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Operating Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 12pm-9pm / Friday: 12pm-10pm / Saturday: 10am-10pm / Sunday: 10am-6pm / Monday: CLOSED

Most educational programs are in-person. We limit class sizes to make social distancing possible. In addition, we continue to offer virtual classes. Please browse our schedule below, with On-Site and Virtual programs listed separately.

MakerspaceCT is an 18+ facility, but we do run occasional youth programs. Unless an event specifically says it is for Youth, you must be 18+ to attend! We cannot make exceptions to this policy! Thank you.

Upcoming Workshops (On-Site)

    • Thursday, May 19, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 3
    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. 

    Participants must review the prerequisite material before attending class!



    • Friday, May 20, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Metal Fab Shop, MakerspaceCT, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford
    • 3
    Register

    General Admission $97 / Members $77

    This intro workshop is a great way to begin to learn the ancient art and science of the blacksmith. Mike will walk you through four of the basic skills of forging: drawing, upsetting, twisting, and punching which can be combined to create thousands of simple blacksmithing projects. You will then heat and hit some steel! Introductory projects will include a bottle opener or a pair of tongs.

    Introduction to Blacksmithing with Mike
    One Session: 3 Hours
    Prerequisite: NONE

    Course Objectives:

    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the safety procedures of the forge area.
    • Understand the function, purpose, and proper use of the tools of the forge area.
    • Develop a baseline confidence using the tools and the basic techniques of forging.

    Outcomes:

    • General understanding of forge safety and basic techniques, 1 x 
    • Take home project: completed bottle opener or pair of tongs

    All safety equipment and materials are provided!

    No experience required. Please note that MakerspaceCT's Metal Shop is an 18+ space.

    • Tuesday, May 24, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $125 / Members: $99

    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, May 25, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 2
    Register

    Non-Members: $125 / Members: $99

    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, May 25, 2022
    • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 3
    Register

    General Admission: $77 / Members $57

    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, May 31, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT
    • 3
    Register

    Non-Members: $125 / Members: $99

    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, June 01, 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford CT 06103
    • 4
    Register

    Non-Members: $125 / Members: $99

    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


    • Friday, June 03, 2022
    • Friday, June 17, 2022
    • 3 sessions
    • Machine Shop, MakerspaceCT, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford
    • 4
    Register

    Non-Members $399 / Members $299

    3 Session Class

    Session A: Milling Basics

    Friday, June 3, 2022, 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, June 10, 2022, 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 C

    Session C: HAAS CNC Milling Operation

    Friday, June 17, 2022, 6:00 PM - 10:00 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.

    This program is currently limited to no more than four (4) participants at a time.

    Health and Safety: Masks are optional and social distancing is recommended. Please click here for details.

    • Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Digital Fab Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 4
    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. 

    Participants must review the prerequisite material before attending class!



    • Tuesday, June 07, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 5
    Register

    GENERAL ADMISSION: $67 / MEMBERS: $47

    Come and learn how to use a commercial pattern, choose the right fabric for your project, and pick up a few sewing tips. You'll learn about (and try!) different seams and hem finishes. You'll also learn when and how to use the sewing machines and serger in the MCT Textiles workshop. Bring fabric and a pattern if you have them and the instructor will help you get a handle on starting your project (not required). No experience necessary.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, sewing programs at MakerspaceCT are currently limited to no more than five (5) participants at a time.

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textiles Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 5
    Register

    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 / MEMBERS: FREE

    Join us for Open Sew at MakerspaceCT. Bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours. Share sewing ideas or get advice on your projects. Non-members must have completed one of our Sewing Basics classes.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, sewing programs at MakerspaceCT are currently limited to no more than five (5) participants at a time.


    • Tuesday, June 21, 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textiles Shop, 36 Talcott Street, Hartford, CT 06103
    • 5
    Register

    GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 / MEMBERS: FREE

    Join us for Open Sew at MakerspaceCT. Bring your own sewing machine or use one of ours. Share sewing ideas or get advice on your projects. Non-members must have completed one of our Sewing Basics classes.

    In order to comply with physical distancing and occupancy requirements, sewing programs at MakerspaceCT are currently limited to no more than five (5) participants at a time.


Upcoming Workshops (Virtual)

Please click here to review our cancellation policy.

HEALTH & SAFETY: Our facility is mask-optional as of Friday, April 1, 2022. Please click here for more info.

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