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3-d printer Class Announcement!

Our next class will take place on Saturday Jan. 14, 2023 and Jan 21, 2023. We will be building the Ender 3 (version 2) tabletop 3-d printer. This has been our most popular class. It is limited to 10 participants, and it will fill up fast. Our volunteer instructors will take each class member step by step through the process to build the machine from a kit. In the second Saturday session will we learn to program and operate the machine. The workshop costs $200 and you take your machine home afterwards to continue learning. The class will be held at the Romich Foundation maker space, 13875 Cleveland Road, Creston, Ohio 44217 If you have questions or would like to register, contact Rolf Nelson: nelsonrw24@gmail.com

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November Maker Monday - November 21, 2023

Our next Maker Monday meeting will be held on November 21, 2022, 7-9 pm at the Romich Foundation Maker Space, 13875 Cleveland Road, Creston, Ohio, 44217. We want to send a message to all the folks who have participated in our classes. If you built a machine and you are having problems with it in terms of adjustments, calibrations, parts., programming, etc. we offer a "repair cafe" Our volunteer instructors will be on hand for the Maker Monday meeting. This is your chance to bring in your machine and let us help you fix it. We hope to see you there.

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September Maker Monday - Romich Foundation MakerSpace Visit

Barry Romich, one of the founding members of Schantz MakerSpace, has graciously invited us to come visit his newly remodeled Romich Foundation MakerSpace. Join us Monday, September 19th from 7:00-9:00pm @ the Romich Foundation MakerSpace (13875 Cleveland Rd, Creston, OH 44217)

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Intro to Microprocessors: Control the World!

Class Announced! On October 15th, Greg Barbu will be leading a class at Wayne Center for the Arts titled "Intro to Microprocessors: Control the World!" A one-morning introduction to using the Arduino microprocessor to interact with LEDs, buttons, buzzers and sensors. In this class you will learn how to use a breadboard to assemble circuits, how to load and modify Arduino programs, and create a working microprocessor application. You will take home a plethora of electronic components and an Arduino board to continue using your microprocessor to control the world.

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August Maker Monday Cancellation!

This month's Maker Monday event (scheduled for August 15th) has been cancelled. Our regular meeting will return on Monday, September 19th at 7:00pm.

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July Maker Monday

July 18th from 7:00-9:00pm at Wayne Center for the Arts. At our July Maker Monday event, James Buckey (WCA STEAM Program Coordinator) will provide an update on the progress of the STEAM Factory and discuss some of the upcoming classes/offerings at Wayne Center for the Arts.

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UPDATE - June Maker Monday Cancelled!

UPDATE!!Tonight's June Maker Monday event at the Wayne Center for the Arts has been cancelled. Maker Monday will return on July 18th.

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May Maker Monday - Repair Cafe!

Join us on Monday, May 16th at Wayne Center for the Arts (237 S Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691) from 7:00pm-9:00pm for a Maker Monday centered around fixing things. If you've ever built a machine in one of our classes (3-D Printers, CNC routers, Lights Displays, etc) and are in need of help, bring your machine and let our volunteer instructors lend a hand!

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Maker Mondays are BACK!

Join us Monday, April 18th at the Wayne Center for the Arts Auditorium (237 S Walnut St, Wooster, OH 44691) from 7:00-9:00pm for our first Maker Monday of the year! We can't think of a better way to get back in the swing of things than to get geared up for 2022 Maker Faire Wayne County! Tom Hammond will be on hand to provide a preview of the event, which will once again be held at the University of Akron Wayne College campus from 11:00am-2:00pm. In addition to Maker Faire, we will also be discussing Elliott Liggett's feature in Make Magazine, as well as a local effort to provide a 3-D Printer Lending Library available to the community. We'll see you in April!

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Schantz MakerSpace remains shutdown due to COVID-19

We sincerely appreciate all the support and encouragement we've received over the last few months. Unfortunately, Schantz MakerSpace remains shutdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We had hoped things would improve enough that we could offer classes again in 2021, but that has not been the case. We are a volunteer based group. The coronavirus has affected many of us and our families. It is for that reason that we are unable to schedule classes at this time. Once again, we hope for things to improve and try to get things back up and running in 2022. Sincerely,The Schantz MakerSpace Team

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COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Schantz MakerSpace has been shut down over the last year while we wait for conditions to improve. We are thrilled to see vaccines being distributed and the number of contracted cases continuing to go down in Ohio. However, we feel a strong sense of responsibility to our community and will be cautious about restarting activities. If things continue to improve, our hope is we will once again be able to offer our workshops in Fall 2021.

