Workshop

Robot Garden is a community workshop providing community, equipment and training so that people can learn and engage in and collaborate on technology projects. Our workshop is located in the i-GATE co-working space in downtown Livermore and is available for entrepreneurs, hobbyists and families.

Safety and Conduct

Robot Garden is a community workshop run by volunteers for the benefit of its members and the greater community. At Robot Garden, participants can learn new skills and access amazingly powerful but also potentially dangerous tools. For everyone’s safety and to ensure resources remain available for everyone all members and participants in Robot Garden activities (of any age) must abide by this safety and conduct guide.

Conduct

Our number one rule is simply this: be excellent to each other.

More specifically:

  • You are responsible for your own safety and not endangering others through action or inaction.
  • We are a creative environment with lots of activity and people of diverse backgrounds, be respectful and considerate.
  • Respect the property and privacy of others.
  • Only use equipment that you have been trained on and if something seems wrong or you don’t know how to do something, ask.
  • Clean up after yourself. Robot Garden is a community resource, leave it a little better than you found it.

Safety

There is constant activity and many potentially dangerous tools in use at Robot Garden. Some of them you will use yourself, others will be operated in your presence. You are responsible for your own safety and for ensuring that those you bring with you act safely as well.

  • Do not attempt to operate equipment you are unfamiliar with
  • Do not enter any area you are unsure of the safety requirements for
  • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment, e.g. closed toed shoes, safety glasses etc.

Parent and Child Participation

While Robot Garden strives to be a family friendly environment where parents (grandparents, etc.) can come with their children, Robot Garden programs are intended as parent-and-child programs, we do not offer drop off programming and parents / guardians are expected to participate fully during classes etc.

Some areas of Robot Garden we cannot make safe for minors / pre-teens. Please consult on duty Robot Garden volunteers regarding areas such as the machine shop and maker-pro areas.

Programs

family doing squishy circuits
In addition to opportunities for ambient learning, we offer more formal classes from proper equipment usage to engineering skills to Special Interest Group (SIG) meetups.

Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes


Special Interest Groups )SIG’s) are a way to meet people with common interests, get advice, show off projects and learn together. Many of our classes are focused on topics related to our SIG’s. Some of our current and past SIG’s include.

  • Microcontrollers, Electronics and Automation
  • Aquaponics / Aquaculture / Hydroponics
  • Programming Robots Study Group (PRSG)
  • Robogames RoboMagellan
  • Battlebots
  • Blockchain Programming
  • 3D-Printers
  • Laser Cutter
  • CNC Milling (wood, metal & plastic)
  • Woodworking
  • Casting & Mold Making
  • Tech Toys For Kids
  • Minecraft Modding
  • Open Locksmithing/Lockpicking
  • CAD/CAM Software (Solidworks, Fusion360, FreeCAD, etc)

Checkout our meetup page to see when Special Interest Group meetings are scheduled.


Some Special Interest Groups have developed into group projects.


From time to time, we invite in instructors to give more formal classes on particular topics such as Arduino, Robotics or 3D Computer Aided design. Please check our meetup page to see what is currently scheduled or sign up for our mailing list to be notified when new classes are available.


Robot Garden rapid prototyping lab

Space

Courtesy of our partner i-GATE, we have workshop space in the heart of Livermore.

  • Robot Garden members can access the facility all day Saturday & Sunday, as well as weekday evenings after 6pm
  • Meeting space can be booked by both RG and i-Gate members
  • RG and i-Gate members need to pass SBUs to access equipment
  • Equipment that can be booked via Nexudus should be booked
  • Lock up and lights out when you’re last to leave
  • Clean up, be family friendly and just plain friendly 🙂

  • A 50W Full Spectrum CO2 laser cutter
  • An LulzBot Taz 5 printer for creating durable parts with moderate resolution
  • An LulzBot Mini printer for creating durable parts with moderate resolution
  • A FormOne SLA resin printer for creating very detailed parts
  • Computers with CAD/CAM and other fabrication software

  • Soldering irons
  • Multi-meters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • AC/DC Variable Power supplies
  • Microcontrollers
  • Snap Circuits Learning Toy

  • Parrot AR.Drones for robotics classes and quad-rotor workshops
  • TurtleBots (both versions 1 & 2)
  • Festo Linear Slides & Controllers
  • VEX Robotics
  • LEGO Mindstorm NXT & EV3
  • Aibo
  • Jibo
  • Various others

  • Nomad 883
  • Dyna Myte 2400 Precision CNC machine
  • CNC PRO 4848 4′ X 4′ CNC Router

For the safety of everyone involved, using most of the equipment in the workshop requires you to complete a safety and basic usage (SBU) class first.

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