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15 cool classes you can take this summer at Philly’s makerspaces

From 3D printing to robotics to metalwork: get off the couch and ~ make something ~ this summer.

Making things at The Hacktory.

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In case you had some spare time this summer and wanted to learn to make some stuff, Philly’s ever-evolving landscape of makerspaces has a lineup of classes you may want to check out no matter what your skill level is.

From the most entry-level intro to electronics to a primer on woodworking or a basic course on 3D printing, local makers are lining up to show you how do stuff in the real world.

Here’s the rundown of classes:

Hive76

Open house: Every Wednesday night at 8 p.m., the South Philly spot nestled in the BOK building, opens its doors to the maker-curious (and usually offers up some tacos). Though there’s not a specific project or topic, aspiring makers can come in and work on projects with lots of makers around for guidance.

The Hacktory

Backed by a $24K StartUp PHL grant from the city, this makerspace has a lineup of workshops centered on educating adults on skills they can put to use in the workplace. Mind you, that doesn’t mean the topics have to be dull: The courses focus on things like wearable tech, robotics and 3D printing. The classes have fees in the $300 range, but thanks to that grant a limited number of $250 scholarships are available to those who need them.

Wearable tech: July 9-15

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STEM in the classroom: July 16–20

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3D Printing: July 23–27

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Practical Robotics: July 30–Aug. 3

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Coding and electronics: Aug. 7–11

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Online security: Aug 13–17

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NextFab

Evan Malone’s makerspace, which just expanded to Wilmington, Del., backed by a $350,000 grant from the state’s Delaware Strategic Fund, also has a lineup of classes available for the summer across its locations.

3D Printing: July 12

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Intro to CAD software SolidWorks: July 20

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Intro to Jewelry: July 21

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Intro to Illustrator (at the Wilmington location): July 27

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Make a shelf: Aug. 10

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Make a coffee table: Aug. 13 and Aug. 20

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Intro to chainmail (!): Several dates

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Metal Inc.

At Port Richmond’s makerspace for metalheads (the building material, not the music genre), schedule a one-on-one for a primer on the subtleties of shaping metal into beautiful works of art or a real sturdy table (or both).

1 on 1 classes: Every Friday evening and Saturdays, cost ranges from $75 to $250. Email madewithmetal [at] gmail [dot] com to schedule a class.

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Companies: Hive76, The Hacktory
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