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Colossus Micro LED Display Build @ Wayne Center for the Arts! Updated to show March 2020 class

This March (2020), Schantz MakerSpace is offering an exclusive build class at Wayne Center for the Arts. COLOSSUS MICRO! This two session workshop (March 14th and 21st, 2020) takes students through the process of building an LED Display from a kit of electronic parts. Students will learn the applications of these electrical components and how they interact with each other to make the display work. We will then walk students through an animation software that will allow them to program their display in thousands of creative ways. Cost for this course is $125. To register, email us at jschantz@schantzmakerspace.com.

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Classes Announced! Colossus Micro and Arduino are back!

New classes are coming in March 2020! Colossus Micro, a table top LED display where you control the animation, returns for a 2 session build on March 14th and 21st (8am-12pm). Introduction to Arduino is also lined up for March 11th and 25th at Heartland Point in Orrville (5:30pm-8:30pm).

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3-D Printers take shape at Orrville High School

Snowmen aren’t the only thing you can build in the winter! Schantz MakerSpace traveled to Orrville High School this morning for a 3-D printer build. We had 13 students from 4 different school districts (Orrville, Waynedale, Rittman and Norwayne) coming together to put Creality Ender 3 machines together from kits. By the end of the session, every student had fully constructed their machines and were running test prints. Now they each have a machine that can bring their imagination and creative designs to life. Special thanks to Dr. Tim Vierheller for hosting us in the Orrville Maker Lab.

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January Maker Monday - Robot Power

Join us on January 20th, from 7:00-9:00pm at Schantz MakerSpace for a Maker Monday geared toward Robotics! In our feature presentation, Elliott Liggett and Galen Moomaw will be providing some demonstrations and offering insight on Desktop Robotic Arms. Elliott and Galen have been researching different available kits with the goal of the MakerSpace designing a new Robotic Arm build class for our Maker community. Looking for something to inspire your young maker/programmer/tinkerer? Sphero is a robotics company with an assortment of educational tools for doing just that. John Schantz will be showcasing some of these options and their capabilities.

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November Maker Monday - School Show & Tell

Join us on Monday,November 18th from 7:00-9:00pm for a special Show & Tell themed Maker Monday provided by student makers at our local schools! Access to technology in schools is growing and we want to showcase the students taking the opportunity to MAKE. From Robotics to Drones, Arts & Crafts and more, come and learn the different ways today's students are getting hands-on exposure with technology.

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November 3-D Printer Workshop - Spots Available!!

Due to some cancellations, we have a few spots available for our upcoming 3-D Printer Workshop on November 9th & 16th.If you've been thinking about taking part in this workshop, now is the time to sign up. Cost for the kit and the workshop is $250. Sessions run from 8am-12pm. Students must be able to attend both sessions. Tools are provided, so all you need is a laptop.To reserve your spot,please contact us at jschantz@schantzmakerspace.com

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OHS Maker Club Takes Flight with Drone Workshop

Time to fly!Yesterday we joined students from the OHS Maker Club for some flight training with drones. Our Schantz MakerSpace volunteers walked students through a "How NOT to Crash" course and discussed the ways drones are helping to solve problems in today's world. Then students got to test their skills on our obstacle courses and joined in a team effort to solve a "Toxic Waste Mission". Careers involving this skill set are growing in number each year. The best way to grow your skills is to get out and play! Looking forward to coming back next week for a session on programming the drones for autonomous flight. Special Thanks to Orrville High School and Dr. Tim Vierheller for helping to make this happen!

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October Maker Monday - Ventrac!

