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). Classes are non-refundable. If 24 hour notice is given a class is missed they can apply the funds to a future class. If class is missed without 24 hour notice the fee is forfeited. If classes are cancelled and have been paid for and the next class available does not fit your schedule, then you may use that credit for a future 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!!! We cannot register you to a class. Please register to the class you wish to take! What we can help you with is making payment to the class; options to pay for classes are online, phone, or in person!

Classes we offer: Intro to 3D Printing, Intro to 3D CAD with solidworks, Laser Cutting, CNC Shopbot Router, Basic Operation Wood Shop Safety, Welding 101, Weld and Wine, 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. For scheduling a BOS class, please contact Gaby Orozco as they are scheduled per request! New members are required to take this class before using the woodshop. 

Fablab Classes

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 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

    Open to ages 18+

    Instructor Sergio


    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 3

    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.

    • 17 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 5


    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.


    Ages 8+

    Additional Info:
    • There is no order in which to take the 3D printing classes!
    • 18 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 5

    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. 
    • 24 Nov 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • FabLab Tacoma
    • 10

    Through hands-on exercises, this workshop will introduce you to the Arduino board hardware and software, showing you how to interface it to circuits that you build.

    The workshop includes an Arduino board, prototyping board, cables, servo, motor and all of the necessary electronics for for you to keep. Please bring a computer with the Arduino IDE installed ( No previous electronics or programming experience is necessary.

    Class size is limited to 12 students.

    Included: Arduino Uno-R3, Starter Kit, servo motor, LED

    • Laptop (Mac OS X or Windows. Linux if you’re willing to work at it)
    • Please pre-load the developer environment from
    Some programming experience is helpful but not required About the workshop

    Arduino is a microcontroller-based pc-board with associated software that allows you to create, automate and customize a variety of projects. It is an efficient and relatively easy way to add electronic “brains” to electro-optical and electro-mechanical systems.

    What is Arduino?

    Arduino is an open-source computing platform based on a simple i/o board, and a development environment for writing Arduino software. The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring itself built on Processing.

    Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

    Chris Greenley, the class instructor, discovered his love of circuits and microcontrollers while working on a physics degree. He taught a university electronics course for three years and really enjoys making complex concepts easy for anyone to understand. When not building circuits or writing code, he enjoys hiking, camping, scuba diving and ballroom dancing.

    • 24 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 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

    • 24 Nov 2018
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Fablab Tacoma
    • 4


    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.


    Age 8+

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