ProtoWorks holds regular workshops and making competitions, where you will be able to make some cool things with the guidance of our Guardians.

Please note: these are for people who have already been trained to be users in ProtoWorks ONLY.  You must be trained both as a user (general orientation) and in the specific machine being used.  See our training schedule and sign up now to ensure you are a member prior to these events.

Making Competitions:

There will be three making competitions running at the same time, with a final presentation day.  We provide the materials, you explore and make.  You may only choose one event in which to compete, and must be trained in the relevant machines prior to joining.  Options are:
  • Laser cutter: you will be given a sheet of material (and a practice sheet) and tasked with building the tallest free-standing structure
  • Bench tools: you are given a block of wood (and optional wheels/axles), and tasked with making a children's toy
  • 3D printing: you may design and build something using up to a specified amount of material to accomplish a specific goal

Choose your track, make sure you're trained, and stay tuned for announcement of when you can pick up materials and the final competition date!

Winners will receive a laser cut trophy and drone.


Tuesday 4/11 - Paper Circuits - make a card or poster with lights

Thursday 4/20 - Arduino - photoresistor based security alarm

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Wednesday 5/3 - Laser Cut Door Hangers

You must have attended a ProtoWorks laser cutter training in addition to orientation prior to signing up

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Previous Workshops:

Jewelry - Laser Cut and 3D Printed 


Laser Cut Coasters