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The metal shop provides space, tools and resources for metal fabrication. This document provides a plan for the development of the metal shop.



Major Tools & Equipment

*High priority means that this tool needs has a high acquisition, maintenance, modification or repair demands.

Sheet Metal Work

Tools for manipulating sheet metal.

Plasma cutterHighNeeds torch current senseFor plasma cutter table
Metal brake (straight bends)HighacquireFabricating boxes, shapes for sheet metal projects
Metal shear (straight cuts)HighacquireFabrication
PunchLowacquireHoles for projects

Pipe and Bar Stock

Tools for cutting and working with hollow tubing, solid rods, and smaller bar stock.

Tool PriorityStatusNeed
Pipe benderHighSee "Need"We need a system to be able to temporarily secure equipment (pipe bender, anvil, band saw, grinder, drill press) to the floor in work and storage locations.
Large pipe cutterLow acquireFor clean cuts of pipes and making threads.
Small pipe cutterMediumacquireHand tool for cutting pipe
Metal bandsawHighMissing safety gear Needs belt/pulley guard. Needs prominent e-stop. Needs wheels, rubber feet on other end.



Thicker Metal Work

  • Mill (CNC, or convertable to CNC)
  • Metal Lathe
  • Drill Press
  • Grinder



  • MIG Welder
  • TIG Welder
  • Oxyacetylene Welding
  • Safety curtains for vision and spark protection
  • Clothing: apron, gloves, welding helmets
  • Work lights
  • Power
  • Ventilation
  • Welding supplies list
  • Welding supply storage
  • Welding consumables accounting (prices and pay jar)



  • Hand tools
  • Air wrench
  • Spot welder
  • Rivet tool
  • Rivnut tool


  • Large CNC Table (for plasma cutting & 3 axis routing)
  • Small CNC

Other tools

  • Press
  • Hardness tester
  • Temperature controlled kiln (for hardening)



  • Paint booth
  • Powder coating tools
  • Rust removal tools and supplies
  • Priming equipment
  • Etching and anodizing


Preparation and Finishing

  • Files
  • Metal shears
  • Wire brushes

Metal Supplies (quality or size not available from local sources, for purchase)


  • Common nuts, bolts, washers (metric & SAE)
  • Rivnuts
  • Rivets
  • Sheet metal stock
  • Bar stock
  • Supplies stock list, sources, price marking, pay jar


Safety Supplies

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Protective gear
  • First Aid Kits



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