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May 18, 2013 – June 5, 2013

Learn to Solder – May 2013

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Have you been dabbling in electronics and building all your circuits on breadboards? Maybe it’s time you learn how to solder with Workshop 88! Want to improve your soldering skills? Come to our soldering class and see what you can do to make you soldering better.  What you need to bring: Nothing! We’ll have everything for you. What you will leave with: Knowledge of proper soldering techniques.

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Start: May 18, 2013 1:00 pm
End: June 5, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

April 27, 2013

New class: Introduction to the Blender UI

Blender UI - Image credit pookstar on deviantart

 

Blender is a power tool for rendering 3D visualizations used in creating animations, special effects, interactive 3D computer applications, video games and models for 3D printing. Historically the interface for using Blender has had the repuation of being difficult to learn to use, but recent development on Blender has been focused on improving the user interface.

This class will be an introduction to the Blender user interface (UI) including how to use the keyboard and mouse effeciently. The class will cover how to model a fairly simple object including the use of a few handy modifiers included in Blender. This class will not cover texturing, rigging, rendering, animation or the game engine, but if there is interest in these topics you should look for a future class on these advanced topics. At the end of the class you should have a firm basis to make more informed searches of how to do what you want with Blender.

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Start: April 27, 2013 10:00 am
End: April 27, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

April 13, 2013

New class: Programming a Tiny85 with Arduino

Tiny85: a simple, cheap alternative to dedicating an Arduino to a long-term project

ATtiny85 - Image credit: Atmel

Atmel offers several processor chips in the same family as the Arduino’s ATMega328P that are often perfect for a simple permanent controller. This class introduces you to the ATTiny85, with mention of some others. You’ll leave with an ’85 running a simple blinkie with code you wrote, you ported to Tiny85, and you burned into the ’85 along with a mini shield to use an Arduino as a programmer for the ’85 and many other Atmel chips.

The class is open to Arduino users with at least basic programming skills. (You’ll need to be able to modify the Blink sketch.) You’ll need to bring a working Arduino (or clone), a laptop with the Arduino 1.0.4 development environment, and a breadboard. We’ll supply a Tiny85.

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Start: April 13, 2013 10:00 am
End: April 13, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

April 6, 2013

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) Saturday April 6, 2013

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn.

This class is for anyone who wants to learn how to get started with the arduino microcontroller, regardless of experience with programming or electronics.

Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, you can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)

In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded and installed.  Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions. Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Start: April 6, 2013 10:00 am
End: April 6, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

March 16, 2013

3D printing – a primer

Model 500 Plugbox Render (top)3D printing is a great way to rapidly produce small parts for just about anything you can think of.

Workshop 88 has a 3D printer that we use often to make things for use in our projects. If you’d like to see what 3D printing is all about firsthand, this demonstration is for you!

This class is OPEN to the public! You do not have to be a member of Workshop 88 to attend. Registration for this is $5.00

What you should bring – something to take notes with and all your questions about 3D printing.

What you will get from this session – you will see how the 3D printing process works, from concept to finished part. If you are a Workshop 88 member, you will get the knowledge and experience necessary to start using the Workshop 88 Makerbot.

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Start: March 16, 2013 10:00 am
End: March 16, 2013 10:00 am
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

February 9, 2013

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) Saturday Feb 9, 2013


Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, you can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)

In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded and installed.  Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions.

Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Start: February 9, 2013 1:00 pm
End: February 9, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States

November 14, 2012

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) November 2012

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, you can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.
You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded installed. 

Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions.  

Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Start: November 14, 2012 6:30 pm
End: November 14, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
Glen Ellyn, IL, United States

October 20, 2012

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) Saturday – October

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, you can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.)In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.
You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded installed. 

Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions.  

Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Start: October 20, 2012 10:00 am
End: October 20, 2012 12:00 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
Glen Ellyn, IL, United States

October 10, 2012

Introduction to Arduino class (Arduino 101) October 2012

Workshop 88 is offering our introduction to the Arduino platform at our makerspace in Glen Ellyn. Class attendees will learn how to configure their arduino programming environment, how to design simple circuits for interfacing with the arduino and how to write simple programs to control the arduino. What is Arduino, you ask? From their home page:

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

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If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store. Sales from that store are fulfilled by amazon.com, and help support Workshop 88. Alternatively, you can order Arduino systems from several places, including Adafruit and Sparkfun. Both companies have lots of tutorials and howtos to get you started with Arduinos. If you’re looking for a local source to get Arduinos, try Trossen Robotics.

What you’ll get from this class: If you choose the registration + materials option, we will have an arduino and assortment of electronics components for you to take home after the class. (The Workshop 88 Arduino Store is by far a cheaper route to get supplies.) In this class you will learn how to start programming in the Arduino environment including interacting with the inputs and outputs of the Arduino.

You should bring: a laptop with the Arduino environment downloaded installed. 

Please contact us (info@workshop88.com) if you have any questions.  

Image credit: By Linuswiki (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Start: October 10, 2012 6:30 pm
End: October 10, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St. , Array, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137-8402, United States

September 26, 2012

Intermediate Arduino Class (Arduino 201) September 2012

Workshop 88 is offering a follow-up to the Introduction to the Arduino class featuring a concentration on interfacing the arduino with various sensors and learning to use the serial protocol with the arduino. If you already have an arduino, you have all the materials you’ll need for this class.  If you need to get an arduino, please see the Workshop 88 Arduino Store.

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Start: September 26, 2012 6:30 pm
End: September 26, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Workshop 88
Address:
481 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137, United States
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