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Copper Etching “How To” – Class

Posted on 11 May 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


Copper Etching “How To”

This is an introduction to basic Copper Etching techniques that you will be able to apply to jewelry making and electronic circuit boards!

Did you know? Copper was used in ancient times for its medicinal properties against arthritis,. The oldest copper bracelets found date back to the Iron age, around 800 BC. Today, copper is still widely popular in jewelry making in bracelets, rings, pendants and earrings.

In this class, you will have the opportunity to create designs on copper and etch them on to copper plates to create your very own jewelry.

Course Outline:
1. Safety: Personal protection
2. Learn how to make the copper etching solution.
3. Drawing transfer onto the copper plate.
4. Copper etching procedures.
5. Transform your art into a jewelry piece.

Participants: Please bring your own creations on 1″x1″ paper, Sharpies Fine/Medium and/or Paint pens, and a Stylus for scratching, and a bottle of water, not for your craft but for yourself.

Important: Wear comfortable old clothes, no open-toed footwear, long hair must be tied back and no scarves or sleeves that could present a hazard.

When: June 5, 2018 – 18h-21h

$20/person (participants 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or tutor. Minimum age required: 13).

Fee includes etchant, copper and protective eyewear.

For more information, please phone 250-228-0305, Mon to Fri from 9:00-16:00.

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3D Drawing, Ready for 3D Printing

Posted on 10 May 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Interested in 3D Printing? Want to Create your own Designs?

Learn the basics of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and using SketchUp!

Number of Participants:  Full
When: Ask about future classes
Where: 133 McMillan St., Parksville (below the McMillan Art Centre)

Requirements: Upon confirmation of registration on our website, follow the link to the required software (SketchUp 2016) to be installed on your own computer.

Equipment: Bring your laptop and mouse (MAC or Windows), curiosity and enthusiasm!

This course will introduce you to 3D drawing and how to take that completed drawing compatible with a 3D printer.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Drafting Principles
  • Overview of SketchUp User Interface
  • Draw 2D Shapes
  • Make 3D Objects: draw object, edit, export for printing – STL file

Note: Registrants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Registration taken in payment date order.

If you have any questions, please email theoceansidemakerspace@gmail.com or call 250-228-0305

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Solder “How To” – Build a Line Sensing Car

Posted on 26 Mar 2018 in Courses, Uncategorized | 0 comments

SOLDERING COURSE OUTLINE

Learn How To Solder Cleanly and Neatly!

For the enthusiastic hobbyist in you who is curious about how to create your own electronics from scratch, there will come a time when, in every project, you will have to merge two metal surfaces together. Solder is the “magical glue” that makes it happen. Solder can also be a frustrating mess if you do not know how to work with it cleanly and neatly. Don’t forget, a sloppy soldering job will mean that the project you have been putting your heart into might end up not working.

Come join us and learn all about:

1. The Basics: How to solder for best functionality as well as aesthetics
2. The Materials: Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs), Electronic Components (capacitors, resistors, LEDs, microcontrollers, sockets, etc.).
3. Component Leads: DIP-type, multi-leaded, flatpack and other planar-mounted components, etc.
4. Add Components to the PCB: “How To” solder and Safety Tips!
5. Check Connections: Learn the importance of directing electricity where you want it
6. Cut the Lead: Avoid potential short circuits
7. Join Wire to Wire: Fuse wires and learn how to secure proper connection
8. Cleaning Tips: Does and Don’ts
9. Supplies: What to buy if you want to set up shop at home

When: April 10, 2018 and you need extra time, you’ll be more than welcome to join us and complete your project on April 17, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm.
Soldering Equipment provided by OC MakerSpace

Cost: $30/person Non Members, $25/person Social Members, $20/person Full Members (Car Kit included) Participants 17 years old and younger need to be accompanied by a parent or tutor.

Registration: Payment must be received in full to secure your spot, bookings taken in order of processing.

There’s only space and kits for 7 people, additional interested parties will be added to a list for a subsequent class.

