The Tinkersmiths Makerspace hosts one-off events and weekly workshops for all kinds of art, science, engineering, and other maker projects. From 3D Printers to Tesla Coils, model rockets to Arduino robots, LED clothing to translucent concrete, or DIY electronic music to DIY wireless mesh networks; it seems there is something for everyone!

WEEKLY WORKSHOPS

Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ElectroFunk Workshop

An informal get-together where longtime Tinkersmiths members share their knowledge and hands-on experience with those interested in learning about micro controller technology. Some projects that are being built (or have been built) at the workshop include: an Arduino Pong video game, a Sega Genesis music synthesizer, a 3D printer, and an individually addressable LED cube.An informal get together where longtime Tinkersmiths members share their knowledge and hands-on experience with those interested in learning about micro-controller technology.  Some projects that are being built or have been built at the workshop include: an Arduino Pong video game, a Sega Genesis music synthesizer, a 3D printer, an individually addressable LED cube.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a laptop, Arduino (or other micro-controller platform), an idea for a project, and an open and creative mind! If you don’t have an Arduino, we typically have a few extras available at the space. If you’re so inclined, feel free to bring a couple of bucks to chip in for pizza and snacks.

Industrial Design & Prototyping

Maker Workshops in Charlottesville, VA
Big Gear Table Made During Several of the Workshops

Industrial Design and Prototyping is a weekly hands-on workshop that focuses on conceptualizing, designing, and building of physical products, objects, or things. The final goal of the first workshop series in Industrial Design and Prototyping is to build modular wall panels out of concrete, resin, and individually addressable LEDs. These panels will be used as interior separator walls in the Tinkersmiths II space.

Skills for this workshop fall into the Grey Collar area, and include familiarity with computer aided design, power tools, and light welding. This workshop is not for the faint at heart. The work is difficult and it requires patience. You may be exposed to chemicals, manual labor, light cursing, and the potential presence of heathens. Work clothes are strongly recommended.

REQUIREMENTS:
To attend any event at Tinkersmiths, just sign up and RSVP at http://meetup.com/tinkersmiths. RSVP is required for insurance and safety purposes.  Please check the details of each event to see if there are any other safety requirements such as basic training, orientation, or event guidelines.
The Makerspace workshop schedule can be found here.

IX ART PARK EVENTS

Oliver Kuttner's  X-prize Winner Edison 2 Outside Tinkersmiths Makerspace in Charlottesville, VA
Oliver Kuttner's X-prize Winner Edison 2 Outside Tinkersmiths Makerspace in Charlottesville

Tinkersmiths II is located at the IX Art Park, which means that we are regularly in the midst or adjacent to all of the cool community events that happen there. Check out their schedule of events here.