This is the beginning in a series of laissez-faire learning experiences that will seem less like school and more like troublemakers getting together on a Friday night to try something new.
Some people call it the “maker movement”–we don’t really care, as long as whatever happened was awesome and somebody got pictures.
So stop by around 7PM on Friday, May 15th if you want to (1) learn a skill/tool, (2) teach people how to cause trouble with it, or (3) eat pizza and dick around with friends (bring some cash for pizza).
There will be a theme each month or two, and the current theme is (FRICKIN’) LASER CUTTING!
I urge everyone to stop by–especially if you’ve been wondering how to work with our magnificent lasers (pew pew!). Those with great laser experience would be particularly helpful in sharing the wealth of their knowledge, too.
There is no cost. Ever. Even if we are offering a kit to pay for, we’ll always have scrap. And as such, I plan to bring lots of cardboard and fun designs to share with everybody.
PLUS–I will work to schedule a few more dates for our FRICKIN’ LASER theme, but don’t just come to one per theme; you can continue to come and contribute to the community by helping other newbies as they learn to laser.
This will be an ongoing series, and I’m looking for more people who want to step up and be part of the fun in upcoming themes! Stay tuned for more announcements and updates.
Frequently you’ll be instructed to create a vector file which is simply a set of geometric shapes the computer or laser cutter can understand and move the laser left, right, up, down at specific speeds. You may be asked to use Adobe Illustrator (part of Creative Suite) or LVL1 uses the freeware version called Inkscape which you can download and learn to use.
After designing your file you can then follow the direction on the equipment’s WIKI entry to load and operate the laser. Further directions.
So get your pattern, obtain your material and get cutting!