Shop Time

Once you have completed our five hour MIG Welding intensive, you’ll be eligible to purchase a “Shop Access punch-card”.  This punch-card is valid for 4 sessions and will allow you to use the teaching studio to practice your welding, make repairs, or work on small projects.

We are currently offering sessions only on  Fridays from noon. to 8.p.m. Eventually we will schedule additional dates/times according to demand. Shop time is available only to people who have completed our 5 hour intensive.

This offering is intended to allow you to continue to practice welding  or work on small projects, we cannot teach a full curriculum or consult formally while people are working in the shop.

We will spend time demonstrating the safe use of equipment and explaining specific techniques to people, but shop time is not a substitute for the focused classes we offer in Mig, TIG, Stick, Oxy fuel, cnc plasma cutting, casting and fabricating which are comprehensive. Advice in shop time will be ad hoc and situational as opposed to formal instruction.

Please read our FAQ’s for details.
Reserve your spot by clicking on an available date on the calendar below.

Shop Rental Time FAQs

Who can rent shop time?

Once you have completed our five hour MIG Welding intensive we will add your name to our mailing list. Shop time is available only to people who have completed our 5 hour intensive.

Will there be an instructor to help me?

This offering is intended to allow you to continue to practice welding  or work on small projects, we cannot teach a full curriculum or consult formally while people are working in the shop.

We will spend time demonstrating the safe use of equipment and explaining specific techniques to people, but shop time is not a substitute for the focused classes we offer in Mig, TIG, Stick, Oxy fuel, cnc plasma cutting, casting and fabricating which are comprehensive. Advice in shop time will be ad hoc and situational as opposed to formal instruction.

When can I rent shop time?

We will offer shop time on Fridays from noon to eight p.m.

If you wish to schedule another time please contact us directly using our contact form.

What can I make?

Projects that are person sized or smaller. Furniture and Sculpture are the best kinds of projects. Chairs, tables, fire-pits, candellabra, shelves and found object work.  We also offer kits for sale if you wish to make a Pteradactyl, T-rex, wolf, or lamp. You can also use the facility for welding practice. We cannot support projects that might create the potential for injury. Repair of aluminum motorcycle parts or aircraft parts for example.

Can I store my project there?

Work can be stored only if it

a: fits on a shelf or under a table

b: is not larger than a person

c: you will return to work on it the following week.

All projects will be tagged with a date, any project that has not been worked on for two consecutive weeks will be put outside. We do not provide a reminder service. This policy is necessary to ensure the working space remains clear. No exceptions will be made.

Is this a Makerspace?

Hazardfactory is an industrial arts studio which provides high quality focused instruction in welding metalwork and related topics. We are not a member owned, member driven environment. We are a small, responsive business.

We are significantly different from most makerspaces in that we provide access to expensive industrial grade equipment that can be used to make or modify virtually anything, most of the work happens without a keyboard, and we are still in business.

There are few if any Makerspaces that provide access to welding equipment. The few that do are subsidized heavily in ways we specifically are not, and are not designed to be a conventional business, but are in fact long term investments based on real estate tax sheltering mechanisms.

This offering is a way for us to better serve our community, and help people learn and develop new skills while making awesome!

What do I need to bring?

We provide all gear needed for welding. You must wear shop appropriate shoes that have solid cotton or leather uppers. You should wear a long sleeved shirt, dress as if you will be outside, and bring food.

Do you sell materials?

We are located near Pacific Industrial, and metal shorts. Both businesses supply conventional metal materials.

We have a few oddments on hand but you should bring the material you need for your project.

Do you have a waterjet?

We keep a 4 x 8 cnc plasma cutter in the shop. It is located by a crane and it can cut +/-3/8″ steel, aluminum and copper.

We work with a waterjet company frequently, we can have work quoted if you wish to have material water-jetted.

What equipment will I have access to during Shop time?

The teaching studio has 10 Mig welding machines ranging from 90 to 350 amp output, single and three phase. We also keep three tig welders , the largest having a 310 amp output. The studio has 3 drill presses and an abrasive saw, horizontal  band saw, lever shear, grinders and several vises.

Can I bring my child?

Children aged ten and up are permitted to attend with a parent. The environment is often loud, and everyone is expected to wear eye protection at all times. This is a challenging but not impossible environment for kids.

Can I bring my dog?

Your dog will be unhappy, please leave your dog at home or with a qualified dog technician.

The shop and equipment were set up to be as safe as possible. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

One Punch-card for 4 full sessions:
$240




Reserve your spot by clicking on an available date on the calendar below:

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