NextFab’s metalworking classes will teach you everything there is to know about welding, machining, plasma cutting, and more. Learn and practice safe techniques around building a project to be proud of while gaining the skills you need to become an expert in the metal shop.
Craft your own metal fire pit with metal shop manager and professional fabricator Matt Watson. Choose from one of four designs and practice your welding, grinding, fitting and bending skills to assemble a beautiful, unique piece for your back yard or patio. After signup, members will be contacted to pick out their preferred design.
Learn how to safely navigate the wood and metal shops at Nextfab North Fourth, then build skills using several pneumatic, power, and hand-driven tools by making your own desk supply caddy. Safety training at our NextFab Washington Avenue includes certain tools and areas which our North Fourth location does not yet have. Please ask the shop supervisors at Washington Ave to introduce you to these, and you’ll be good to go at both locations.
Learn how to safely navigate the shop, as well as the basic use of several powered and hand tools. Build skills on several different shop machines while creating a hand-cut and finished bottle opener.
Beginners welcome! Through lecture-style instruction, learn welding theory and the application of welding principles. Cover basic definitions, safety, distinctions between welding types, and best practices for top quality welds.
Learn how to identify different metals and their characteristics. Practice different layout techniques for cutting with measuring tools common in all metal shops. Try out the horizontal bandsaw, a universal cutter, and the cold saw, great for more accurate cutting of raw material. Clean, grind, and deburr cut parts, and accomplish different finishes using various metal shop tools, including the angle grinder and its many attachments. Learn how to change belts on the belt sander to suit the needs of every project.
Learn the basics of MIG welding in this two part class. Walk through setup for our MIG welding machines, and learn and practice safe techniques and welding skills. Welding jackets, helmets and leather gloves will be provided on-site, but natural fiber long pants and closed-toe leather shoes must be worn to attend class.
Learn the basics of TIG welding in this two part class. Walk through setup of the Miller Dynasty Inverter welders, and learn best practices for clean, safe TIG welds.. Welding jackets, helmets and leather gloves will be provided on-site, but natural fiber long pants and closed-toe leather shoes must be worn to attend class.
Train on basic use of the Nardini metal lathe by turning and fabricating your very own metal bottle stopper. Practice the safe use of lathe tools while learning basic turning, facing, and tapering operations. Learn about different tools and their applications, speeds and feeds, and the different ways of clamping and securing material. NOTE: Completion of project is mandatory for unsupervised access, and will require additional time beyond class. Members will receive one extra shop day at NextFab, included in class fee.
Explore the basic functions and operations of milling by creating a six-sided die. Cover the steps of the machine setup, and how to properly prepare and setup material for machining. Learn safe operational practices, including selection of endmills and different mill tools, and choosing feeds and speeds. Use the digital readout system to accurately dimension your part and its features. NOTE: Completion of project is mandatory for unsupervised access, and will require additional time beyond class. Members will receive one extra shop day at NextFab, included in class fee.
In two parts, learn the advanced features and functions of the Lincoln STT MIG Welder, capable of next-level functions not available with the facility’s simpler welders. Discuss the benefits of pulse welding, optimize machine use based on situational factors, and learn how to make cleaner, more consistent welds.
In six parts, gain hands-on experience and fundamental understanding of the HAAS Vertical Machining Center. Machine a part, from design through milling, using provided aluminim material, while learning basic machine function and the software required to design and create files. NOTE: Students will need to schedule the sixth session as one-on-one private instruction, and upon completion receive a copy of the programming handbook and four free hours of machine reservation time.
Tours are the best way to get a sense of what our spaces are like, what capabilities we offer, and what a NextFab experience feels like. Plus, you’ll get to talk with NextFab staff members to help figure out how our studios can work for you.
Tours are offered at all locations at any time during our tour hours. No need to call ahead - just come on by. For groups of more than 4 people, please contact us to set up a scheduled tour time.