Keep in touch for other upcoming classes and workshops!

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YOUTH ARTS Exhibit @ McMillan Arts Centre February 25, 2018

Posted on 22 Jan 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 YOUTH ARTS Exhibition McMillan Arts Centre February 25, 2018

ART EXHIBIT AND PRIZE INFORMATION

Sunday Feb. 25, 2018 the McMillan Art Centre will host the opening day exhibit which will feature all qualified art submissions from the Youth Arts Competition. The opening day exhibit will start at 1:00 pm and go until 4:00 pm. Before closing, the opening day exhibit will count votes and award two winners with either the “OC MakerSpace Choice Award” or “People’s Choice Award”. Each winner will receive a three month OC MakerSpace family membership (valued at $210), which includes a membership for you, two parents/guardians and a sibling. In addition, a cash prize of $100 and $50 respectively will be given to the winners upon completing a large scaled version of their winning submission (see “Winner Prize Follow-up“)

After opening day, the exhibit will be moved to the OC MakerSpace where it will remain open on Wednesdays and weekends till Saturday Mar. 20, 2018. On Wednesdays the exhibit will be accessible between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. and other times when the MakerSpace is open. While the exhibit runs you will have the opportunity to like your favourite submissions on Facebook. The submission with the most likes will be awarded the Facebook choice award and a $20 cash prize to be picked up on Wednesday Mar. 24, 2018.

SELL OR PICK UP YOUR SUBMISSION

If you are interested in having your submission available for purchase, please indicate so in the OC MakerSpace Youth Art Applicant Form. The proceeds from a sold submission will be split 70/30 between the artist and the OC MakerSpace respectively. You may list your submission to be sold by auction or at a fixed price. The suggested start bid price is $10 and the suggested minimum fixed price is $25. Art proceeds and unsold art should be picked up at the OC MakerSpace on Wednesday Mar. 24, 2018 between 6:00 pm and 9 pm.

WINNER PRIZE FOLLOW-UP

The two winners chosen during the opening exhibit will be expected to finish a large scale version of their winning entry before they receive their cash prize. After the winners have been confirmed, the OC MakerSpace will setup a time to discuss and agree on the specifics of the scaled art piece. The OC MakerSpace will provide the winners with the supplies and support they need to create a scaled version of their winning submission.

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Job Creation Partnership

Posted on 15 Nov 2017 in General, Uncategorized | 0 comments

BLT and the MakerSpace are proud to announce that we have just launched a Federal and Provincially supported work experience and job skills development project under the JCP banner, through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction and working with the Parksville Careers Centre. This will provide a work and learning environment for two qualifying job-seekers and bring a very valuable focus to the further development of the Oceanside Community Makerspace.

The main focus of work to be carried our during the 30 month project, would be to develop a local business and individual skills and contacts database and develop a number of training courses in the realm of STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We very much look forward to selecting our two participants and having them become valued members of the BLT and MakerSpace community. I hope you will welcome them and give them all your support.

Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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Railroad Modeller

Posted on 5 Nov 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The photo above is a rebuild project of one of our early MakerSpace members, Allan Clark.

Allan is a longtime model railway hobbyist who scratch-builds most of his stuff. With this particular locomotive rebuild in the photo he is working with some of our MakerSpace members to “draw and print” a replacement “sand box” using one of our 3D printers. Welcome to the modern world railway man!

Allan was one of roughly 15 model railroaders who showed up Saturday, November 4 to see what our Oceanside Community MakerSpace was all about and how their home railroads can benefit from a membership at OCM. Allan has already found one way.

Another of our early Members, Jim Bennett helped organize Saturday’s event and is committed to making the new Oceanside Model Railroaders group a permanent fixture.

Whether you want to take out a membership and work on a layout here because there’s no space left at your house, or just learn more about working with our 3D printer team, or getting some advice on the electronics side… If you’re into model railroad building… contact jim.bennett@shaw.ca

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