3D Printer Workshops – Friday Sept 20th & Monday Sept 30th

New Makerspace Workshops just announced
Join us for the for the following workshops in September.
Open to everyone at Langara College!

September Workshops:
– Friday, September 20th, 2pm to 3pm – 3D Printer Workshop
– Friday, September 27th, 2pm to 3pm – Laser Workshop
– Monay, September 30th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm – 3D Printer Workshop
Sign up Here… https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/makerspace/signup/#.XXvQ4JNKhTb

3D Printer Workshop

  • Basic how to create a file in a 3D program
  • Preparing your 3D file for the Printers
  • How to operate the PLA filament printers
  • How to operate the Form2 resin printers
  • Demo on a Printer

Laser Cutter/Engraver Workshop

  • How to create a file in Illustrator for the laser
  • How to operate the laser
  • How to cut and engrave on the laser
  • Demo on the laser

WORKSHOPS for EVERYONE! Offering On Demand Workshops

WORKSHOPSfor EVERYONE!
No experience necessary

SEPTEMBER To DECEMBER
Makerspace will be having workshops on a demand basis this term.
Contact Don to arrange a workshop. We require 5 persons or more to create a workshop.
Workshop times are available most week days, between 9:00 & 12:30 and 1:30 to 4:30.
Workshops are one hour.

Workshops available:

  • 3D Printers
    • Very basic how to on a 3D program
    • Preparing your 3D file for the Printers
    • How to operate the PLA filament printers
    • How to operate the Form2 resin printers
    • Demo on a Printer
  • Vinyl Cutter
    • How to create a file in Illustrator for the vinyl cutter
    • Preparing your file and importing it into Vinyl Master
    • How to make a decal for autos/office/etc
    • How to make a t-shirt transfer
    • How to operate and cut with the vinyl cutter
    • Weeding your decal or transfer
    • Applying your decal, and heat a transfer to a shirt
  • Laser Cutters
    • How to create a file in Illustrator for the laser
    • How to operate the laser
    • How to cut and engrave on the laser
    • Demo on the laser
  • CNC Router
    • How to create a file in Illustrator for the CNC
    • How to setup your file in VCarve Pro
    • How to import and setup your file in Mach 3 MIll
    • How to operate the CNC
    • Demo on the CNC
  • How To Make A wooden Finger Joint Box & Lid
    • How to use the online box software
    • How to import the file in Illustrator for the laser
    • How to operate the laser
    • Demo of cutting and engraving on the laser
    • Gluing together the box

Email Don at the Makerspace (M-F 8:30 to 12:30 & 1:30 to 4:30)or email Don at… dgillard@langara.ca

Vinyl Cutter Workshops Friday & Monday

Join us this Friday or Monday for the Vinyl Cutter Workshop.
Learn to create files for the Vinyl Cutter in Adobe Illustrator. We will demonstrate a decal for a car or window. We will also demonstrate how to make a print on a t-shirt.
10am to 11am Friday August 9th, and Monday August 12th.

Sign up here >

Make a Finger Joint Box… So Easy!

I have discovered a great website that creates the drawings for any box size you input.
It creates a fully finger joint box for you.
You can then finalize the files, including adding some engravings to your box, and then cut it on our Trotec laser*.

You need to tweak the files a bit, but it saves hours of work in a drawing program.

*You must take our laser workshop before using the laser.

Here is the Make A Box link… https://boxdesigner.connectionlab.org/

Here is our upcoming workshops… https://iweb.langara.bc.ca/makerspace/signup

Makerspace Is Now Selling Laser Ready Materials

We are happy to announce that we now have many different materials available at the Makerspace for our Trotec Laser.
The materials have all been pre-cut to fit into the laser, making it simple for you to start a project.
Simply come into the Makerspace, fill out a form with the attendant.
You then pay for the materials at the book store and the material is yours…
and you are ready to create something.

Materials currently available:

Cardboard
Millboard .90″
Plain Chipboard .045″
Supa Screen (white card) .60″
Bleached Coasterboard .061″
Corrugated Cardboard

Plywood
1/8″ Baltic birch Plywood
1/4″ Baltic birch Plywood
1/2″ Baltic birch Plywood

Plexiglas
1/8″ Clear Plexiglas
1/4″ Clear plexiglas

Community Day – Having Fun & Helping The Environment… 150 T-Shirts UP-Cycled

Langara’s Beyond 49 Community Day was a huge success for the Makerspace T-Shirt UP-cycle booth.
We have only 1 shirt left from 150 T-shirts.

The t-shirts were purchased from Valu-Village (they gave us 50% off),
Each participant choose a t-shirt (usually with something printed on it) they liked,
they then were given a vinyl cut  “Up Cycle – Makerspace” graphic we cut with our vinyl cutter.
Their job was to “weed it”, that is removing all of the negative vinyl. They then took the shirt and laid it out onto the hot press, lined up the logo on it, and pressed it onto the shirt.

There was no charge for the shirts, but there was a strong message behind it.
The fashion industry is a huge burden on the environment, so up-cycling and repurposing is a great way to help the environment. Hopefully it will reduce buying new shirts, and throwing out the old.

Environment facts of the fashion industry:

  • The Top 10 Polluting Industries In The World:
    • The Product Manufacturing (includes garment) is Rated 9th.
    • The Dye Industry is Rated 10th.
  • The transportation required to get a clothing item into the hands of the consumer is why apparel production accounts for 10 percent of worldwide carbon emissions.
  • Textile production produces 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas every year.
  • Gathering the materials for wood-based fabrics like rayon, modal and viscose contributes to deforestation.
  • Popular polyester fabrics washed in domestic washing machines shed plastic microfibers make their way to into drinking water and aquatic food chains (including in fish and shellfish eaten by humans).
  • Cotton, another eminently popular material, is a pesticide and water-intensive crop; the amount of water required to make one cotton t-shirt is the same as one person drinks in two-and-a-half years.

So Up-Cycle . RePurpose . ReUse!