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. Visit our Tool Certification page to learn more about the onboarding process for experienced users.

Certain tools are 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: Jeff Voss
Visit our Eventbrite page to register

Series I: Radial arm saw, chop saw, band saw, project design and work-flow
Series II: Planer, jointer, and hand power tools
Series III: SawStop table saw
Series IV: Drill press, sander and shaper/router table

The Wood Shop Series classes can be taken in any order.

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.

Experienced woodworkers may be eligible for certification in our Wood Shop. Certification is up to the shop instructor’s discretion. In order to qualify to take a certification class, you must send an email to info@technocopia.org.

 

Laser Cutter

Fee:  $39.50 (Youth) $79 (Adult)                                             
Instructors: Adam Zelny or Breanna Niebel
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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.

This tool is available for family use! Any youth between the ages of 12-17 may take this class with a participating adult. For our student registration form and for class policies, please visit: http://technocopia.org/tool-training/. 

This class is taught by different instructors on different days. Adam Zelny teaches on Saturday afternoons, and Breanna Niebel teaches on Tuesday evenings.

 
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3D Printing

Fee: $32.50 (Youth) $65 (Adult) 
Instructor: Adam Zelny
Please contact us at info@technocopia.org to schedule an appointment

 3D printing technology allows us to turn digital 3D models into physical objects. Our Lulzbot Taz6 printers are user friendly machines 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 parts. This 2 hour class will teach users how to prepare models in Cura, and run successful prints on the Taz6. 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 Taz6's controls. This class will certify you to use the Taz6 in our space. We also have a smaller legacy Flashforge Creator printer available. The Flashforge requires an additional certification by appointment only. Contact the instructor for more info.

 
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Vinyl Cutter

Fee: $32.50 (Youth) $65 (Adult) 
Instructor: Breanna Niebel
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Vinyl can be used in many applications such as: t-shirts, screen printing, stencils, and personalized stickers. In this 2 hour class students will learn how to create a custom vinyl sticker from start to finish. Using Inkscape software students will learn the design and formatting portion of sticker making. The hands on portion of the class will include utilizing the vinyl cutter to cut the sticker, learning how to weed the excess vinyl using specialized tools, and applying transfer tape to transfer the sticker onto their chosen surface. Computers and a small assortment of vinyl will be included in the class.

This tool is available for family use! Youth between the ages of 12-17 may take this class with a participating adult. For our student registration form and for class policies, please visit: http://technocopia.org/tool-training/. 

 

ShopBot CNC Router

Fee: $140
Instructor: Peter McKone
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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

Fee: $99
Instructor: Jeff Voss
Please contact us at info@technocopia.org to schedule an appointment

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.

 
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GLASS FLAMEWORKING

Fee: $49.50 (Youth) $99 (Adult) 
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. Our training-oriented workshops will introduce the art of flameworking as you learn how to use the Glass Shop and its tools properly and safely. Newcomers interested in using the shop as a member are required to take one of the 2 hour workshops listed in the link above, AND the following 1 hour certification class. 

This tool is available for family use! Any youth between the ages of 12-17 may take this class with a participating adult (adults must also purchase a ticket). For our student registration form and for class policies, please visit: http://technocopia.org/tool-training/. 

Experienced flameworkers looking to use our Glass Shop as a member, and others seeking one to one sessions,  please contact Molly Jackson.

 

MIG Welder

Fee: $85
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 2.5 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.

**Participants should wear long sleeves, jeans or heavy work pants, and close-toed shoes (boots preferred).**

The metal shop and it's associated classes are for adults aged 18 or older only.

 
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TIG Welder

Fee: $97.50
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 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. In our 2.5hr session we will cover setting up the machine, proper grounding, stock material preparations, personal protection equipment, and supervised hands on welding.

**Participants should wear long sleeves, jeans or heavy work pants, and close-toed shoes (boots preferred).**

The metal shop and it's associated classes are for adults aged 18 or older only.

 
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sewing Machine

Fee: $50
Instructor:
Annie Stegink
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This class is for people with little to no sewing machine experience. Students will learn the parts of a sewing machine, how to thread, operate and maintain machine, and how to use the tools available in the sewing area of the textile studio at Technocopia. The students will learn on a Singer Heavy Duty 4423 machine the following: power on/off, pedal attachment, backstitch button, handwheel operation, winding bobbins, loading bobbins, threading machine, changing needles, safe cutting with rotary mats and rulers, simple maintenance of machines, stitch and tension adjustments, and shop standards of cleanliness and organization.

The practice project for this class will be the creation of a small credit or business card wallet. A small selection of free fabric is available to students for this project, but students are also welcome to bring in their own piece of quilters cotton (¼ of yard will be plenty) if they prefer.

Successful completion of this class will result in certification of Technocopia members to use the sewing machines in the textile studio. For members with more advanced sewing experience, contact annie.stegink@technocoipa.org to discuss a more appropriate certification process.

 
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serger

Fee: $50
Instructor: Annie Stegink
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A serger is a machine that uses up to four threads to sew a seam, cut off the raw edges, and finish the edges in a neat stitch pattern all at the same time. This class is for people with little to no serger experience. Students will learn the parts of a serger and how to thread, operate, and maintain the serger machine.

The practice project for this class will be the creation of a tool roll up pouch. A small selection of free fabric is available to students for this project, but students are also welcome to bring in their own piece (1/2 yd) of heavy, stiff fabric (such as home decor fabric, duck canvas, or a heavy cotton) if they prefer.

Successful completion of this class will result in certification of Technocopia members to use the serger machine in the textile studio. For members with more advanced serging experience, contact annie.stegink@technocoipa.org to discuss an alternative certification process.

 
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Digital Design for Makers: Inkscape Basics

Fee: $98
Instructor: Breanna Niebel
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This beginners class will introduce you to Inkscape, a free 2D design program used to create digital art for web or print, which can also be used to make things with Technocopia's laser and vinyl cutters. By the end of this 2 hour session, you will have made your first work of digital art!

Each session is 2 hours long and on the first and second Tuesday of every month from 7 - 9 pm. Please see the Eventbrite page for a breakdown of the classes.

Computers will be provided. Need help installing Inkscape on your own computer? Feel free to bring it along and we'll help!

This class is ages 16+. Youth aged 12-15 may attend for free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Visit the Inkscape homepage here: https://inkscape.org/en/

 
 

Leather Hand Tools

Fee: $85
Instructor: Ben Cline
Class schedule coming soon.
In this basic leather working class, students will learn the basics of leather as a medium. Students will learn about working with traditional hand tools and a variety of techniques including using a pattern, marking stitch lines, and hand stitching while making a small card wallet. The topics covered in this class can be applied to any leather project. Upon completion of this class, students will be certified to use the hand tools in the Technocopia Textiles Studio.

*No experience necessary to take this class. Members and non-members welcome!

**This class does not include learning abouto the Tippmann Boss Stitcher, and the hand press. An additional training class is required for certification on those tools. **

 

Technocopia 
44 Portland Street 6th Floor
Worcester MA, 01608
Ph. 774.420.2244