Search: Don't forget to check the calendar on our website^ for other events that do not require registration.
Intro to Laser Cutting/EngravingCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 7:00 PM


This presentation will be a brief introduction to using the 150-watt laser cutter/engraver at Rockford MakerSpace, and will include a very brief overview of vector-based drawing programs and the laser hardware itself. Each attendee will take home a laser-cut/engraved souvenir. The presentation should last about one to two hours.

This presentation is FREE TO MEMBERS of Rockford MakerSpace.

Note that Rockford MakerSpace membership is NOT required to attend this presentation, or to use the laser cutter/engraver during this event, but membership IS required to do so outside of this presentation. Please see our wiki for membership information.

Cost: $5.00 (non-members) / FREE for members
Basic Glass Etching WorkshopCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 3:00 PM


Learn to use etching cream to apply simple designs to glass.

We will be using our vinyl cutter to create stencils, then using glass etching cream to etch the glass. Attendees will take home the etched glass item they create, chosen from many pre-existing designs available. All materials will be provided.

We also offer an Intro to Vinyl Cutting workshop where you can learn how to create your own designs for etching future projects!

During your visit, take a brief tour of our facility so you can see all the other things we have to offer, such as our 150-watt laser cutter/engraver, 3D printers, woodshop, CNC mill, electronics lab, screen printing, crafting ... and more!

Cost: $10.00 (non-members) / $5.00 (members)
Intro to Vinyl CuttingCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 2:00 PM


This workshop will be a brief introduction to using the vinyl cutter at Rockford MakerSpace, and will include a very brief overview of vector-based drawing programs and the vinyl cutter hardware itself. The workshop should last somewhere between one and three hours (depending on number of attendees), and attendance is limited.

The workshop fee includes the training and course materials, one square foot of vinyl material, and use of the vinyl cutter hardware and software during the workshop. Each attendee will be taking home one or more creations, either of their own design or chosen from many pre-existing designs available.

Note that Rockford MakerSpace membership is NOT required to use the vinyl cutter during this workshop, but may be required to do so outside of the workshop. Visit our wiki for membership information.

Cost: $10.00 (non-members) / $5.00 (members)
Open HouseCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:00 PM


Come check out the MakerSpace – tour our facility, get familiarized with the equipment available to members and see everything we've got to offer!

Note: In order to maintain "social distancing" requirements to ensure the safety of our members and visitors, attendance is limited and registration is required. Masks are required. We suggest you plan to arrive between 6:15 and 7:30. Thank you for your understanding!
Cost: FREE
DE-solder and reuse electronicsCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 12:00 PM


Want to learn how to recycle electronic components? Learn what parts are worth keeping. Learn how to DE-solder and remove electronic components from circuit boards. Get comfortable with a hot soldering iron and solder removal tools (such as solder wick and vacuum "solder suckers"). Maybe even snag a few parts to take home with you!

This is a FREE class!
Cost: FREE
Open HouseCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:00 PM


Come check out the MakerSpace – tour our facility, get familiarized with the equipment available to members and see everything we've got to offer!

Note: In order to maintain "social distancing" requirements to ensure the safety of our members and visitors, attendance is limited and registration is required. Masks are required. We suggest you plan to arrive between 6:15 and 7:30. Thank you for your understanding!
Cost: FREE
Intro to SolderingCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday, March 20, 2021 - 12:00 PM


Learn the basics of through-hole soldering in our Intro to Soldering class! The class is open to all experience levels, but is recommended for those who are just beginning with soldering.

Participants will assemble and solder a LED Blinker based on the venerable 555 timer IC - the best part, you get to take home your work at the end of the class!

This project was designed for RMS for the purpose of this class. Full details for the design at spacetimepro.blogspot.com/2018/01/the-soldering-project.html.

The class fee covers the component and consumables cost of the 555 Blinker you'll be taking home.
Cost: $10.00 (non-members) / $5.00 (members)
Open HouseCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 6:00 PM


Come check out the MakerSpace – tour our facility, get familiarized with the equipment available to members and see everything we've got to offer!

Note: In order to maintain "social distancing" requirements to ensure the safety of our members and visitors, attendance is limited and registration is required. Masks are required. We suggest you plan to arrive between 6:15 and 7:30. Thank you for your understanding!
Cost: FREE
Intro to Arduino and ElectronicsCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday, March 27, 2021 - 2:00 PM


Have you heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), Arduinos and similar systems, and want to know what all the excitement is about? Did you receive an Arduino as a gift and want to actually do something with it?

Want to learn how to read sensors, drive motors, and blink LEDs? Never programmed before but you’re interested in learning? Want to find out what the fuss over the Arduino microcontroller ecosystem is all about?

Then this class is perfect for you!

We will journey, step-by-step, through the basics of electronics through hands-on labs where you (the student) build breadboard circuits and program the embedded software to bring them to life!
Cost: $10.00 (non-members) / $5.00 (members)

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