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Anthan Rajaratnam

Black Cat Labs are purveyors of artisanal laser cutters, educators and a services firm based in Somerville, MA.

Anthan Rajaratnam first looked to laser cutting when he wanted to build a clock-like kinetic sculpture. Drawn to how flexible and fast laser cutters are as tools, he quickly started a number of other laser cutting projects and even finished some of them! He started Black Cat Labs out of Artisan’s Asylum in October 2016.

July 2020

Learn Online: The Fine Art of Pencil Illustration & Drawing From the Natural World

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Saturdays; 7/11/20 - 7/25/20 from 10AM - 12PM

Express yourself in this fun and relaxing drawing class! Whether you are a professional artist or looking to try your hand at illustration for the first time, this weekend session will guide you through the basics of pencil drawing. In this class, we will cover basic techniques and advanced students can gain additional insight on how to improve their artwork. Students will have a completed drawing to share and many take-away skills to complement their own work. An image from nature will be provided for the online class.

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Online Circuit Hacking Night (Electronics and Robotics)

July 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until July 29, 2020


Come learn about electronics via Zoom with Artisan's Asylum! Whether you're a newbie or an experienced hacker, there will be something for you at Online Circuit Hacking Night. This virtual event will help you with your inquiries and quandaries about anything electronics or robotics for FREE.

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Mission Control: Build A Martian Colony

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

During this two week mission, you will be our go-to team on Earth for discovering solutions for our astronauts building on the Martian terrain. Log in daily to the inter-planetary transmission from our three Martian Astronauts to help solve their build and robotic challenges. As part of the team, you will receive model building equipment and robotics equipment to test out at home and explore multiple ways problem-solve for our astronauts. Once you’ve found the solution to their challenge, report back, and tell them how to build it!

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Learn Online: Bundle Dyeing Tote Bags Using Natural Materials (Ages 13+)

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This class will teach you how to use our versatile and robust Black Cat Labs laser cutters. From cutting simple wood pieces for puzzles and toys to engraving artwork onto glass and other materials, laser cutters are a remarkably flexible and effective tool for fabrication. Taught by an experienced digital fabrication professional, this course not only covers required information on the proper use of the machine, but also more in-depth knowledge on how to use the machines in more advanced and effective ways.

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Creative Tile Design With Soft Foam

July 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Wednesday; July 22 - Aug 12 from 6PM - 8PM

Explore the process of making tiles with craft foam and other upcycled styrofoam materials. During this four-session course, students will...

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August 2020

Soldering Boot Camp

August 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Saturday and Sunday, 8/15/2020 - 8/16/2020
Artisan’s Asylum, 10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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Soldering is one of the most involved and challenging process of jewelry fabrication. Over the course of two days, you will learn about the jewelry torch system and safety, different types of flame and torch size, understanding melting points in solders, annealing and the various soldering surfaces and flux. If time permits, we will tackle a ring fusing project with Argentium.

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