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The NOVA Makers Meetup group is dedicated to creating and supporting a Maker community in Northern Virginia. Everyone with a passion and interest in making things is welcome to join! We have many hobbyists, inventors and small businesses here who use our woodshop, metalshop, laser cutter lab,3d printing, drone/robotics/electronics zone, thermoformer, and jewelry/stainedglass/leatherworking/arts studio. For more information visit our website https://www.nova-labs.org/ (https://www.nova-labs.org/contact/)

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LC: Laser Cutter 101 Red Safety Sign Off

*Nova Labs (Conference Rm 1)

$50.00

Get signed off to use our laser cutters with this lecture and hands-on class. The process is a simple one, but this class is critical for your safety and that of the laser equipment. Nova Labs currently has 2 100W CO2 laser cutters. This class signs off for use of either laser. To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by downloading the software and playing with it before class. --->Independent use of the laser cutters by non-members (Attendees) is permitted only with a Nova Labs day pass and the documented sign off class. Prerequisite: Nova Labs Green Orientation (GO) Class is a MUST if independent tool usage is desired. If you cannot find a GO class, please see instructions on our FAQ. http://www.nova-labs.org/wiki/faqs Bringing your computer is preferred but not required. Download RDWorksV8 Windows SW for your computer: http://www.rd-acs.com/Private/Files/15454d2c1d0258c5a400.rar Youtube Training Series https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeKaKWOIPgi_XP6Nxzeapp-vUMCLQyVMB

Woodshop Wednesday: Get help and supervised tool practice

Nova Labs (Woodshop)

This time is set aside for those with beginner and moderate skills ONLY. Get practice and help making your own projects from an experienced woodworker. Or just come in and practice with our freecycle wood. If you are new to Nova Labs and still deciding about membership, this is a great place to ask questions of a steward or try before you join!! -->Free for Associates/Members and those not doing projects who stop by and ask questions. -->Not a member? No problem. There is a $20 Day Pass charge for non-members. Pay at the front desk. -->Please arrive No LATER than 7:30pm to allow time to get stuff done. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Highly recommended for all our inexperienced woodworkers who say they are here at Nova labs to improve their woodworking skills to make what they wanna make. Practice what you learning in the yellow and red tools sign off classes while practicing making your own ideas. An added benefit is that you meet our community members. Supervised practice is a time-honored tradition for learning woodworking.

BL: Blacksmithing Open Office Hours and Practice Session

After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help. Look up fun stuff on Instructables and youtube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission. Cost covers use of propane, materials and tools. FREE for audience and observers!! Just stop by. This is a great time to listen and learn if you would like to try it at a future event. Or come by to see the awesomeness. Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign off Class AND Blacksmithing 101 sign of No prerequisites for coming to view and ask questions!! *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class. Blacksmithing NEW POLICY: Minors under 16 years who have permission to use the tool from the steward MUST work together with a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor. The adult must take Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some tonbirrow ifnyou need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You will not be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab. Bring water and stay hydrated.

NoVA TOOOL Locksport Meetup

*Nova Labs (Classroom A)

A free meetup to learn introductory lockpicking and physical security awareness. Necessary tools will be provided for the duration of the event. Hobbyists, security researchers, physical penetration testers, and hackers welcome. Beginners are always welcome! https://toool.us/ @TOOOL @TOOOL_NoVA ### This event is overseen by a registered Virginia locksmith ###

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