Classes at Phoenix Forge

Class sizes and room capacities are limited to allow for social distancing, and masks are required. Popular equipment can be reserved online after members have registered.

As with all of our classes, sessions will be short and to the point, intended to teach basic concepts and applied practice to get our members started with learning how to use the wide variety of equipment and tools we have available. Classes will repeat throughout each month. We will gradually add project classes and more advanced classes over the next several months. Instructors will also be available at scheduled times to assist those wanting to learn more advanced techniques.

ORIENTATIONS and SAFETY

Phoenix Forge offers a variety of orientation and safety training sessions to meet the needs of individual members. If you want to use equipment in areas outside of the wood and metal shops, and you already have experience with that equipment, you can just take the General Orientation and Safety class and start making. Additional orientations are required for access to the metal and wood shops.

A 1-hour introduction required for new members of Phoenix Forge. Emphasis on proper safety protocol (with a review of safety handbook), proper clothing, procedures for reserving and using equipment, and how to gain access to the metal or wood shops. Get answers to those burning questions you have about the best way to use Phoenix Forge and become a part of our community. Includes a walking tour of the entire makerspace.

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 1 Hour, 1 Session

Materials Fee:  None

Member Fee (with Materials included):  Free (included in member registration)
Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): Member registration

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes recommended.

Class Dates/Times:

Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm or 6:00-7:00 pm.

A brief introduction to 3D printing and laser cutting and etching. Course will cover basics of operating the machinery, as well as safety. This orientation is required before using equipment in the prototyping area.

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 1 Hour

Member Fee:  $0, included with membership
Class Size Limit: 4

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Class Dates/ Times:

Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm or 7:00-8:00 pm

An introduction to the wood working tools available for member use at Phoenix Forge. Emphasis on proper safety protocol, shop procedures, appropriate use of machine tools, and best practices when choosing wood as a medium to create. This 2-hour class will provide time for students to create a small woodworking project to demonstrate safe use of equipment. Completion of Wood Shop Orientation is required before members can use wood shop equipment for their own projects. If you have little-to-no experience with woodworking power tools, please choose the Beginner class. If you need a refresher, please choose the advanced class.

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 2 Hours, 1 Session

Member Fee (with Materials included):  $50

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes (leather preferred), no loose clothing. Safety glasses (bring your own or buy a $2 pair from us.)

Class Dates/Times:

Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm

An introduction to the metal working tools available for member use at Phoenix Forge. Emphasis on proper safety protocol, shop procedures, appropriate use of machine tools, and best practices when choosing metal as a medium to create. This 2-hour class will provide time for students to create a small metalworking project to demonstrate safe use of equipment. Completion of this Metal Shop Orientation is required before members can use metal shop equipment for their own projects. Welding Orientation is taught separately.

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 2 Hours, 1 Session

Materials Fee:  $5

Member Fee (with Materials included):  $25
Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes (leather preferred), no loose clothing. Safety glasses (bring your own or buy a $2 pair from us.)

ELECTRONICS AND ROBOTICS

Introduction to Electronics: Soldering and Basic Components

Intended for people with little or no experience soldering. Learn the basic processes of soldering, desoldering, and circuit building with a battery, switch, and LED. Participants will make a small flashlight badge to take home.

Level: Beginner/Refresher

Length: 1.5 Hours, 1 Session

Class Fee (with Materials included):  $50

Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes recommended.

Class date/ time: Tuesday August 10th 6:00 – 7:30pm

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Introduction to Robotics: Building a BristleBot

Intended for people with little or no experience with electronics or robotics. Learn how to build a circuit to drive a pair of vibrating motors mounted on your own bristlebot made of craft sticks and toothbrushes. Participants will make a small bristlebot to take home.

Level: Beginner/Refresher

Class Fee (with Materials included):  $50

Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Electronics: Soldering and Basic Components

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes recommended.

Class Date/ Time: Tuesday August 24th 6:00 – 8:00pm

Introduction to Jewelry: Sawing, Riveting, Filing, Finishing

Intended for people with little or no experience making jewelry. Learn the basic processes of sawing, riveting, filing, and finishing. This basic class will lead to more advanced classes in pendant and ring making, bezel settings, texturing metal, and soldering techniques.

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 4 Hours, 1 Session

Member Fee (with Materials included):  $50
Non-Member Fee (with Materials included):  $75
Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes recommended.

Class Dates/ Times:

Every other Wednesday 5:00 -9:00 pm

3D PRINTING

This course covers slicer software, 3d printer safety, settings, file formats, introductory materials, types of printing, print troubleshooting, and post-print cleanup. Don’t know what some of those words mean? Come find out!

Level: Beginner/Refresher
Length: 1.5 Hours each, 2 Sessions

Member Fee (with Materials included):  $105
Non-Member Fee (with Materials included):  $130
Class Size Limit: 6

Prerequisite(s): General Orientation and Safety

Clothing Restrictions: Closed-toe shoes recommended.

Class Dates/Times: each class runs 2 consecutive days

July Classes

  • July 7th: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and July 8th: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • July 21st: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and July 22nd: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

August Classes

  • August 4th: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and August 5th: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • August 18th: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and August 19th: 6:00-7:30 p.m.