Member Meeting -- Open to the public, bring your friends!
Are you an engineer? Scientist? Technologist? Artist? Student? Entrepreneur ? Need a place to share tools, knowledge and community? A place to start a company? Want to learn about Arduinos, drones, or locksport?
TinkerMill is Longmont's makerspace. We're an innovation center, makerspace, and education hub where tech, art and expertise meld together. TinkerMill is a place where things happen!
Our member meeting is open to the public and held every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.
Hands on soldering class for electronics, electrical, and mechanical.
Expect to dedicate 2½ to 3 hours in this small lab class.
Please Read this detail with links if you're signing up for this class.
This class will cover the use of bench soldering stations; hand held pencil irons of various brands and sizes.
In addition to soldering components on boards, you will learn about making wire and cable connections that are mechanically sound and electrically conductive.
We'll also cover de-soldering with vacuum and wire wick methods.
Some amount of hand tool familiarity is expected. In this class you will deal with a variety of small pliers and cutters. Expect to use new tools - the semi-automatic wire strippers always find a new audience.
Please view and read the Class Curriculum (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Gz5O6JCMo_zHo34V14Jtbyn2FRjMPvXDF-DbEHuyoDU/edit?usp=sharing) and watch this Tip Change Video (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8wmW3hJe4leOEh4clBTQ1MzWVk/view?usp=sharing) for the micro soldering station.
Bring your "other glasses". Be prepared to work closely, where your bi-focals will not be helpful at all. If you have reading glasses, bring them.
If you have a project that you're needing soldering skills for, bring it along. If you have an iron that you would like to use at home, it might be a good idea to bring that along as well.
The cost of the class is $15 for TinkerMill members, and $25 for non-members.
Plus $10 for a circuit board project you get to keep.
To learn about the benefits of membership. Visit TinkerMill (http://www.tinkermill.org/)
You can pay with plastic, Paypal debit, or cash at the front counter at TinkerMill.
All students must RSVP as space is limited to FOUR SEATS.
One seat can include a parent and child for a single fee.
This Class Repeats on Wednesday Evenings.
Safety Notes: If you don't wear glasses, consider safety glasses; and/or safety glasses over prescription eye-wear. Plastic lens can be permanently marred by solder splatter.
There are bench fans to evacuate smoke from burning flux.
Here is the lead warning. Don't eat the solder and wash your hands after class.
Expect to have a fun class with easy to understand instructor.
We will start with the very basics and work up to components, power supplies and schematic reading,
New subjects every class.
Then loading and soldering PC board blinker project in later classes.
Just show up and enjoy.
Open fun conversations, and whiteboard or projector drawings.
Later on we will build a circuit board that incorporates all you learned, you keep it.
Prerequisite for this class is previous successful completion of Wood Shop 101 (table saw, etc).
Wood Shop Supreme (Wood Shop 201)
**Review these resources before class. It will take about 45 minutes to watch these videos and read these articles for the tools we will cover during class.**
Pre-Class Assignment: http://wiki.tinkermill.org/index.php/Wood_Shop_Supreme
This course covers how to use more advanced tools in the wood shop such as the router, planer, joiner, and drum sander. At the completion of this course you will be certified to use these tools. We will start building a picture frame in this class and will complete the rail profiling but final corner cuts and assembly will be on your own after class if you choose to finish the project.
General Wood Shop Resources - for future reference
We are hosting a weekly 'Work From TinkerMill" day.
Lots of space and high-speed internet access.
Thursdays from 9:00 - 10:00 AM-ish to 5:00 PM-ish, any and all are welcome to drop by and grab a chair, an electrical outlet, some internet, a bit of coffee and maybe (if someone remembers to bring some) a doughnut or bagel.
Open to the Public.
This is just a way to get out of the home office and mix with some like minded tinkerers. Maybe grab lunch with a few people you normally wouldn't meet. Bounce ideas off folks to see if your brilliant insight is, indeed, brilliant.
Learn to operate our 80 watt laser cutter. Learn to import DXF files and operate the Rabbit QX[masked] (http://www.rabbitlaserusa.com/laser_QX1290.html) 80W laser cutter. This certification is required before you can operate the laser on your own. We'll be covering software, file types, machine components, and safety. Materials suited for our laser cutter include acrylic plastic, cardboard, leather, and thin woods. This certification class covers only the operation of the laser cutter, not how to create the design files for cutting. Files need to be in a DXF vector format such as those created by Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or CAD software. NOTE: Please bring your RFID fob with you to class. The instructor will grant you access to the laser cutter at the end of the class. You will need a RFID fob to gain access to the laser cutter after the class. This class is $25 to TinkerMill members, $50 for non-members. You must be a current TM member to use our laser cutter outside of class. .................................................................................................................. Learn about the benefits of membership. Visit tinkermill.org (http://www.tinkermill.org/) Want to join our newsletter? Email [masked]
The Longmont Observer is Longmont's non-profit, non-partisan, community-driven, locally focused news and media outlet.
Want to learn more about the Longmont Observer? Drop by our weekly, open to the public, volunteer meeting.
We are looking for volunteers who are interested in learning or just diving into doing the following:
-daily news that's assigned by our editors,
-columns on various topics such as restaurant reviews, business reviews, interviews with local business, government, business and community leaders
-local political and community issues
-shooting video of various events around Longmont (we have video gear, and we can show you how to use your own)
-shooting pictures for stories, as well as photo stories/collages.
-creating audio podcasts (both production and talent/hosting)
-creating video podcasts (both production and talent/hosting)
-editing and operations
-grant writing and fundraising
Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Here's your chance to actually provide that information for yourself, and for the city at large.
The Longmont Observer is a platform for the community. We enable people within our community to have a voice and we operate and maintain the platform that makes that possible.
We don't just publish anything, we do edit our content for form and content. We also do ask that volunteers who are producing content go through a short orientation process and an introductory period of 45 days.
In addition to our Thursday evening volunteer meeting, we also have a daily editorial meeting, open to the public, every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 10 am - if that's more to your liking.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at: [masked]
Creating blown glass is easier than you think! This long-awaited fun class in simple glass blowing will guide you in making your own glass ornaments.
We will be using Glaskolben pre-blown clear glass cylinders with blow pipe ends. Using the torches at Tinkermill’s glass bay, you will learn how to blow Glaskolben freehand into a shape that you’ve decorated with colored glass bits. You will see examples of different shapes that can result (including a ball, if you're really good!) and a demonstration by a professional glass artist.
You could complete up to 3 ornaments in this three hour class. All supplies are provided. A limited number of additional Glaskolben cylinders will be available for a small charge.
Tinkermill members: $35
Non members: $40 (change the amount you pay to $40)
Extra cylinders: $5 each
Please note: This is not a glass torch certification class. Prior experience is not required but may be helpful. Good for ages 12 and older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Class fee for TinkerMill Members is $20.00
Class fee for Non-Members is $25.00
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!
This class is dedicated studio time with assistance. If you have taken the enameling basics (EB) class , this class is for you. We will experiment with some of the other techniques that I mention in the EB class. You will also have plenty of time to continue working on your pieces started in EB. We will be making sample chips for all of our colors feel free to join or work on your own projects.
If you are a member the fee for this class is 25.00, it will cover your supplies and kiln use for the duration of the workshop. If you are not a member yet, we encourage joining as the class fee is 35.00. You can sign up as a member at Tinkermill.org