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No registration needed. Free for members. Open to non-members. For non-members, there is a $20 drop-in fee payable to the studio monitor by cash or check made out to BARN.
All are welcome to drop by during this Open studio if you would like to observe.
Learn the basic features of Fusion 360, a 3-D design program that will allow you to design objects on a computer screen and turn into items made of metal, wood, plastic or even molds for casting glass.
This class is required if you want to take studio-specific classes in how to run computer-controled tools at BARN including the plasma cutter in the Welding Studio, the milling machine in the Metal Machining Studio, or the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio. You can also use Fusion 360 to design objects for BARN's 3-D printers.
Please note: You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded to that computer. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please use this form to contact the instructor for help.
This is a two-session class, designed to allow you to work with the program after the first session and get help with roadblocks or answers to your questions at the second session. Allow time between the sessions to work on your project, which you will get at the first session. A learning reference will be provided on the techniques covered in the class, including:
Instructor: Chris Stanley is a fourth-generation artist/ craftsman who works in a variety of media. After working for many years as a professional model maker in both architectural and design fields, he went into education. He taught computer-aided design and other classes for the Art Institute of Seattle for 19 years.
In this two session class you will be building a fully-functional, custom-designed mechanical keyboard and take it home with you to use.
Why do so many people love mechanical keyboards? A mechanical keyboard has switches with springs rather than the more common plastic membrane.
Because mechanical key switches provide the user with tactile feedback, they can make typing more efficient and accurate. You can also choose switches that give acoustic feedback with pleasing “clacking” sounds. Mechanical keyboards are generally more expensive than mass-produced membrane alternatives, but they are sturdier. They last longer and even if something wears out it can usually be repaired.
Beyond superior functionality, these keyboards also offer aesthetic flexibility that creators enjoy. You can easily customize the look of your keys, and do it again whenever the mood strikes. There are many different types of keyboard layouts to choose from.
The design we will build in this class is a split layout created for ergonomic comfort. Our keyboard is rugged and small enough that you can carry it anywhere, with 42 keys (as opposed to 100+ on a full-sized one) and programmable functional layers.
To create your keyboard, you will use the studio’s laser cutter to cut the wood and acrylic components. You will also exercise (or learn) soldering skills as we hand wire all of our key switches and connect them to the microcontroller. Then, you will assemble and troubleshoot your new device, and learn how to update the firmware.
We will be using Cherry MX Blue (clicky) switches. This class will not include keycaps, as these are a very personal choice for which you will want to do some research. But we will discuss options and you will be allowed to rummage through my box of random keycaps and keep whichever you fancy to use while you’re searching for the perfect ones for you.
Class size is limited to 4.
There is a materials fee of $65.
Our keyboard design was created by Phil Hagelberg and is called Atreus (https://atreus.technomancy.us/)
Skill Level: Class is for all levels.
Ages: Ages 14+ welcome
Jorge Barrios nudges bytes for a living and is learning how to move atoms around. He is on the ETA Steering Committee and is sometimes spotted as a studio monitor.
Questions? Contact: ETA.LEAD@BainbridgeBARN.org
Join your friends, neighbors and islanders in obtaining a Technician Amateur Radio License. This two session, intensive class will enable you to pass your FCC Technician License Exam offered at the the conclusion of the second session. About two weeks after the exam you will receive your own call sign from the FCC and be able to operate on the amateur radio bands.
In addition to licenses preparation there will be hands-on time to gain practical exposure to radios. After you receive you license and buy a radio, members of the local club will be available to help you get your radios setup and on the air.
As a licensed Amateur Radio Operator, you will be able to serve your community as well as enjoy a wide range of radio related activities, including:
The No-Nonsense Technician Class Study Guide, by Dan Romanchik KB6NU, will be available at the BARN after Jan 5, 2019 for pre-study. You can also download a free PDF copy from the following link: https://www.kb6nu.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/2018-no-nonsense-tech-study-guide-v1-1.pdf
You can take practice Tech License Exams at ARRL Exam Review for Ham Radio at arrlexamreview.appspot.com
This class is co-sponsored by BARC (Bainbridge Island Amateur Radio Club)
Any questions? Contact Ken WA6NFA [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Lionel KI7NNi [email@example.com] or Brent AE7DY [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Materials: Materials fees of $25 are included in the cost of the class (covers the $15 cost of the FCC Exam as well as a hard copy of the “No-Nonsense Study Guide for Technician License” book).
Skill Level: Beginner
Ages: Ages 14+
Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator for you to store your lunch!
Lionel, KI7NNI, is a Bainbridge Island regional coordinator and instructor for the Kitsap County CERT program. He first learned the importance of radios in emergency communication while working as a New York City paramedic in the 1980s. Lionel enjoys sharing his passion for amateur radio, and is excited about promoting radio as a means of connectivity on the island.
