Turn your ideas and concepts into reality in the Fab Lab! The Fab Lab is a community inventors’ workshop, offering digital fabrication on a personal scale, in which new products can be built through the use of machines such as vinyl cutters, laser engravers, 3D printers and CNC router/shop bot. Did you know that the Apple Valley Fab Lab is one of four fabrication labs in the state of MN and only two dozen in the nation? The Apple Valley High School Fabrication Lab is a partnership between community, education and industry providing opportunities for students and adults to solve real world problems through imagination, innovation, collaboration and technology. Learn the machine, certify using the machine and conclude with personal use for future open lab times. For more information, visit https://avfab.org/. Please register for each machine you are interested in learning more about. Roland Vinyl CutterLearn how to use vinyl to create a custom tote bag and more. This course will teach you how to create your own designs with CutStudio software for the Roland vinyl cutter. The first class will focus on learning how to use CutStudio software to create your design, how to cut out your design in vinyl, and how to apply the vinyl to a canvas tote bag. The second class will be an open lab time which will allow you to create your own project. Make your own car window decal, personalize a mirror with a favorite quote, or create any project you have in mind.ShopBot CNC RouterLearn how to design and construct a custom side table. This course will teach you how to create your own designs with VCarve Pro software for the ShopBot CNC router. During the first class you will learn how CNC routers work and how to use VCarve Pro software to create a design. In the second class you will cut out your personally designed table top from maple plywood and begin assembling your side table. This class will give you the knowledge on how to use the software and equipment to create your own projects for future open lab times.Engrave or Etch Your Own Designs with a Laser Engraver/CutterHave you looked longingly at beautifully etched wine glasses or champagne flutes or admired the intricate pattern or the text engraved in a lovely picture frame or wished you could make your own decorations or ornaments from glass or acrylic? You can learn how to do all of this and much more in this class. In the first class we will introduce you to laser cutters/engravers and to design software and free ready-made design resources. Our warmup project will be to engrave your chosen design on a coaster. For the second class we will supply clear acrylic that you can cut to your desired shape and etch with your own design or perhaps with a photo of your child or grandchild. There may be time for you to etch you own wine glass, cutting board, trivet, or picture frame with your design or photo.Lasers have incredible capability and versatility. After you’ve whetted your appetite in this class you can hone your skills and produce your creations during open Fab Lab sessions discussed elsewhere in this bulletin. You’ll also be able to keep up with your children and grandchildren as they learn laser and other Fab Lab technologies in school.Visit these websites for videos and project examples, and search the internet for many more to get a better idea of what you can do with a laser, and join us for a new and fun experience.https://www.ulsinc.com/learnhttps://www.troteclaser.com/en-us/knowledge/do-it-yourself-samples/3D Printing – You Can Do This YourselfCurious about 3D printing? Have an idea you’d like to transform into a prototype? Want to design and print your own chess pieces or a custom-designed set of checkers? How about printing yourself as a miniature 3D bust and turning yourself into the coolest bobblehead ever? You can learn about this fast-evolving technology and design and print your own 3D creations. In this 2-session course, we will introduce free resources available for designing your creation or for choosing from a large number of free, ready-made designs. Then you’ll be able to hone your skills at the Apple Valley High School Fab Lab open lab times, described elsewhere in this bulletin, or at some Dakota County Libraries where 3D printers are available or at various commercial maker spaces.We will use Tinkercad for the first session. If you have time before class, watch a couple tutorials and set up your own free account at https://tinkercad.com. See other people’s creations and copy them for free at https://thingiverse.com. We will also introduce other very sophisticated, and also free, design software used by inventors and designers and by your children and grandchildren in their schools.Join us. This is fun and it might be the beginning of a new and rewarding hobby or provide the spark for a business idea or be the activity that helps you stay in touch with and engaged in your child’s or grandchild’s education.Print and Cut Vinyl Cutter Roland BN-20Take vinyl cutting to the next level by learning how to use the Roland BN-20 Print and cut vinyl cutter. This machine will print photo quality images onto various types of vinyl. The first day of the course will be learning how to use Adobe Illustrator to prepare an image to cut contour lines on the Roland BN-20 Vinyl Cutter. The second day of the course will be an open lab time where participants will be able to set up their own images to vinyl cut. The Roland BN-20 can print and cut on various types of vinyl that can be heat pressed, made into stickers or used to wrap vehicles. Several other uses are possible as well. If you would like to prepare images before the class begins you can use Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape.Roland SRM-20 CNC Desktop MillCreate an mill a 3D object on the Roland SRM-20 Desktop Mill. The first session will comprise of learning how to convert an .stl file into the proper machine language for milling. The second session will consist of open lab time where students can set up their own project on the mill. There are several online versions of 3D design software that can be used ahead of time to prepare .stl files. Two of these programs are TinkerCad (TinkerCad.com) and Onshape (Onshape.com) The build volume of the mill is 8 (X) x 6 (Y) x 2.38 (Z) inches.