Inworks Fall 2017 Calendar

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Our workshops fall into four different categories- design, make, habits and operate.

 

Design

 

Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD) with Rhino

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) with Rhino is an entry level workshop open to anyone interested in learning the basics of Rhino. Participants will be introduced to the Rhino environment, user interface, 2D and 3D design techniques, and best practices when designing for fabrication. Instruction will be given on the general workflow and design process for developing production ready files for 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, and tips and tricks when working with primitive geometry to build digital and physical models.

 This workshop does NOT include 3d printing, laser cutting, or CNC routing time and will not go over machine operations. To learn how to operate the laser cutter, 3d printers, or CNC router you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations.

 

Introduction to Computer-Aided Machining (CAM) with RhinoCAM

This workshop opens to anyone interested in learning how to design toolpaths (GCODE) using RhinoCAM. Machine toolpaths are required to control CNC machines such as a CNC router or mill. RhinoCAM is a paid plugin that runs within Rhino for a streamlined workflow that doesn’t require the designer to move outside of the native Rhino environment. Participants will be introduced to the process of creating several types of toolpaths using a set of geometries representative of those commonly used in projects. Instruction and discussion will focus on the digital design process, material selection, tooling, simulation, and generating production ready files.

This workshop does NOT include CNC routing or milling time and will not go over machine operations. To learn how to operate the CNC router or mill you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations

 

Digital Fabrication Workflows with Rhino (CAD/CAM)

This workshop opens to anyone interested in learning about digital design workflows and strategies for fabrication using Rhino. Participants will be introduced to the process of creating workflows useful in fabrication processes such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing using the Rhino environment. Instruction and discussion will focus on the digital design process and how it relates to physical fabrication, thinking through prototyping, economies of time and tooling, geometric analysis, material selection, and generating production ready files while considering the strengths and limitations of various fabrication processes.

This workshop does NOT include 3d printing, laser cutting, or CNC routing time and will not go over machine operations. To learn how to operate the laser cutter, 3d printers, or CNC router you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations.

 

Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper

Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper is an entry level workshop open to anyone interested in learning the basics of designing parametric systems using Rhino and Grasshopper. Participants will be introduced to visual programming using the Grasshopper environment, common components, user interface elements, and baking geometry for use in Rhino.

This workshop will be primarily computer based and does NOT go over machine operations. To learn how to operate the laser cutter, 3d printers, or CNC router you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations.

Various Topics in Rhino + Grasshopper

 

Intro to Fusion 360

Learn how to use Fusion 360 and how to create 3D models. 

CAM/CAD Fusion 360

Advanced Fusion 360 workshop made for those who are familiar with the program. 

Electronics Lab/Intro to Eagle/Othermill

This workshop will cover electronics, circuit design, and printed circuit boards. 

 

Make

Getting Started with Arduino

Getting Started with Arduino is an entry level workshop open to anyone interested in learning the basics of physical computing using Arduino based microcontrollers and sensors. Participants will be introduced to Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment), commonly used boards such as the Arduino UNO, Java based programming, and input/output devices such as temperature sensors, motors, and LEDs.

This workshop will be computer and hardware based and does NOT go over machine operations. To learn how to operate any other machines in the lab (ie. laser cutter, 3d printers, CNC router, CNC mill) you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations.

 

Introduction to Wearable Electronics

Learn the introductory skills needed to create wearable electronics. You will learn how to sew a simple soft circuit in the form of a bookmark booklight using conductive thread, LEDs, a Lilypad battery holder, and fabric. We will focus on needle stitching, the basics of circuits and current, and design. Once you have gained the ability to sew circuits, you can apply your knowledge to a wide range of creative projects. Explore the possibilities and come sew with us!

 

 

 

Introduction to 3D Scanning and Data Processing

Introduction to 3D Scanning and Data Processing is an entry level workshop open to anyone interested in learning the basics of capturing 3D models using 3D scanning technology and processing the captured data using freely available tools. Participants will be shown the end to end process of capturing quality scans using the Occipital Structure Sensor 3D Scanner and mesh data processing and cleanup using Meshlab and Meshmixer. The workshop will cover common pitfalls and best practices when using the technology for a variety of applications such as scanning body parts, large objects, and shiny objects.

