DIY Summer – Workshops & Short Course

Students, you can start telecommuting to the Makerspace starting June 9th! Join us, Tuesday & Thursday afternoons this summer as we host free workshops and a Short Course with free mailed engineering kits to keep!

remote workshops

 

What is it?

A series of remote making workshops, attend just one or all of them. Makerspace staff will host real-time webinars, many of which include free materials that we mail to you! Check the individual workshops below for details.

 

Who is it for?

All UW-Madison students currently enrolled or recently accepted into an engineering program. 

 

When will it happen? 

Every Tuesday and Thursday from June 9th to July 2nd. To receive the free supplies sign up early. Check the individual workshops below for dates and details.

 

Where will it take place?

We’ll host the webinar on Webex and you’ll be wherever you are (as long as it has internet).

 

How do I apply?

See the links for the individual workshops below. 

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June 9 | Custom Vinyl Stickers

What you get: After the workshop, you send us a sticker design file, and we will cut it and mail it to you.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and Adobe Illustrator to design the sticker. UW students can get Adobe Illustrator for free (link).

What you will learn: How to make a two color adhesive vinyl sticker with Adobe Illustrator on a vinyl cutter.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording(pw: Making2020).

Submissions are now closed.

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June 11 | Laser Cut Bag Tag

What you get: After the workshop, you send us your bag tag design file, and we will cut it and mail it to you.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and Adobe Illustrator to design the bag tag. UW students can get Adobe Illustrator for free (link).

What you will learn: How to use Adobe Illustrator to make simple designs for the laser cutter.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

Submissions are now closed.

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June 16 | Laser Cut Map Coasters using GIS

What you get: After the workshop, you send us a coaster design file, and we will cut it and mail it to you.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar, QGIS to compile the mapping data, and Adobe Illustrator to stylize the map. QGIS can be downloaded for free (link). UW students can get Adobe Illustrator for free (link).

What you will learn: How to make a simple, accurate map using GIS and a laser cutter.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

Submissions are now closed.

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June 18 | Better 3D Print Slicing

What you will get: After the workshop, you will have the chance to receive a free 3D print that we will print and send to you. You will slice the part on your own computer and submit the project file.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and Cura 4.6 installed on your computer. Cura 4.6 is available for free from Ultimaker, ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura

What you will learn: You will learn about various tools in Cura 4.6 to improve your slicing to speed up your prints and improve quality.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

Submissions are now closed.

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June 23 | Sketching Basics for Engineers

What you get: Real-time online instruction with the Makerspace Shop Manager and Industrial Designer – Karl Williamson.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar.

Your drawing materials can be analog or digital.

Analog: 10 sheets of letter size copy paper, a blue or black ball point pen (like a Bic), and a black Sharpie marker.

Digital: Tablet computer with stylus (iPad, Surface, etc.) & Autodesk SketchBook (it’s free and awesome).

What you will learn: A few sketching exercises to help you draw with confidence. Learning to draw is like learning an instrument or sport; it’s all practice and fun.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

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June 25 | Intro to Hand Embroidery

What you get: A kit mailed to you with an embroidery hoop, embroidery floss, and a needle.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and the kit. If you don’t sign up in time for the kit, all you need is a needle, an embroidery hoop, and embroidery floss.

What you will learn: The basic techniques of embroidery and how to hand embroider a simple design.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

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June 30 | Face Mask Sewing

What you get: A kit mailed to you with all of the tools you’ll need to hand sew a festive face mask.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and the kit. If you don’t sign up in time for the kit, all you need is a needle and thread, a few pins (or things that work like pins), fabric (think old t-shirt or pillow cases), pipe cleaner (optional* other items, like old speaker wire, work well), and elastic (or shoe strings!).

What you will learn: The basic techniques of hand sewing and how to hand make a simple face mask.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

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July 2 | CNC Routing a Sunburst Coaster

What you get: A free CNC routed Union Sunburst coaster!

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and Easel from Inventables.

What you will learn: The basic techniques of CNC routing and how to make a simple coaster.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? You’re in luck! Check out the Webex Recording (pw: Making2020).

Submissions are now closed.

Stay up to date with us, and like this event on Facebook!

short course

What is it?

The short course is a free, non-credit, course where you’ll get hands on with 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics and microcontrollers. Through a series of real-time online learning modules, a DIY project and supplies/fabricated parts sent to you (for FREE) you’ll learn the basics of working in the UW Makerspace. All of the fabricated parts and supplies are yours to keep.

 

What are the learning modules?

See accordion panels below for more information

 

What is the DIY project?

Apply what you just learned to a project of your choosing. We’ll 3D print or laser cut parts for your project (within a budget). Parts will be mailed out once a week for you to assemble at home. Show off what you made at the DIY project showcase.

 

Who is it for?

All UW-Madison students currently enrolled or recently accepted into an engineering program. 

 

When will it happen? 

The learning modules are July 7th – 21st. The DIY project is July 23rd to August 13th. 

 

Where will it take place?

We’ll host the learning modules on Webex and you’ll be wherever you are (as long as it has internet).

 

How do I apply?

Registration is now closed.

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July 7 | Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)

What you get: Real-time online instruction to make smarter parametric CAD models with the Makerspace Director, and mechanical engineer, Lennon Rodgers.

What you will need: A computer with internet access and web browser. We’ll be using OnShape, a web-based solid model CAD package. Go HERE to set up a free education account before the session. When you register, it will ask for an ID# – you can just choose a personal number for yourself. A 3-button mouse is suggested.

What you will learn: Designing parts in CAD is the first step in the digital fabrication process. In this session you’ll learn how to make smart parametric models that can be edited as you refine your design.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with Lennon’s recording here, and view the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)

Submissions are now closed.

 

July 9 | Design for Laser Cutting

What you get: The laser cut part you design during the session will be cut and mailed to you.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and Adobe Illustrator to design the cut file. UW students can get Adobe Illustrator for free (link).

What you will learn: How to design laser cut parts (using Adobe Illustrator and Onshape), which materials can be process in a laser cutter and much more.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)

Submissions are now closed.

July 14 | Electronics I

What you get: A kit of electronics components to use during online sessions and the DIY project. The kit is yours to keep after the course!

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and a workspace to assemble the components. It will save your time if you download the Arduino IDE beforehand. Follow this instructions here.

What you will learn: The basics of electronics so that you are able to prototype using them! We will be working on some LED circuits using a breadboard.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)

Follow along with Rebecca’s slides here.

July 16 | Electronics II

What you get: A $30 kit of parts to use during the electronics and microcontroller sessions and the DIY project. The kit is yours to keep after the course.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the webinar and a workspace to assemble the components.

What you will learn: How to program a microcontroller to take sensor reading.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)

July 21 | 3D Printing

What you get: The 3D printed part you work on during the session will be mailed to you.

What you will need: A computer with internet access to view the session and Cura 4.6 installed on your computer. Cura 4.6 is available for free from Ultimaker, ultimaker.com/software/ultimaker-cura

What you will learn: You will learn about various tools in Cura 4.6 to improve your slicing to speed up your prints and improve quality.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)

Submissions are now closed.

July 23 | DIY Project

What you get: We’ll 3D print and laser cut parts for your DIY project and mail them to you (up to $20).

What you will need: The skills and tools you learned from the previous sessions.

What you will learn: That’s up to you! Put your new skills to work and make something. Show off what worked (and what didn’t) at the DIY Project Showcase.

Webex Recording: Did you miss the workshop or want to watch it again? Follow along with the Webex Recording of the workshop here. (pw: Making2020)