What we're about

Originally started as Markham Makers by Jay, the group evolved into Ylab, a maker space hosted by the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill (https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/david-dunlap-observatory.aspx).

Ylab is an incorporated, all-volunteer non-profit. That kind of thing is important when we want to rent a space, get liability insurance, open bank accounts...

MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION - just meetup, or makerspace paid membership

We use meetup.com for our discussion groups and announcements. All the meetup.com membership gets you is access to the forums and announcement emails. We don't sell or provide contact info to anyone else, and we don't sell access to the list. We may include information on other groups' events that we like... but only because we like them. We don't take money to do that.

We've been back at the DDO since April 1 2018. We suspended operations while the Town of Richmond Hill completed its acquisition of the site.

Membership has its privileges - and responsibilities. We are an all-volunteer organisation. Nobody gets paid. We pay rent and insurance We all work to maintain and clean the space, and we expect everyone to volunteer and help out in some capacity.

Full details on our membership can be found on our website about us page (http://www.ylab.ca/about-us/).

OUR EQUIPMENT

We are well equipped with ylab-owned and member loaned equipment. We feature laser cutter with a 24" x 36" bed, PLA and ABS 3D printers, oscilloscopes, soldering tools, amateur radio gear and a variety of other equipment. As membership increases, 100% of the funds go back into the space.

Use of some equipment requires passing an appropriate certification class or supervision by a certified member.

WHAT WE DO

We host tech talks, classes and seminars at the DDO and in other location. Check out our blog entries (http://ylab.ca). Most importantly, we work on projects and help each other. It gets better every week.

We welcome anyone who interested in software, Arduino, 3D Printing, laser cutting, robot making and toy hacking, amateur radio and whatever else we can think of.

Our main website is http://ylab.ca .

All skills levels are welcome.

Upcoming events (4)

Introduction to CNC with the Shapeoko2 - CLASS FULL

Needs a location

CAD 75.00

Learn the basics of CNC to carve and cut wood, acrylic and soft metals using our 2.5D Shapeoko 2 machine using the easy-to-use Easel software.

The course will cover:

  • The basics of the Easel software for creating your design
  • Different milling bits and their usage
  • Single and dual milling bit jobs to carve and and create fine edges
  • Different materials - wood, plywood, MDF, acrylic and aluminum

You can check out pictures of the machine and some of our materials here on our website.

As part of the class, you will be creating and cutting your own CNC class graduation certificate!

Note: 2.5D means that the cutting head of the machine can move back and forth to carve on a flat (X-Y) surface, and control its cutting and carving depth on the up-and down (Z) axis.

Please note: 18 year+ event. All participants and any assistants attending will be required to provide proof of age (18 or over) and sign ylab's waiver of liability. You can retrieve a copy here or we will have a copy for you at the session.

We love kids (many of us have our own), but this event is not intended for them. Check out Richmond Hill's David Dunlap Observatory site for kid and family events.

Maker Space Open House! Support a good cause!

Needs a location

CAD 5.00

YES! OUR FIRST OPEN HOUSE SINCE THE COVID LOCKDOWN!

FULL AMOUNT OF FEE (we'll eat the Meetup fee) going to Doctors Without Borders in support of their work in the Ukraine.

18 YEARS AND UP - NOT FOR KIDS - AND MASKS STILL REQUIRED.

Come out to our open house, and see what the maker space is all about.
We'll be running demos of our laser cutter, 3D printers, CNC, electronics, light sabres and more. And making useful things out of other old things.

You'll see some of the projects our members have been working on.

And you can see a lot more about what we do on our website at https://ylab.ca

If you haven't been to the observatory, it's also a great opportunity to get inside the administration building and see what we've been doing in the historic workshops.

Why are we charging $5?

  • We are limiting numbers. COVID is still a thing.
  • Because of the limited numbers, we don't want no-shows. A token fee does that.
  • To support a great cause - Doctors Without Borders.

Learn what a maker space is all about and join the fun!

2D Design and Laser Cutter Class - May 30-31 - Two night class

Needs a location

CAD 95.00

Two night class - Mon May 30 and Tuesday May[masked]

18 YEARS AND UP ONLY.

Come out to the maker space and learn how to use 2D CAD software to engrave and cut materials like wood, plexyglass and fibreboard to make 2D and 3D shapes using our 90W laser cutter with a 24" x 36" bed. You'll get to create and cut your own graduation plaque!

The class will be over two nights - Monday May 30 and Tuesday May[masked], from 7 PM to 10:00 PM each night.

FOR BOTH NIGHTS, you will need to bring:

  • Your own laptop - Windows, preferably, because we've tested all the software on there. MAC version works but be warned that our instructors are useless with Macs. The one person who loaded the Linux version had problems because his system was not recognising the scroll wheel on the mouse.
  • You will need to pre-load the CAD software. Download it from here. You need the Pro Trial version.
  • A USB memory stick for transferring your designs to the laser cutter
  • A mouse with a scroll wheel. Trust us - the CAD program works better with it.

MONDAY night: 2D design using QCAD

After reviewing several programs, we picked QCAD because:

  • It's free
  • It's downloadable to your PC so we don't require Internet access during the class
  • It has a a fair level of compatibility with AutoCAD, so it's not a dead-end product.
  • It's upgradable to a really useful pro version for only $50. Other CAD programs require annual fees that are much higher.
  • It's free

TUESDAY night: Usage, care and feeding of the laser cutter

  • Introduction to our big G-Weike 90 W, 24" x 36" laser cutter
  • Startup, shutdown and emergency procedures
  • Process checklists
  • Allowable materials
  • Interfacing the software
  • Etching, shading and cutting

As part of the class, you will be etching and cutting your own laser cutter class graduation certificate!

Please note: 18 year+ event. All participants and any assistants attending will be required to provide proof of age (18 or over) and sign ylab's waiver of liability. You can retrieve a copy here or we will have a copy for you at the session.

We love kids (many of us have our own), but this event is not intended for them. Check out Richmond Hill's David Dunlap Observatory site for kid and family events.

Check out all the Y Lab events here, on Eventbrite and at http://ylab.ca

Sharpening 2: Tool sharpening

Needs a location

CAD 30.00

If you liked our Sharpening 1 class, you'll love our Sharpening 2 class!

Sharpening 1 (knife sharpening) is not a prerequisite for this class

In a hands-on class, we'll cover how to sharpen a variety of tools, including:

  • handsaws
  • screwdrivers and screwdriver bits (you don't need to throw them out!)
  • chisels
  • drill bits
  • axes
  • whatever else we can fit in

The course will cover the different sharpening tools for different purposes - stones, files, grinding wheels, and specialised sharpening tools.

BONUS: Bring in your lawnmower blade and we'll try to sharpen that for you. ("Try" because there is no guarantee that we will be able to get to it in the time allocated. Blade must be completely clean and free of grass and guck.

This is a hands-on class. Be prepared for some effort as you work on the different sharpening tools.

Please note: 18 year+ event. All participants and any assistants attending will be required to provide proof of age (18 or over) and sign ylab's waiver of liability. You can retrieve a copy here or we will have a copy for you at the session.

We love kids (many of us have our own), but this event is not intended for them. Check out Richmond Hill's David Dunlap Observatory site for kid and family events.

Past Events

Maker Space Open House! Support a good cause!

Needs a location

CAD 5.00

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