Technocopia

Technocopia is maker space located in Worcester, MA.  We provide our members with workspace and access to a bunch of tools to work on whatever they can dream up!

Tool Training

Tool training classes are designed to teach safe and practical use of the tools we offer in our space. In order to use any of the tools listed in the descriptions below, a member must take a training class and be certified to use the tool. Certain tools are also available to youth! Please see our Family Use Policy for more info.

Click on a link below to find dates and register for an upcoming class. All non-member students must fill out this one-time registration form prior to attending. Please see our class cancellations and refund policies.

WOOD SHOP SERIES

Fee: $65 per series class
Instructor: Ian Anderson

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Series I: Radial arm saw, chop saw, drill press, and sander
Series II: Planer, jointer, and hand power tools
Series III: SawStop table saw
Series IV: Band saw and shaper/router table

Our space includes a complete wood shop for members to use for professional or personal projects. Each class in this series will teach how to safely and effectively use a specific group of tools accessible in the wood shop. Students will be instructed in operating and maintenance procedures, appropriate technique, and wood shop etiquette. Members must demonstrate safe use of these tools to be certified to use them in our space.To make an appointment for a one to one session, please contact Ian Anderson.

Laser Cutter

Fee: $65                                                  
Instructors: Adam Zelny
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Laser cutters are used to produce precise cuts and engravings with several materials based on 2D vector and raster images. The machines are commonly used for anything from industrial manufacturing to small and intricate art projects. This class will teach how to operate Technocopia’s Full Spectrum laser cutter safely and effectively. Students will learn how to run cuts on the Full Spectrum using Inkscape and RetinaEngrave software, and learn how to properly prepare files and the laser itself to produce precise and beautiful cuts.

3D Printing

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Fee: $65
Instructor: Adam Zelny
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 3D printing technology allows us to turn digital 3D models into physical objects. Our Lulzbot Taz 6 printer is a user friedly machine capable of printing objects within its 11"x11"x9.8" build limit. Our members have used our printer to create everything from artistic models to mechanical machine parts. This 2 hour class will teach users how to prepare models in Cura, and run successful prints on the Taz 6. We will cover common techniques used when preparing models, how various settings effect the printing process, filament loading and unloading, proper safety measures, and how to navigate some of the Taz 6's controls. This class will certify you to use the Taz 6 in our space. We also have a smaller legacy Falshforge Creator printer available. The Flashforge requires an additional certification by appointment only. Contact the instructor for more info.

Vinyl Cutter

Fee: $35
Instructor: Drew Wilson
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Technocopia's computer-controlled (CNC) vinyl cutter can be used to make laptop stickers, car decals, art pieces, and professional signage. It’s also a great tool for making screens for screenprinting t-shirts. In this hands-on class, you'll learn how to use Technocopia’s Roland GS-24 vinyl cutter safely and effectively. Participants will learn how to import a design from vector graphic software and send it to the machine. Next, you’ll use the machine to cut an adhesive vinyl sheet into professional looking signage or ready-to-apply paint mask. This class will focus on basic usage of the vinyl cutter machine and only will briefly touch on design techniques.

ShopBot CNC Router

Fee: $110
Instructor: Spencer Mewherter
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This 2 session class will introduce students to using the ShopBot CNC (computer numerical control) router. Using a 4'x8' bed, the ShopBot is capable of machining, cutting, and carving a large variety of materials using 2D or 3D files. This class will cover setting up the machine, basics of tooling, creating tool paths from 2D vector files, and the basics of CNC milling workflow. A basic understanding of 2D vector design is strongly recommended for anyone taking the class.

Wood Lathe

By appointment only
Contact Ben Cline

This training session will teach students how to safely operate and understand the mechanics of the wood lathe. Accessories and tools associated with the lathe will be introduced and wood mounting options and project ideas will be demonstrated and discussed.Students will receive direct hands-on learning time with the lathe turning wood. This training is a prerequisite for future lathe specific classes or workshops.

GLASS FLAMEWORKING

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Fee: $100
Instructor: Molly Jackson
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Flameworking is an old-world process that sculpts and blows glass using heat, gravity and the flame of a bench torch. In this three hour training students will get an introduction to Technocopia's glass shop tools and materials, safety training and shop etiquette, and direct hands-on learning that covers basic techniques. Closed-toe shoes and natural fibered clothing are required. This training is a prerequisite for general member use of the glass shop.

One to one tool trainings, classes and workshops can be made by appointment. For more details and to schedule a one to one session, please contact Molly Jackson.

MIG Welder

Fee: $65
Instructor: Mike D'Angelo
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The MIG welder is a common metalworking tool which can be used for many different applications, such as automotive repair and small to large scale construction projects. In this class you will be trained on the basic safety, operation, and techniques of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) or as it’s commonly referred Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding. In our 2 hour session we will cover setting up the machine, proper grounding, stock material preparations, personal protection equipment, and supervised hands on welding for each student.

TIG Welder

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Fee: $200
Instructor: Mike D'Angelo
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The TIG welder is a specialized metalworking tool which can be used for many precision welding applications. This welding process is most often used in Aluminum and other exotic metals but can also be used with Steel. In this 2 session class you will be trained on the basic safety, operation, and techniques of Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) or as it’s commonly referred Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding with additional training on our Horizontal Bandsaw, Bench Grinders, and Tubing Notcher. In our 2 3hr sessions we will cover setting up the machine, proper grounding, stock material preparations, personal protection equipment, and supervised hands on welding.

Technocopia 
44 Portland Street 6th Floor
Worcester MA, 01608
Ph. (774) 420-2244