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.
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.
Explore the terms and concepts used in both basic machining projects and the professional machining industry in this interactive lecture. Cover milling, tapping, workholding, basic measurement and drawing interpretation, and more. NOTE: part of this lecture takes place in the metal shop. Please come dressed in natural fiber, un-cuffed pants and closed-toed shoes.
Explore the age old art of blacksmithing & metal forging in this two part course. Learn how to use tongs, hammers, and anvils to bend and forge wall coat hooks. NOTE: this class requires the ability to swing a mallet with force and requires tolerance for hot temperatures.
Construct your own metal pen caddy! Learn safe operation of various saws and grinding attachments, as well as the basics of metal selection, tapping, and marking for layout.
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 Acer 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.