in Middle School and High School classes.

    Pacific Lutheran University will issue 3 of OSPI clock hours to participants, for an additional fee. PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses. To Register for Hours Click Here

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 12


      Virtual Reality In Schools

       August 1st 1pm - 4pm

       3 OSPI Clock Hours


     The world of virtual reality is rapidly  developing, and FabLab is excited to  provide educators with strategies  and curriculum to implement this  technology in their classrooms. Storytelling, problem solving, and creative expressions in virtual reality are skills that can be integrated into lesson plans. Current research studies have shown that virtual reality experiences have an influential effect on developing memory skills. Virtual reality is a great way to include and promote students that are visually focused in their learning. In this 3 hour workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore VR on the HTC Vibe, learn basic animation on open- source software, and learn about different platforms and resources for educators. In addition, each participant will take a Google cardboard set for their classroom.  

    Pacific Lutheran University will issue 3 of OSPI clock hours to participants, for an additional fee. PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses. To register for credits click here. 

    • 05 Aug 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 7


    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. Dani@FabLab.com

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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