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You do not need to be a member of Ideaworks to take our classes.

Ideaworks’ approach to learning differs from classrooms where books and theory take precedence. At Ideaworks, we take the learning process into the shop or studio and experience learning through our hands.

We believe in encouraging a hands-on approach with a clear emphasis on safety, skill, and process. This foundation enables students to build on their interests personally and professionally. After initial classes, members will find infinite possibilities to explore and refine their abilities at Ideaworks.

Young people are welcome in most of our classes, but please note that a parent or designated adult may be required to accompany minors under the age of 18. Feel free to call or email for clarification. -Thanks

Upcoming Classes

    • 04 Nov 2021
    • 09 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
    • 0
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    This introductory class focuses on wheel throwing and basic glazing. It is perfect for a group of friends, family, couples or even by yourself (you will make friends in this class, I promise). In this class, you will be learning the basics of forming a ball of clay into a beautiful vase, cup, mug, bowl, or plate using an electric potter's wheel. If you’re feeling especially inspired to take on more… how about a bird feeder or planter!?! The possibilities are endless with pottery.

    This class has an extended format, meeting six sessions instead of four and allowing almost a doubling of productive class time. Please be prepared to attend every session!

    All materials will be provided. Additionally, the items you create go home with you to share with your friends and family. All items made are food, dishwasher, and microwave safe.

    What Not to Wear:

    • Do wear comfortable clothing that is easily laundered.
    • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
    • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
    • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
    • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
    • Currently face masks must be worn in all areas of the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


    We will provide
    all materials for class projects.

      Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the covered ceramics studio tools unsupervised during business hours with instructor's approval.

      FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP - New members only

      The class includes a one month associate membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your associate membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. If you would like to continue your membership, please visit us here:

      Join us

      Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

      Note: Please trim your nails down. Longer nails make throwing on the wheel very difficult.



      • 13 Nov 2021
      • 18 Dec 2021
      • 2 sessions
      • Fresno Ideaworks, Circuit Circus. 1730 H Street, Fresno, CA 93721
      • 3
      Register

      It's the 10th Birthday of CoderDojo... and Coder Dojo is Returning to Fresno Ideaworks!

      Welcome back Ninjas!  CoderDojo Fresno@Ideaworks is starting in-person activities again!

      We've been offline for Pandemic reasons, but we're ready to code again!  Join us on Saturday, November 13th, in the “Circuit Circus” at Fresno Ideaworks, from 1-3 pm, to get back to learning coding skills, to learn about different kinds of computers, and to try out new problem-solving strategies! Hang out with other kids who share your interests and do something awesome!

      **This is not a drop-off event. Parents or other designated adults must stay on the premises and are highly encouraged to learn alongside the kids (Current Fresno Ideaworks COVID policies require masks for unvaccinated individuals and physical distancing whenever possible).

      There is no cost to participate in CoderDojo.

      • 01 Dec 2021
      • 15 Dec 2021
      • 3 sessions
      • Ideaworks - 1730 H street, Fresno, CA. 93721
      • 0
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      Beginning Welding is a 3-session course; each session is 3 hours. Students will gain a core understanding of how to operate welding equipment safely and get familiar with basic techniques.  This class is for hobbyists, makers, artists, or anyone wanting to try something new and challenge themselves a bit in a comfortable collaborative environment.

      Check the class times shown to ensure you can make it to every session.

      What Not to Wear:

      • Do not wear rings or other jewelry. 
      • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
      • Do not wear clothing made from synthetic or synthetic blends. The synthetic fabric can burn vigorously, melt and produce skin burns.
      • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
      • Currently face masks must be worn in all areas of the facility. A cotton cloth mask is safest around open flame. Your instructor will explain the safe use of face masks around welding equipment.


      We will provide:

      • Eye protection
      • Face hood/shield
      • Leathers
      • Insulated gloves
      • Ear plugs
      • Materials for class projects
      • Please bring any hoods/gloves/leathers if you have them
      Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the Weldatorium tools unsupervised during business hours with instructor's approval.
        Free Month of Membership For First-time students

        The class includes a one month associate membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your associate membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. If you would like to continue your membership, please visit us here:

        Join us

        Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

        • 05 Dec 2021
        • 19 Dec 2021
        • 3 sessions
        • Ideaworks - 1730 H Street, Fresno, CA. 93721
        • 0
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        Beginning Woodshop runs for 3 sessions of 4 hours and assumes no previous woodworking experience.  The goal is to train students in the basic use and safety aspects of the major tools in the woodshop.  

        Students should plan to attend all three classes.  

        The first meeting will cover  basic safety and project selection.  The second and third sessions will be devoted to a project that will reinforce the skills learned on day 1.  We will be using many of the tools we practiced on, as well as some layout and marking skills, to build a small project that you will be able to take home and be proud of!

