Why get trained?


Gearbox is full of powerful tools and equipment, ready to help you take whatever you're making to the next level. But we won't make it for you! All of our machines are here for you to use, yourself. Think of it like a gym, but instead of weight machines and exercise bikes, members get access to 3D printers, laser cutters, and PCB etching machines. Of course, we can't let just anyone use these machines without knowing that they can use them safely, so the first thing all members do after they sign up is get trained.


Classes unlike anywhere else...

Gearbox is here to serve entrepreneurs, and we know you're busy. All of our classes are designed to be practical, hands-on, fast-paced, and high-impact. Each class is no more than four hours long and is limited to five members at a time, giving everyone plenty of hands-on practice with the equipment and one-on-one feedback from the instructor.

Each class is focused on a specific topic, and prepares you to use the equipment being taught on your own. You can take as many or as few classes as you want, in any order you want. Interested in 3D printing? Take the 3D Printing and Laser Cutting SBU (Safety and Basic Use class) and you can sign up to use the 3D printers any time you want. Prefer to focus on CNC milling? Take the required classes (CNC Milling SBU and CNC Milling Level 2), and you'll be off and running.

We have almost 30 modules covering every process available within Gearbox. Take the one you need and get started fast, or take them all and become a master prototyper!


How do I sign up, and how much does it cost?


All new members are required to take a 2-hour Orientation session (offered every week) to familiarize themselves with our space, tools, services, and safety rules. After that, you can register for classes using the class calendar.

We offer three different types of classes. Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes will teach you how to use a machine without hurting yourself, anyone else, or the machine. Level 2 classes will go beyond the basics to teach more advanced topics, and are required for some processes (like CNC milling). Premium classes are occasionally offered by visiting experts, may run from one day to ten weeks, and cover a variety of topics from "Design for Manufacture" to "How to File a Patent," from "Human Centered Design" to "Marketing and Distribution."

All members have to take our classes before they can use the equipment (that is, you must take the 3D printing SBU before you are allowed to use the 3D printers). 

Classes are open to non-members, too! Members get a substantial discount on the class fees, and only members are allowed to use the equipment after they've taken the class, but everyone is welcome to sign up for our SBUs, Level 2, and Premium classes!


Class Fees


  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU)2,000 KSh per class
  • Level 2 - 3,000 KSh per class
  • Premium - 4,000 KSh per class


  • Safety and Basic Use (SBU) - 500 KSh per class
  • Level 2 - 1,000 KSh per class
  • Premium - 4,000 KSh per class

View the class calendar to get started.