They are usually used to machine flat surfaces, but can also produce irregular surfaces. They can also be used to drill, bore, cut gears, and produce slots.
Small CNC Mill (7”x14”)
For Drilling holes
For General machining (facing, cutting, slotting etc)
For use on various metals, plastics, and some wood.
For use in turning, boring, threading diameters on round rod ( metals, plastics, and other materials)
For drilling holes into center end of round stock
For cutting sheets or bars of metals, plastics, and wood
For cutting metals and plastics up to 10”x 18”
Radial Drill Press
For drilling holes
Sheet Metal Bender
Bends up to 1/8 thick sheet metal
Sheet Metal Shear (Shears up to 1/8 thick metal)
Tube Bender (bend up to 2" round tube)
bends round metal tube up to 2” round x .125 wall thickness
Bends up to 180deg
20 ton H-Frame Press
For Welding steel and aluminum
For Welding steel and aluminum
Manual Plasma Cutter
CNC Plasma Table (4’X8’) Cuts up to 1/2” thick metal
Cutting area of 4’x8'
Cuts up to ½” thick material
Cuts Aluminum and most mild steels
Hand Power Drills
Dremels and accessories
Various Drill Bits
Various End Mills
12 and 6 inch Calipers
Contact Information & Tour Scheduling
For any specific questions or special requests, contact Lucy Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the lab at 435-797-3820 during lab hours, Monday through Friday 10:00 am - 8:00pm.
The Lab is open from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm for tours. Please email Lucy at email@example.com for group/class tours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are materials provided?
We have some scrap metal and screws/bolts that students are allowed to use, so you can come check it out and see what's available before you buy new materials. We also provide tools and machinery. Keep in mind that if you cause major damage to our tools, you will be required to replace them.
Is there storage space for my project?
Major storage space is only provided for Senior Design/Club projects. We can provide a locker that is 35.5" x 12" x 12". You will have to provide your own lock to secure it, and can only use it for a time period of two weeks.
Can I do homework here?
The METAL factory is a project based lab. It is not a space for homework unless that homework is a project that needs the machines or software.
Do I have to schedule the conference room?
If you want to be sure that the conference room is available for a meeting, you will have to reserve it. If you use it without reserving it and someone else did, you will be required to leave.
Can I work on personal projects?
We currently allow students to work on personal projects, but senior design and school projects take priority.
Is there a dress-code to be followed?
To be able to use the machines, you're required to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and short sleeved, non loose shirts. If you have long hair, make sure to put it up while you operate the machines.
Can I work on the equipment even if I have never operate it before?
We will train you on how to operate the machines, and will teach you the safety guidelines.
How much does it cost?
The lab and all of its equipment are free for student/faculty use.