Shocking redo of Electronics Lab! Jewelry Studio & Summer Camps coming soon!

Thank you!
Your thoughtful responses to last month’s survey on what you love about our shop (friendly members and staff! tools!) and how we can make it better are very helpful. Some of your suggestions have already been implemented and we’re working on the others. Two prize winners have been notified they won a $25 credit toward their next class and a Maker Works t-shirt.
Electronics: Moved & Improved!
Panorama of Electronics

Circuits moved into the Tool Crib, which dispersed into the shops. We’re still working on sorting the Tool Crib move, but the new Electronics room is beautifully organized according to 5S methodology, meaning that each tool has been sorted, organized, and given a location and a label of its uses. Finding the correct tool in electronics will be so much easier now!

Great Devices for Electronics Projects
(click the image to see more detailed specs)
One tool you likely won’t have at home is a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) engraver. This machine allows you to make prototype circuit boards while-you-wait, instead of waiting several days for a prototype from a board house.
PCB Engraver with new, quiet enclosure
PCB Engraver in action
PCB Engraver in action
Logic Analyzer
16-Channel Logic Analyzer – for testing Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and other projects
Digital Oscilloscope
Digital Oscilloscope – a powerful tool for visualizing electronic signals
DC Power Supply
Triple output DC power supply and more signal analyzers
Reflow oven
Reflow Oven – for soldering surface mount components on printed circuit boards
Coming Soon: Jewelry Studio!

Exciting things are happening! We’ve moved the electronics area and are ready to transform the space into a jewelry studio. We are shooting to have it up and running within 2 months, but in order to reach that goal, we’d like your help. Please let us know how we can make it work for you by answering a few questions on our survey.

Your responses will help us identify the tools, materials, and layout needed. Of course, we’ll also need to write SOPs to protect people and tools, develop checkout classes, and plan our skill development classes. We have some work to do yet, but can’t wait to see what our members create in this new space!
Ann Arbor has a wonderful jewelry resource with the Ann Arbor Art Center’s great studio and classes. Maker Works is eager to collaborate with them and to expand the jewelry-making options in Washtenaw County.
Summer Camps!
Registration will begin soon for our summer camps. Let us know you’d like to be notified when that happens by entering your contact info here.

Kinetic Camp

Ages 8-12
Jun 19 – 23  9:00am – 12:00pm

Flying! Rolling! Crashing! Join Maker Works for a series of kinetic-themed Make & Take classes. Students will be introduced to a variety of traditional kinetic projects and the tools to create them. Everything from rubber band planes and mousetrap-powered cars to stomp rockets will be covered in this week-long series of half-day workshops. Starting from kits, students will end the camp with their own custom creations and a new appreciation for designing from scratch!

Ages 10-14
Jun 26 – 30 & Aug 07 – 11

9:00am – 4:00pm (open build available from 4pm to 5pm in the Kids Space)

Students will be immersed in a week-long workshop of creative storytelling through the art of comics and manga. We will work on drawing skills, narration, and formatting a story to go wherever their imagination takes them. Pen and paper are combined with modern experimental tools like laser cutters, conductive ink and 3D printing to give students the means to meet their print deadline. Staff will guide students through the use of these devices to express their art in multiple media to create a single-issue zine featuring everyone’s work by the end of the week.

Metal Sculpture Camp

Ages 13-16
Jul 10 – 14 & Aug 14 – 18
9:00am – 4:00pm (open build available from 4pm to 5pm in the Kids Space)

Do you want to harness the power of the sun to cut metal? Shape that metal with your mind and hands? Join Maker Works for an exciting metal workshop for kids. Students will be introduced to a variety of metalworking methods including forging, casting pewter, plasma cutting, and using various other tools. Students will learn about design and tool skills, which will allow them to create their own custom sculptures.

Upcycled Fashion Camp
Ages 10-16

Jul 17-21 & Aug 21-25
9:00am – 4:00pm (open build available from 4pm to 5pm in the Kids Space)
Get your kids thinking outside the box when it comes to self-expression through everyday fashion. While we will use basic hand and machine sewing, students will be introduced to bigger tools like the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and heat press to help achieve their creative visions. Students will be exploring T-shirt and denim reconstruction, plus the art of accessorizing. Transform “hand-me-downs” into runway-ready style for the new school year!   Students will create several garments and accessories.  All materials included.
Monthly Maker Group Meetings
Check out the following events and meetings at Maker Works.  These meetings are open to all, no membership required. 

Maker Works Fix-It Friday – Come in to help fix, learn to fix, or have your items fixed by MW staff and volunteer fixers.
Third Friday of the month from 4pm-6pm. (Next fix is Feb 17th @ 4-6pm)

GO Tech – Self-proclaimed “geek show-and-tell.” Makers present their creations!

Second Tuesday of the month at 7pm. (Next meeting is Mar 14th @ 7pm)

TOOOL – The Open Organization Of Lockpickers – A group advancing the general public knowledge about locks and lockpicking.
Second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. (Next meeting is Mar 8th @ 6:30pm)
Southeast Michigan Woodworkers – Presentations on various woodworking topics, as well as hands-on project builds and teaching sessions.

Second Thursday of the month at 7pm. (Next meeting is Mar 9th @ 7pm)

Kids Robotics Club – Join us for robotics and fun! All ages welcome, no experience needed!!
Third Wednesday of the month from 6-7pm. (Next meeting is Mar 15th @ 6-7pm)

Michigan Robot Club – A group for robotics enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. (Next meeting is Mar 15th @ 7pm)

South East Michigan CNC (SEMICNC) – For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information.
First Wednesday of the month at 7pm. (Next meeting is Mar 1st @ 7pm)
Maker Works Quarterly Member Meetings – If you are or have ever been a member, stop by for discussion on announcements and updates around the shop. (Next meeting is April 20th @ 7pm)
Handy Links
Class Registration Calendar
Tool Reservation Calendar
Email us if you’d like to arrange one-on-one consulting ($30/hr) on your project. Please include as many details as possible, so we can connect you with the right person.
Maker Works 734-222-4911
3765 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Open 1pm-9pm M-Th, 9am-6pm F, 10am-4pm weekends
(Open to Pro-level members 9am-1pm M-Th as well)

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