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Welding Theory and Application at NextFab

Posted by Anders Uhl

Mar 23, 2016 2:52:31 PM


Matt Watson, NextFab's Metal Processes Manager, has been re-engineering the educational and instructional aspects of the metal shop. His focus on precision, accessibility and relevance to members needs, has built the foundation of the Welding Theory and Application class at NextFab's Washington Avenue location.

Topics: welding, metal-forming

Weekly Staff Picks, July 22, 2012

Posted by admin

Jul 22, 2012 9:44:42 AM

Here are our staff picks for this week. We have Science and the Arts covered with 3D printing, green automotive, Maker Movement, Arduino and general electronics. We hope you enjoy them!

The Roopod   A home made vehicle that’s street legal and gets 78 mpg. - Gregg

Friction welding   Very hot stuff.   This shows the power of friction. - Matt

CNN Idea Series   What if you could make anything you wanted? - Gregg

The Diyode Board is designed to assist beginners to the Arduino platform. - Gregg   This is a good site for electronics hobbyists. - Gregg  

Topics: electronics, nfs, alternative-engery, arduino, maker, Uncategorized, automotive, nextfab, welding, microcontroller

New Member Experience with Welding Instruction

Posted by admin

Jun 26, 2011 4:18:14 PM

I am a new member and after taking the required safety classes I have had the chance to take a few other classes with various instructors.   My first interest is welding and I’d like to talk about that today.   I have taken 2 classes in Metal Fabrication and a TIG Welding class.   The instructors are very patient and ready to assist me at my rate of comprehension.   

Everyone with whom I have dealt has been ready to answer questions and go over basics such as setting up the equipment for both steel and aluminum.   Often, there is quite a great deal of information to process, however, I have not felt rushed in anyway.   There is a very positive and friendly atmosphere here.   There is a good focus on safety, which is very important to me.  

In both welding classes, some problems were highlighted that made clear to me some of the difficulties of MIG and TIG welding; i. e., what happens when you don’t have the shielding gas turned on.      

The hands-on aspect is very important with welding as touch, feel and audio input are necessary to truly know what you’re doing.   I have read fairly extensively about welding for a few years but book knowledge only goes so far.   Actually working with the welders takes practice that can be gained here.   It makes a big difference.  

I feel I have the basics to start to hone my skills in MIG welding (as part of the Metal Fabrication Classes) and TIG welding.   Welding is something I have wanted to explore for a long time and now I am getting a great start because of the NextFab Studio. 

Topics: Uncategorized, instruction, mig, welding, classes, tig

Welding Rodeo Showdown

Posted by admin

Jul 28, 2010 2:36:00 PM

Only the winners survive this challenge: head to the wild, wild west of Wisconsin and compete in Miller’s Fifth Annual Welding Showdown. Submit a project to compete in one of three categories and you could win a trip to compete in Appleton, Wisc., at Miller headquarters, to become the ultimate Miller Welding Showdown Winner. Yahoooooo. The contest closes Aug. 10 so get your horses moving and prepare for a battle.

Posted by Katherine

Topics: Uncategorized, welding


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