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The Metal Shop provides a large set of professional tools and machinery used to fabricate metal projects in solid stock and sheet form. Activities in the lab include drilling, cutting, bending, rolling, grinding, welding and polishing metal. The lab is laid out and divided into multiple zones to efficiently support these activities.
Workshops and training sessions are held frequently to train and give access to new users.
CAAD Labs staff provide maintenance, user assistance, training and supervision while offering users an extensive knowledge of materials, tools, processes and most importantly, safety. A library of tool manuals is available upon request from the CAAD Labs Specialist .
Through user education we aim to minimize the risks inherent in the use of tools and equipment.
The lab houses TIG and MIG welding equipment, along with a plasma torch, spot welder, wheel grinder, sand blaster, horizontal bandsaw, drill presses, circular cold saw, conventional lathe, as well as a HAAS CNC vertical milling center. For sheet metal processing there are a number of machines available for use, including a magnetic brake, shear, bead roller, rolling machine, English wheel and a stretcher shrinker.
CAAD users are allowed to use the Metal Shop only during operation hours with CAAD Labs Staff supervision.
Project and process specific training sessions can be scheduled by contacting our Material Fabrication Labs Specialist.
Please refer to Appendix C of the CAAD Labs’ Policies and Procedures Manual for this lab’s policies, along with other general lab policies.
Equipment Demo Videos
The following link contains videos that show how to operate and set several of our metalshop equipment, including the TIG and MIG welders, drill presses, and cold saw: