Public Class – Laser Cutting and Etching 101

Laser Cutter

Public Class
i3Detroit is dedicated to bringing DIY skills to the Detroit Metro community. One of the ways we do this is by holding classes specifically designed for the public.
Have you heard about laser cutters and wonder what they do?  This class will show you how to use a large 150 watt laser cutter to cut and etch acrylic plexiglass.
The course will deal with the concept of line cutting and area etching,  how to load a drawing into the laser cutter workstation, and how to move the design into the laser cutter and do final cutting and etching.
Each student will get to cut and etch their own small jewelry box from designs provided.  Students will take this box home with them.

When: Thursday, September 26, 2013 7-9PM
Where: i3Detroit in Ferndale, MI
Course Duration:  2 hours.
Prerequisites:  None.
Price: $29 limited seating
Sign Up:

Materials will be provided.  Bring sunglasses.
Students 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult/guardian also taking the course.

2013 Elections

In the area and want to stop by for tonight’s meeting? Well it should be a good one!

Tonight we vote on who will be in control of finances, who talks to the landlord about roof leaks, and who gets to be the all mighty powerful CEO.


Also I am Nathan, I’m a founding member, Co-welding zone warden and running for the Vice Presidency position tonight.

New power wheels seat with freezer paper

 New power wheels seat with freezer paper

Using freezer paper to make a stencil and make any design on fabric.

You cut the freezer paper in to 11 x 8 1/2 sheets and put it in the printer. Print the design on the paper and then very carefully cut it out with a knife. Use and hot Iron to adhere it on the fabric where you want it. Paint it with a brush, Put a few coats on it, let it dry. Finally peal off the freezer paper wash it and wear it.

Art At I3

Recently displayed at Up In The Aether 2013, this watercolor was done completely at i3, and shows off some of the knowledge and materials available in the Craft Room!


The piece is a student copy of a full-size oil painting by J. A. D. Ingres, a 19th-century French painter. However, it’s been reduced significantly, posing a bit of a miniaturization challenge. (The original is 1 x 1.467 m [3.2 x 4.8 ft]; this copy is 19 x 28 cm [7.5 x 11 in]. The artist put in quite a few long nights working with a fine brush!)

Members, for more information on where to find watercolor materials and equipment in the Craft Room–or basic or advanced advice on working with watercolor–talk to the Craft Room zone warden, Kevin Flory. Or just stop by to talk about Ingres’ technique!

SparkFun National Tour coming to Detroit!

Our friends over at SparkFun are doing a national tour, and we were the first Michigan location to sign up to host them!  We want to help kids in the Detroit metro area learn about technology and especially electronics, so this is a great opportunity.  Our class will be held on Saturday, 17 August 2013.  Here’s a description from the SF site:

“The SparkFun National Tour has one goal – to share our passion for electronics with students and teachers across the country.  We want to … [teach] lifelong skills such as programming, soldering, and building circuits along the way.

“During our tour, we will teach workshops to students of all ages as well as teachers, librarians, after-school coordinators, and other educators, showing how electronics can be a vital part of education. Whether you’ve never played around with DIY electronics or you are a seasoned pro, we will give you the tools, knowledge, and skills you need to explore the wonderful world of how electronics fits with STEAM.”

We’ve signed up for the day-long class using the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit.  This class works best for high school and precocious middle school students.  We can host 20 students, each working with a complete kit.  The cost is $100 per student for the day-long class, which includes taking your kit home with you at the end of the day (but not the laptop you’ll be using with it).  If you want to bring a friend or parent who will work with the same kit, add $25.

Please send reservation requests to  In order to ensure that we make best use of available kits and space,  we ask that prospective students pre-pay by cash or check by August 10th to reserve their spot.