We are a group of Hackspace members interested in Metal fabrication.
The best way to contact the group is by posting on the list below.
Please do not base the planning of any project, especially academic projects for examinations, on the anticipation of getting training or practice time on a equipment on an "as needed" basis. We have had a few individuals turn up with unrealistic expectations of what they might achieve in a limited timeframe recently and wish to avoid disappointment.
It is also worth remembering that certain processes such as welding, lathe and milling may require significant personal investment in consumables, extra tools, and safety equipment which HackSpace may not supply. More advice can be given on request.
Getting in touch
We have a MetalBashers mailing-list
We have a range of tools which are available to trained members, including welding, lathe, milling machine, forming and cutting tools.
Due to the dangerous nature of some of these, tools training or the ability to prove that you already have good experience will be required before you can use some of the equipment.
Some of the tools such as the grinding wheels and donkey saw can be easily damaged if used incorrectly. Please make sure you are aware of the following before use...
- Donkey Saw - if you leave the vice bar in the wrong position the saw will smack into it causing serious damage
- Donkey Saw - do not cut sheet or thin metal, it will cause the blade to snap and they cut £10 each
- Grinding wheels - Do not grind aluminum with the grinding wheels. Aluminum is soft enough to easily file...
- Welding - Arc MMA, MIG, TIG, use proper protective equipment and make sure that there is no danger to others
- Bench drill - please use the bench drill in the woodworking dept for wood
- Linisher - For cleaning up edges on steel
Other tools include
- Pipe Bending - 1/2" and 3/4" mandrell pipe bender, 12-ton pipe bending press
- Sheet metal bender for forming boxwork from thin metal sheet.
Joining the group
The next step is to introduce yourself, by checking if other people are attending by posting on the mailing list what you would like to do.
Its worth remembering that the metal bashers are happy to help new members to learn metalworking skills when they have spare time to do so. Requests for help on projects which involve considerable amount of time, expertise or have a commercial angle to them, may be subject to fees that a member would normally charge for commercial work.
There is no official membership for the metal bashers..