Metal Working

Upcoming events

    • 19 Nov 2014
    • 6:00 PM
    • 17 Dec 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace workshop
    • 10

    This class will teach the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. It will be taught with a contemporary approach to the materials and process. Creative projects may include jewelry, wall art, bowls, etc. Techniques to be explored will be stencils, screen prints, wet packing, cloisonné, liquid enamels, etching and other techniques suitable to the materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks. 

    Class dates are as follows:
    Nov 19th, Nov 26th, Dec 3rd, Dec 10th, Dec 17th.
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    Please note that there is also a one time $20 materials 
    fee that is mandatory for all class attendees. 
    **Closed toe shoes are required**
    • 18 Dec 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom and then Metal Shop
    • 4


    The Intro to the Metal Lathe class will teach students basic operations of the lathe as well as key safety features of which users should be aware. This class will explore the versatility of the lathe along with demonstrations and hands on execution of important methods. 

    Please wear appropriate shop attire: short sleeve shirts, long pants, eye protection, closed-toe shoes, long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.

    A small materials fee covers each student’s metal stock.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**

    • 20 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Classroom and then the MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 5
    Intro to the Vertical Mill will give students the basics on how to safely navigate and operate the Bridgeport Vertical Mills. This class will cover appropriate safety procedures, different tools on the machine, and how to properly set  up one's project. Students will learn the ins and outs of feeds and speeds of the machine as well as how to properly choose the right cutter for their project. 

    A $10 materials fee covers each student’s metal stock.

    This course is a prerequisite for the Tormach CNC Mill.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required.**
    • 20 Dec 2014
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    CNC Plasma Cutting is a process that is used to cut sheet metal of varying thicknesses using a plasma torch. The plasma is hot enough to melt the metal while blowing molten metal away from the cut. When attached to a CNC, operators have the ability to cut out elaborate designs in sheet metal up to 3/4 inch thick.

    The Intro to the Plasma CNC class will teach students basic operation of the CNC plasma as well as the handheld. Prior to taking this class, students should have the ability to create a .DXF file. The first part of the course will cover how to properly import files and settings into the plasma cutting software. After an overview of the software, students will learn how to safely set-up and operate the machine.

    Proper safety measures are vital when operating the Plasma CNC. Students will be taught standards and procedures that will be essential for proper safety and use of the machine.
    Along with demonstrations students will be given hands on experience.

    A $25 materials fee covers each student’s plasma consumables and metal stock.

    All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.

    Prerequisite: Ability to create a .DXF file.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**

    • 21 Dec 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Copper Bowl Forming will teach each student how to form their own copper bowl with readily available tools and equipment using the sinking method. 
    The class will consist of both lecture and demonstration of the bowl forming method. It will include methods on forming copper, how to anneal copper, how to clean copper, general safety guidelines and much more!
    Each student will have their own workstation for rough forming the bowl. At the end of the workshop each student will have finished their own copper bowl and also have the knowledge and ability to continue on their own to form copper using the sinking method. 

    A small materials fee covers each student’s copper. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**
    • 07 Jan 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 04 Feb 2015
    • 9:00 PM
    • MakerPlace workshop
    • 13

    This class will teach the ancient art of fusing glass to metal. It will be taught with a contemporary approach to the materials and process. Creative projects may include jewelry, wall art, bowls, etc. Techniques to be explored will be stencils, screen prints, wet packing, cloisonné, liquid enamels, etching and other techniques suitable to the materials. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome.

    This course will consist of 5 sessions, approximately 3 hours each, taught over 5 consecutive weeks. 

    Class dates are as follows:
    Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28, and Feb 4.
    Classes will begin at 6pm and end at 9pm.

    Please note that there is also a one time $20 materials 
    fee that is mandatory for all class attendees. 
    **Closed toe shoes are required**
    • 08 Jan 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 7
    This course will cover basic safety and operation of the Tormach 4-axis CNC mill. Students will be introduced to Mach 3 control software set up and calibration, importing and running files, Tormach tooling systems and tool holders.
    Prerequisites:

    BOS CNC Fundamentals (Intro to Vcarve Pro) is required before attending this class.

    BOS Intro to Vertical Mill is required before attending this class. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**

    If you have a pair of safety glasses please bring them, otherwise a pair will be provided for you.




    • 17 Jan 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    CNC Plasma Cutting is a process that is used to cut sheet metal of varying thicknesses using a plasma torch. The plasma is hot enough to melt the metal while blowing molten metal away from the cut. When attached to a CNC, operators have the ability to cut out elaborate designs in sheet metal up to 3/4 inch thick.

    The Intro to the Plasma CNC class will teach students basic operation of the CNC plasma as well as the handheld. Prior to taking this class, students should have the ability to create a .DXF file. The first part of the course will cover how to properly import files and settings into the plasma cutting software. After an overview of the software, students will learn how to safely set-up and operate the machine.