Ken, WA6NFA, has been a ham since his teenage years. This hobby has lead to EE/Computer Science Degrees and a career in tech at a variety of Silicon Valley companies. He enjoys sharing his passions and interests with others and has taught professionally at Cal Poly, maker spaces and after hours, industry sponsored courses. On the ham front, he is active on HF using CW (morse code) and digital modes.
Brent, AE7DY, recognized the potentially lifesaving value offered by Amateur Radio communications during an emergency, which motivated him to earn his ham license. A professional career in IT and networking led him to a focus on the Digital Modes of the hobby in addition to Emergency Communications. He enjoys equipping others with radio communication skills and introducing them to the fun and fellowship offered by the ham radio community
Join others who are learning to use Fusion 360, a program that BARN participants can use to design projects for the new CNC router in the Woodworking Studio, the CNC milling machine or plasma cutter in Metal Arts, or the 3D printers in Electronic & Technical Arts.
The users group meets from noon to 2 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month to give people a time and place to work on their Fusion projects or simply to develop their Fusion skills. With many people meeting and working together, we’ll be able to share knowledge and increase all of our skillsets. The group is intended as a followup to BARN’s introductory Fusion classes, but people who are learning Fusion on their own are also welcome.
This event is free for members and $20 for non-members. Please register so we know how many will be attending.
This workshop will give participants an overview of key design principles and concepts with an understanding of how visual elements can be used in advancing your artwork. Learn more about color, typography, composition, and imagery. Explore how to apply these core elements through a specific set of in-class design exercises.
About the Instructor:
Throughout her career in the media and high-tech industries, including eight years as a Group Design Manager at Microsoft, Robin has produced high-profile design projects and managed award-winning design teams. She is an experienced instructor having taught core principles of design as an Assistant Professor of Design at The Cornish College of the Arts, and visual communication to undergraduate and graduate classes at the University of Washington.
Learn more about Robin at www.robinavni.com.
Designed as a user's guide to BARN ETA studio, this free orientation session is highly recommended for all participants. It will cover everything from studio etiquette and policies to an overview of what we have and where stuff is.
You'll get to see the 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering station, hand tools and more. Overall BARN policies as well as studio-specific ones will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within ETA and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range range from serving as studio monitors to helping with studio maintenance.
This event is free but please register so we know how many to expect.
Build a fully programmable robot car and learn a bit about microcontrollers, motors and laser cutting in the process.
This two-session class is designed for all levels, including beginners, yet is interesting for experienced makers.
You will be supplied with all the parts you need to build a basic robotic car. You'll learn how to program it using the Arduino development environment.
If you have been curious about using Arduino, this is a great way to get started.
You'll even get access to templates for the laser-cut parts so you can make your own future modifications using BARN's laser cutter.
Finally, you'll gain enough knowledge to add information displays, sensors, and servos in the future, on your own after the class. You can bring your car in to upgrade it during ETA open studios.
As time allows, you'll get to discuss competitive aspects of robots.
Important: Be sure to bring your own laptop with an unused USB port.
There is a $30 materials fee that covers the car parts and electronic bits, including an Arduino computer! (And, yes, batteries are included.)
Ages: Open to ages 8 and older, although anyone 12 and under must have one adult with them (registration covers adult and child and provides one set of materials). Please add your child's name next to yours in parenthesis so that we know there will be a youth attending with that adult.
Doug Salot is an old-school computer programmer. He got started with PEEKs and POKEs on an Apple ][ about 40 years ago, but he's brand-new to robotics, so he figures that means he's the perfect guy to teach robotics to other newbies.
Get introduced to 3D printing in this one-hour session. You'll get to see BARN's printers and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can make.
You will see a computer file get readied for printing in a process called "slicing."
You'll see the different printers we have and learn about filament, the material 3D printers use to make prints. We'll start a print and you'll see the printer print.
3D printing has many uses, ranging from practical to fun, such as replacement parts, mold-making, medical models used in surgery, prototypes and more.
Bring your curiosity and questions. You can continue to use the 3D printers at Open Studio where a studio monitor or other member can help you.
Class size is limited to 6.
The class covers how to prep a design for cutting and engraving on the laser cutter as well as the set-up, settings and operation of the laser cutter.
Optional: Bring a laptop with Inkscape installed. It is the free design software we use with the laser cutter. Click here to go to Inkscape.org where you can download it. There are versions for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is not strictly necessary, but will help you get the most out of this class.
Successful completion of this workshop is the first step toward becoming qualified for independent operation of the laser cutter. It also prepares you for more advanced laser cutting classes.
Contact Annette Walker: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org
This is a place holder for our BARN wide event that will be open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
More information to be posted by 02-2019.