SMT For You And You And Me: Surface Mount Soldering Double-Header on 4/8/2023

 classes  Comments Off on SMT For You And You And Me: Surface Mount Soldering Double-Header on 4/8/2023
Mar 302023
 

Surface mount components! They’re hip, they’re tiny, and you’ve probably swallowed a couple accidentally by now. If you’re still using those clunky, chunky through-hole components that you found in your grandparents’ butter cookie tin, well, it’s time to get with the times and learn how to solder the teeny-weeny components of the future!

During this class we’ll go over not one, not two, but three different soldering techniques for surface mount components. We’ll try our hand at traditional hand-soldering, move on to the fast-paced world of drag soldering, and finally learn how to apply solder paste and do SMT reflow in an upcycled toaster oven we found on the curb– just like the pros! You’ll leave with a beautiful, colorful semicircular LED board that you’ve built yourself. It can be used as a fun colorful display, a volt meter, a VU meter, or whatever else you can think of!

Due to demand, we’ll be hosting not one but two classes this upcoming April 8th. The first will run from 11am-1:30pm, and the second will start at 2pm and run until 4:30pm. Your choice! Learn new skills without disrupting your brunch plans!

No prior soldering experience is required for this class. You can do it!

Your Instructor: Adam Mayer is a longtime NYCR member who burnt his finger on a soldering iron when he was ten and has never forgiven it. He has done questionable things with PCBs and hot plates.

As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/. Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

A semicircular LED board that you, yes you, can learn to solder!

It’s pretty!

Intro to Machine Sewing: Turn t-shirts into 1 backpack and 1 laptop case 4/19/2023

 classes  Comments Off on Intro to Machine Sewing: Turn t-shirts into 1 backpack and 1 laptop case 4/19/2023
Mar 302023
 

Intro to Machine Sewing: Turn t-shirts into 1 backpack and 1 laptop case

Tickets available on EventBrite for this Wednesday, April 19 · 7 – 10pm EDT class

Curious about sewing? This introductory class covers all the essentials you’ll need to start making your own projects. Bring at least 1 t-shirt, and we’ll make it into a backpack. If you bring a second t-shirt (the larger the better! 2xl is ideal!) and we’ll turn it into a laptop case – if you don’t have a second, larger, t-shirt, we’ll find some fabric scraps in the space for you to work on.

In this class, we’ll cover:

  • Getting set up for sewing: how to thread your machine, change a needle, and wind a bobbin
  • Basic stitches: straight stitch, back stitch and zig zag.
  • The inside out logic of planning your sewing.
  • All the sewing tools available to the public for free during Open Nights at the Resistor hackerspace

Want to do more sewing? After taking this class, you’re welcome to join us for Craft Nights on Monday and Thursday evenings, when you can use our sewing machines free of charge.

No previous experience or supplies necessary except 1 or 2 t-shirts.

Sewing machines for use during class will be provided. All other materials are included in the class fee and are yours to keep. If you have your own sewing machine, feel free to bring it.

Would you like to attend this class, but the cost is too high for you? Send us an email and we’ll see what we can do!

This class will be taught by NYC Resistor member Susanne Vejdemo.

SMT For You And Me: Surface Mount Soldering 3/25/2023

 classes  Comments Off on SMT For You And Me: Surface Mount Soldering 3/25/2023
Mar 202023
 

Tickets on EventBrite for this Saturday, March 25 · 12 – 2:30pm EDT class

Surface mount components! They’re hip, they’re tiny, and you’ve probably swallowed a couple accidentally by now. If you’re still using those clunky, chunky through-hole components that you found in your grandparents’ butter cookie tin, well, it’s time to get with the times and learn how to solder the teeny-weeny components of the future!

During this class we’ll go over not one, not two, but three different soldering techniques for surface mount components. We’ll try our hand at traditional hand-soldering, move on to the fast-paced world of drag soldering, and finally learn how to apply solder paste and do SMT reflow in an upcycled toaster oven we found on the curb– just like the pros!

No prior soldering experience is required for this class.

Your Instructor: Adam Mayer is a longtime NYCR member who burnt his finger on a soldering iron when he was ten and has never forgiven it. He has done questionable things with PCBs and hot plates.

As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/. Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Glass Bottle Cutting: January Make-Along 1/15/2023

 classes  Comments Off on Glass Bottle Cutting: January Make-Along 1/15/2023
Jan 042023
 

Glass Bottle Cutting: January Make-Along

Get tickets for this Sunday January 15th 1pm class on EventBrite

Learn how to cut glass bottles! No experience necessary. In this make-a-long, we will learn how to score glass and then heat and cool the glass to break it! We will have a limited number of empty bottles at the workshop, but you are encouraged to bring your own, too! Circular wine and liquor bottles work best, but we’ve also had some success with square and odd shaped bottles!

