Vinyl Cutting Class

Vinyl Cutting Class

This is a class on how to use the vinyl cutter at the shop. No previous experience necessary. There are many different software packages that can be used for controlling a vinyl cutter like this. For class, we will use the free Inkscape program.

What You Will Learn

Photo of a clock with the Morristown Makers logo on it.
Clock graphics made with the vinyl cutter.
  • to make vinyl stickers for decoration or advertisement
  • the differences in the types of vinyl
  • how to set up a cutting job and control the shop cutter
  • how to choose the right vinyl for a particular purpose

Who is This Class For?

  • Those wanting to use the shop vinyl cutter
  • Those curious about whether a home cutter is a good choice
  • Those wanting to understand how to use Inkscape to control a vinyl cutting machine

What to Bring

  • Computer with Inkscape installed
  • If you don’t have a computer, you can use the shop machine
  • Vinyl will be provided

Bringing your own computer is not a requirement, but doing so gives us a chance to help you work out any kinks in communication between your computer and the cutter. You can always use the shop computer for controlling the cutter, but it is much easier to prepare your files on a machine at home.

Cost: $25

If you are a member and plan to come to class, please let us know so we can prepare for the right number of people.

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Vinyl Cutter Class25.00 USDSeptember 26: 10a to Noon
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
Inkscape Basics

Inkscape Basics

Inkscape logo

Do you want to use the shop’s CNC router, vinyl cutter or laser engraver? Or maybe you can’t afford Adobe Illustrator at $240/year to create vector images? Join us for this Inkscape Basics class which will help you get started into the world of creating vector files for logos and online graphics.

Inkscape is a free, open source tool that runs on almost any computer (even an old Chromebook via an extension). It creates vector images that are infinitely scaleable. And, most relevant to us, is what we use at the shop for creating files for some of our tools.

Who is this class for?

This is a beginner class. You do not need to have previous experience with Inkscape or other graphic tools.

While we will be talking about file creation for the purposes of using the CNC router, laser and vinyl cutter, everything learned in the class is generally applicable for creating vector images. Besides our tools, vector images are used for creating logos, graphics and illustrations.

The class is open to anyone 13 years old and up. Attendees under 19 years old must have a parent or guardian present.

What to bring?

  • A computer.
  • If possible, install Inkscape previous to the class.
  • If you have trouble installing Inkscape before class, come to the Open Shop time on Friday with your computer and we will help get you set up.

Cost: $25

Class is free for members, but please let us know through email or text if you are coming. Class is limited to 8 attendees.

Date and Time: September 12, 10am.

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Inkscape Basics25.00 USDSeptember 12: 10a to Noon
Your eTicket will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.
CNC Router Class

CNC Router Class

In this class you will learn how to control the CNC router, how to create files for it and how to send those files to the machine. This is a basic class, but it is recommended that the student read about how CNC machines work, or watch a few videos. Resources will be listed below.

CNC project examples
CNC projects created on the Morristown Makers CNC router.

Class will be held August 1 at 10am. We request that everyone wear a mask for classes and public shop activities during this time.

Software Used for Class

We will create some basic shapes with Inkscape. You do not have to be an advanced user. It would be helpful for you to create a free account with Easel before class. Universal Gcode Sender will already be installed on the shop machine that is used to control the CNC router.

Resources

Like using a laser or 3D printer, the CNC router will require a good amount of practice, patience and learning to get right. It is recommended that you plan to practice on small jobs before tackling an important project.

Cost: $25

If you are a member coming to the class, please send us a text or email to let us know.

Quantity:Name:Price:Description:
CNC Router Class25.00 USDAugust 1: 10a to Noon
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Class: Shelf With Bent Metal Brackets

Class: Shelf With Bent Metal Brackets

Saturday, July 11, come learn how to use the metal bending tool by making this simple shelf with metal brackets. You will make a wooden shelf about 30″ long (customizable for your needs).

During the class you will learn to use the tools safely while building this beautiful shelf unit. If you know where you will put the shelf, you can choose your self length and finish it with paint or stain while at the class.

Tools You Will Use

  • Metal cutting chop saw
  • Metal bender
  • Grinder
  • Drill press
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Sander

Skills You Will Learn

  • Preparing, drilling and bending metal stock
  • Using the jointer to square up two sides of a board
  • Using a planer and drum sander to square up other two sides

This is not necessarily an advanced class (difficulty wise), but many of the tools should be considered advanced tools. Suggested age is 15 years old and up. Those under 19 must have a parent or guardian present during the class.

