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    Introduction to TIG Welding


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This class is designed to introduce students to the process of TIG welding, a precise type of welding most often used in the manufacture of spaceframe structures like bike frames and roll cages. Students will learn how to weld different types of materials, different types of shapes, and different types of joints together, and will learn how to use the large range of supporting equipment (brushes, sanders, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to train a student to the point where they can weld on Asylum equipment safely and independently.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

    Instructor Biography: Skunk


    Skunk

    In 1993 Skunk picked up a TIG torch, struck an arc, and produced his first weld puddle (oddly enough, it was in titanium). Ever since, he has been on a relentless mission to transmogrify and personify spark plugs, circuit breaker boxes, reamer blades, typewriters, and the like, helping the little creatures he inherently sees in objects transcend their original purpose. Saw blades are reinvented into angelic wings, tin cans devolve into rose pedals, and a broken clarinet gets a second life as a pirate blunderbuss. No outdated or discarded mechanical devices are safe from joining the parade of fantastic creatures, mighty rayguns, and emotional robots, some of which tip the scales at over 300 pounds.

    Skunk is also the Grand Poobah of a bicycle nerd-gang known as SCUL, and works as a professional custom bike builder for Seven Cycles.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/4/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/11/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/18/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/25/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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    CNC Machining


    2010 - 08.15

    THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to low enrollment

    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This class is an introduction to the use of a CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling machine. Milling machines are used to create metal parts in Cartesian (X, Y, Z) components such as gearboxes and engineblocks; computer-controlled milling machines are used to both automatically create intricate parts that can’t be made by hand, and create runs of interchangeable parts much faster than manual machining. Computer-controlled milling machines can be used to both make final metal parts and to make tools (such as injection-molding dies) for other machines.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to introduce students to safe and accurate computer-controlled machining practices, getting them to the point where they can safely use the Asylum CNC milling machine.

    Prerequisites:

    Some experience with a manual milling machine (able to change tools, tram in a vise, locate a part).

    Materials:

    Students will purchase inexpensive materials from the instructor to complete their final projects.

    Instructor Biography: Chris Fitzhugh

    Chris

    Chris is a junior at the Olin College of Engineering. He is an employee of the Olin College machine shop with two years of on-the-job training, and is responsible for the training and supervision of other students on college equipment. His specialty is 2D CNC machining, and he is trained in the use of waterjets, lasercutters, and milling machines.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/4/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/11/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/18/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/25/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Manual Precision Metal Machining


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This class is an introduction to the use of two bedrocks of any metalworking machine shop, the milling machine and engine lathe. Milling machines are used to create metal parts in Cartesian (X, Y, Z) components such as gearboxes and engineblocks, and engine lathes are used to create axially symmetric components like shafts and bolts. Both machines are used by machine shops the world over to create parts with typical tolerances of +/- .002″, and anyone considering machining as a vocation must be well-trained on both.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to introduce students to safe and accurate manual machining practices, getting them to the point where they can safely use the Asylum milling machines and engine lathes.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will purchase inexpensive raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

    Instructor Biography: Christian Weagle

    Christian

    Christian believes that Keats -almost- got it right: “A thing of 8-1-1(ELI) Titanium with a TIR of 0.0002 and a surface finish of 16uinches (Ra) is a joy forever.”

    He wasn’t always this way – but years behind a computer have led him to appreciate the simple but intense pleasure of making a fine, precise artifact by application of skill.  Currently active in the robotics R&D field, Christian uses his skills as a machinist and mechanic as a compliment to his nominal career as an electrical engineer.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/4/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/11/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/18/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 10/2/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    NOTE: Last class session skips Saturday, September 25th and resumes on October 2nd.

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    Introduction to MIG Welding


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

    This class is designed to introduce students to the process of MIG welding, an easy-to-learn type of welding most often used in the manufacture of sculptures, buildings, and other heavy metal weldments. Students will learn how to weld different types of shapes and different types of joints together, and will learn how to use the large range of supporting equipment (brushes, sanders, grinders, etc.) and processes that come with welding.

    Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class will be to train a student to the point where they can weld on Asylum equipment safely and independently.

    Prerequisites:

    None.

    Materials:

    Students will bring a flannel shirt, leather gloves and safety glasses to class. Students will purchase raw materials from the instructor as needed for their projects.

    Instructor Biography: Hilljack (Randall Bird)

    Hilljack

    I make everything, mostly from scratch. Moonshine, Biodiesel, Alternate-Fuel Vehicles ( I own 22 cars… in various stages of completion), Gravity Soapbox Karts, Boats, Things that Fly, -just about everything! The most important thing I make- A Difference.  I have combined a lifelong obsession with ecology, recycle and re-use with a penchant for building my own tools and machines and teaching these passions to others.  I am interested in Making the Impossible Possible.  I love an Underdog Project or a Doomed Expedition.  I am a master Sheet Metalsmith, a Mold Maker, a Welder, Tinkerer, Mechanic, Fabricator, Problem Solver and Dreamer.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/4/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/11/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 3: 9/18/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

    Session 4: 9/25/2010, 1 PM – 3 PM @ 13 Joy St, Somerville MA

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    Intermediate Photography: Black & White


    2010 - 08.15

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    Cost: $120 + $3.99 ticket fee

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to produce stunning black and white pictures? Have you tried futzing around with the black and white option on your camera, only to switch back in frustration after a few tries? Are you looking for an excuse to walk around and take pictures with a professional photographer who will give you feedback on the spot? This class is for you. This class will serve as an introduction to how to “see” in black and white. Taking good black and white pictures isn’t as simple as switching your digital camera’s settings and taking all the shots you normally would; black and white pictures as a medium present a whole new mode of creative expression that you need to practice with to get good at.

    This class will take place over four sessions. The first session will be a general lecture and introduction to the medium and the skills you need to develop to take advantage of it. The next three sessions will be field trips to locations of the instructors’ choosing, where students will take pictures and receive immediate feedback on their work.

    Class Goals:

    The goal of this class is to have students feel comfortable seeing the world in terms of black and white photography opportunities, so that they can continue to explore the medium.

    Prerequisites:

    This class requires students to have a passion for photography and a digital camera with a black and white mode. Some experience with the camera is required, and hobbyist-level experience is fine.

    Materials:

    None. Digital camera with black & white mode required.

    Instructor Biography: Michael J. Maloney

    Michael Maloney

    Michael J. Maloney has been a photojournalist for 38 years. He has sold work to National Geographic, the Smithsonian, several local colleges, most Boston newspapers, and several national magazines. At one point or another he has covered most Boston sports teams and the President of the United States, to name a few choice photo opportunities. He has a professional photography studio in his garage, an editing facility in his basement and does deep-ocean underwater photography for fun.

    Class Times:

    Session 1: 9/4/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

    Session 2: 9/11/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ Location TBD by instructor

    Session 3: 9/18/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ Location TBD by instructor

    Session 4: 9/25/2010, 11 AM – 1 PM @ Location TBD by instructor

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