Tool Discs: The Ninjas of Linux (SEMCO Linux SIG)

Tuesday night at 6:45pm, join Mike and Michael and the rest of the SEMCO Linux SIG for a discussion of live Linux-based tool discs for a variety of purposes, including backup, system recovery, password management, forensics, anti-virus, and more.  Most of these discs are intended for use on both Linux and Windows systems. As Michael says, trying to fix Windows from within Windows is often like trying to do a valve job on an engine while it’s running–these discs allow users to “step outside” Windows to get under the hood. Specific CDs will be discussed and demonstrated.

The talk is open to all — SEMCO members, i3Detroit members, and neither!

Papercraft Party Thursday 6:30pm

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Join us for our monthly-ish Papercraft Party this Thursday: an informal gathering of people who like paper crafts. If you’re a scrapbooker, you can bring your latest project. Learn to use the Cricut to cut intricate shapes, and even your own digital drawings in SVG format! Or, get ready for the holidays by making gift wrap or garland or Christmas cards.

Not sure what to make? Come browse our new, complete collection of CRAFT: Magazines! Here’s some inspiration from the CRAFT: website:

Homemade holiday cards

Eye-popping cut paper works

Furniture caster stamp carving

Bring your own supplies for your intended project, but there will certainly be some sharing if you want to try something new!

Intro to Metal Mill, Lathe & Precision Drill Press (11/7)

Curious about the big scary equipment in the back of the machine shop?  Curio no more!

Join Nick, at 4p on 11/7, as he walks the class through the very basics of how to operate each of these machines.  He will cover safety, tooling, measurement, set-up & operation of the mill, lathe & precision drill press. 

Nick is a self-trained machinist so he won’t have all the answers.  But you will get a good overview on how to safely use the equipment for simple projects.  You will also be equipped with the fundamentals to seek out further training on your own. 

The class will be $5 to go toward the tooling repair fund.  Please register on eventbrite.

This is a demonstation class but feel free to bring some aluminum stock to practice with after the class. 

Local Supply Houses
- http://www.factorysteel.com/ (favorite!)
- http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/
- http://frentzandsons.com/ (small stuff)

Puppet-Making Workshop

Flint the Hand-and-Rod PuppetCome one and all, Muppet fans and Makers!  i3Detroit will be hosting a puppet-making worskshop for members and guests on Thursday, October 21st from 7 to 9 PM.

The workshop will show you how to use a pattern, basic sewing machine use, some sewing techniques to hide stitches, and how to create a puppet’s structure and features. The puppet design is a hand-and-rod style similar to a Muppet. Bring fabric if you have an idea you want to try, but lots of material will be on hand to get you started. There is no cost for this workshop, but we are suggesting a $10 donation to i3Detroit.

Come on down and join the fun!

Welding Techniques 101 – OCT 9

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Sparks, Fire, and Current! The class everyone has been waiting for: Welding.  Bring out the  torches, slap down some hot metal, spark it up and let’s weld!

On October 9th at 2pm we will be hosting our first hands-on welding workshop.

Our host has over 20 years of experience in fabrication, working on everything from automobile conveyors, to platforms, to tanks.

Class Safety
Welders should wear work or shop clothes without openings or gaps, to prevent arc light from reaching the skin.  In fact, those even working close to arc welding should also wear protective clothing.  Clothing should always be kept dry, including gloves.  The clothing should also be 100% cotton.  Some of the welding will produce strong IR/UV rays which will cause a nasty sunburn.  You’ve been warned.

Reservations required
Seats are limited as we only have 6 helmets available to use, if you bring your own helmet we can make room for more. This will fill up fast, so go reserve your seat right now!

We have helmets but only a few. You cannot attend without a helmet!

Price
This class is free to the public, though a small donation to help cover our costs is always appreciated.