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Check out our upcoming classes, events and tool training below! Each title is a live link to an Eventbrite/Meet-up registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, prerequisites, and pricing. If you already have training on tools and just want to qualify to use them here as a MakeHartford member, you can get tested out on most tools free of charge. For more information, send us an email.

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Current Classes

Current Meetups

Wood + Metal Shop

Woodshop Safety and Basics - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Richard "Latch" Egdahl
Students will see numerous machines adjusted and operated as the instructor takes a woodworking project(to be determined) start to finish. Emphasis will be on safety and effective use of tools and terms.

Electronics + Mircoprocessors

Learn to Solder - Choose Your Session!

Instructor: Ernie St. Louis
Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required. Safety glasses are available for an additional $4.00. Ages: Teens/Adults. 

Introduction to Microprocessors - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Eric Klaus
When most people hear the term Arduino they immediately think of the tiny, inexpensive computer board. Well it’s that but actually a whole lot more! It’s a movement that allows tinkerers, makers, artist, hackers and just about anybody create almost anything they can imagine.

Arduino and Microcontrollers - Next Steps - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Eric Klaus
While not quite an “Advanced Arduino” course, but definitely not an “Introduction to Arduino” either.....
This course is somewhere in between. We’ll look at other flavors of the Arduino boards, and several other popular microcontrollers. We’ll explore the tools used to start experimenting with these chips, then move into examples that demonstrate how they are different and ways they are alike.

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Beginning Blender 3D - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Ben Parker
Blender is a powerful software, but the learning curve can be steep and the interface can be daunting. Students will learn the beginnings of box modeling and how to avoid or fix common pitfalls in Blender.

Inkscape for the Lasercutter - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Ben Parker
Students will be introduced to the vast program of inkscape, a free vector program, similar to Illustrator. They will learn the versatility of the program in conjunction with many of the machines common at a makerspace, with a focus on the laser cutter.

Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM - CNC / Lasers)

Basic Laser Cutter/Engraver Operations - Choose Your Session!

Instructor: Jim Hatch
In this 2.5 hour class, you will learn to safely operate MakeHartford's Legacy Laser, a 60W laser cutter/engraver with the ability to cut and engrave a variety of materials including wood, acrylic, leather, paper, tile, stone and glass as well as etch some metals. Students will learn to use the laser's control software LaserCut to modify a model which you will cut and take home. You will also learn how to take a project you've made in your favorite design software (Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, Inkscape) and prepare it for cutting on the laser.

Introduction to CNC Routing - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Jim Hatch
Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required. Safety glasses are available for an additional $4.00. Ages: Teens/Adults. 

CNC Metal Milling -  Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Jim Hatch
MakeHartford has a premium German made High-Z 400 CNC Milling machine. Perfect for metal engraving and cutting projects. The powerful WinPC-NC software is also easy to use and provides complete control of the machine and helps ensure your projects come out just as you envision them. Coupled with 3D design software like Vectric or Fusion 360, you'll be turning out custom metal creations faster than you thought possible.

3D Printing

Introduction to 3d Printing - Choose Your Session!

Instructor: Jim Hatch + Ben Parker
Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required. Safety glasses are available for an additional $4.00. Ages: Teens/Adults. 


Build Your Own 3d Printer - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Paul Langdon
In this class, students will use a kit to assemble their own Prusa i3 printer, which they will then get to keep and take home. They will also learn how to connect the printer to their computer, set it up and actually make things.

Crafting Arts

Make a Simple Journal - Choose Your Session! 

Instructor: Margo Lynn
Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required. Safety glasses are available for an additional $4.00. Ages: Teens/Adults. 

Screen Printing

Intro to Screen Printing - Choose Your Session!
Instructor: Margo Lynn
Learn the basics of setting up a screen, printing on paper and cloth, and cleaning the screen. Students will be able to take a screen, create a design on it, and paint cards, clothing, fabric pieces, etc.

Voice Over Acting

Getting Paid to Talk - Choose Your Session!
Ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials, and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice over.. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area! We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. This class is lots of fun, realistic, and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice over field.

Current Meetups

MakeHartford Open House Night - Every Wednesday - 6:30pm – 9pm; Free
Host: Steven Yanicke
Ever want to come to the space and see what we’re up to? Want a tour of the space? Want to meet the members of the space? Great! Our Open House Night is the perfect time to stop in and to get membership information, to drop off equipment donations, and to chat about art and technology. You can also just hang out while people work on their own projects and socialize with other artists, geeks,  and makers from Greater Hartford.

CT Robotics Society - 2nd Sunday of the month - 1:00 - 4:00pm; free
Host: Jake Mendelssohn
The Connecticut Robotics Society is a group of hobbyists, experimenters, tinkerers and Robot builders who meet monthly to discuss current and potential projects. The meetings are free and there are NO dues to join the group. Membership is a diverse group composed of people with many different ages, backgrounds and experience levels. Interests include, but are not limited to, electronics, mechanics, fun, and the science related to automation and home built Robotics. If anyone is interested in Robotics at any level or experience, then this is the meeting to attend.

Hartford Photography Meetup - 2nd Sunday of the month - 1:00 - 4:00pm; free
Host: Nolan Cicerrella
Interested in talking about photography and learning from others? Join us at MakeHartford for the first Hartford Photography MeetUp! We will discuss photography techniques, gear, favorite locations, and anything else that people are interested in. For our first meeting please bring a copy (digital or print) of your favorite photo so we can all get to know your shooting style and what you like to take photos of.

Hackster.io Meetup 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm – 9pm; Free
Host: Paul Langdon
Hackster is the place to teach and learn electronics by sharing your hardware projects. Our goal is simple: help hardware makers and hackers from the Hartford Area connect, share ideas, and build great things together!

String Thing Meetup3rd Wednesday of the month, 6pm – 9pm; Free
Host: Margo Lynn
Bring your project! Yarn, pattern, crochet hook(s). We have some yarn, patterns, books, and needles or hooks that you can use, and you can take it home for a donation to the space.

Paper Arts Gathering - Last Saturday of the month, 1:00 - 3:00pm; Free
Host: Ben Parker
This is an opportunity for anyone interested in making, building or doing something with paper to get together to share ideas, projects and dreams. This is an informal session for paper artists who are doing or want to be doing anything to or with paper. Come and share! Come and listen! Come and learn!

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