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
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.
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.
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.
Reps in Charge of the Free Standing Machinery [Section under construction]
Some iForge reps are assigned to certain machinery for maintenence and information about said machinery. These are the reps in charge of the Free Standing Machinery, see if you can spot them when they’re on shift!
If you want to be a part of the Hardware team or just the iForge you can apply here during our recruitment period.
If you want to see what other teams you can be a part of by volunteering with the iForge click here.