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Tormach CNC Mill - tools

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Manufacturer: Tormach Model: PCNC 1100 Description: The Tormach PCNC is a small vertical CNC mill capable of doing precision work in metal and plastics.  It has a 1.5 HP spindle, and is outfitted with a non-fogging lubrication system built at … Continue reading

Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machine - tools

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Manufacturer: Bridgeport Model: 2J Description: The Bridgeport 2J vertical milling machine is among the most iconic and popular metal working machines in the world.  A vertical milling machine resembles a drill press, and can be used for drilling holes, but … Continue reading

CNC Plasma Cutter - tools

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Manufacturer:  A2 MechShop, HyperTherm Model:  CNC Plasma Cutter Gantry, Model 45 Plasma Cutter Description: Maker Works’ CNC plasma cutter combines the cutting abilities of a HyperTherm 45 plasma cutter with a precision CNC gantry system built at the A2 MechShop.  … Continue reading

Clausing Colchester Engine Lathe - tools

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Manufacturer: Clausing Colchester Model: Series 8000 Description: The Clausing Colchester 8000 series 13″ engine lathe is a 5 HP lathe capable of precision work in metal and plastic.  It can be used with either a 3- or 4-jaw chuck and … Continue reading

MIG & TIG Welding Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to MIG and TIG welding. You will learn the basic operations with an emphasis on safety. Maker Works has welding jackets and face shields for you to borrow. If you have a welding jacket, please … Continue reading

Scotchman 45 Ton Ironworker - tools

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Manufacturer: Scotchman Model: Porta-Fab 45 Ton Description: Iron workers punch, shear, and form using high pressure and special tooling.  This particular iron worker is a Scotchman Porta-Fab 45-ton iron worker–and is capable of exerting up to 45 tons of pressure … Continue reading

MIG/TIG Welding Skill Development - classes

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Improve your MIG and TIG welding skills with one-on-one instruction and the creation of a take-home project.  This is a hands-on class with Jacob Ritter.  Class size is limited to one student per welding machine.  You will learn and practice … Continue reading

Di-Acro 16-ga 6″ Notcher - tools

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Manufacturer: Di-Acro Model: #1 Description: The Di-Acro Tab Notcher provides an economical means for cutting notches up to 6” x 6” in 16 gauge mild steel. The machine offers adjustable upper and lower blades for making tabs or regular notches. … Continue reading

Ellis Horizontal Miter Band Saw - tools

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Manufacturer: Ellis Model: 1800 Description: A stationary band saw that features left or right angle cutting, a built-in protractor for fast and accurate selection of angles, and the stock remains in one position for all cuts. Specifications: Capacity 11” Round … Continue reading

Grob Vertical 18″ Bandsaw - tools

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Manufacturer: Grob Model: NS-18 Description: USA-made metal-cutting vertical bandsaw. Specifications: Throat 18″ Under guide 9″ (229mm) Table 24″ x 24″ Table tilt 25 degrees left to right and front to back Blade length 142″ (verify with notation inside cover) Speeds … Continue reading

Pexto 37″ 16 gauge Jump Shear - tools

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Manufacturer: Pexto (Peck, Stow & Wilcox Co.) Model: No. 154 Description: The Pexto 154 is a 54 inch “jump” or foot squaring shear for accurately cutting sheet metal. Specifications: Width 54″ Maximum thickness Varies with material 16 ga mild steel … Continue reading

Hardinge DSM/DV-59 Precision Second Operation Lathe - tools

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Manufacturer: Hardinge Model: DSM/DV-59 Description: The Hardinge DSM/DV-59 is a high-precision, “second operation” lathe used for smaller work that can be held in collets. Specifications: Collet 5C Maximum diameter in collet 1-1/16″ Swing over bed 9″ Cross slide travel 3-3/4″ … Continue reading

Miller Syncrowave 180SD TIG Welder - tools

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Manufacturer: Miller Model: Syncrowave 180SD Description: The Syncrowave 180SD is a 180A TIG/Stick welder, capable of AC and DC operation. Specifications: DC TIG 10-180A DC Stick 10-180A AC TIG 10-180A 100% duty cycle 90A

Miller LMSW-52T Resistance Spot Welder - tools

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Manufacturer: Miller Model: LMSW-52T Description: Resistance spot welding is a quick and efficient way to bond sheet metal together.  The Miller LMSW-52T is a 220V spot welder with timer panel (0-5 seconds).  Our unit has 12″ tongs.  In this configuration, … Continue reading

CNC Plasma Cutter Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the CNC Plasma Cutter. This machine can cut up to 1/2″ thick steel and any type of metal, even bronze or gold. This class includes a take-away item. You will learn basic operation with … Continue reading

