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Come and see what Site 3 and our community are about! Most classes are taught by members, with occasional guest appearances from Site 3 friends! We teach everything from electronics to wood working to stained glass – and if you would like to learn about anything else we do at Site 3, or if you’d like to inquire about when a previously-held course might be held again, please let us know by e-mailing “info” @ this domain.

Come and see what Site 3 and our community are about! Classes are hosted at Site 3 coLaboratory, usually upstairs. Registration is simple, we use Event Brite sign up.

Laser usage classes are required before you can use the Site 3 laser cutter, generally these classes run on the last Saturday of the month.

Below are the the upcoming scheduled classes, or skip ahead to classes scheduled by demand. If you’d like to learn about anything else we do at Site 3, or if you’d like to inquire about when a course might be held (even if it’s not currently listed), please contact us by e-mailing “info” @ this domain.

In addition to class requirements, please bring drinks/snacks with you. We have no running water on-site. For that reason, avoid messy food in the lab – for your convenience and ours. There are a few cafes and convenience stores close by at Bloor & Ossington.


Getting Started with Wiring and Arduino

Wednesday 30th of April - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

This Wiring and Arduino workshop is directed at people wanting to learn about Wiring and Arduino, and how to program the boards to control things like lights, switches and motors.

... register and learn more

 

Introduction to CNC with Doug Speck

Saturday 10th of May - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

This class will teach fundamantals of CNC machining, including how to use CAM (Computer aided manufacturing) programs to generate G-code to use on our CNC machines. Students will also learn how to load, set up and run programs on the CNC machines. Class is open to members and associates who have taken the milling course and/or have relevent shop experience.

The class is over two Saturdays, afternoons from 1pm-5pm. First day will be classroom/lecture learning, second day will be hands-on in the shop.

... register and learn more

 

Introduction to Screenprinting with Sarah Friend

Sunday 11th of May - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Everything you need to know about beginner screenprinting!

All attendees will leave with at least one single-colour screenprint, of an image of their choice, on an item of their choice. Topics covered will include how to prepare a screen for printing, how to pick a good image and make a positive, and the fun part - printing itself!

Participants will leave knowing how to screenprint in a DIY setting - and be experts on the specific screenprinting equipment at Site 3.  

... register and learn more

 

Site 3 May Laser Training

Saturday 17th of May - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This class will take you through the basics of good vector document preparation for any 2-dimensional CNC tool. 

This class will cover the steps for using the laser, from creating an image in the proper format to correct and safe operation of the laser itself.

Participants will cut or etch their own class completion certificates, which we'll keep at Site 3 as the way to know who is allowed to use the laser, and will get to do a cut/etch job of their own design to take home.

... register and learn more

 

3D Printing with Adam Plavinskis

Saturday 17th of May - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Come on out and learn to use Site 3's 3D printer, the RepRap, with Adam Plavinskis.

Learn to prepare files for a RepRap 3D printer Output a very small job.  Learn to calibrate and maintain the 3D printer Go through some of the pitfalls of custom printing your own insane algorithmic/generative sculptures.  Follows the Laser Class, so you can have a full day of home manufacturing classes!

... register and learn more

 

Fundamentals of Metal Milling with Jacob Botden

Saturday 24th of May - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

In this class you will learn the basics of milling using the Wells Index CNC mill. The goal will be to enable you to use the Wells Index mill to make metal and plastic parts under manual control. Topics include: safety, possible jobs, machinable materials, metal cutting physics, cutting tool types and specifics of our Wells Index mill - tool holding and changing, speeds, and software.At the end of the class you'll be qualified to use the Wells Index mill under manual control. Using the CNC capabilities of the mill are covered in a follow-on class.

... register and learn more

 

Basic Woodworking with Marc Reeve-Newson

Sunday 25th of May - 10:00am to 5:00pm

    If you're afraid of any of the big, loud, finger-severing tools downstairs this is your chance to learn how to use them safely and make something practical at the same time.        The goal of the class is to learn how to use common power tools and explore basic woodworking joints (miter, rabbet, and dado).  Your end goal is to create a lidded box with internal dimensions of 3" x 3" x 4" that you'll be able to cherish forever.  We'll start by learning how to use the planer to take a piece of rough lumber and turn it into a usable board.  You'll then use the table saw, chop saw, and router to shape that board, and finally the brad nailer, clamps, and glue to put it all together.  If there's extra time you'll be able to sand down your creation and even add some detailing with the router. 

... register and learn more

 

Flexinol "Muscle" Fibre with Marisa Ranalli

Wednesday 28th of May - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Muscle wire is a shape memory alloy. When a current is applied to it, it will contract and bend into a pre-defined shape. Students will learn how to use Flexinol (a type of muscle wire) with their Arduino projects to create movement. Muscle wire is especially useful for those interested in creating movement in their wearable projects, as it is lightweight. In this class, you will learn how to shape Flexinol wire, the best ways to implement Flexinol into a project, and how to use it in combination with an Arduino.

... register and learn more

 

Introduction to Screenprinting with Sarah Friend

Sunday 15th of June - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Everything you need to know about beginner screenprinting!