    Proper safety measures are vital when operating the Plasma CNC. Students will be taught standards and procedures that will be essential for proper safety and use of the machine.
    Along with demonstrations students will be given hands on experience.

    A $25 materials fee covers each student’s plasma consumables and metal stock.

    All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.

    Prerequisite: Ability to create a .DXF file.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**

    • 18 Jan 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Welding Area
    • 4
    Copper Bowl Forming will teach each student how to form their own copper bowl with readily available tools and equipment using the sinking method. 
    The class will consist of both lecture and demonstration of the bowl forming method. It will include methods on forming copper, how to anneal copper, how to clean copper, general safety guidelines and much more!
    Each student will have their own workstation for rough forming the bowl. At the end of the workshop each student will have finished their own copper bowl and also have the knowledge and ability to continue on their own to form copper using the sinking method. 

    A small materials fee covers each student’s copper. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**
    • 22 Jan 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MakerPlace Metal Shop
    • 8
    This course will cover basic safety and operation of the Tormach 4-axis CNC mill. Students will be introduced to Mach 3 control software set up and calibration, importing and running files, Tormach tooling systems and tool holders.
    Prerequisites:

    BOS CNC Fundamentals (Intro to Vcarve Pro) is required before attending this class.

    BOS Intro to Vertical Mill is required before attending this class. 

    **Closed-toe shoes are a requirement**

    If you have a pair of safety glasses please bring them, otherwise a pair will be provided for you.




    • 24 Jan 2015
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Jan 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Craft Room
    • 4

                 
    This is an introductory course on the basics of creating jewelry using precious metal clay techniques. Metal clay can be easily manipulated by hand just like familiar ceramic clay. However, when fired, the metal clay binding material vaporizes and the metal particulates sinter leaving a solid metal object.

     Metal clay objects may be easily formed by hand, created with commercially available press molds, 3D printed, or provided by the student. Thus, no previous art experience or talent is required to construct beautiful jewelry or other objects with precious metal clay. 

    Although the skills taught in this course are generally appropriate to all metal clay, this class with focus on low cost bronze metal clay while skills are developing. The instructor will supply approximately 30 grams of bronze metal clay. Typically this is enough for a pair of earrings and two medium sized pendants. See photograph for objects created from approximately 30 grams of material. Students will learn skills that may be applied to working with other metal clay such as copper, silver or gold metal clay. 

    Due to the relatively lengthy firing time required, this course is divided into two sessions: in the first, the student will develop their clay objects which will then be fired. In the second session, students will finish their fired objects by polishing and/or applying patinas or dyes, and/or jewelry findings.

    This course will be held in two 3 hour sessions on consecutive weekends: Jan 24th and Jan 31st from 10 AM to 1 PM.

    A materials fee of $25 covers all materials needed for the class including each student's bronze metal clay, jewelry findings and finishing materials.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**


    • 31 Jan 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • MakerPlace Classroom & Plasma Area
    • 6

    CNC Plasma Cutting is a process that is used to cut sheet metal of varying thicknesses using a plasma torch. The plasma is hot enough to melt the metal while blowing molten metal away from the cut. When attached to a CNC, operators have the ability to cut out elaborate designs in sheet metal up to 3/4 inch thick.

    The Intro to the Plasma CNC class will teach students basic operation of the CNC plasma as well as the handheld. Prior to taking this class, students should have the ability to create a .DXF file. The first part of the course will cover how to properly import files and settings into the plasma cutting software. After an overview of the software, students will learn how to safely set-up and operate the machine.

    Proper safety measures are vital when operating the Plasma CNC. Students will be taught standards and procedures that will be essential for proper safety and use of the machine.
    Along with demonstrations students will be given hands on experience.

    A $25 materials fee covers each student’s plasma consumables and metal stock.

    All attendees are required to wear appropriate attire: long sleeved natural fiber shirts, long pants, closed-toe shoes (leather shoes preferred), long hair must be pulled back, no jewelry or baggy clothing.

    Prerequisite: Ability to create a .DXF file.