Scotchman 45 Ton Ironworker Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the Scotchman 45 ton Ironworker. This tool is capable of two functions: Punching out holes in up to 1/2″ thick mild steel and shearing plate, rod, and angle iron mild steel. You will learn … Continue reading

Tormach/Bridgeport Mills Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to the Tormach CNC mill and Bridgeport mill. You will learn basic operation with an emphasis on safety. With the successful completion of this class you will be certified to use the Tormach CNC mill … Continue reading

Metal Lathes Checkout - classes

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This class will introduce you to two metal lathes: The Hardinge DSM/DV-59 precision lathe which can turn materials up to 1″ diameter; and the Clausing-Colchester engine lathe that can turn up to 13″ diameter. You will learn basic operations with … Continue reading

Drill Press / Bandsaw Checkout - classes

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This class teaches basic operation of the shop’s drill presses and band saws, for both metal and wood. The emphasis of the class is on the broadly applicable shop safety concepts of speed and feed selection; and workholding strategies. With … Continue reading

MeshCAM Pro CAM Software - tools

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MeshCAM Pro (formerly MeshCAM Art) is a 3D CAM program that takes an STL,  DXF, or bitmap file and outputs G-code ready to run on a CNC machine such as the Tormach vertical mill or ShopBot CNC router.  (Partworks is … Continue reading

Ironworker Demo Video - post

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Heres a tool demo video featuring our 45-ton Scotchman Ironworker.  This small-but-mighty machine can make quick work of steel in various shapes.  Give it a look.

New Plasma Cutter Video - post

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Third in our series of “What’s a X and what can I do with it” series, check out our video on the CNC Plasma Cutter You’ve seen the Plasmasaurous and the cool signs people have made. Sign up for a … Continue reading

Improve your welding skills! - post

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The time has come to develop your welding skills. Those of you who have taken our MIG/TIG checkout class will love this opportunity to explore the wonderful world of welding. This is a really great class, led by a skilled … Continue reading

Millermatic 211 MIG Welder - tools

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Manufacturer:  Miller Model:  211 Description:  Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), also known as MIG (Metal Inert Gas) is an arc welding process in which a consumable, continuous wire electrode is automatically fed through a welding gun in the presence of … Continue reading

Hone Your Welding Skills - post

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with Tommy Butler Mastering welding on your own takes loads of time and effort. It can challenge you. It can cost you blood, and sweat, and tears. It can make you want to throw in the towel. But it doesn’t … Continue reading

Rad New Bike Racks - post

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MeshCAM CAM Software Skill Development - classes

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Learn how to use MeshCAM to convert 3D CAD and bitmap files for use on CNC machines like the Tormach CNC mill.  Computers with MeshCAM will be provided.  Show up early to copy the class example files (or see link … Continue reading

Open House: Success! - post

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Saturday, June 28 was filled with fun and creativity. New folks enjoyed the tours and tool demos, experienced members enjoyed seeing and displaying original creations, and everyone enjoyed good food and good music.      

Hone Your Welding Skills: Upcoming 3-Day Workshop - post

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July 22, 24, 25 with Tommy Butler Mastering welding on your own can loads of time and effort. It can challenge you. It can cost you blood, and sweat, and tears. It can make you want to throw in the … Continue reading

What is FIRST Robotics? - post

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It’s that time of year again–the time for FIRST Robotics! What is FIRST Robotics, you ask? Picture the culture of high school sports–the teamwork, the practices, the competitions–but instead of playing basketball or volleyball, the teams build robots to compete in original … Continue reading

Fix-It Friday - post

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We’ve had such great turnout at the past few Fix-it Fridays that we will be re-vamping the format of future ones in order to work with you and your items more efficiently. Members: Because Fix-It Friday is gaining attention and … Continue reading

Geomagic Design 3D CAD - classes

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Geomagic Design is a professional 3D parametric CAD program that can produce 3D models for machining, visualization, and 3D printing.  In this class we’ll cover the basics of creating a 3D part that can be exported for 3D printing or … Continue reading

Intro to CNC - classes

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How do you use computer-controlled (“CNC”) tools?  It may look like magic when the ShopBot, plasma cutter, Tormach, or other machine accurately cuts an intricate shape, but in fact we have some powerful software tools that  let even beginners create … Continue reading

Member Project: Steve’s Incredible Mechanical Calendar - post

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Maker Works member Steve wanted to make a wooden clock. But when he came across drawings online for a “perpetual calendar”–a mechanical calendar that would know the end of each month and advance itself forward, while also tracking the day … Continue reading

Beverly B2A Throatless Shear - tools

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The Beverly B2A Throatless Shear lets you cut sheet metal of any length using its unique design.  It is capable of cutting both straight and curved lines in a number of materials listed below. No checkout class is required, however … Continue reading