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!

Artisan Workshops

We are developing several project-based workshops in order to teach aspiring artisans how to use a variety of tools in our space to make amazing things! All artisan workshops are 18+ unless otherwise noted.

Non-member students must fill out this one-time registration form prior to attending a class. Please see our class cancellations and refund policies here. Tell us what sort of workshops you'd like to see at Technocopia by filling out this form!

Intro to Screen Printing

OCTOBER WORKSHOP
NOVEMBER WORKSHOP
DECEMBER WORKSHOP
Fee: $100
Materials: Bring your own OR $40 add'l fee.
Instructor: Drew Wilson

PRINT YOUR OWN T-SHIRTS, TOTE-BAGS OR POSTERS!
In this two-session workshop you’ll learn how to design and screenprint your very own design. In the first session you’ll learn about the common ways that t-shirts are printed and learning how to prepare a digital file so that it can be transferred to a screen for printing. In the second session we will prepare a screen and print our t-shirts.

How does it work? We will use InkScape--free & open source graphic design software--to prepare a digital design that will be cut using Technocopia’s computer-controlled vinyl cutting machine. Then the design will be transferred to a screen and we will apply a coating to the screen so we can print with the screen over and over again. You’ll then use your screen and fabric inks to print your design onto t-shirts or other fabric.
 

Laser Cut Ornaments

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VIEW DATES AND REGISTER
Fee: $20
Instructor: Technocopia Educational Director and Staff

Join Technocopia to make your own laser cut ornaments! Participants will learn simple techniques in 2D design to generate, size and play with shapes and images. Designs will be imported to Technocopia's Full Spectrum laser cutter and cut out of wood. Please email to reserve a computer or plan to bring a personal laptop. Personal computers will need InkScape downloaded on their computers. Come in a little early for help. To reserve a Technocopia computer please email: lauren.monroe@technocopia.org. First come, first serve. This workshop is recommended for students aged 11+. Students aged 5+ are welcome to participate with an accompanying guardian. No purchased ticket for the accompanying guardian required.

*Not all ornaments will be cut on the same evening. All ornaments not cut at the event will be available for pick up the next day. This is an artisan workshop, and does not certify training on our laser cutter. For tool trainings please visit our web page.

iNTRO TO lASER cUTTER:
wOODEN eARRING dESIGN

DECEMBER WORKSHOP
Fee: $100
Instructor: Adam Zelny

Learn the basics of 2D computer aided design (CAD) while crafting a set of beautiful wooden earrings with our laser cutter! This 2 session class teaches the steps needed to transform a digital design into a finished physical object. Class one will include an overview and demonstration of the process before we learn how to navigate and create a laser cuttable design using free Inkscape software. We’ll discuss the difference between raster and vector images, and how the laser cuts with both types, and learn about the importance of knowing your material as a crucial part of the design process. In class 2 each student will receive hands-on time with the laser as we learn how to operate the machine, and how to produce precision cuts using our earring designs. After everyone has cut their wooden pieces, we’ll end by walking through the wood finishing and earring assembly process.

Technocopia 
44 Portland Street 6th Floor
Worcester MA, 01608
Ph. (774) 420-2244