        What Not to Wear:

        • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
        • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
        • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
        • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
        • Currently face masks must be worn in all areas of the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


        We will provide:

        • Eye protection
        • Ear plugs if requested
        • Materials for class projects (increase in wood prices raised class price)

        Upon completion of the class, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the covered woodshop tools unsupervised during business hours with instructor's approval.

        FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP - New members only

        The class includes a one month associate membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your associate membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. If you would like to continue your membership, please visit us here:

        Join us

        Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
        • 14 Dec 2021
        • 16 Dec 2021
        • 2 sessions
        • Fresno Ideaworks - 1730 H Street Fresno, CA 93721
        • 4
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        This is an introductory course on how to use the CNC machine with an emphasis on safety. In this class, you will examine the entire work flow of the CNC process, learn how to import geometry, investigate certain editing techniques, and the necessary requirements to create the g-code for tool calibration.  This final process will include setting feed and speed, how to input specifications of the raw material, etc. Finally, students will be able learn how to setup the device, how to load and secure materials, and how to set the home position and run a simple job.  This introductory class does not include any Computer Aided Design (CAD) instruction.

        Upon completion of this introductory class, students will have earned their Programming Level 1.  Programming Level 2 can be earned after running a minimum of 5 successful jobs while under instructor supervision.  This level includes programming and operation. Unsupervised access will be determined by instructor approval only.

        Prerequisites:

        • Basic understanding of Windows File Structure
        • Basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

        What Not to Wear:

        • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
        • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
        • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
        • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
        • Currently face masks must be worn in all areas of the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.


        We will provide:

        • Eye protection
        • Ear plugs if requested

        Upon completion of the class and projects, Ideaworks members may be certified to use the CNC unsupervised during business hours with instructor's approval.

        FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP - New members only

        The class includes a one month associate membership to Ideaworks. This offer is only valid for classes $100 and over. Your associate membership starts on the day of your last scheduled class. If you would like to continue your membership, please visit us here: 

        Join us

        Current members of Fresno Ideaworks are not eligible for this promotion. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

