Available Workshops

Below is a list of the workshops that RAFT is currently offering.

laser cutter

LASER CUTTER INTRODUCTORY COURSE (3 HOURS)

Interested in learning a new skill? Come learn about laser cutting, a useful technology that applies a focused laser beam to mark, engrave and cut through many different materials. Our laser can process paper, cardboard, wood, plastics, fabric, and more! Get hands-on practice with laser cutting fundamentals such as creating simple designs using Adobe Illustrator, loading materials for processing, sending artwork to the laser for processing, and learning techniques for working with a variety of materials on the laser system. You will create a nice laser cut object to take home or bring to school to show fellow educators! Upon workshop completion:

  • Receive certificate
  • Name added to our list of approved RAFT laser users
  • Receive link to reserve the laser system for individual use
  • Continued coaching as needed
  • Authorized to register for intermediate laser and rotary tool course

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Prerequisite: Current RAFT membership (please renew before registering). You may register for multiple laser courses in addition to this course, if space is available.

When: Saturday February 3, 2024 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm

Where: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose CA 95131

Cost: $85

Dodecahedron

LASER CUTTER INTERMEDIATE COURSE (3 HOURS)

This course builds on the design fundamentals and skills learned in the introductory course and brings participants through exercises to practice intermediate skills. You will learn how to process duplicate cuts, precisely position graphics in the engraving field using coordinates, manually adjust laser processing parameters, create cutting jigs; import, convert, and process open source artwork, and more. You will create a laser cut project to take home! Note: Capacity is limited to 4 people per session. Upon workshop completion:

  • Receive certificate
  • Continued coaching as needed
  • Authorized to register for rotary tool course

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Prerequisite: Current RAFT membership, Laser Cutter Introductory Course. You may register for multiple laser courses in addition to this course, if space is available.

When: Saturday February 10, 2024 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm

Where: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose CA 95131

Cost: $60

Laser rotary tool

LASER CUTTER ROTARY TOOL COURSE (3 HOURS)

This workshop focuses on the use of a rotary tool/attachment, enabling laser users to process objects with curved surfaces such as vases, wine glasses, metal water bottles, etc. You will review the skills learned in our introductory course and also learn how to install the rotary tool. Learn to modify the laser system settings for rotary processing such as adjusting the engraving field, placing graphics along a central axis, techniques for leveling and loading non-cylindrical objects, and troubleshooting common issues associated with rotary laser cutting. You will create a nice rotary laser cut object to take home or bring to school to show fellow educators! Note: Capacity is limited to 4 people per session. Upon workshop completion:

  • Receive certificate
  • Continued coaching as needed
  • Authorized to use the rotary tool on future laser appointments

Click the button below to purchase your seat in this workshop!

Prerequisite: Current RAFT membership, Laser Cutter Introductory Course. You may register for multiple laser courses in addition to this course, if space is available.

When: Saturday March 16, 2024 @ 10:00am - 1:00pm

Where: 1355 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose CA 95131

Cost: $60

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