This skill building course will introduce you to a CNC routing machine, a software-controlled carving tool that can be used to make precise inlays, 3D carvings, and more. Focusing on Easel, a simple and free software program that makes cutting very straight forward, we’ll cover the basics needed to use this computer-controlled router to carve projects in plastic and wood. Together, we will design and cut a custom inlay for a jewelry box. We will cover many of the basics applicable to all CNC based machines. We recommend, but do not require, that you bring a laptop. All levels of experience are welcome. Open to ages 7 and up, although children should be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Dan Funk. Dan is an entrepreneur, computer programmer, website designer, and co-founder of the Staunton Makerspace.$55
Vinyl cutouts are used to decorate cars, make signs, express creativity, and let the world know you're here. In this introductory course, we'll cover proper setup of a vinyl cutter (knife adjustment, loading the media, cut speed, and cut pressure), its software, the media to be cut, and the preparation and installation of the cut media. An introductory course, this workshop is designed to provide all of the basic skill sets to design and create a vinyl cut out the night of the workshop, as well the knowledge and confidence to return for independent projects in the future. All levels of experience welcome. Children are also welcome to register but should be accompanied by a registered adult as well. Instructor: Matt Stanton$50
In this 3D printing course, participants will learn to design, edit, and print in free Tinkercad software. The first half of the course will focus on a general overview of 3D printing and a classroom introduction to Tinkercad, and the second half will invite participants to design their own 3D object with expert assistance provided as students develop their Tinkercad skills. We encourage (though don’t require) participants to bring a laptop. 3D printed designs are limited to two square inches and are available to pick up after class. All levels of experience are welcome. Open to ages 7 and up, although children should be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Andy Wiseman. Andy learned many of his Makerspace skills while building a fully operational (rolling, spinning, and speaking) Star Wars R2D2 replica.$50
This skills-focused course is designed to provide an introduction to both hand and power tool techniques for basic woodworking. Attendees will construct a folding bench to take home with them upon completion. Enjoy the making process, be proud of your creation, plus get comfortable on woodworking equipment. This course is designed to be accessible to the novice but also fun for those with moderate woodworking experience. All levels of experience are welcome. Open to ages 8 and up, although children should be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Kelly McDonald. Kelly is a maker with a variety of interest - including woodworking, electronics projects and programming - sometimes combining all three into one project! Among his favorite woodworking projects that he’s built are a bookcase with hand-cut dovetails patterned after one at Monticello.$60
This skills-focused Laser Cutting course is designed to take attendees from novice to laser-ready for designing and making laser cut projects. You’ll leave with open source software for designing, editing, and “printing” laser-cut items, along with your own laser-cut sample project to take home. Laser cut designs are limited to a 5 by 5 design in wood or plexiglass (with both etching and cutting capabilities) and are available to pick up after class. We encourage but (don’t require!) you to bring your own laptop. All levels of experience are welcome. Open to ages 7 and up, although children should be accompanied by an adult. Instructor: Andy Wiseman. Andy teaches many “Make It & Take It” makerspace workshops, introducing students to new equipment and helping them begin their own journeys to prototyping, constructing, innovating and more.$50
Another “Make It & Take It” course, students receive direct instruction during this 8-10 week workshop series to design, build, and fly a remote controlled airplane. Course costs include access to tools, training, simulator use, controller, flight coaching, all materials, and RC6 Club membership. All ages welcome, contact Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org for current class day and time.$150 for members, $225 for nonmembers
A Makerspace is a community run space where people can gather to create, collaborate and learn. The Staunton Makerspace has grown to support collaboration across boundaires of science and art, technlogy and craft, to invent novel objects and works of art. Check out our Equipment Wiki for more information about our tools, keeping in mind that we are still in the process of recovering our equipment from our fire. The Makerspace is now located at 17 N. Central Avenue in lovely downtown Staunton, Virginia.
Are you telecommuting to work, or running a small business out of your house? Co-working locations offer a collegiate working environment that provides shared resources (such as high speed internet and an espresso machine) in a clean open space that offers an office like atmosphere that can make your day a little brighter and friendlier. As the Makerspace has grown we've established an agreement with Vohtr (a native Staunton startup) to help seperate the noisy workshop from the quieter desk workers. You can find the co-working space at 101 W. Frederick St. on the third floor.
You can become a member for as little as $50 per month, with no long term obligation. We have a variety of levels of membership to meet a variety of needs and interests. Please check out our Membership Levels / Price List for more information.
We look forward to making many things with you at our new home at 17 N Central Avenue in downtown Staunton, Virginia. Our hours are currently sporadic, but we hope that you will stop by to see and join our collective rising. Visitors are welcome by appointment. Please call / text us at 540-324-9427, or email email@example.com to schedule a time to meet.
Access to the Staunton Makerspace only at 17 N Central Avenue, with Wood working shop, 3D printers, Laser Cutters, Electronics workbench, etc...
|Level||Description||Price per Month|
|Family||24/7 Access. Couples must train together.||$65|
|Dweller||24/7 Access. 4’x4’ storage area.||$100|
|Artist in Residence||24/7 Access. 4’x8’ Workshop||$150|
Access to office space at the Vohtr Offices only at 101 West Frederick St. Clean, collegiate co-working area with desks, chairs, standing desks, couches, quiet rooms and a little coffee.
|Level||Description||Price / Month|
|Member||8am-5pm M-F access, Shared workspaces||$50|
|Dweller||24/7 access Shared workspaces Dedicated desk.||$100|
|Private Office||24/7 access Shared workspaces Private Office||$200|
If you want membership at both the Makerspace and the Co-Working space, just sign up as a “Dweller” and let us know. We can accommodate other combinations as well.
There are many struggling entrepreneurs and artists that would like to be members of the makerspace, and would use it to start new businesses and create novel works of art. Supporting memberships are used to allow these folks to join the Makerspace. If you would like to learn more about how your money could help fund these members please get in contact with us, and sign up as a Sponsor! In addition to giving people a means to shape their world, you would also join our members only mailing list, and receive invitations to events, you can set up a subscription as a supporter for as little as $25 a month. Supporters are always welcome to drop by and learn more about current projects and crazy ideas.