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.

Antenna-building class, 6pm!

The antenna-building class is almost upon us! And I’m sure about the time on this one, it’s 6:00pm. If I get there on time. (fingers crossed!)

Students who pre-registered: Bring $15 (or $20 if you want to help pay it forward) cash for the materials. I can also take Paypal but that sucks. Also, if you have any of the old double-thick CD jewel cases (the obnoxious ones that didn’t fit in most organizers) that you want to chop up, bring those too — you’ll see why.

Anyone who missed the registration deadline is welcome to observe, and there may be a limited number of extra kits available, but… As soon as I get my work schedule for the next few weeks, I’ll announce another round of classes. Sign up for one of those. :)

Upcoming events: Sharpening, antenna workshop, head-casting.

CC-licensed photo of biquad antenna, by Albir.

Hello, Ferndale DIY Street Fair goers! Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up at i3Detroit:

Every Monday: Microcontrollers! This birds-of-a-feather hangout session is for anyone who uses, or is interested in, microcontrollers. Be it AVR or PIC or 8051, we don’t discriminate. Bring projects! Bring questions! Newbies and gurus, members and guests alike are welcome, just drop in. Doors should be open by 6.

Tuesday Sep 21: Meeting and Board elections. ALL MEMBERS should attend, as this is a rather important vote! Meetings are open and non-members are welcome.

Tuesday Sep. 28: Hands-on blade sharpening workshop. Seats are going fast, RSVP ASAP! Members and guests welcome, starts at 6.

Thursday Sep. 30: Hands-on wifi antenna build. Improve your AP’s signal with a handmade biquad antenna. You MUST RSVP by the 22nd to get in on the group parts buy! Members and guests welcome, starts at 6. If you just want to watch and learn but not take home an antenna, there’s no need to reserve a spot.

Saturday Oct. 2: Head casting! Learn to cast body parts for propmaking. Poke your head into i3detroit-public and pipe up if you want to get in on the materials order, also being finalized this week. Spectators also welcome! The going gets messy around 2pm…