You can use the cut bottles for an array of crafts and hobbies! Planters, candles, lamps, drinking glasses, and more!

This class will be taught be NYC Resistor member Ben K. In a past life, Ben cut wine bottles and turned them into candles professionally.

Pixels as Data: Touch Designer for Visual Artists – 1/7/2023

 classes  Comments Off on Pixels as Data: Touch Designer for Visual Artists – 1/7/2023
Dec 142022
 

Pixels as Data: Touch Designer for Visual Artists

Tickets for this Sat, January 7 class are on EventBrite

No more need for numbers! This workshop will cover how we can work with TouchDesigner (a live rendering visual software) to create complex 3D visuals that are light(er) on your GPU through instanced geometry. We’ll learn how to turn pixel information into an interactive visual environment that responds to camera or video inputs or runs autonomously, and is great for immersive installations and concert visuals.

You are not expected to have any experience with TouchDesigner or 3D renders prior to this workshop (although it won’t hurt!) – we’ll graze through some beginner UI & how to at the top, but it’ll be quick so we have more time with the fun stuff! The class is designed with visual thinkers and artists in mind, and aims to make the software accessible to everyone.

You will need a laptop with TouchDesigner downloaded and ready to run. The non-commercial version is free and available here: https://derivative.ca/download . Please open the software before coming to ensure your laptop is able to run it without any strain.

This class will be taught by Evangeline Brooks (she/her). Brooks is a Toronto-based post-digital artist focused on artist community work. Her practice is informed by overlapping identities and seeks solace and pleasure, rather than resistance, in digital images cohabitating in our physical world. She works with TouchDesigner in creating digital visualizations for live performances, namely for ponyHAUS, a grassroots AV showcase, and Frequencies, a Toronto electronic music series, where she is the founder/co-host and in-house visual artist, respectively. Brooks holds a BFA from TMU’s School of Image Arts and has shown with TIFFxInstagram, Open Doors Toronto, and the Toronto Images Festival.

The Future We Are Imagining: Play, Games, and Possibilities (online) 12/11/2022

 classes  Comments Off on The Future We Are Imagining: Play, Games, and Possibilities (online) 12/11/2022
Dec 072022
 

The Future We Are Imagining: Play, Games, and Possibilities (online)

Pay-what-you-wish tickets available for this Sun, Dec 11, 2022, 1:00 PM ET (with recording for asynchronous viewering) talk on EventBrite

What are the worlds we are creating through play? Play gives us permission to explore our collective imagination in experimental ways. What are the narratives in our games? How does play and the way we design it help generate the future? How are we creating rule systems in relationship to our bodies, traumas, histories, and cultures? Exploring the ways that interactive narrative and technology entangle us within tapestry of our world, this talk asks how we can rethink our creative work and lives to generate a world worth living in.

The Future We Are Imagining: Play, Games, and Possibilities (online) image

Phoenix Perry creates embodied games and installations. Her work brings people together to explore their impact on each other and the environment. As an advocate for women in game development, she founded Code Liberation Foundation. Presently, she leads an MSc in Creative Computing at UAL. Since 1996, she has exhibited in a range of cultural venues and game events including Somerset House, Wellcome Collection, Lincoln Center, GDC, A Maze, and Indiecade. She owned Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn, NY from 2009 – 2014. Devotion generated dialogue between art, technology, and scientific research.

The Future We Are Imagining: Play, Games, and Possibilities (online) image

This event will be online via Zoom, and tickets will be Pay-What-You-Wish.

The suggested price for this talk is $15. Refunds up to 24 hours before the event. Event page with Zoom link will become available 1 hour before the event begins. Recording will be available to ticket holders for a minimum of 30 days after the event.

Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile 11/19/2022

 classes, electronics  Comments Off on Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile 11/19/2022
Nov 072022
 

Intro to Soldering Workshop: Make an LED Tile

Tickets for this Saturday Nov 19 1pm class are on EventBrite

Soldering is one of the most important skills you’ll need for working with electronics. Come join us for an introductory through-hole soldering workshop. Soldering enables you to create sturdy connections between electrical components. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to use a soldering iron safely and effectively, and get plenty of practice with both soldering and desoldering techniques. We’ll be soldering up some Game of Life kits – LED tiles that generate nifty animations. No previous experience is required, making this introductory workshop a great choice for anyone who’s curious about getting started with hardware tinkering! All materials will be provided.

OK, awesome, I want to join!

