• Summer Carnival

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    Summer Open House Fundraiser

    Games, food, music, maker vendor market, activities, crafts, and community fun!

    Food Vendors:
    La Barra Del Sazon
    Abuelita’s Empanadas

    Beer Vendor:
    Outworld Brewing

    All are welcome to join us Sunday before Independence Day for a summer party. This seasonal fundraiser is to support our non-profit community MakerSpace. Our mission is to provide accessible STEAM resources for all. We have a community woodshop, laser cutter, ceramics, welding, 3D printers, and much more!

    We plan to bring out some carnival games at this summer event! Remember our dunk tank! Ring toss, corn hole, face painting. And concessions such as cotton candy and snow cones will be available.

    Come shop local artists, a vendor market will be inside our event room.

    Some shops will have project activities available, great for all ages.

    Event is free to attend. Purchase carnival tickets to redeem for: concessions (cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, drinks), games, activities in shop spaces, face painting, etc.

    Will be doing giveaways! Free Tours! Food trucks!

    Sunday, July 3rd
    12pm - 5pm
    At TinkerMill, 1840 Delaware Pl. Longmont, CO 80501

    If you are interested in volunteering at event, sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/uwkc8z8d

    If you would like to sell your goods at our vendor market, sign up here: https://forms.gle/rCzZsGkgtfNb6pjU6

  • Sunday Tours!

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    We open our space every Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm for public tours. Plan to arrive at 2pm or 3pm for a full tour. Or stop by when you can and jump in!

    Everyone is welcome to come get a tour, work on projects, show off projects, or just generally enjoy the company of other makers.

    See you there!

  • Pottery Open Studio

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  • Intro to TinkerMill's 3D Printers

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    Class fee for TinkerMill Members is $20.00
    Class fee for Non-Members is $25.00
    Payment will be handled at the class.

    In this intro class you will learn the basics of using TinkerMill's Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers. We will begin by covering the basics of operating the FlashForge 3D Printers and Simplify 3D software. We will then move on to setup of the printer which includes changing filament, preheating, and finally starting a print. After that we will explore basic equipment maintenance that you may need to do before starting a print.

    Learning how to 3D print objects is surprisingly easy and empowering. You can 3D print replacement parts, design your own toys or tools, or use it for art. You can even 3D print flyable rockets!

  • Instructions on how to get Wood Shop Certifications

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    This is a repeating informational nonevent.

    The instructions on how to proceed with the online portion of certification are in this document.

    FYI, IPCS's are scheduled based on the number of people on the woodshop class queue. Please go through the process to get In the class queue for the class you want and then feel free to post in the woodshop channel of Slack or DM me if you don't think one is being scheduled quickly enough.

    Depending on what you want to do in the woodshop you will need to complete the different classes listed below. Everyone that uses the woodshop will need to take the Woodshop Safety and Policies Class(S&P) annually. This is a free class and goes over basic usage policies and safety in the shop. There is no physical component to the class, simply watch the video and take the quiz. The other classes will all have a hands-on session with an instructor to verify your understanding of the tools' use and safety. After you watch the videos and complete the quiz you will be placed in the class queue for the in-person certification session (IPCS). There is a separate queue for each class. Instructors will post available session dates and times and cut off dates in the Slack woodshop channel, Meetup, and email. The person highest on the class queue that responds by the cutoff time will get in that session.

    The tools are broken into the following classes.
    Woodshop 101 teaches;
    How to make a simple wooden spoon with each tool
    How to use the drill press
    How to use the miter saw
    How to use the band saws
    How to use the tabletop disc and belt sander
    How to use the panel saw
    How to use the router table

    Woodshop 201 teaches;
    How to use the combo 16" jointer/planer machine
    How to use the drum sander

    Sawstop covers how to use the Sawstop table saw.

    Wood Lathe (Spindle class) covers the use of the wood lathe.

    After you have completed the quiz for a class you are automatically placed in woodshop class queue. You can see the class queue here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZI31JSLQSZgYlBSROQJ04xgcCeKVAgKaAyFje1hpF0A

    After you get on the class queue keep an eye on your email or watch for IPCS postings in Meetup.

  • Metals 501 Intro to Lapidary (how to cut rocks)

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    Metals 501: How to cut rocks.
    This is Part one of a two part class, and is the prerequisite for part two. Must be done in order.