      Past Classes

      16 Nov 2021 Beginning CNC
      07 Nov 2021 Intro Woodshop
      03 Nov 2021 Beginning Welding
      23 Oct 2021 CoderDojo Fresno@Ideaworks Re-Launch and CoderDojo Birthday Celebration
      19 Oct 2021 Beginning CNC
      10 Oct 2021 Intro Woodshop (beginners, refresher, & safety)
      06 Oct 2021 Beginning Welding
      06 Oct 2021 Beginning Ceramics, Extended Class
      02 Oct 2021 Hand Sewing Clinic: Visible Mending - Needle Weaving
      21 Sep 2021 Beginning CNC
      12 Sep 2021 Intro Woodshop (beginners, refresher, & safety)
      08 Sep 2021 Beginning Welding
      25 Aug 2021 Beginning CNC
      15 Aug 2021 Beginning Woodshop
      11 Aug 2021 Beginning Welding
      14 Jul 2021 Beginning Welding
      13 Jul 2021 Beginning CNC
      11 Jul 2021 Beginning Woodshop
      10 Jul 2021 Introduction to Single Board Computers Using the Raspberry Pi
      10 Jul 2021 Introduction to Arduino: Circuits & Programming
      23 Jun 2021 Beginning Ceramics, Extended Class
      16 Jun 2021 Beginning Welding
      15 Jun 2021 Beginning CNC
      06 Jun 2021 Beginning Woodshop
      19 May 2021 Beginning Welding
      18 Oct 2020 Advanced Microcontrollers: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      17 Oct 2020 Intermediate Microcontrollers: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      17 Oct 2020 Introduction to Arduino: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      11 Oct 2020 Ceramics Online Classroom
      29 Aug 2020 Introduction to Arduino: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      29 Aug 2020 Advanced Microcontrollers: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      18 Jul 2020 Intermediate Microcontrollers: Circuits & Programming (Virtually!)
      17 May 2020 Ceramics I Extended Class (520)
      07 Apr 2020 Ceramics I Extended Class
      05 Apr 2020 Beginning Woodshop
      22 Mar 2020 Beginning Glass/Flame Work - Marbles
      14 Mar 2020 Ideaworks Pi Day, Raspberry Jam, and STEM Celebration
      08 Mar 2020 Beginning Woodshop
      04 Mar 2020 Welding I
      22 Feb 2020 Pen Turning (Beginning Wood Lathe)
      16 Feb 2020 Ceramics I Extended Class
      13 Feb 2020 Valentine Date Night Pen Turning
      12 Feb 2020 Valentine Date Night Pen Turning
      12 Feb 2020 Welding I
      10 Feb 2020 Valentine Date Night Pen Turning
      08 Feb 2020 Quilt Block Club: Love Notes
      02 Feb 2020 Beginning Woodshop
      28 Jan 2020 CNC 101
      25 Jan 2020 Pen Turning (Beginning Wood Lathe)
      18 Jan 2020 3D Printing and Design
      11 Jan 2020 Introduction to Arduino: Circuits & Programming
      11 Jan 2020 Quilt Block Club: Snow Storm
      05 Jan 2020 Ceramics I Extended Class
      05 Jan 2020 Beginning Woodshop
      14 Dec 2019 Quilt Block Club: Winter Star
      08 Dec 2019 Pen Turning 1
      01 Dec 2019 Woodshop I
      25 Nov 2019 Floral Design: Thanksgiving Tablescapes
      23 Nov 2019 Quilt Block Club: Traditional Maple Leaf
      10 Nov 2019 Ceramics I
      09 Nov 2019 Quilt Block Club: Wonky Log Cabin
      06 Nov 2019 Welding I
      06 Nov 2019 Ceramics I Extended Class
      06 Nov 2019 Machine Shop I
      03 Nov 2019 Woodshop I
      02 Nov 2019 Pen Turning 1
      29 Oct 2019 Machine Sewing I - evening
      15 Oct 2019 CNC 101
      14 Oct 2019 Candy Cane Reindeer
      12 Oct 2019 Quilt Block Club: Halloween Cat
      06 Oct 2019 Woodshop I
      02 Oct 2019 Welding I
      14 Sep 2019 CoderDojo Fresno@Ideaworks
      11 Sep 2019 Ceramics I Extended Class
      08 Sep 2019 Woodshop I
      04 Sep 2019 Welding I
      28 Aug 2019 Machine Shop I
      17 Aug 2019 Pen Turning 1
      11 Aug 2019 Woodshop I
      10 Aug 2019 CoderDojo Fresno@Ideaworks
      07 Aug 2019 Ceramics I
      07 Aug 2019 Welding I
      23 Jul 2019 Ceramics: Basic Hand Building
      18 Jul 2019 Beginning Machine Sewing I - morning
      17 Jul 2019 Welding 101
      17 Jul 2019 Machine Shop I
      15 Jul 2019 CNC 101
      10 Jul 2019 Beginning Ceramics I
      09 Jul 2019 Introduction to LEGO Robotics
      18 Jun 2019 Beginning Machine Sewing I
      12 Jun 2019 Machine Shop 101
      04 Jun 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      02 Jun 2019 Beginning Ceramics II
      02 Jun 2019 Ideaworks Beginning Wood Shop - June 2019
      01 Jun 2019 Beginner Pen Making
      22 May 2019 Fleece to Yarn
      20 May 2019 IDEAWORKS CNC 101
      15 May 2019 Welding 101: for Beginners - May Wednesdays
      12 May 2019 Ideaworks Beginning Wood Shop - May 2019
      11 May 2019 Introduction to Wood Stabilizing
      09 May 2019 Beginning Machine Sewing I
      07 May 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      05 May 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics INTERMEDIATE Wheel Throwing Workshop
      24 Apr 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      17 Apr 2019 Welding 101
      10 Apr 2019 Machine Shop 101
      07 Apr 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics INTERMEDIATE Wheel Throwing Workshop
      03 Apr 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      03 Apr 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      19 Mar 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      13 Mar 2019 Welding 101: for Beginners - March Wednesdays
      10 Mar 2019 Arty Party: Accordion Books
      10 Mar 2019 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - March 2019
      06 Mar 2019 Machine Shop 101
      05 Mar 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      05 Mar 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      28 Feb 2019 (Make up Day) Beer Appreciation: Introduction to Beer Making - February
      21 Feb 2019 Beer Appreciation: Introduction to Beer Making - February
      19 Feb 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      13 Feb 2019 Welding 101: for Beginners - February Wednesdays
      10 Feb 2019 Arty Party: Poetry Charms
      10 Feb 2019 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - February 2019
      09 Feb 2019 Crazy Hearts in Polymer Clay
      06 Feb 2019 Machine Shop 101
      05 Feb 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      05 Feb 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      15 Jan 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Wheel Throwing Workshop
      15 Jan 2019 Ideaworks Ceramics Slip Casting Workshop
      13 Jan 2019 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - January 2019
      11 Jan 2019 Welding 101: for Beginners - January Fridays
      10 Jan 2019 Beer Appreciation: Introduction to Beer Making - January
      09 Jan 2019 Welding 101: for Beginners - January Wednesdays
      09 Jan 2019 Machine Shop 101
      09 Dec 2018 Arty Party in the Textile Shop - Session 2: Collage and Mixed Media
      02 Dec 2018 Arty Party in the Textile Shop - Session 1: Polymer Clay Snowman