All attendees will leave with at least one single-colour screenprint, of an image of their choice, on an item of their choice. Topics covered will include how to prepare a screen for printing, how to pick a good image and make a positive, and the fun part - printing itself!

Participants will leave knowing how to screenprint in a DIY setting - and be experts on the specific screenprinting equipment at Site 3.  

... register and learn more

 

Site 3 June Laser Training

Saturday 21st of June - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

This class will take you through the basics of good vector document preparation for any 2-dimensional CNC tool. 

This class will cover the steps for using the laser, from creating an image in the proper format to correct and safe operation of the laser itself.

Participants will cut or etch their own class completion certificates, which we'll keep at Site 3 as the way to know who is allowed to use the laser, and will get to do a cut/etch job of their own design to take home.

... register and learn more

 

3D Printing with Adam Plavinskis

Saturday 21st of June - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Come on out and learn to use Site 3's 3D printer, the RepRap, with Adam Plavinskis.

Learn to prepare files for a RepRap 3D printer Output a very small job.  Learn to calibrate and maintain the 3D printer Go through some of the pitfalls of custom printing your own insane algorithmic/generative sculptures.  Follows the Laser Class, so you can have a full day of home manufacturing classes!

... register and learn more

 

Site 3 Classes Scheduled by Demand

More circuit prototyping classes!

Our last circuit prototyping class was a hit, and so we’re having another on June 24 from 7-9PM. In fact, we’re going to be making them a monthly affair, so if you’re all booked up in June, don’t worry, we’ll still be here in July.

From the event description:

Interested in learning to build electronic circuits, but don’t know where to start? This is the course for you! In this introductory-level course you’ll learn how to read a schematic and how to use it to build a working prototype. During the course you’ll build the Atari Punk Console, a circuit that produces sounds reminiscent of retro video games. We’ll also discuss some basic theory of how the circuit works, and we’ll do some basic “circuit bending” by tinkering with the design and see how our changes affect the circuit’s behaviour.

Intrigued? Check out the eventbrite page to secure your spot in the class!

Geotagging Photos

Do you like to travel? Do you like to take pictures? Do you like to do both at the same time and want to know what was taken, when and where? If yes, then you should take this course.

Geotagging is the act of inserting the location the picture was taken inside the meta data of the picture. Now you’ll know exactly where all those amazing photos were taken the last time you went hiking, or on vacation, or just walking around town.

High end dSLR cameras have GPS accessories that will automatically insert co-ordinates into pictures. Those accessories cost several hundred dollars and a good dSLR is not a casual purchase.  This course will teach you how to combine any digital camera, an ordinary GPS receiver, and a computer to achieve the same thing. The first half of this course will be a short walk around the neighbourhood to take sample pictures. In the second part you’ll learn how to tag the pictures you took, most importantly you’ll learn to do this in an automated fashion, so that tagging one picture is as easy as tagging hundreds.

By the end of the course you’ll know how to:

  • Manually insert longitude and latitude into pictures you’ve taken
  • Upload GPS tracks from your receiver to your computer
  • Display those tracks on a map to see an exact route of where you’ve been
  • Combine the tracks with the pictures you took to create geotagged photos
  • Export those pictures to programs like Google Earth

For this class you will need:

  • a digital camera
  • a hand held GPS receiver (with the accompanying cables)
  • a laptop
  • freely available software (preferably downloaded before class)

(If you do not have a GPS receiver the teacher will provide you with a track log from theirs, if you can’t bring a laptop you’ll be walked through how to do these things on a desktop.)

Course fee: $35
Course length: One class lasting 2 – 3h
Class size: 3 – 10 students
Scheduling: On demand, please contact marc.reevenewson(AT)gmail(DOT)com to arrange times.

Leather mask-making workshops

Announcing our craftiest workshops yet: wet-molded leather mask-making with Adam Smith! Those of you who know Adam know how exciting this is; for those of you who don’t know him, Adam is a genius mad-scientist/leather-worker/costumer/prop-maker. As far as I can tell, if something is filmed in Toronto and has something in it that’s made out of leather, chances are Adam made it.

The class will cover the various types of leathers and their use, characteristics of different parts of the hide, as well as some of the tools specific to leatherworking. Participants will learn some of the basics of water-molding leather and leather finishing, and if successful will be able to create and finish two molded leather masks. As there is some time needed for the masks to dry enough to finish, we may take also take a look at a variety of other leatherworking tools and their use.

Sign up now!

Introduction to stained glass


Interested in learning to create stained glass windows but don’t want to buy all the expensive equipment? Take our introduction to stained glass course! You’ll learn to design, cut, and fabricate your own stained glass projects under the tutelage of Site 3 member Dana Sarafinchan.  During three sessions of two hours each we will teach you the terminology, equipment, and skills to complete a copper-foil window hanging for your home. We’ll supply everything you’ll need and then some; you just need show up and enjoy the company while learning a new skill at your own pace!

Course fee: $120 + HST (includes all materials)

Class sizes range from one-on-one to groups of up to four.

Scheduling: To schedule, please contact Dana directly by emailing dsarafinchan@ this domain.