    This is part one of two classes. You should sign up for part two as well. This course focuses on taking rocks from the field and cutting them into slabs using the three rock saws we have at TinkerMill. The primary objective of this class is to teach you how to safely and effectively set-up, use, clean, and maintain these rock saws. I will demonstrate how to properly use them, and you will practice on each of them. This class is intended to be part one of a two part lapidary certification. Bring rocks if you have them!

    The second portion of the class covers the shaping and polishing of your cut stones. You may take this second class in the same week or at another time, but it is required to have both classes before certification is achieved,

    Please wear shop attire for this class.
    The cost of this class is 100$ for paid TinkerMill members, and $135 for non-members. Members will need to change the amount in paypal to reflect the member discount amount.

    Not a member yet? We invite and encourage you to become a member. Members receive a discounted price on all classes and enjoy other benefits as well! Interested? Sign up in person or online at tinkermill.org

  • Homework for Shopbot CNC router

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    === IMPORTANT ===

    This Meetup event is not an in-person class. These are the directions for the pre-requisite homework. Please read and understand the entire description below.

    === Homework ===

    Homework required for training on the ShopBot CNC router will allow more makers to be trained in a shorter period of time. With our limited resources we are asking that classroom time be moved to homework to prepare for actual operational training. Here is the assignment:

    1. Download the software used for operating the machine at http://www.vectric.com/products/vcarve/trial.html .

    2. Design a project by either using the built in vector drawing package or import a vector file of your own for developing a tool path.

    3. Use the tools in the software package to create a tool path. It is best to use the tool that will be provided in the class (1/4" straight cut end mill).

    4. Use the simulation feature to run your tool path virtually.
      (Note, you will not be able to save your tool path.)

    5. Take a screen shot of the simulated tool path and email to [masked].

    After completing this step you can be scheduled for hands on training on the ShopBot. Depending on the backlog of students it may take a few weeks for the instructor to get back to you. The instructor will reach out via email to set up a time when they have their next known availability. When coming to training please have your Vcarve file ready. You can save your vector files created in the drawing tab of V-Carve. You can use that file during the hands on portion of the class. NEXT STEPS

    The one-on-one class/checkout will take 2.5 to 3 hours. You will need to bring the following to the one-on-one class:

    • The material you want to use for your part.

    • .crv file (saved from VCrave) of the part you wish to cut out.

    • $100 for the class fee - this will also get you one bit (1/4" straight cut bit).

    • Any special tooling that you might need for your file. We do have 3 different collets if you wish to bring special tooling: 1/2", 1/4" and ~1/8". Please only bring/use carbide bits on the ShopBot.

    • Knowledge of speeds and feeds for the tools you will be using. Look online for some suggested speeds and feeds. We will also review these before we start cutting.

    This class will only cover the 2.5D manufacturing. We will cover 3D parts in a separate class (will probably be much shorter).

  • Flame Working/Glassblowing 101 (Prerequisite)

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    Learn Oxy/Nat.Gas torch operation and lamp-working shop maintenance at the Tinkermill in Longmont. All safety equipment and materials provided. 101 is the prerequisite to certification in 102 the following week. $40 for members, $50 for non-members.
    Please arrive on time and with an idea of what you would like to learn!

  • MIG Welding 101

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    This class will certify you on our MIG welder in the welding bay along with a general intro to the area.
    Class is $50 for members and $100 for non-members. Please pay at front desk area in TM or here on Meetup. If you are a member then change the amount to $50 when you pay here, it is automatically set to $100 for non-members.

    There is safety gear at the makerspace for welding but I recommend you bring your own.

    In this class we will go over the welding bay in general and what is available. You will learn about parts of the welder and what the MIG process is. I will teach you how to start up the machine and set yourself up for success.

    There is a practical part where everyone will try it out, this is where I’ll give you tips and go over potential issues you may come across!

    I will then go over shutdown procedure and any of your questions.

    THIS IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR TIG CLASSES. This class goes over general set up of any welder (gas, power, etc) so it sets the foundation for learning on the TIG machine as I do not go over in depth how to set that up in TIG 101 or 102.

  • Learn Solidworks at Tinkermill

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    Learn Solidworks and design your own models to 3D print. In this beginner-level course, we will design a 3D printable box with a hinge on it.

    This will cover making parts, assembling parts virtually, and exporting them for 3D printing.