This workshop will be primarily computer based and does NOT go over machine operations. To learn how to operate the laser cutter, 3d printers, or CNC machines you must sign up for one of the workshops that covers basic operations.

 

Intro to Web Development

This is an intro course understanding the basics of web development. 

 

Habit

Habits of Creativity

This workshop is designed to provide practical, everyday things we can do to exercise our “creative muscle” and make it is easier to generate genuinely innovative ideas more regularly. In this workshop, participants will learn some of the research behind creativity and motivation. Topics will include:

·         What creativity isn’t – debunking myths about creativity

·         The differences between imagination, creativity, and innovation

·         How to put behavioral science discoveries about motivation to work for you

·         Daily practices to get your personal creative juices flowing

·         Categorize activities that tend to generate better ideas individually vs. in a group setting

·         Simple ground rules to help a team be more creative

Participants will do a series of individual and group activities so that they can play with how to adapt the ideas for the own daily use. To maximize workshop time, participants may be asked to review material (readings, videos, etc.) prior to the scheduled workshop time.

Following the workshop, participants should be able to practice the strategies for enhancing creativity in their own daily lives and to facilitate small group creative work. This workshop will enhance participants ability to engage in the creative thinking that fuels innovative design work.

 

 

Operate

3D Printing: Getting Started with Desktop Systems (FDM, SLA)

Learn how to use Inworks 3D printers for single material printing using the Lulzbot Taz (FDM) and the Formlabs Form 2 (SLA) printer. Participants will learn the basics of taking an STL file (generated by the 3D Modeling Package), verifying its suitability and size, making choices on material, and how-to startup the 3D Printers, monitor them, perform final cleaning (if required) and get expected results.

We will not create or print participant’s models, but this class is required before participants can use the printer to create their own models. No pre-requisites are required.

 

Laser Cutting: Basic Operations

Learn how to use the Epilog Fusion 60W laser cutter and engraver to quickly make projects out of cardboard, acrylic, and various approved materials. This workshop will cover basic equipment operations and safety procedures. The system can be used with Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, and/or Inkscape. Participants will learn these workflows and how to operate the machine. No pre-requisites are required for this workshop.

 

CNC Routing: Equipment Operation and Safety

This is an equipment operation & safety, basic skills class designed to introduce you to the Shopbot CNC Router. You'll learn the basic pieces of the router. How to import simple CAM files used to operate the machine, check them for suitability and cut wood shapes from the router. You'll learn basic feeds and speeds for wood.

The CAM files (machine operation instructions) will not be generated in this class, we will discuss the general approach and workflow required to create machine specific CAM files.

 

Vinyl Cutting: Basic Operations

Learn how to use the Roland Vinyl Cutter to make signs, stencils, and stickers. This workshop will cover basic equipment operations and safety procedures. The system can be used with Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, and/or Inkscape. Participants will learn these workflows and how to operate the machine. No pre-requisites are required for this workshop.

 

Cut / Drill / Form - Working with Plastic & Wood

Understand the basics with working with materials and how to use them for prototyping. 

 

Othermill

Learn the basics of printed circuit boards and circuit board design. 

 

Electronics Lab

This workshop will run through the electronics lab and learn the basics of tools and components in the space.  

 

 

Getting started with Sewing & Serger Machines

Learn how to use Inworks Necchi Sewing Machine and Brother Serger. You will learn how to thread and safely use the machines, and choose between different types of seams and fabrics.

Our emphasis is on using textiles as prototyping material. We deconstruct cloth items (for instance, an old pair of jeans, an old backpack), and focus on fasteners, such as zippers, snaps, and velcro. This allows participants to quickly hack, adapt, and create useful prototypes.

No pre-requisites are required to attend.

 

Heat Tools

This workshop will use the basics of heat tools and methods of using it for prototyping. 

 

Introduction to Sewing & Fabrics

This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to operate the Necchi Sewing Machine. You will learn how to thread and safely use the machines and choose between several types of seams and fabrics.

Our emphasis is on using textiles as prototyping material. We deconstruct cloth items (for instance, an old pair of jeans, an old backpack), and focus on fasteners, such as zippers, snaps, and Velcro. This allows participants to quickly hack, adapt, and create useful prototypes.

No pre-requisites are required to attend

 

Cut/Drill/Form - Working with Metals