Cost: $35

Quantity:Name:Price:Metal Bracket Shelf:
Metal Bracket Shelf35.00 USDJuly 11: 10a to Noon
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Members can send an email to let us know if you are planning to attend.

Table and Miter Saw Class: Hexagon Shelf

Do you want to learn how to use a table and miter saw while building a great project? This class is what you are looking for!

No photo description available.

The class will be held Saturday morning December 14 from 10a to noon. During the class you will build a honeybee inspired hexagon shelf.

Who Should Attend

The class is targeted towards the beginning power tools user who wants more than just a nice shelf at the end of the class. But rather, is looking to actually learn how to use woodworking equipment properly and safely.

Young people ages 13 and up are welcome to attend. Anyone under the age of 19 must have a parent or guardian with them.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Using a table saw to cut down lumber into properly sized strips
  • Using a miter saw to cut boards to length
  • Using different types of sanders to achieve finished results
  • Use of a nail or screw gun

What to Bring

You won’t need to bring anything to the class other than yourself and your desire to learn some new skills. All materials will be provided at class.

Cost: $25

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class:
Table Saw Class25.00 USDDecember 14: 10a to 12p
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Sewing Class: Cutting

This sewing class builds on the basics we learned in the previous class. This time we will continue to practice our sewing skills but add information about cutting material down to the sizes you need for your project.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Cutting fabric
  • Machine setup
  • Cutting tool options and use

Who Should Attend

This is still a basic sewing class; therefore, it is appropriate for anyone who feels like they need a bit more instruction before being turned loose on a machine by themselves. Or, you may be curious about how to sew but have never even tried it. This class is for you.

You do not have to have attended the previous class to attend this one.

What to Bring

Bring a sewing machine if you have one available to you. We will try to have an extra machine or two, but our preference would be that you practice on the machine you will actually be using at home. If your machine does not work, or does not work well, bring it along and we will try to help you get it up and running.

If your machine does not run, send us an email or a message through our contact form and we will see if we can get together for a short time before class to get everything working properly before class begins.

Cost: $25

Sewing Class: Cutting25.00 USDNovember 14: 7-9p
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Class: Preparing Files for 3D Printing

While 3D printing is an exciting new technology that has become much cheaper and accessible to the maker market, it still requires a bit of knowledge on how to create and prepare files for printing. This class is focused on the preparation of 3D files. Whether you download files from the internet or create them yourself, you will have to “slice” them before printing.

Designing, slicing and printing are the three steps in getting a file from a digital format to a tangible one. As the name implies, slicing is how you take a 3D model and break it down (slice) into the individual layers that the printer can understand to create the file.

Since each printer needs a different set of parameters and each model can be printed with various settings to get the desired result, slicing can be confusing to someone new to 3D printing. This class will help take some of the confusion out of the process.

Who is the class for?

  • Those who have (or have access to) a 3D printer and have questions as to why some models print well and others don’t.
  • Those who are thinking about getting into 3D printing.
  • Those who would like to use the Morristown Makers printer to create models.
  • Anyone curious about the process of 3D printing but not sure you understand the process.

Any age is welcome to attend. We ask that children 13 and younger have an adult present with them.

What to bring

You do not need to bring anything to class. However, if you want help setting up your slicing software on your computer, bring it along and we can make sure it is working properly for you.

We will be using Cura for this class, but if you are using a different slicer and have questions, we would be happy to help you figure out how to make yours do what you need.

Cost: $20

Quantity:Name:Price:Next Class Date:
Preparing Files for 3D Printing20.00 USDMarch 6: 10a to 12p
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February 9 Meet & Greet Results

We had a good turnout for the second Meet & Greet event at Morristown Makers. Several people stopped by to find out what we are doing at the space. It was exciting to have most everyone stay more than an hour (and some more than 2!).

During the day we worked on a few different projects in between eating popcorn and chatting with visitors. Two people put together a demo piece for the pallet wood blanket ladder class. A couple worked on a rustic barn wood fireplace mantle.

Enjoy a playful timelapse video of the day.

The next events we have scheduled are classes for the next two weekends. On February 15 and 16 there will be a class on basic 3D modeling using Tinkercad. The following weekend (February 22 and 23) we will be teaching how to build a blanket ladder using reclaimed pallet wood.

For both of these classes you only need to attend either the Friday night session or the Saturday morning session. The same thing will be taught on Saturday as was taught the night before. Pick one of the two class sessions and join us for an upcoming class at 50% off for this month.

Please register to reserve your spot in the class.