March 24 - 10:00 am


March 25 - 06:00 pm

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Brooklyn Research


Brooklyn Research

630 Flushing Avenue 6th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Brooklyn, NY, US, 11206

A team, project-based two-day course, investigating the standards and the workflow of the metalwork industry using computer-assisted drafting (CAD).

Students who complete this course will:

  •  Gain an appreciation of the history of metalworking and realize the infrastructure that is out there

  •  Be able to conceptualize the standard workflow in manufacturing: Design and development, CAD modeling and Technical drafting

  •  Be able to recognize and discern when to use different fabrication methods

  •  Leave with a project, resources and network in pursue higher-level skills

The first day will be lecture-based with team building exercises — students are suggested to take thorough notes and actively engage in class discussion. At the end of the day teams of two to three people will be created for the next day’s project and be quizzed for project incentives – most of the questions will come directly out of the lecture.
The second day will be the design challenge. Each team will be provided with an industry-relevant tool (example: vise or tap handle) that they will need to replicate or improve together and apply the lessons learned during the lecture – again notes are pivotal, because resources specific to the lecture won’t be available during the project (Provided Resources will be available during the project). An hour before the end of the day everyone will give a small presentation and submit their drawing sets for feedback. One team will be awarded winner of the challenge.

Syllabus can be downloaded here

Brenton White – Beginning humbly with a mentor, Brenton studied technical drafting and machining from grade school through college. From then, and a little more than a decade of experience later, acquiring positions a as CNC machinist, programmer, developer and project manager, he has now ventured into operating his own metalwork and design business in Brooklyn, called Silicon Carbon. Holding four degrees, including a bachelor’s in science and economics from Cornell, Brenton is a life-long learner who appreciates all walks of life and is eager to share with others.


Introduction – Beginner

 – Proficiency in Onshape parametric 3D CAD
 – Laptop capable of running Onshape
 – Notebook/sketchbook
 – Mechanical pencil (0.5mm recommended)


Where is Brooklyn Research located?
We are on the 6th floor of the old Pfizer Building, at 630 Flushing Avenue, but the main entrance is at 28 Tompkins Avenue. The building is easily accessible from the G train (Flushing Ave station) and from the J/M trains (Flushing Ave station).

What do I need to bring?
Please come with your laptop and charger.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please send us an email at

What’s the refund policy?
Purchases are 100% refundable up until 7 days before the event. If you decide you cannot go after the refund deadline, you can transfer your ticket to someone else but you must let us know by email at