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Model Making Workshop (Metal)

Our metal workshop is equipped to facilitate students in both large and small-scale fabrication and construction, including welding, plasma cutting, brazing and forging.

Facilities include pillar drills, a metal chop saw, band saws and bench grinders and polishers as well as a range of hand tools.

The Metal Fabrication/Machine Workshop is split into two distinct areas:

  • Machine shop
  • Adjacent open benching (hand tool area)

Typical activities carried out in these areas include:

  • Lathe operation
  • Milling
  • Cutting/shaping
  • Linishing
  • Drilling
  • Polishing
  • Sand blasting
  • Fabrication
  • Welding

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Ricky Lee Brawn

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Questions answered by Specialist Technician Ricky Lee Brawn

What can students do here?

Learn how to understand various materials and how to make them into wonderful models and prototypes using many interesting processes (Lathework/Milling/Welding/Fabrication).

What is the most common request you get?

"Just a quick question..."

Is there a particular project you remember?

Wow, now there's a question! Where do I start, there have been so many!!!

Have you ever had to say to a student that a project was impossible?

No, as long as they come in the workshop early in their project!

How does the workshop fit in with the overall history of CSM?

It continues to play an important integral part of the student design process and has done so for many years.

What makes this workshop a special place at CSM?

The positive energy it creates!

I like to sum it all up with the following mantra:
Make stuff, be happy!!!

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