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Virtual Offering: Intro to Machining Theory

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: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer, speakers or headphones, and webcam. Your instructor will email you a link to the class half an hour before its start time.

  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 1.5 hours

Desktop Waterjet Cutting (Wazer)

Explore the capabilities of the Wazer, our desktop waterjet cutting machine. Through classroom instruction and hands on cutting practice, learn about applicable materials and file design. Note: class fee includes purchase of one SD card and SD card reader, necessary for use of the machine.

 

Intro to Metal Shop

This course will cover the foundational methods of working in the metal shop. While learning to safely operate various stationery and hand-powered tools, members will gain access to the shop for basic use and be prepared for subsequent metal classes. Note: Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes to this class.
Machine/tool access: Ironworker, drill press, coldsaw, vertical bandsaw, horizontal bandsaw, die grinder, angle grinder, belt sander, and bench grinder

Virtual Offering: Welding Theory and Application

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.

NOTE: This class is being delivered via remote video instruction, not onsite at NextFab. To participate you must have a working computer with an internet connection and speakers or headphones. Your instructor will email you a link to the class a half an hour before its start time.

  • Member Price: $59
  • Non-Member Price: N/A
  • Length: 2 hours

Intro to Metal Forging

Explore the age old art of blacksmithing. Practice 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 tolerance for hot temperatures.

MIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

Learn the basics of MIG welding. 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.

TIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

Class Description: Learn the basics of TIG welding. 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.

Introduction to the Metal Lathe

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.

Vertical Mill I

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.

Metalworking Tool List

  • 5-Axis Water Jet
  • HAAS 3-Axis CNC Mill
  • Manual Plasma Cutter
  • MIG Welders
  • TIG Welders
  • Oxy-Fuel Torch
  • Hydraulic Ironworker
  • Abrasive Chop Saw
  • Horizontal Lathe
  • Vertical Mills
  • Vertical Metal Bandsaw
  • Box and Pan Brake
  • Shears
  • Rolling Machine
  • Cold Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Tube Notcher
  • Metal Stock Bender
  • Sanders
  • Grinders
  • Small Pneumatic & Electric Tools
  • Small forging area