Join us on October 21st from 7:00-9:00pm for a Maker Monday hosted by Ventrac. Denver Steiner (Director of Information Services) will be giving us a tour of the Ventrac manufacturing facility where you will see the process of transforming sheet metal into tractors & attachments shipped around the world. Included in the tour will be a peek at the custom software used to drive the operation.Bring the kids!!! The 2nd part of the presentation will be focused on STEM tools aimed at exposing kids ages 6 to 12 to programming and electronic concepts. Denver runs a weekly “Robot Club” that meets in the winter for employee kids and will demo some of the materials he uses from Lego and other platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

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Upcoming Classes!

Raspberry Pi-Octoprint, Introduction to Arduino and next 3-D Printer Workshop Announced!Cold weather is coming. Our workshops can help you gear up with some new tech to keep you entertained this winter!

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September Maker Monday - On the road at RAMTEC!

Join us on Monday, September 16th from 7:00-9:00pm for a road trip to the Wayne County Schools Career Center's RAMTEC Facility! Drew Fuller (Robotics & Automation Instructor) will give us a short tour of the facility where you will see the large scale manufacturing equipment students are learning with at RAMTEC.

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FREE! - CURA Software Training Session

Schantz MakerSpace has helped over 150 students build 3-D Printers. However, not all students have been able to attend the CURA Software training sessions or students are in need of a refresher course on understanding CURA. We've heard your feedback and are happy to announce a FREE session on CURA software training for Wednesday, September 18th from 7:00-9:00pm at Schantz MakerSpace. Rolf Nelson will walk students through the process and be available to answer your questions. If you've ever built a machine in one of our classes, don't miss this opportunity to sharpen your skills!

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August Maker Monday - Soldering Seminar & Tool Show

Soldering Seminar & Tool Show Monday, August 19th 7:00-9:00pm Jeff Snure will lead us through a review of best soldering practices, as well as maintenance/care for your soldering tools. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite tool from their home workshop for Show & Tell.As always, the second half of Maker Monday is reserved for students to get help with their machines. If you have a question or need help troubleshooting a problem, bring your machine to Maker Monday and have our community of volunteers give you hands-on support.

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New Workshops Announced!

Take a look at our upcoming schedule, which includes workshops on Arduino, 3-D Printer Builds and LED Displays.

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July Maker Monday - Road Trip!

When: Monday, July 15th from 7:00-9:00pm Where: Moog Flo-Tork, 1701 N. Main St., Orrville, OH 44667 In the spirit of summer, we're packing our bags and hitting the road for our next Maker Monday event. Jeff Martin, one of our MakerSpace volunteers, has secured an opportunity for us to take a tour of Moog Flo-Tork. Specializing in hydraulics and pneumatics, Moog Flo-Tork supplies, among other things, components for nuclear submarines. This is going to be a very interesting tour so don't miss out!

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JUNE MAKER MONDAY

Join us on June 17th from 7:00-9:00PM for a feature presentation by guest presenter John Scott from the Wooster Brush Company. John will be sharing with us how 3-D Printers have helped change his industry. Schantz MakerSpace has helped over 130 students build 3-D Printers and learn how to create with them. Maker Monday will be a chance to see that knowledge applied in business. Don't miss out!

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We need your help! Schantz MakerSpace up for award at Nation of Makers Conference!

The Schantz MakerSpace community is being recognized on a national level! The Nation of Makers Conference is being held in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 15th and our video has been nominated for the Community Choice Award!Help us spread our message by visiting the Nation of Makers' Youtube Channel below. Please click on our video and click the "Like" button. The video with the most likes wins the award. We appreciate your support! https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCPxwwpJE0Ar3IQYBGHfFJzg/videos‍

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Maker Faire is Almost Here!

The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth comes to Wayne County this Saturday, May 18th for the 3rd Annual Mini Maker Faire! Make your way to Wayne College from 10-3 to see over 60 presenters, food vendors and fun activities. You're in for a show at this family friendly event designed to showcase the creative minds of inventors, tinkerers, artists, scientists and crafters. Schantz MakerSpace will be showcasing its new creation "Colossus" (an 8' x 4' programmable LED light display), so make sure to stop by our booth. Make sure to bring the kids and visit our volunteers at this year's Harry Potter themed Kids Zone, where witches and wizards are invited to learn how to build wands using muggle magic. We hope to see you there!

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April Maker Monday - Meet the Colossus!

