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Decatur Makers is a welcoming, family-friendly community of inquisitive, motivated people who work together in a safe environment to discover, understand, design and create interesting things. We do host activities for children, but please note that any children present at a Meetup must be supervised by a parent or guardian.

We also have a google group and are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which we use to communicate and discuss activities. More info (and others ways to support us) here (http://decaturmakers.org/).

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Intro to MIG Welding

Decatur Makers

$135.00

Have you taken Welding Machine Basics and now want some instruction on how to weld? Or have you been just wondering what all the fuss is about? Join us in an introductory MIG class. Students will learn the basics of cutting, welding, its application, and safety. Class will cover angle grinding basic info on types of welding and welding machines. We will be practicing on mild steel to gain some competence in MIG welding. We will discuss MIG applications and welding different types of metal. MIG (GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding) is a welding process that has a shorter learning curve than other welding processes. MIG welding is a versatile process because it is, "point and shoot" compared the more complex TIG or Stick welding. MIG is used often in manufacturing, small shops, and a favorite with the amateur welder because of ease of use. Student must wear natural fiber clothes (100% cotton, leather, hemp, bamboo, linen, etc) and shoes. Closed toed shoes. Covered arms and legs (long sleeves and long pants). If you have your own safety equipment you can bring it. Bring reading glasses if needed (must see up close). NOTE: This class may be rescheduled due to weather. We weld outside and electricity and water don't mix. Strong wind or severe cold/heat may also require rescheduling. Please check back prior to class. Message Bria if you have any questions. Cost: = $135 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = $110 for members of Decatur Makers (please pay full amount and we will refund you the difference.) Scholarships may be available for members.

Glowforge 101: How to Use a Laser Cutter

Decatur Makers

$25.00

The Glowforge is a really cool piece of equipment and very user-friendly, but there are a few things you need to know to operate it safely. In the first half of the class, we’ll cover the safety checklists you should always follow when using the laser, what materials are laser-friendly, how to format files for the Glowforge User Interface (GFUI), as well as how to use the GFUI. In the second half of the class, you’ll have the opportunity to use the Glowforge with supervision on a project you’ve brought with you or a starter project (a Decatur Makers key chain fob with your name on it). This class assumes students have some vector design software on their computers. Inkscape is a good free option and the one the instructor is most familiar with. The class won’t cover how to do vector graphics, but the instructor may be able to help with some basics during the second half of the class. The GFUI is browser-based, so no additional software will be needed, but students will need access to an email account. Decatur Makers members will receive a login to the Glowforge system, but non-members will have to interface through the instructor’s computer. Min age: 12 years old - adult Max number of students in the class: 8 Cost: = $25 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going at least 2 days beforehand) The instructor, Kevin Arne, has more than a decade of experience in workshops making everything from bookshelves to knives. When he's not making stuff, he's tutoring high school students and helping teachers incorporate more maker projects in their classrooms.

Woodshop 101

Decatur Makers

$25.00

Our woodshop is full of great equipment and tools! This class will safely introduce people to the proper way to handle and use our table saw, miter saw, band saw and drill press. You'll get hands-on and will also learn ways to use this equipment to make your projects. Min age: 12 years old - adult (We ask that children under 16 are accompanied by an adult) Max number of students in the class: 5 Cost: = $25 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going at least 2 days beforehand) Required Clothes: = Closed toed boots/shoes = Long pants and short sleeves or long sleeves that can be rolled up = Long hair must be tied back The instructor, George Breeden, is one of the woodworkers at the space. You can often find him working on a piece of science fiction or fantasy swag to add to his nerd cave/office.

Welding Machine Basics

Decatur Makers

$15.00

Want to use DM's new welding equipment? This class will cover the safety and use of the TIG/Stick and MIG machines at Decatur Makers. Each attendee will get to startup, use, and shut down the machines so you can be cleared to use the equipment. You'll learn how to do some basic troubleshooting and how to take care of the equipment properly. We will discuss TIG, MIG, and Stick applications and welding different types of metal. We will also touch on adjacent equipment, like angle grinders and clamps, needed to weld. *This is a class on how to use welding machines - learning how to weld is a seperate class.* Student must wear natural fiber clothes (100% cotton, leather, hemp, bamboo, linen, etc) and shoes. Closed toed leather shoes (no mesh). Covered arms and legs (long sleeves and long pants). If you have your own safety equipment you can bring it. Bring reading glasses if needed (must see up close). Here's a little information to get you started: MIG (GMAW - Gas Metal Arc Welding) is the easiest process to learn. It has a MIG "gun" that is live once you push the trigger. There is a continuous feed of wire that serves as filler metal and electrode. Stick (SMAW - Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is the earliest modern welding to use electricity. This process doesn't require gas tanks and is used in the field and under water. It can be challenging but rewarding to learn. TIG (GTAW - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) welding is a process that allows very high quality welds, even on very thin metals. Welding with TIG is the cleanest process with little to no splatter. You can choose whether to use filler metal and have constant heat control. Min age: 12 years old - adult Max number of students in the class: 4 Cost: = $15 for non-members of Decatur Makers (for more info and to join, click here (https://decaturmakers.org/membership/)) = FREE for members of Decatur Makers (please pay here, and you will be reimbursed after the class if you attend. No-shows won't be reimbursed unless they change their RSVPs to Not Going beforehand). Thanks!

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