    **Closed-toe shoes are required**

Past events

11 Dec 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
10 Dec 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
06 Dec 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
26 Nov 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
23 Nov 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
20 Nov 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
08 Nov 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
30 Oct 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
29 Oct 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
23 Oct 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
19 Oct 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
15 Oct 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
15 Oct 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
11 Oct 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
09 Oct 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
01 Oct 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
28 Sep 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
28 Sep 2014 Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Using Bronze
20 Sep 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
14 Sep 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
14 Sep 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
10 Sep 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
04 Sep 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
20 Aug 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
17 Aug 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
16 Aug 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
14 Aug 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
23 Jul 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
19 Jul 2014 Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Using Bronze
10 Jul 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
09 Jul 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
05 Jul 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
05 Jul 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
02 Jul 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
29 Jun 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
19 Jun 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
11 Jun 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
07 Jun 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
05 Jun 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
29 May 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
28 May 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
24 May 2014 Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Using Bronze
18 May 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
14 May 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
08 May 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
30 Apr 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
26 Apr 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
23 Apr 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
20 Apr 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
17 Apr 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
15 Apr 2014 Round Braided Wire Bracelets Workshop
05 Apr 2014 Round Braided Wire Bracelets Workshop
02 Apr 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
30 Mar 2014 Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Using Bronze
29 Mar 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
19 Mar 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
16 Mar 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
06 Mar 2014 BOS- Tormach CNC Mill
03 Mar 2014 Introduction to Metalworking
01 Mar 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
26 Feb 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
26 Feb 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
20 Feb 2014 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
16 Feb 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
12 Feb 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
12 Feb 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
08 Feb 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
03 Feb 2014 Introduction to Metalworking
01 Feb 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
29 Jan 2014 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
23 Jan 2014 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
20 Jan 2014 Introduction to Metalworking
19 Jan 2014 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
18 Jan 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
15 Jan 2014 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
08 Jan 2014 Copper Enameling Workshop
06 Jan 2014 Introduction to Metalworking
04 Jan 2014 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
21 Dec 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
17 Dec 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
16 Dec 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
15 Dec 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
13 Dec 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
13 Dec 2013 Beginning Fabrication Techniques applied to Sculpture
10 Dec 2013 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
07 Dec 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
30 Nov 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
26 Nov 2013 Independent Studies on Sculpture by Fabrication
20 Nov 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
18 Nov 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
17 Nov 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
16 Nov 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
12 Nov 2013 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
05 Nov 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
04 Nov 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
21 Oct 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
20 Oct 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
17 Oct 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
16 Oct 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
15 Oct 2013 Advanced Fabrication Techniques applied to Sculpture
07 Oct 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
24 Sep 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
23 Sep 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
22 Sep 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
21 Sep 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
19 Sep 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
17 Sep 2013 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
11 Sep 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
10 Sep 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
09 Sep 2013 Intermediate Fabrication Techniques applied to Sculpture
09 Sep 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
06 Sep 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
31 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
27 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
26 Aug 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
24 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
24 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
20 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
18 Aug 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
17 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Plasma CNC
13 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Vertical Mill
08 Aug 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
07 Aug 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
06 Aug 2013 BOS- Intro to the Metal Lathe
05 Aug 2013 Fabrication Techniques applied to Sculpture
29 Jul 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
25 Jul 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
15 Jul 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
03 Jul 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
01 Jul 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
28 Jun 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
23 Jun 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
22 Jun 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
17 Jun 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
10 Jun 2013 Intro to Foldforming Copper
03 Jun 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
02 Jun 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
30 May 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
29 May 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
26 May 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
19 May 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
16 May 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
13 May 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
12 May 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
05 May 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
29 Apr 2013 Intro to Foldforming Copper
29 Apr 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
27 Apr 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
24 Apr 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
22 Apr 2013 Basic Patina on Steel
21 Apr 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
17 Apr 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
14 Apr 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
07 Apr 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
04 Apr 2013 Press Brake Safety and Operation
04 Apr 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
01 Apr 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
25 Mar 2013 Introduction to Metalworking
23 Mar 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
20 Mar 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
17 Mar 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
14 Mar 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
10 Mar 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
03 Mar 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
27 Feb 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
24 Feb 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
23 Feb 2013 Copper Bowl Forming Workshop
17 Feb 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
13 Feb 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
10 Feb 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
07 Feb 2013 Press Brake Safety and Operation
03 Feb 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
31 Jan 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
24 Jan 2013 Press Brake Safety and Operation
20 Jan 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
17 Jan 2013 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
17 Jan 2013 Press Brake Safety and Operation
15 Jan 2013 Advanced CNC Topics; Machining with Cut3D
13 Jan 2013 Intro to the Metal Lathe
09 Jan 2013 Copper Enameling Workshop
06 Jan 2013 Intro to the Vertical Mill
27 Dec 2012 Press Brake Safety and Operation
16 Dec 2012 Intro to the Vertical Mill
09 Dec 2012 Intro to the Metal Lathe
02 Dec 2012 Intro to the Vertical Mill
29 Nov 2012 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
28 Nov 2012 Copper Enameling Workshop
13 Nov 2012 Focus Group: Metal Shop
11 Nov 2012 Intro to the Vertical Mill
04 Nov 2012 Intro to the Metal Lathe
25 Oct 2012 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
18 Oct 2012 Press Brake Safety and Operation
14 Oct 2012 Intro to the Vertical Mill
11 Oct 2012 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
10 Oct 2012 Copper Enameling Workshop
07 Oct 2012 Intro to the Metal Lathe
30 Sep 2012 Intro to the Vertical Mill
27 Sep 2012 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
25 Sep 2012 Advanced CNC Topics; Machining with Cut3D
13 Sep 2012 BOS-Tormach CNC Mill
11 Sep 2012 Advanced CNC Topics; Machining with Cut3D
05 Sep 2012 Copper Enameling Workshop
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