Make Your Own Robotic Arm

Explore laser cutting, Arduino programming, and robotic automation in this challenging workshop. Learn specific Arduino concepts and basic robotic purpose by assembling your own robotic arm. One class fee pays for one kit.

Make Your Own Rac3r Robot

3D print, assemble, and code your own arduino-based robot racer! 3D print the robot body, then explore breadboards to assemble the circuitry necessary to bring your robot to life. One class fee pays for one robot. Children ages 10 + are welcome if accompanied by a parent.

  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: $49
  • Length: 3 hours

Introduction to Electronics

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.

Circuits I

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.

  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: $109
  • Length: 2 hours

Circuits II

Bring your electronics knowledge to the next level in this advanced circuits class. Learn about diodes, capacitors and inductors to examine how circuits change with time. Use an op-amp to drive a speaker, and a 555 timer to control the brightness of an led via pulse width modulation.

Circuit Analysis

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.

Advanced Soldering

Delve deeper into soldering techniques used for small batch prototyping with surface mount components. Explore the numerous SMD component packages along with methods of using and reflowing solder paste and board rework.

Introduction to Microcontrollers with Arduino

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. Experiment with inputs and outputs, and finish the class with building a simple theremin.

  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: $109
  • Length: 2 hours

Intermediate Arduino Concepts

In this two part course, cultivate more advanced coding techniques and algorithm development using the Arduino platform to create code that is well organized, fully commented, and efficiently run. Learn about libraries, functions, arrays, state machines, and branching statements.

Electronics Tool List

  • Soldering Stations
  • Precision Hand Tools
  • Digital Multimeter
  • Digital Oscilloscope
  • Analog Oscilloscope
  • Microscope (10x)
  • DC Power Supplies
  • Function Generators
  • Electronic Active Load
  • Microcontroller Development Resources
  • National Instruments Base Development System
  • National Instruments Data Acquisition System
  • Manual Pick & Place Machine
  • CNC Pick & Place Machine
  • Solder Paste Stencil Printer
  • Reflow Ovens
  • Stroboscope