FABRICATED METALWORKING & FORGING

Metal is an abundant material used widely in everything from the making of structural to consumer to artistic objects. Metal fabrication is a direct and additive method involving 4 main steps: cutting, bending/shaping/forming, joining, and finishing. The benefit to this process is having control of the final object throughout the entire process - what you see is what you get. The actual metal being cut, manipulated and joined is the metal of the final object. Functional and aesthetic modifications can be made at any point in the process. It is also very empowering to control and build with such a technical and structural material...

Our 3,000 square foot Fabricated Metalworking & Forging Department is well equipped to cold- and hot-work steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and bronze, sheet and barstock form, with the following equipment:

Cutting:

  • 52” Hydraulic Shear (14ga Steel capacity)
  • Throatless Shear (16ga Steel capacity)
  • Manual Ironworker (barstock shear and punch)
  • 12” Vertical Bandsaw
  • 14” Abrasive Cutoff Saw
  • 15” Variable Speed Drill Press
  • Miller Spectrum 375Xtreme Plasma Arc Cutter (3/8in capacity)
  • (5) Oxy/Acetylene Cutting Torches

Bending/Shaping/Forming:

  • 48” Magnetic Sheet Metal Brake (16ga Steel capacity)
  • Manual Pyramid Roller
  • English Wheel (16ga Steel capacity), Shaping Mallets, Shot Bag, and Forming Stakes 
  • Propane Gas Forge, (2) Anvils, Forming Hammers
  • Dedicated Oxy/Propane Heating Torch
  • Bending Jigs

Joining:

  • Lincoln PowerMIG 215 MIG Welder (1/4” Steel capacity)
  • Miller Synchrowave 210 AC/DC TIG Welder (1/4” capacity - Steel, Stainless, Aluminum, Bronze)
  • Miller Synchrowave 210 Spool Gun MIG Welder (1/4” capacity - Stainless, Aluminum, Bronze)
  • Lincoln AC/DC 225/125 Stick Welder (1/4” Steel capacity)
  • Lincoln WeldPak HD Flux-Cored Wire Feed Welder (1/8” Steel capacity)
  • (10) Oxy/Acetylene Torches – Welding and Brazing

Abrasive Finishing:

  • Dedicated Abrasive Room
  • Sandblast Cabinet
  • (2) Bench Grinders
  • (5) Angle Grinders
  • Die Grinder

Color and Protective Finishing:

  • Dedicated Finishing Room
  • Spray Booth
  • Chemical and Finishing Supply Storage

Other:

  • Assortment of hand and power tools
  • Material and Supplies offered for purchase in Department Shop
  • Storage for Material, Supplies, and Projects in Department Shop

Membership is not required to enroll in classes or workshops. Members do receive discounted tuition and Studio Access rates.

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