The Electronics department has everything you need to get started with programming. With intro and intermediate courses in soldering, circuits, and coding concepts, you can find out how to put it all together to complete your algorithm obsession.
Learn how to program hardware and create embedded systems with this introduction to Arduino, the popular, open-source development platform that provides novices and professionals alike with a massive array of options. Using the software program TinkerCAD Circuits, experiment with inputs and outputs.
NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer with an internet connection, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.
Join us in NextFab’s comprehensive Electronics lab! Explore the tools and processes we have available to transform your projects. Learn about Printed Circuit Board design and manufacturing, then try your hand at soldering together your own hydro-inspired PCB. This class is designed for makers of any skill level.
Explore basic electronic circuits by dabbling with various electronic tools. Learn about schematics and symbolism, and begin to understand how to read a circuit schematic and build a real circuit. Experiment with components including resistors, LEDs and diodes and gain a general knowledge of electricity and its behavior.
Building on the basics learned in Circuits I, explore passive components in greater detail. Focus on the behavior of diodes, capacitors and inductors. Experiment with two popular integrated circuits, the Op-Amp and 555 Timer.
See what’s happening electrically inside of your circuit! Use analysis tools, including the oscilloscope and function generator, to observe circuit behavior in real time. Learn how to build a PWM (pulse width modulated) motor driver and analyze the real output of the circuit compared to the predicted output.
Delve deeper into soldering techniques used in small batch prototyping with surface mount components. Explore numerous SMD component packages along with methods of solder paste use and reflow.
Solve more advanced problems and prepare to make your own projects with Arduino. Explore more advanced coding concepts like writing custom functions and working with arrays, then practice importing libraries and tweaking existing code to meet your needs.