The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP)—a NASA-funded cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas—operates as a free service to help small businesses receive technical assistance. The program functions with an Alliance group of 30 space industries, universities, colleges, and NASA centers. Small businesses are allowed up to 40 hours of free technical assistance, which may include process engineering, machine design, materials selection, etc. Among the Space Alliance Partners are platinum-level participants Lockheed Martin and The Boeing Company. Go to www.spacetechsolutions.com/requestor/prequalify.asp to request SATOP technical assistance.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies.
You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived.
So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.