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COVID-19 NOTICE: We are open with protocols in place to keep everyone healthy and safe. Operating Hours are — Tuesday: 12pm-9pm / Wednesday: 12pm-9pm / Thursday: 12pm-9pm / Friday: 12pm-10pm / Saturday: 10am-10pm / Sunday: 10am-6pm / Monday: CLOSED

We have returned to in-person instruction for some educational programs where social distancing is possible. In addition, we continue to offer virtual classes. Please browse our schedule below, with On-Site and Virtual programs listed separately.

Upcoming Workshops (On-Site)

    • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Machine Shop, MakerspaceCT, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Non-Members $399 / Members $299

    3 Session Class

    Session A: Milling Basics

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    INTRODUCTION OF MILLING BASICS

    • Teach students about the industry of Manual and CNC Machining and manufacturing and the applications of the trade.
    • Demo the differences between manual and CNC machines and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
    • Discuss exploded views of a milling machine, use videos if needed, showing drives, ways, ball screw, and spindle
    • Use of basic measuring tools
    • Show students about basic cutting tools and their applications.
    • Discuss feeds and speeds, Climb and Conventional
    • Allow student to set up block of aluminum and make X & Y cuts
    • Teach students basic metal cutting principles on the manual machine which will translate to CNC

    PROJECT BASED STEPS

    1. Use Horizontal band-saw to cut stock to rough length
    2. Properly load part into milling vise
    3. Load a cutting tool into a Bridgeport
    4. Machine block to a specified length.
    5. Measure block to verify machining was correct.

    Session B: HAAS CNC Milling Fundamentals

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    INTRODUCTION TO THE HAAS MILL

    • Understanding the HAAS interface and button layout
    • Review exploded views of the machine and understand it’s operation
    • Setting tools, loading the carousel
    • Learn about 123 blocks and manual probe
    OPERATION
    • Compressor room, air dryer, power up and down, Emergency stops, resets
    • Feeds and speeds and jog dial control
    • Visual pre-flight, clean up
    RUNNING A PART
    • Look at a (1M) part on a computer in Solidworks or Mastercam - export CAM G-code
    • Load a pre-designed program in the simulator
    • Study lines of G-code and look for XYZ movements and tool changes
    • Understand where and how the machine might crash based on code and simulation
    • Loading material, hold-downs, vices, torqueing
    • Use probe to touch off top and sides of material stock
    • Only instructor runs a demo of part 1M on the HAAS
    • Shut down, cleanup

    UPON COMPLETION of Session B MEMBERS WILL MOVE TO A SERIES OF HOMEWORK VIDEOS TO BE WATCHED BEFORE MOVING TO SESSION #

    Session C: HAAS CNC Milling Operation

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    RUNNING A PART ON THE HAAS MILL

    • Each student will load a program on the HAAS simulator and complete the following:

    • Study lines of G-code and look for XYZ movements and tool changes

    • Tapping? - optional

    • Understand where and how the machine might crash based on code and simulation

    • Instructor assures machine will not crash and offers useful criticism on adjustments

    • Understand feeds and speeds

    Load milled block from class (1 of 4) Each student will go through this process:

    • Power up

    • Load tools

    • Tapping? - optional

    • Use probe to touch off top and sides of material stock

    • Each student runs a demo of part 1M on the HAAS

    • Instructor assures machine will not crash – offers feeds and speeds advice

    • Shut down, cleanup

    You do not have to be a member to take this workshop. Please sign up on our website at the link below and pay tuition if you wish to attend. No experience required. Please note that MakerspaceCT's Metal Shop is an 18+ space.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than three (3) participants at a time.

    In response to COVID-19, we have developed SAFESHOP, a proactive program that follows State of Connecticut public health guidelines provided by the DECD for keeping attendees of MakerspaceCT's programs healthy and safe. Learn more about the program here.

    • Friday, October 15, 2021
    • Friday, October 29, 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • Machine Shop, MakerspaceCT, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Non-Members $399 / Members $299

    3 Session Class

    Session A: Milling Basics

    Friday, October 15, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    INTRODUCTION OF MILLING BASICS

    • Teach students about the industry of Manual and CNC Machining and manufacturing and the applications of the trade.
    • Demo the differences between manual and CNC machines and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
    • Discuss exploded views of a milling machine, use videos if needed, showing drives, ways, ball screw, and spindle
    • Use of basic measuring tools
    • Show students about basic cutting tools and their applications.
    • Discuss feeds and speeds, Climb and Conventional
    • Allow student to set up block of aluminum and make X & Y cuts
    • Teach students basic metal cutting principles on the manual machine which will translate to CNC

    PROJECT BASED STEPS

    1. Use Horizontal band-saw to cut stock to rough length
    2. Properly load part into milling vise
    3. Load a cutting tool into a Bridgeport
    4. Machine block to a specified length.
    5. Measure block to verify machining was correct.

