New Round of Classes

For those of you who do not keep a close eye on our event calendar I wanted to let you know we’ve recently added several classes. Take a look at the following list to see if anything interests you. As always, if there is a class or topic you are looking for please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas and want to make sure we are providing what the community needs.

Intro to Software Development 08/19/2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to 3D Printing 08/26/2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to CNC Routing 09/02/2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Blender/3D CAD Workshop 09/09/2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Intro to Android App Development 10/24/2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Another round of Blender Classes

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Hopefully everyone is having some fun with their current CAD projects.
These type of projects usually will lead to 3D printing or CNC Routing projects.

If I’m speaking greek to you (CAD, 3D Printing, CNC) or you’re just not having fun with CAD…continue reading!
Exciting things (besides our Catapult Competition) are happening at PaxSpace!


Computer Aided Design (CAD) can be a frustrating experience when you are just learning it.
To further make things difficult, some of the ‘better’ tools out there are prohibitively expensive.
Even then, the training for those tools can be frustratingly expensive as well.

This can lead to a perceived notion that CAD is out of reach to most.
But I say its not true 🙂 Blender is a real alternative !!!
And PaxSpace is offering another round of beginner classes and workshops (new!).
They will be held on June 17th and 18th. Be sure to checkout our events list!

With these courses, you’ll get a chance to have hands on training with Blender.
There is a small nominal fee ($10, but free to members). No experience necessary!
You will also have the chance to bring in your models to have help troubleshooting during the workshop!

Seating is limited (due to the number of computers available in the Classroom).
Please let us know if you are bringing your own computer to the training.
We will help you install everything that you will need for Blender and get you setup.
This will allow us to open up a few more seats for those who will not be bringing their computer.

For this round of training, we’re also offering a special deal for non-members of PaxSpace.
If you take the Beginner’s course, you will be allowed to take the following workshop for free!
So one small fee gets you into both the course and the workshop (be sure to register ASAP).

So stop on by, contact us(me) and ask some questions!
We look forward to seeing you!

Intro to Arduino Part 2

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Since the first Arduino class, we have been asked time and time again to hold a follow up class. Here we go!

This is your chance to stop by PaxSpace and experiment with embedded electronics and gain some real life experiences in a friendly environment.

Anyone and everyone (including those with limited or no electronics experience) is welcome to come and attend.
This class will be open for free to the public.

You’ll get hands on experience with how to program the Arduino Uno as well as some ‘free play’ time to experiment.

So stop on by Monday March 17th at 7:00 pm. We’ll be there no matter how many people show up but be sure to let us know you’re coming by booking a slot! We only have a limited number of physical spots.

If there are no more bookings left, be sure to contact us and fill us in so that we can re-schedule another class sometime in the near term!

New Class – Intro to Blender!

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Everyone’s heard of using Sketchup, Solidworks or AutoCAD to do some sort of computer aided design. The one that is often left out is Blender, usually because of its unfamiliar and very feature rich (read bad) interface . I hope this class will be a start to rectify that notion.

So what is Blender? As their website states,

… Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation. Advanced users employ Blender’s API for Python scripting to customize the application and write specialized tools; often these are included in Blender’s future releases …

This class will mainly focus on the Modeling aspect of Blender and how it can be used to create objects that can then be 3d printed.

So stop on by your local Makerspace and attend our new class.

Both members and non-members are welcome! Be sure to sign up!

First PaxSpace Kids was a Success!

I am happy to say that our very first PaxSpace Kids event was a huge success!!  Not only was it well attended but the kids also seemed to have a good time.  I even think some of the parents enjoyed playing with our Snap Circuits.

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Based on how well things went this past weekend I will definitely be continuing as planned for the 3rd Saturday of every month.  I am currently developing a workshop that will focus on some simple (and safe) science experiments that I think the kids will truly enjoy.  For those of you that were unable to attend this week I will be doing another Snap Circuits workshop at a later date.  You may also contact me directly at vicepresident@staging.paxspace.org if you would like more information about bringing your child to the space.  I’d also love to hear your thoughts on possible future PaxSpace Kids topics!

Nick, VP

Introducing PaxSpace Kids

Getting the younger generation excited about learning is very important to PaxSpace. We will be hosting a monthly 2-hour session for kids where we will be doing anything from Snap Circuits to Arduino development to mobile app development. The space will be open the 3rd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm for children between the ages of 6-10 (and their parents of course).

If you think you might attend we ask that you sign-up via our website so we can plan accordingly: http://staging.paxspace.org/events/paxspace-kids.

No kids? New classes and workshops are being added all the time so please take a look at our full calendar: http://staging.paxspace.org/calendar.

This is also a great time to come check out the space if you are interested in joining.