I am really enjoying my job at TechShop Pittsburgh!
Over the three weeks I have worked there, I have taken three classes after hours:
- Professional Product Photography,
- Heat Press and Vinyl Cutter, and
- Basic Soft Circuits.
In the Professional Product Photography class, Adam and I were able to light and photograph a cross-grain trivet that Adam is making from reclaimed walnut, maple and oak.
In the Vinyl Cutting and Heat Press class, I made a shirt. The vinyl cutting and heat pressing were extremely cool, and I’m pleased with the result.
The most recent class I took was the Soft Circuit class! To quote the TechShop promotional literature, I got to “learn basic circuit design and sewing techniques as well as how a microcontroller creates more complex behaviors in e-textiles. (A microcontroller creates the light effect; conductive thread and a coin cell battery complete the circuit.)”
It was really awesome! I sewed an armband (it’s still in progress!!!!) with a skull pattern, and used the LED lights for the skulls’ eyes. I used stainless steel reinforced thread to connect the circuits, but there is conductive fabric and even conductive yarn that one can use in one’s creations!!
Video of the arm band I made. It is not a high-quality video, but right now I’m just working with the equipment I have.
I’m really looking forward to continuing to take lots of classes so I can learn all (or almost all) of the equipment at TechShop!