      02 Dec 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - December
      14 Nov 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - November
      05 Nov 2018 Beer Appreciation: Introduction to Beer Making - November
      04 Nov 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - November
      12 Sep 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - September
      09 Sep 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - September
      17 Aug 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - August (Fridays)
      15 Aug 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - August
      12 Aug 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - August
      17 Jul 2018 Tech Tuesday: Microelectronics and Tech Roundtable
      15 Jul 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - July
      13 Jul 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - July
      11 Jul 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - July
      10 Jul 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      10 Jul 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      10 Jun 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - June
      06 Jun 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - June
      05 Jun 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      05 Jun 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      08 May 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      08 May 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      06 May 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      06 May 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      05 May 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      05 May 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      02 May 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - May
      18 Apr 2018 3D Creations: Printing and Finishing - April
      08 Apr 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - April
      04 Apr 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - April
      03 Apr 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      03 Apr 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      31 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      31 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      28 Mar 2018 3D Creations: Modeling for 3D Printing - April
      27 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      27 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      25 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      25 Mar 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Making a Marble
      07 Mar 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - March
      06 Mar 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      06 Mar 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      04 Mar 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - March
      11 Feb 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - February
      07 Feb 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - February
      06 Feb 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      06 Feb 2018 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      02 Feb 2018 Welding 101: CTEC Teachers Only
      26 Jan 2018 Intermediate MIG Welding - January
      21 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      20 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      14 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      14 Jan 2018 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - January
      13 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      13 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      07 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      06 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      06 Jan 2018 Beginner Lampwork - Mushroom Pendant
      03 Jan 2018 Welding 101: for Beginners - January
      16 Dec 2017 Ideaworks Pen/Pencil Slim Style Turning Class - December
      06 Dec 2017 Welding 101: for Beginners - December
      03 Dec 2017 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - December
      17 Nov 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld - November
      10 Nov 2017 Basic TIG Welding - November
      07 Nov 2017 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 8PM-10PM
      07 Nov 2017 Ideaworks Ceramics Workshop - Tuesdays 5:30PM-7:30PM
      05 Nov 2017 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop - November
      03 Nov 2017 Learn to Weld with Flux Core Wire - November
      01 Nov 2017 Welding 101: for Beginners - November
      27 Oct 2017 Intermediate MIG Welding - October
      20 Oct 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld - October
      20 Oct 2017 Cosplay 101: Foamsmithing - Cycle B
      13 Oct 2017 Basic TIG Welding - October
      13 Oct 2017 Cosplay 101: Foamsmithing - Cycle A
      06 Oct 2017 Learn to Weld with Flux Core Wire - October
      29 Sep 2017 Intermediate MIG Welding
      22 Sep 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld
      15 Sep 2017 Basic TIG Welding
      08 Sep 2017 Learn to Weld with Flux Core Wire
      06 Sep 2017 Welding 101 - for Beginners
      25 Aug 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld
      23 Aug 2017 Beginning MIG2 Welding: Cube/Dice Project
      18 Aug 2017 Beginning MIG1 Welding: Art Sculpture Project
      06 Aug 2017 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop
      04 Aug 2017 Learn to Weld with Flux Core Wire
      02 Aug 2017 Basic TIG Welding
      14 Jul 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld
      09 Jul 2017 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop
      04 Jun 2017 Ideaworks Beginning Woodshop
      19 May 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld
      21 Apr 2017 MMAW Learn How to Stick Weld
      18 Apr 2017 Basic Laser Cutter Operations (April 18th)
      11 Apr 2017 Basic Laser Cutter Operations (April 11th)
      08 Apr 2017 Glass Blowing Workshop - Blown Glass Easter Eggs
      04 Apr 2017 Basic Laser Cutter Operations (April 4th)
      01 Apr 2017 Mosaic Stained Glass Windows
      28 Mar 2017 Basic Laser Cutter Operations (March 28th)
      27 Mar 2017 TIG1 Beginner Workshop for TIG Welding
      24 Mar 2017 Oxy Acetylene Basics
      20 Mar 2017 Beginning MIG3 Welding Basics: Project TRIVIT Displaying Welds
      17 Mar 2017 FCAW1 Learn Flux Core Wire Welding Basics
      13 Mar 2017 Beginning MIG1 Welding: Art Sculpture Project
      10 Mar 2017 Beginning MIG2 Welding: Cube/Dice Project

      Address:

      Fresno Ideaworks

      1730 H Street

      Fresno, CA, 93721


      Phone:

      559-840-8749


      Fresno Ideaworks is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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