    Session B: HAAS CNC Milling Fundamentals

    Friday, October 22, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    INTRODUCTION TO THE HAAS MILL

    • Understanding the HAAS interface and button layout
    • Review exploded views of the machine and understand it’s operation
    • Setting tools, loading the carousel
    • Learn about 123 blocks and manual probe
    OPERATION
    • Compressor room, air dryer, power up and down, Emergency stops, resets
    • Feeds and speeds and jog dial control
    • Visual pre-flight, clean up
    RUNNING A PART
    • Look at a (1M) part on a computer in Solidworks or Mastercam - export CAM G-code
    • Load a pre-designed program in the simulator
    • Study lines of G-code and look for XYZ movements and tool changes
    • Understand where and how the machine might crash based on code and simulation
    • Loading material, hold-downs, vices, torqueing
    • Use probe to touch off top and sides of material stock
    • Only instructor runs a demo of part 1M on the HAAS
    • Shut down, cleanup

    UPON COMPLETION of Session B MEMBERS WILL MOVE TO A SERIES OF HOMEWORK VIDEOS TO BE WATCHED BEFORE MOVING TO SESSION #

    Session C: HAAS CNC Milling Operation

    Friday, October 29, 2021, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    RUNNING A PART ON THE HAAS MILL

    • Each student will load a program on the HAAS simulator and complete the following:

    • Study lines of G-code and look for XYZ movements and tool changes

    • Tapping? - optional

    • Understand where and how the machine might crash based on code and simulation

    • Instructor assures machine will not crash and offers useful criticism on adjustments

    • Understand feeds and speeds

    Load milled block from class (1 of 4) Each student will go through this process:

    • Power up

    • Load tools

    • Tapping? - optional

    • Use probe to touch off top and sides of material stock

    • Each student runs a demo of part 1M on the HAAS

    • Instructor assures machine will not crash – offers feeds and speeds advice

    • Shut down, cleanup

    You do not have to be a member to take this workshop. Please sign up on our website at the link below and pay tuition if you wish to attend. No experience required. Please note that MakerspaceCT's Metal Shop is an 18+ space.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than three (3) participants at a time.

    In response to COVID-19, we have developed SAFESHOP, a proactive program that follows State of Connecticut public health guidelines provided by the DECD for keeping attendees of MakerspaceCT's programs healthy and safe. Learn more about the program here.

    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 1
    Register
    This workshop will be a short introduction to FFF 3D printing. Learn the basic operation of a Prusa i3 MK3S printer and the fundamentals of Cura slicing software. Learn what "Host" software is and its uses. Plus, you'll get a bonus preview of "THE PHOTON WALL!" a sneak peek at resin LCD/SLA printing. 

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than two (2) participants at a time.


    • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 2
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MCT Woodshop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 2
    Register

    Level Two Certification: Member Price - $39

    Prerequisites: MCT Woodshop Safety Cert Class 

    CNC routers are a powerful tool in any modern maker’s arsenal. They can be used to cut, carve and shape many materials including wood, plastics, foam, cardboard, non-ferrous metals and many more. They are quite often able to produce parts more accurately and efficiently than traditional manual processes freeing up makers to design, assemble and create more.

    This sessopm will teach the safety protocols and basic operation of MakerspaceCT’s Techno Titan CNC router. 

    In the course we’ll review basic woodshop safety along with CNC router specific safety considerations. Proper tooling and material selection along with feed/speed calculations will be discussed so members are able to successfully run the router to create their projects.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be Safety Certified in the Woodshop to take this class! 

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Sessions; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: MCT Woodshop Safety Cert Class 


    • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Metal Fab Shop, MakerspaceCT, 36 Talcott St, Hartford
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Non-Members $99 / Members $79

    Learn the basics of design and safe operation for the Koike Aronson ShopPro™ Plasma Cutting Table. This high performance CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine allows the user to cut steel and other metal materials with precision and accuracy.

