Wood and Metal (WaM) Workshop

The WaM workshop provides students and staff with the opportunity to develop traditional fabrication techniques and integrate them with emerging technologies in wood, metal, plastics and other materials.

WaM Update: COVID-19

We have made some changes to the way you can access technical support and have converted many of our facilities into a Bureau service. Use the consultation form link below to register for assistance and a tech will contact you.

WaM Consultation Form

Risk: Medium/High/Very High
Location: Building E Level 1:  Rooms E112-118

The WaM workshop is equipped with the most up to date technology to allow staff and students to learn traditional fabrication techniques. Technicians encourage and can assist in facilitating the integration of these traditional fabrication techniques with digital fabrication techniques.

Equipment includes:

Wood: Band saws, drill presses, lathes, tables saw, routers, thicknessers and sanders to name a few.

Metal: Angle grinders, cold saw, die grinders, welders and other finishing tools.


To gain access students and staff are required to complete the online General Access induction (below) and also attend an on site induction to learn operational procedures and workshop rules.

To be trained on entry level machines the Wood Machine Shop induction (below) covers the band saw, drill press and sanders in the wood workshop.

Students can then progress to the Metal Machine Shop induction and be introduced to the metal fabrication and equipment.

To access specific and advanced tools students must first complete the General Access and the relevant workshop induction e.g Wood. Then they may request to be trained on various other equipment.

Please note: some of the equipment in the WaM workshop is very high risk and is only operated by technical staff.

If you are unsure of the best way to proceed with your project and would like advice as to the best processes or equipment to use, follow this link to book a consultation.