Please be ready to start at 1pm! We find that you will need this time to get through the whole class. Our classes tend to sell out about a week in advance so if you’re interested, you may want to sign up early.

This class will be taught by Resistor member Jack Poon.

Bringing the Magic of Electronics to the Joy of Crafting (online/pay-what-you-wish)

 classes  Comments Off on Bringing the Magic of Electronics to the Joy of Crafting (online/pay-what-you-wish)
Oct 122022
 

Wed, Oct 19, 2022, 8:00 PM EDT

RSVP on EventBrite

Cats who teach soldering, instant parties, & machine-sewable LEDs? A pay-what-you-wish project talk from creative technologist Steph Piper.

Bringing the Magic of Electronics to the Joy of Crafting (online)

Mixing electronics with art is an exciting area with a lot of potential. If done well, it can make even simple projects look like magic to inspire others. Hear about three example projects in this space, including making multicolour circuit boards, building the Party Button, a 2m tall interactive art piece and GlowStitch LEDs, a new product for machine sewing LEDs for wearable tech projects. Get an idea of the workflow involved in creating your own art circuit boards with open software in KiCAD and Inkscape. This talk will break down what went into each project, where things went wrong and where things went above and beyond. There will also be a sneak peek into the upcoming crowdfunding campaign for GlowStitch LEDs: The most versatile way to add lights to crafting projects.

 

 

Bringing the Magic of Electronics to the Joy of Crafting (online) image

Steph Piper is a creative technologist and maker. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator at USQ, looking after the library Makerspace. She also creates electronics kits for young girls that are now sold globally through US and UK stockists. With a background in biofabrication, Steph also teaches classes in 3D printing, Arduino and Hardware development. For more info, visit makerqueen.com.au

This event will be online via Zoom, and tickets will be Pay-What-You-Wish.

The suggested price for this talk is $15. Refunds up to 24 hours before the event. Event page with Zoom link will become available 1 hour before the event begins. Recording will be available to ticket holders for a minimum of 30 days after the event.

As with all NYC Resistor events, this one is governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

 

Bringing the Magic of Electronics to the Joy of Crafting (online) image

Foam Clay: October Make-Along! 10/16

 classes  Comments Off on Foam Clay: October Make-Along! 10/16
Oct 102022
 

Foam Clay: October Make-Along!

 

Return of the Make-Along! These are not your typical craft classes. Make-Alongs are self-guided craft workshops where participants learn new skills, explore new materials, and make great things!

October’s Topic: Foam Clay

Tickets available on EventBrite

Try foam clay in a casual community workshop environment. Foam clay sculpts or molds like clay, but dries into a flexible foam. Its flexible, light, and non toxic properties make it a popular material in the cosplay and props communities, as well as for jewelry or sculpture. Want to futher refine your piece? The dried foam clay can be cut with scissors and sanded (by hand or rotary tool) just like EVA foam. It can also be painted or coated to make it more colorful and durable. No experience needed! Class includes all supplies needed. Trade ideas and techniques with other attendees. Great opportunity to start a costume piece for Halloween or any other occasion.

Are you a beginner? We’ll provide materials including foam clay, thin EVA foam sheets, paints, adhesives and coatings.

Are you a master? Show off your skills and inspire others! Bring a project, use our materials, and hang out in a great space while doing what you love.

This class will be lead by NYC Resistor members, Ben and Ben.

Halloween and Special Effects Make-Up Class 10/15

 classes  Comments Off on Halloween and Special Effects Make-Up Class 10/15
Oct 092022
 

Halloween and Special Effects Make-Up Class

Tickets on EventBrite

Spooky season is almost upon us so this is the perfect time to learn some skills to impress this Halloween. In this class you will learn how to make bruises, cuts and wounds. You will learn about different products and experiment on yourself and/or your co-classmates. All materials will be included with the ticket.

This class will be lead by NYC Resistor member, Manon Raman. Manon is an artist who was born in Belgium but has been living in New York for the past year. She is a full time painter now but before she used her skills on canvasses she was a make-up artist for series and movies in her home country.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, RSVP AND PROOF OF COVID VACCINATION ARE ALL FIRMLY REQUIRED. All attendees must present photo ID and one of the following:

  • CDC card showing you completed your final vaccine dose at least two weeks ago.
    • A photo of your completely filled out CDC card.

 

We’re keen to see you, but these requirements are firmly enforced. Masks will be optional for this event, due to special considerations for the use of make-up. Typically NYC Resistor is a mask required space.

As with all NYC Resistor events, this class is 18+ and governed by our Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, as well as accessibility information, can be found at www.nycresistor.com/participate/.

 

Please note that refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].