    The workshop is in two parts:

    6:00 – 7:00 PM Introduction to FlashCut CNC CAD/CAM Software

    • Very basic explanation of how 2D vector files differ from 2D image files
    • Show how to import art into FlashCut CNC software
    • Show FlashCut CNC toggles between CAD, CNC and CAM

    7:00 – 8:30 PM Demo & Operator Basics For ShopPro™ CNC Plasma Cutting Table

    • Power up
    • Run demo of FlashCut driving the CNC Machine
    • Choosing consumables, amperage based on materials
    • Homing the machine
    • Z touch-offs and where X and Y is, using laser pointer
    • Setting up Lead-ins and lead-outs
    • Power down and clean up

    You do not have to be a member to take this workshop. Please sign up on our website at the link below and pay tuition if you wish to attend. No experience required. Please note that MakerspaceCT's Metal Shop is an 18+ space.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    In response to COVID-19, we have developed SAFESHOP, a proactive program that follows State of Connecticut public health guidelines provided by the DECD for keeping attendees of MakerspaceCT's programs healthy and safe. Learn more about the program here.

    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Tuesday, November 02, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, November 03, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Saturday, November 06, 2021
    • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $65 / Members $52

    Laser engraving is a fun and interesting skill that can range from an enjoyable hobby to a lucrative business opportunity. Engraving can be used to personalize everyday objects, such as coasters, keychains, and barware. Lasers can even cut materials with details that are impossible for other tools.

    In this class, you’ll learn the basics about laser engraving technology, the dos and don’ts of laser safety and look at a few examples of the laser engraver’s abilities. We’ll also discuss graphic design basics as they apply to the laser.

    This course is open to everyone from novice makers first starting to create to veteran craftspeople looking to expand their skillset.

    You do not have to be a MakerspaceCT member to attend, but all students must sign up online at the link below and pay tuition to attend this class.

    PLEASE NOTE: Makerspace is an 18+ only facility.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, digital fab programs at MakerspaceCT are currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Tuesday, November 09, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Saturday, November 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 2
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 2
    Register
    This workshop will be a short introduction to FFF 3D printing. Learn the basic operation of a Prusa i3 MK3S printer and the fundamentals of Cura slicing software. Learn what "Host" software is and its uses. Plus, you'll get a bonus preview of "THE PHOTON WALL!" a sneak peek at resin LCD/SLA printing. 

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than two (2) participants at a time.


    • Tuesday, November 16, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Wednesday, November 17, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • MCT Woodshop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    Level Two Certification: Member Price - $39

    Prerequisites: MCT Woodshop Safety Cert Class 

    CNC routers are a powerful tool in any modern maker’s arsenal. They can be used to cut, carve and shape many materials including wood, plastics, foam, cardboard, non-ferrous metals and many more. They are quite often able to produce parts more accurately and efficiently than traditional manual processes freeing up makers to design, assemble and create more.

    This sessopm will teach the safety protocols and basic operation of MakerspaceCT’s Techno Titan CNC router. 

    In the course we’ll review basic woodshop safety along with CNC router specific safety considerations. Proper tooling and material selection along with feed/speed calculations will be discussed so members are able to successfully run the router to create their projects.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be Safety Certified in the Woodshop to take this class! 

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Sessions; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: MCT Woodshop Safety Cert Class 


    • Tuesday, November 23, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Saturday, November 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 3
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Wednesday, December 01, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


    • Saturday, December 04, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $99 / Members: $79

    TIG welding uses tungsten, inert gas and weld rods to produce precise and attractive welds in steel and aluminum. Get started with the TIG welder, learn the basics of operation, go over key safety features, and get introduced to some tips and tricks that will give you the best results.

    You don't have to be a member to take this class! Adults 18+ only, please.

    • Saturday, December 18, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    General Admission: $99 / Members: $79

    Learn the basics of welding in the introductory class! Get a step-by-step intro into fusing metals with MIG and stick welders. This class is geared towards students with no prior experience, however, you should be comfortable working with power tools.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, this program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    (1 Session; Max. Class Size: 4)
    Prerequisite: NONE


Upcoming Workshops (Virtual)

VIRTUAL MEETUP

Our Electronics & Digital Fab Meetup has gone VIRTUAL!

New Schedule Starting Friday, April 10th -- Join us each Tuesday and Friday from 7pm to 8pm.

For more information, please click here.

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