Richmond Fab Lab offers summer workshops, open hours

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Richmond Fab Lab offers summer workshops, open hours
Young students use the advanced technologies provided in the Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High. (Photo credit: WCCUSD)

Want to learn how to make a clock using a laser cutter? Or maybe you’d rather create your own custom reversible handbag using a Digital Embrodiery Machine?

You could also invite a bit more light in your life with a self-made, custom LED lamp.

All of this is possible, this month and next in Richmond, thanks to a series of upcoming community workshops at the Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High School, 4300 Cutting Blvd.

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One of the first on the West Coast, the 4,000 square foot Fab Lab — which along with the related Mobile Fab Lab were funded by a Chevron Richmond grant in partnership with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) — encourages and enables local students and the community to create almost anything they can think of using computers, laser printers, 3D printers. The Fab Lab allows students and local residents to innovate, design and produce pretty much anything using advanced technologies such as 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, a mini-mill and more.

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The Fab Lab regularly holds open hours for the community to visit the lab and use its technology. Visit the Fab Lab Calendar for upcoming dates.

In addition, community members, including youth, are invited to three interesting upcoming workshops: Clock making from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16; Sewing from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30; and LED Lamp Project from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Workshop are $10 to $20.

For more information on the Fab Lab visit its website at here.

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