Taught by experts, our Fab Lab instructors break each metalworking process down into easy, step-by-step techniques designed to dispel the myths of the craft and help even the novice become proficient.
Conventional skills are taught from the ground up to ensure that participants finish with a well-rounded knowledge of metalworking and an ability to create assemblies with an accurate fit and finish. Mastery of basic skills are not required given today's advanced technology, though most are covered in class.
Participants also learn how advanced computer milling and machining fit into an all-encompassing metals program by following a product through its prototyping, testing and marketing stages. This helps create a working knowledge of almost every metal manufacturing process the Fab Lab has to offer.
Though not all prototyping or idea building can be achieved through computer manufacturing, either additive or subtractive, most conceptual and tangible prototyping is accomplished with basic tools. This is followed by assembly techniques that require knowledge and skill in hand tools, welding and fastening techniques.
Instruction is available in classroom or one-on-one skills training. Participants are encouraged to have an end goal to add value and motivation to their experience.
Sample Metals Lab Equipment
- 2 conventional metal lathes
- Tormach 1100 CNC metal mill
- Tormach Slant bed lathe
- Southbend Mill
- Bridgeport Mill
- Horizontal and Vertical bandsaw
- Tig welder
- CNC Simulator
Sample Metalworking Courses
- Aluminum Casting
- Heat Treating
- Sheet Metal Fabrication
- Solidworks and Inventor for Metals
- Basics of Conventional Machining
- Master Cam and Machining
- CNC Machine Techniques
- G-Code (Writing and Editing)
- Make Something Cool on the Tormach CNC
Plastic technology and basic skills are a vital part of any prototyping program. As part of our commitment to provide a facility where you can learn and make almost anything, we offer casting and machining tools. We also support the creation of products in plastic with other relevant processes including CNC milling, woodworking, 3D printing, lasering and more.
Plastic Lab Equipment
- Injection Molding
- Resin Casting
- Bending and Milling
Sample Plastics Courses
- General Plastics I and II
- Copy Any Shape Resin Casting and Mold Making
- Zombie Masks