SAIC foundry, woodworking, and metal facilities tour

SAIC foundry, woodworking, and metal facilities tour

August 14, 2019 0 By Cedric Fleming


it’s magenta from the design lab and I’m
here in Chicago at my alma mater the school’s Art Institute of Chicago I’m
gonna give you a quick tour some of the facilities that gave me an introduction
to fabrication so this is the Columbus woodshop and this is our only an
all-access shop on campus meaning any student from any discipline can come in
here to get their projects done they have bandsaw tables saw miter saws
double miter saw down drop table for standing spindle sander belt sander
panel saw the list goes on and on so here we are in the metal shop this is
the only metal shop on campus they have all kinds of amazing tools for forming
shaping shearing cutting and welding they offer oxy acetylene welding mig
welding TIG welding anything you need to break this stuff down and put it back
together in metal we have it here one of my favorite tools in the metal shop is
the hospital tube bender so this can take any sort of broad stock and bend it
any which way you want and you do that by using a combination of the dies we
have over here on the wall so by putting these together in different formations
you can get tight right angle bends you can get op – so cute pens and they can
be going on all different planes which is a really valuable tool when making
things out of rod stock another really awesome part about the
metal shop here is that they offer a forge
and so forges basically one of the oldest metalworking techniques I would
say or technology because it’s essentially blacksmithing so heating up
metal and bending it with hand tool and forming it without the use of anvils
hammers all used for the Forge so this is our supposed foundry it’s one
of the only boundaries in a downtown in a city and it’s definitely the only
foundry in downtown Chicago is actually grandfathered in so the rule to not have
a foundry in its downtown okay after the opening of this one and this is where we
pull or pour molten aluminum and bronze you can see some lost wax cast sear so
the ceramic shell process here these are the finger brakes not for
breaking fingers do not put your fingers in they’re used to bend things into
right angles so like if you were gonna make a metal box you would go to the
finger break you’d have tabs and you would put your
metal in you put your dies where you need them based on like how wide your
pieces that you’re gonna Bend and then you move this guy up and it’ll put
pressure to bend your piece at a right angle or whatever angle you want if you
stop part way through this is like the super streamline like modern version
where it’s like magnetic so you turn on the magnets and just the strips here
magnetized the guys to the piece and then it’s a lot less intense I would say
but accomplishes the same thing and I could still break your fingers like a
lot of other stuff in this shop so this is the light metals room in here
they have a bunch of hand tools to work on smaller projects people work on sort
of jewelry projects or smaller sculptural pieces really great for
working with copper and other light metals so obviously and so here they
have some kilns and VLEs small vices but then one of the larger tools that
couldn’t fit in the shop is the plasma CNC which is one of the coolest tools
ever the plasma CNC sort of works the way a laser cutter works with acrylic
except it’s not a laser it’s a plasma cutter and the way you can do plasma
cutting by hand this just takes it to a computer numerically controlled that’s
called CNC machine you can open up files in Illustrator and interface directly
with the machine from Illustrator to the control remote here to the machine all
this stuff is cut with the plasma CNC so you can get pretty intricate as you can
see here or basic shapes so this is the spray booth but not only
the spray booth it also has our powder coater that’s where you do a colored
coating out of the thermoplastic powder that’s free flowing and you electrically
charge it so that it has electrically static Ephesian to your piece and you do
that with a little gun over here so you take this guy you put your powder in
here for powder coating you put it on there you ground your you put your
little ground clamp on your metal piece and then you charge it and spray down
your piece and once it’s pretty solidly coated then you’re gonna put it into the
oven which you can actually use a conventional oven but this is just heats
up way quicker and it’s more powerful makes more sense in an industrial
setting so that was a brief look at the amazing facilities here at the School of
Art Institute of Chicago thank you so much to everyone who made this tour
possible and we’ll see you again next time