Metal Shop

San Diego Campus

Offers students the tools, training and workspace for fabricating small and large scale projects involving structural sections and sheet metals. With multiple welders, saw, brakes, benders and rollers the students can easily explore the complexities of metal work.

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Analog Machines

The Metal Shop is equipped with a multitude of machines and hand tools, providing students the ability to work with various material types.

MIG WELDER

Setup for steel: uses Argon/CO2, shielding gas, uses 0.030″ wire

MIG WELDER

Setup for steel: uses Argon/CO2, shielding gas, uses 0.030″ wire

Cold Saw

cuts all metals, max 3″ depth, cuts precise but slow

Portable Band Saw

Can cut all metals, can easily cut bevels

Abrasive Chop Saw

Can cut steel, max 3″ depth, cuts rough but fast

Drill Press

Accurate drilling, variable speeds for different materials

Pipe Bender

Can make accurate bends in 1″ pipe, minimum bend radius of 4″

Shear, Brake, Roller

Max material thickness of 20gauge, max bend angle of 90 degrees

Grinders

Used for grinding, sanding and cutting, take 4″ disks (provided by MC)

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Analog Fabrication

The Metal Shop is for preparing material, cutting, drilling, welding, and sanding the student’s parts, while the remaining courtyard is for constructing. Unfortunately, the Making Complex does not have enough room to allow students to store material or projects, so after each work session they must gather up their work and take it with them.

Operation Details

1. Completion of Metal Shop orientation.

The following link will send you to our Tutorials page, where one can refresh themselves on the proper usage of any and all machines.

Tutorials

The Metal Lab can only be used during regular operating hours.

WELDING TABLES ARE FOR WELDING ONLY (NO PAINTING)

Welding is only allowed inside the shields and on the welding tables.

Eye and ear protection must be worn at all times.

MAKING COMPLEX STAFF WILL PROVIDE ALL NECESSARY SAFETY GEAR

All metal slag and dust must be cleaned from tables and ground before finishing work session.