Join us on April 15th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Schantz MakerSpace Training Facility to see what our tinkerers have been working on. Our feature project has been lovingly dubbed the "Colossus". It is a 4'x8' computerized lighting display that the Schantz MakerSpace volunteers are diligently building. It will be featured at our exhibit at the Maker Faire.

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New TEVO Flash 3-D Printer Build Announced!

Our most popular build returns with a session on theTEVO Flash 3-D Printer. The TEVO Flash comes 50% built out of the box (giving us more time to print and review software), is ultra quiet, and has a larger build plate than its sister model, the TEVO Tarantula. This is a 2-Saturday workshop, covering April 13th and April 20th. Students must be able to attend both classes. Cost for the kit and the workshop instruction is $300.

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Raspberry Pi Octoprint Course Announced!

Salivate all you want, but we're not talking about tasty pastries. Jim Kennedy has explored the applications of Octoprint software on the Raspberry Pi and has now developed a workshop to show us how to utilize it. A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that can be used for a wide range of maker projects. Octoprint software allows you to use the Raspberry PI to remotely perform and monitor all aspects of your 3-D Printer. The course is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Schantz MakerSpace Training Facility (5200 Cleveland Rd, Suite D, Wooster, OH 44691). Cost for the course is $125.00. We are now taking reservations for this class. If you would like to reserve your spot, please contact us at jschantz@schantzmakerspace.com.

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March Maker Monday - Maker Faire Pep Rally!

The Wayne County Mini Maker Faire is almost here! Our March edition of Maker Monday will be a chance to learn about the Maker Faire, hear from some of the presenters, and learn how you can participate. March Maker Monday: March 18th from 7:00-9:00pm @ Schantz MakerSpace, Inc. 5200 Cleveland Road, Suite D Wooster, OH 44691

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March Teacher Maker Monday - TONIGHT!!

Join us tonight (March 11th) at Schantz MakerSpace (5200 Cleveland Rd, Suite D, Wooster, OH 44691) for this month's rendition of Teacher Maker Monday. Come and meet local teachers while discussing STEM concepts and classroom activities. We get things started at 6:30pm. Don't miss out!

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March Fusion 360 Software Seminar

Our March Fusion 360 Software Seminar, led by Norm Sohar, is set to take place next Wednesday, March 13th from 6:30-8:00pm at our Wooster Training Facility:5200 Cleveland Road Suite DWooster, OH 44691FEE FOR THE CLASS IS $15*Due at time of class

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February Maker Monday: Where's the Raspberry PI?

Salivate all you want, but we're not talking about tasty pastries. This month's feature presenter, Jim Kennedy, has explored the applications of Octoprint software on the Raspberry Pi. A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that can be used for a wide range of maker projects. Octoprint software allows you to use the Raspberry PI to remotely perform and monitor all aspects of your 3-D Printer. Jim will provide a demonstration on his 3-D Printer and discuss our plans for an upcoming workshop.

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3-D Printer Resources

Here are some helpful resources for TEVO Flash and TEVO Tarantula 3-D Printers

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3-D Pen Workshop at Norwayne Elementary

Special thanks to Norwayne Local Schools for letting us come to the Elementary School Library and introduce some creepy crawly technology to these 4th graders! Prior to the arctic blast, twenty students learned about potential careers in 3D Printing, 3D Animation and Engineering Design, all while using 3D Pens to create motorized bugs. We also want to thank Teri Hall, Brian Miller and Gavin Maibach for helping out as volunteers. Great to see these creative minds at work!

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Check out our new video!

Excited to reveal a new video on Schantz MakerSpace and the Maker Movement! Get an inside look at the excitement and energy taking place right here in Wayne County, Ohio. Our maker community continues to grow in members, projects and missions. In just our first year as a non-profit organization, we've offered 20 workshops, serving more than 250 students. We've built over 100 3-D Printers, 30 computerized lights displays and 20 CNC Routers. We not only built the machines, but we taught the students how they work, how to use the software, and how to incorporate machines into their businesses. We served four different school districts, bringing our programs into the schools to teach the next generation of makers, and will expand to include more schools next year. Join us and be part of the movement in 2019. What will you create? Special thanks to the folks from MAGNET and Akron Video Makers for their hard work on the video.

