Metalworking

Rediscover the joy of the Iron Age

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Make projects that endure!

It's easy to get started in metalworking fro a variety of project types. It could be something very practical with a specific function, or it could be an art form. Metal is a medium for creating a wide variety of projects.

We have plenty of tools to work in that medium, too. Whether it's welding, sheet metal forming, CNC machining, or metal jewelry finishing - we have the tools and equipment to bring out your ideas.

 

ME101 Metal Shop Basic Skills

You will learn to work with cutting and shaping tools for metal, mostly mild steel. The focus is on a thicker piece of metal other than sheet metal. This class will cover general machine shop safety, process specific safety, and general use of chop saw, sheet metal bend and brake, band saw, drill press, grinders, and sanders.

You will use the skills you learn in this class to make a bottle opener from a strip of thick metal.

With the successful completion of this class, you can use the tools named above in the Metal Shop whenever you work at OSML as a member. (Student members 12-17 years old must be accompanied by an adult member who has also completed this class successfully).

Prerequisite: None

Materials: Provided

Class length: 2 hours

Cost: $60 ($5 materials fee included)

Maximum class size: 5

Minimum age:12 (students ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult who is also enrolled in the class)

Safety: Please wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Long hair should be tied back, and always wear closed-toed shoes in the workshop area!

Instructor: OSML Staff

 

 

ME102 Introduction to Flux Core Welding

This two-hour class takes you through the basic steps and safety tips for operating our Lincoln 140c Power MIG welder. In this class, you will learn safety precautions and procedures for welding, how to properly set up the welder for flux core welding, and how to restore the system for next use. We practice welding steel with different types of joints and applications, and describe more advanced applications such as MIG welding.

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for flux core welding on your projects whenever you work at OSML as a member!

Prerequisites: None

Materials: Provided

Class length: 2 hours

Cost: Free for OSML members; $60 for non-members

Maximum Class Size: Min 2, max 4

Minimum age: 17

Safety: Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants. Welding safety gear will be provided.

Instructor: OSML Staff

 

ME103 MIG Welding Basics

Have you always wanted to learn to weld? This is the class for you! Our expert instructor with a career in welding and metalworking will lead you through the whole process of safely creating a quality weld bead on mild steel.

With the successful completion of this class, you can use the welding equipment in the Metal Shop whenever you work at OSML as a member.

Prerequisite: None

Materials: Provided

Class length: 3 hours

Cost: $90 (includes $25 materials fee)

Maximum class size: 3

Minimum age: 17

Safety: Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants. Welding safety gear will be provided.

Instructor: Brian Evans

Biography: Retired Aircraft Mechanic, sheet metal worker, welder, fiberglass mechanic. Experienced in programming in CNC machines.

 

ME104 Introduction to Fabrication

Have you ever wanted to build a project, but weren’t sure how to make it all the way through to your vision? This is a three-part workshop that takes you through the full design and build process and covers multiple skills that you can use to do your own projects. We use design-thinking methods to solve a problem (e.g., a need for specialized workbenches in the lab). In Part 1 we start by gathering requirements, brainstorming concepts, rapid prototyping with simple models and CAD or sketches, and finalizing a solution. We then go through a detailed design that includes material selection, fabrication methods, and cost estimation. Then (the really fun part) - we cut some metal! This includes measurement and preparation of materials with hand tools, power tools and equipment (horizontal bandsaw, drill press, panel saw). In Part 2, we focus on specific welding skills. Students practice settings and weld speeds with the Lincoln MIG/ flux core welder to establish an acceptable weld. Students will learn how to adjust the machine, strike an arc and join material as well as how to tell the difference between a good weld and a substandard weld. Welds will be critiqued and suggestions made for correcting defects. In Part 3, students tack weld frames of benches, then take turns welding and de-slagging all joints to complete the final bench assembly. These skills can be used for your own workbench, for shop, or garage.

Prerequisites: None

Material: Provided

Duration: 3 evening sessions, 2 hours each

Cost: $120

Maximum class size: 3

Minimum Age: 17

Safety: Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants. Welding safety gear will be provided.

Instructor: Brian Evans

Biography: Retired Aircraft Mechanic, sheet metal worker, welder, fiberglass mechanic. Experienced in programming in CNC machines.