Fundamental Metalworking & Forging (FMF105-05)


Fundamental Metalworking & Forging (FMF105-05)


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This class is a Core Class and used in lieu of the Department STUC for Studio Access during the term

Class Meets: Mondays, 4pm-6pm
Start Date: see Section Options
Duration: 5 weeks
Location: CIADC, Lower Level
Instructor: see Section Options
Skill Level: All Levels
Prerequisite: None
Ages: 16+ (16-17 w/ signed Liability Waiver Form by parent/guardian)

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Fabricated metalworking involves 4 processes to create any 3D metal object: cutting, bending/shaping, joining, and finishing. Smaller pieces of metal are assembled to create the final object. Almost any item can be fabricated; it’s a favorite method of making in both art and industry.

Learn the safety, skills, and fundamental processes to fabricate 3D objects out of metal. Gain an understanding of the benefits and versatility of fabricated metalworking. This hands-on class will allow students to create pieces in steel using both cold- and hot-processes. New students will work on assigned projects, with creative freedom to make the finished works their own. Returning students will work on projects of their own design, with instructor guidance. Group demonstrations, class discussions (with an emphasis on safety and applications), and one-on-one attention are used throughout the course.

Group topics covered: design and layout, hand and power tool use, saw and shear cutting, forging, oxy/acetylene torch welding, cold-working, mechanical cold connections, plasma cutting, surface protection.

Please note: No experience required. Attendance in the first class is mandatory. Assigned project material fees included; additional materials/supplies can be purchased in class. Open Studio Access and Advanced Studio Access times available for additional fee. Natural fiber clothing, long pants, and closed-toe shoes are required while working at CIADC. Complete information given during class #1.