Learn New Maker Skills

As part of the think|haus reboot, we’d like to get back to holding regular classes on a variety of topics of interest to the maker community. So, what do you want to learn? Arduino? Raspberry Pi? 3D Printing? Internet of Things? Home Automation? Make your own Media Centre? How to land a rocket on an autonomous barge?

Let us know in the comments below what kinds of classes you’d like to see. We’ll gauge interest and set up classes with the most interest. We’d like to get going as soon as possible, so let your ideas fly!

  1. #1 by Dave Harvey on 2016/06/10 - 4:59 pm

    I’ll start with some possibilities:

    Intro to CNC making: CNC mills, 3D printers & laser cutters

    Making your own printed circuit boards

    Into to Soldering

    Intro to Surface Mount Soldering

    Intro to Drones

    Intro to Arduino

    Intro to Raspberry Pi

    Build your own Media Centre with Raspberry Pi

    3D design with free CAD software

    Basic computer security

    What’s on the air? Using cheap USB software defined radio to search the airwaves.


    More ideas?

  2. #2 by Craig on 2016/06/12 - 1:24 pm

    Would love an intro to Raspberry Pi class!

  3. #3 by Chris on 2016/06/12 - 1:59 pm

    Personally. I’d love to learn about 3D printing. I even have a plastic part that I would like to duplicate or improve on.

    I have a piece of electronics that needs to be soldered and I don’t know how and failed trying it myself.

    I’m not in Hamilton much during the summer but if there are any classes I can make I will try to drop by.

    • #4 by Nick on 2016/06/14 - 6:28 pm


      I am Nick, the guy who would most definitely teach the class. Just wondering some clarification about your request.

      3D printing combines Design, Computer Design, and the 3D printing. Many people download models online. Some people want to make something like a quad copter with specific mounting holes. Some people want to make an art sculpture of an organic shape (i.e. a face).

      Each are a different skill set. The 3D printing is a skill set. It takes knowledge of how the printer works and how to interface with the machine. With this you could download a part but not make a part yourself.

      Design, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), is commonly expensive software, but I teach that through a free-to-use program called OnShape. I could teach Solidworks, Inventor, NX, Solidedge… but they are more expensive than you want to know.

      Then there is computer art, which is most akin to painting. These are like animation and modeling programs like Blender, Rhino, Maya, 3D Studio Max. I would teach Blender from that set as, like before, it is free and easy to install.

      What I would like to know is what are you in search of?

  4. #5 by A on 2016/06/17 - 3:19 am

    What would ‘basic computer security’ cover? I’d be interested in that.

    I’d also be interested in: Intro to CNC making: CNC mills, 3D printers & laser cutters; Into to Soldering; Intro to Arduino; 3D design with free CAD software; Intro to Drones.

    How much would classes cost, and are they one-time workshops, or are they multi-session?


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