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3-D Pen Workshop @ Shreve Elementary

Students worked with 3-D pens and small motors to make some jittering/skittering creatures. Colorful scorpions, bees and spiders were dancing their way across desktops.

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November Maker Showcase

The ultimate Show & Tell came to Schantz MakerSpace last night with our Maker Showcase. Thanks to all of the presenters. From laser engraved items, to wood intarsia, to robotics, to 3-D Printing, to coded lights displays, even arduino/raspberry pi based projects, there was something to pique everyone's interest.

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TEVO Flash 3-D Printer Workshop

A big shout out to the November 3-D Printer class for bringing their machines back for a workshop based around 3-D Printing Software.

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Wooster HS WIFI Controlled xLights Workshop

We had 12 students take part in our WIFI xLights Workshop. Session 1 (of 2) involved soldering parts to a control board and cutting/splicing wires. Session 2 will dive into creating shapes with our lights and learning how to program animations.

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November Maker Monday - It's a Maker Showcase!

Next month's Maker Monday event will be a Maker Showcase! Join us on November 19th from 7:00-9:00pm at our Schantz MakerSpace Training Facility in Wooster (5200 Cleveland Road, Suite D) for a chance to see what makers in our community are building.

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Acoustic Jam Night

On the first Monday of each month (6:30pm-9:00pm) there will be a free music night held at the Schantz MakerSpace Training Facility in Wooster (5200 Cleveland Road, Suite D). The first session will be on Monday, November 5th, 2018.

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October Maker Monday

-October Maker Monday- October 15th 7:00-9:00 pm @ Schantz MakerSpace Training Facility 5200 Cleveland Road, Suite D Wooster,OH 44691 ‍ - FRACTAL BURNING - Feature Presenter: DavePickett

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3-D Bugs Swarm Wooster Township Elementary!

Triway was swarmed by bugs today! Thanks to all of the students and volunteers at Wooster Township Elementary who learned about 3-D pens and created some creepy-crawly critters to take home! (Apologies to the parents, but these things are pretty cool) #theTriwayDifference

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3-D Pen Workshop WBGC Week 2

Week 2 of the 3-D pen workshop at the Wooster Boys and Girls Club is in the books. This week saw 5th and 6th graders from Edgewood Middle School taking on the challenge of crafting their own 3-D bug.

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3-D Pen Workshop at Wooster Boys and Girls Club

Today, students from Edgewood Middle School in Wooster took part in our first ever 3-D Pen Workshop. Students learned about careers in 3-D Printing, the different types of 3-D machines being used today, and how to use a 3-D Pen to design their own creepy crawly creature!

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September Maker Monday - Recap

We had a terrific crowd at last night's Maker Monday event. Over 55 people joined us at the new (and newly painted) Wooster Training Facility. Special thanks to our feature presenter Paul DeCapua for talking about SCORE's programs and how they help entrepreneurs launch their businesses. We also want to thank the students that brought in their 3-D Printer machines for additional help and the volunteers that spent time working out the kinks.

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We've Got Lights!

Over the weekend, our WiFi xLights workshop capped off its three Saturday course with success! Over a dozen students worked toward completion of their lights kits and learned how to program their shape animations. From stars to black cats to Script OHIO, we saw a wide variety of color come to life.

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September Maker Monday

SCORE/3-D Printer Troubleshooting/New Arduino Class Announced! School is in session and so is the MakerSpace! Come join us on Monday, September 17th from 7:00-9:00pm for our next installment of Maker Monday! The event will take place at our new Wooster Training Facility at: 5200 Cleveland Road Suite D Wooster, OH 44691

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Wifi xLights Workshop

You can't beat the heat with a soldering gun, but you can use it to make some cool stuff! We had a dozen makers join us at our new Wooster training facility on Saturday to kick off our Wifi xLights Workshop. Over the course of three Saturdays, these students will learn how to build, program, and design their own Arduino Controlled Lights Displays. Get ready to see some upgraded holiday lights this season!

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CNC Router Build Class

There are still a few spots left for the CNC Router Workshop that runs through September 22nd, 29th, October 6th and October 13th. Cost for the kit and the course is $1,100. After the build sessions, take your completed machine home and start working!

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