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Virtual Offering: Illustrator for Laser Cutting and Engraving

Through a combination of guided instruction and independent work, build on existing knowledge of Adobe Illustrator to create and design for laser cutting. Explore features that can be used for laser design including layer use, smart guides, bitmaps, clipping paths, compound shapes and kerf testing.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. Students may either use their own personal Adobe license at home, or reserve one of our PC workstations onsite at a NextFab location during the class.

Virtual Offering: CAM for CNC

Building on the tools and concepts learned in CAD for CNC, this 2 part course offers the basics of CAM, computer aided manufacturing. Discuss toolpathing, registration, feeds and speeds, and other essential CAM concepts, as we explore the operations and simulations in VCarve Pro.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. 

Virtual Offering: CAD for CNC

In this 2 part course, an overview of CNC technology and how it works will set you up for success, leading to an exploration in the basics of CAD, computer aided design. Discuss project applications and learn design concepts while designing a 2D vector file for a small wooden box, using the drawing tools in VCarve Pro.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. 

Virtual Offering: Introduction to SolidWorks

Solidworks is CAD software that creates geometry for 3D parts and assemblies. Learn how to navigate menus and options, create sketches, and utilize different shape options to create custom geometries and dimensions. Extrude, cut, and fillet a sketch, and discuss how to change appearances and scenes to create professional looking renderings.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. 

  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: $109
  • Length: 3 hours

Virtual Offering: Introduction to Rhinoceros 5.0

Rhinoceros (Rhino) is 3-D modeling design software, commonly used by a variety of industries. Learn the basics of navigating and using the software, the various projects and design areas that benefit from the use of Rhino, and basic CAD principles. Work to design a basic project of your choosing, available as a file for personal use upon completion of class. NOTE: Basic computer navigational skills are necessary to take and understand this class.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.
  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: $109
  • Length: 2 hours

Virtual Offering: Intro to Patents

Curious about what it takes to patent your idea? Join patent agent Scott Keeley for a beginner’s discussion on patent writing, application, and execution.


NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. Students may either use their own personal Adobe license at home, or reserve one of our PC workstations onsite at a NextFab location during the class.
  • Member Price: $69
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Virtual Offering: Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics drawing and editing software, useful for creating files for digital fabrication at NextFab. This introductory class will cover the interface, tools, layers, and more.

NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time. Students may either use their own personal Adobe license at home, or reserve one of our PC workstations onsite at a NextFab location during the class.
  • Member Price: $49
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Design Software Tool List

  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks Professional
  • Rhinoceros
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Wolfram Mathematica
  • Autodesk Eagle Professional
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • MS Office Home and Business
  • Wacom Intuos Digitizing Tablets
  • SpacePilot 3D Mouse
  • G Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator
  • Vectric Aspire
  • V-Carve Makerspace Edition
  • HSMWorks CAM for SolidWorks