When you join a small, community-run space like Make Salt Lake, you usually don’t expect to see professional level machining tools. It is rare for beginners and makers to have access to such high quality equipment, but that’s what makes our Machine Shop special. The metal mill and metal lathe are the core of the machine shop, but we’re also excited to start expanding into the world of CNC metal milling. We recently got the chance to purchase a Tormach Metal CNC and we’re excited to incorporate it into our shop later this year.
Also available in the Machine Shop are dozens end mills (the cutters for the mill and lathe) as well as high precision measuring equipment, calipers, micrometers, gauges and indicators.
We are also incorporating a new lathe into our shop this year. This Monarch 10ee machine lathe was built in the 1940’s and machined parts for WWII. Despite being old, it’s a workhorse of a tool and has a huge following of enthusiasts in the online metal lathe community. Our crack team of machinists are working tirelessly to refurbish this beautiful old tool and bring it back into circulation.
This shop is a place for skilled, precision projects. It takes a lot of practice to get good at using these complicated and dangerous machines, but our pro’s have completed some pretty amazing projects.
A machine shop can be a dangerous place. That’s why we want to make sure that everyone using the area is knowledgeable and using the best safety practices. We have a team of dedicated professional machinists who volunteer to train people on the proper use of the tools.
Unlike other areas at MSL, each individual tool in the Machine Shop has its own certification. These certifications are offered every other Saturday and sign ups are on Meetups.