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Make Your Own Industrial Shelf

Get that trendy industrial look, but build it to last. Weld a sturdy metal wall bracket and explore the capabilities of the hand routers by creating and attaching a wooden shelf base. Class fee includes materials for one shelf, but members may purchase materials to make more shelves after class.

Make Your Own Side Table

In this two part workshop, create your own unique side table, from start to finish, using your metal and wood shop skills. Weld together a minimalist frame, and then finish with a custom inlaid table top, made of fine hardwood.

Combo Shop Safety

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.

Metal Shop Safety

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.

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.

  • Member Price: Free
  • Non-Member Price: Free
  • Length: 2 hours

Metal Preparation and Layout

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.

MIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

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.

TIG Welding: Introduction on Steel

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.

Introduction to the Metal Lathe

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.

Vertical Mill 1

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.

Advanced MIG Welding with Lincoln STT

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.

HAAS CNC VMC: Complete 6 Part Course

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.

Metalworking Tool List

  • 5-Axis Water Jet
  • HAAS 3-Axis CNC Mill
  • Torchmate CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Manual Plasma Cutter
  • Haas CNC Horizontal Lathe
  • 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