Free Standing Machinery

What are they?

In addition to the CNC machines, the iForge has a range of manual fabrication equipment used to shape, cut and mold materials. Each tool needs it’s own training to be done as well as the compulsary training available here.

Machines available in the iForge

Pillar Drill


A pillar drill is a machine that uses a motor to rotate a drill bit with variable speed range.

After clamping your material to the bed, an arm can be lowered to drill holes of different diameters into your project.

To use the pillar drill you need to complete the pillar drill training available here.


Bandsaws are a great piece of kit to have in your workshop whether you are cutting irregular shapes or straight lines.

The iForge has 2 types of band saw, one for metal and one for wood. When using them it is always a good idea to cut just outside your line and then use the disk sander to get a more precise shape.

To use the band saws you need to complete the training available here.

Disk Sander

A disc sander is used to smooth surfaces with sandpaper. The workpiece sits on a front bench that can be adjusted to various angles for different cuts.

Usually wood is used, although plastics, metals and other soft materials can be sanded.

To use the disk sander you need to complete the training available here.

Scroll Saw

A scroll saw consists of a fine blade that allows you to achieve an intricate cut with extreme accuracy in various materials such as wood and metal.

If you’re looking to make highly precise cuts and curves, you’ll be able to achieve this easily and with more control than the bandsaw, due to the ultra-fine blade.

To use the scroll saw you need to complete the training available here.

Pillar Drill


Disk Sander

Scroll Saw

iForge Reps taking care of machinery

The Hardware team is responsible for understanding and maintaining the various pieces of machinery we have at the iForge. If there is an unusual issue with a piece of equipment, the Hardware team is the first to be notified. Find out more about them and the other teams that keep the iForge running on our Meet Our Team page!

If you want to be a part of the Hardware team or any other iForge team you can register your interest here.

If you want to see what other teams you can be a part of by volunteering with the iForge click here.