• Roundup - Cleanup for Critical Inspetion

    Nova Labs

    Come help clean up for the fire inspection on the 19th. We'll make sure everything is ready and working.

  • Arduino group meeting

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 3)

    There's a big community for Arduino (embedded electronics in general) within Nova Makers. This group meeting is for those people with projects and questions. If you're experienced with Arduino, come over too - we need answers to all the questions. Bring your Arduino projects (in any state, even napkin sketches). We can do anything from learning where to start - to talking about Arudino specifics. The agenda is up to you.

  • Nova Labs Tour

    Nova Labs

    Please join us for a tour of Nova Labs and learn about our facilities and get to know our community. Free guided tours are offered each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive on time because there are limited volunteers. We welcome anyone for our tours, whether or not they have RSVP'ed through Meetup.

  • MW: TIG Welding Red Tool Sign Off

    Nova Labs


    Looking to step up your metalworking game? Then enter the art of Tungsten-Inert Gas welding! This class is a comprehensive crash-course through the core concepts of TIG welding and the prerequisite sign-off class for independent use of our machine in the metalworking shop. Sign off: TIG Welder Safety clothing: Please do not wear synthetics. Closed toed shoes required. Long pants highly recommended. Prerequisites: 1. Documented Nova Labs Green Orientation class.* 2. Metalshop Yellow is required to use the welding equipment independently and without supervision. If you do not have the Metalshop Yellow sign off, you may ONLY use the welder on Metalshop Mondays and with supervision while you wait for the Metalshop Yellow Tools class. 3. MIG Welding is NOT a prerequisite but is highly recommended prior to taking this class unless you already have TIG welding experience. *You may take this class before taking GO, but you may not use the tools listed except when supervised by a certified adult or key member. You have 30 days to take GO or the sign off is forfeited. Note: If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, that is a safety violation and you will not receive a refund. Refund policy https://www.nova-labs.org/class-and-event-policies/

  • 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.

  • 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. The June event will include an opportunity to gut and re-pin a lock cylinder. Caveat: we only have ten re-pinning kits, so we may have to do two iterations. Some people may re-pin in hour one and pick in hour 2; some may do the reverse. 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 ###

  • LC: Laser Cutter 101 Red Safety Sign Off

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 1)


    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

  • Craig Trader's Open Office Hours

    *Nova Labs (Conference Rm 1)

    A *polymath* is a person whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas, known to draw on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. -- Wikipedia I'm a polymath, also known as a jack-of-all-trades. I've had a wide and varied career, and I have a lot of areas that just plain interest me. This is your chance to ask for help in solving a problem, or just for more information on almost any topic. Or just come, hang out, and add your two cents to the conversation. Past topics have included: * Field Programmable Gate Arrays (Xilinx, Lattice, Verilog, Lucid). * Microcontrollers (Arduino, etcetera). * Microservers (Raspberry Pi, etcetera). * Embedded programming. * Network engineering. * 3D Printing. * 3D Modeling. * Modeling for Prototyping and Fabrication. * Data Modeling and Database Design. * Programming Languages (Java, C/C++, Python). * Job Search Assistance. * Home maintenance. * Books, Music, Movies, Games. * Play-testing. * Problem solving. If I don't know the answer to your question, I'll help you find the answer yourself. There is no charge for my time, but I do suggest that if you find it helpful, you make a small donation ($5) to Nova Labs to help keep the lights on. This was originally the FPGA Experimenters meetup, but over time its scope has grown and morphed, so I'm just acknowledging that.

  • BL: Blacksmithing Open Office Hours & Practice Sessions

    Special Memorial Day session! Please bring a snack or drink to share with the other smiths! But note that we don't actually have a grill per se... so anything that needs to be cooked will necessarily have to be cooked over a 1950 F forge. 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.