Equipment

We have a large range of equipment available for your use at the Materials Workshops. Below you can easily see what we have and the traffic light classification of it.

This equipment can only be used in the area.



Machine Shop
Startrite Bandsaw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop

The best tool for straight, angled and curved cuts in timber, foam and plastic of various thicknesses.

Can cut materials up to 95mm in thickness.

Emergency stop button is fitted.


Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a machine shop safety induction.
Axminster Bandsaw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop

The best tool for straight, angled and curved cuts in timber, foam and plastic of various thicknesses.

Can cut materials up to 70mm in thickness.

Emergency stop button is fitted.


Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a machine shop safety induction.
JET Table Saw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For quick, accurate straight and angled cuts in timber only.


Can cut materials up to 75mm in thickness.


Traffic light: RED
To be used only by the technician.
Axminster Linisher
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


The wide horizontal belt is ideal for precise sanding of larger pieces of timber and plastic.

Emergency stop button is fitted.



Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a machine shop safety induction.
Meddings Pillar Drill
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For accurate drilling in timber, foam, metal and plastic of various thicknesses.

The table is height adjustable to suit your project.

Various clamps and vices are available to secure your project whilst drilling.


Emergency stop button is fitted.



Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after completing a machine shop safety induction, however this machine is located in a fully supervised area.
Festool Chop Saw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop

For quick, accurate straight and angled cuts in timber only.

Laser beam for lining up your cut.

Can cut materials up to 85mm in thickness.

Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a machine shop safety induction.
RHJ Vertical Belt Sander
Location: George Porter Machine Shop

The vertical belt is ideal for precise sanding of small to medium sized pieces of timber and plastic.

The table is adjustable to 45 degrees.


The guard is adjustable to accommodate different sized pieces

Emergency stop button is fitted.


Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a machine shop safety induction.
Mobile Bench with 2 x Hegner Multicut 1 & Extraction
Hegner Multicut Quick Scroll Saw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For cutting intricate shapes and patterns from timber, foam, and plastic upto 9mm thick.




Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after completing a machine shop safety induction, however this machine is located in a fully supervised area.
Dewalt Router with table and mechanical lift
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For creating various types of slots, grooves or edge finishes in timber only.







Traffic light: RED
To be used only by the technician.
Dust Extraction in Machine Shop
Axminster Downdraft Table
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


To be used for all hand sanding this 1600mm downdraft table will extract dust created from the immediate environment.



Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised, however this machine is located in a fully supervised area.
JET Air Filter
Location: George Porter Machine Shop and Digital area

Additional air filtration system to capture any remaining dust particles in the air.



Traffic light: GREEN
This machine will be operating whenever the area is in use.
Axminster Dust Extraction
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


All of our machinery is connected up to a full dust extraction system to remove as much dust from the environment as possible.





Traffic light: GREEN
This machine will be operating whenever the area is in use.
Power Tools
Festool Plunge Track Saw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


Excellent for all straight cuts in sheet timbers. Professional quality equipment with track to ensure straight cuts.






Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Bosch Jigsaw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


Excellent for irregular cuts in sheet timbers, plastic or  metals. Professional quality equipment with track to ensure straight cuts.




Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Bosch Corded Drill
Location: George Porter Shop

For drilling in metals, timber, plastics and masonry. Use if you need a bit more power than the 18V cordless (not very often)


Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Dremel
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For cutting, sanding, shaping and drilling various types of materials.



Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Bosch Detail Sander
Location: George Porter Shop


For small detail sanding these cordless tools are ideal. Able to get into tighter areas than the palm sander.

Not suitable for sanding large surface areas.


Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Makita Palm Sander
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For finish sanding of larger surface areas on sheets and models





Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Bosch Glue Gun
Location: George Porter Shop


For joining various materials with a hot melt glue










Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Dewalt Cordless Reciprocating Saw
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


Excellent for deeper cuts in timbers. Suited to heavy duty work.




Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Dewalt Cordless Nail Gun
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


Fast, easy pinning of materials. Much quicker than drilling and screwing.






Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Dewalt Cordless Multi-tool
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


Oscillating multi-tool for cutting and sanding, shaping and drilling various types of materials. Good for hard to reach areas.






Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Lamello Biscuit Jointer
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For joining timber with specialist fixings



Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Bosch Hot Air Gun
Location: George Porter Shop


For heating acrylic to bend, either free form or to a pre-made former.






Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
3Doodler 2.0
Location: George Porter Shop


For quick sketch models. We have 2 different materials, and many colours.

See "how to" page for instructions





Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Electric Hot Knife
Location: George Porter Machine Shop


For cutting, carving and shaping styrofoam



Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing a safety induction.
Digital Design
Epilog Laser (Fusion)
Location: George Porter Digital Area


For cutting and engraving vector files.

Will take A1 sheets up to 6mm thick.


Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing training.
Epilog Laser (36EXT)
Location: George Porter Digital Area


For cutting and engraving vector files.

Will take A1 sheets up to 4mm thick.


Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing training.
Epilog Laser (Helix)
Location: George Porter Digital Area


For cutting and engraving vector files.

Will take A2 sheets up to 4mm thick.



Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing training.
Isel Euromod CNC
Location: George Porter Digital Area


3 axis CNC machine for cutting 2d and 3d files from timber, foam, plastic and plaster.

Maximum dimensions 550mm x 250mm

Maximum depth of cut 40mm







Traffic light: AMBER
To be used under technician supervision after completing training.
Miscellaneous
Formech Vacuum Former
Location: George Porter Digital

For mould forming in thermoplastic materials

Bed size: 420mm x 300mm





Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Hot Wire Sheet Bender
(with separate bending guide)
Location: George Porter Hand Tool Area

For bending sheet plastics. The guide allows for accurate bending.

Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Bernina 1008S sewing machine
Location: George Porter Shop


Professional quality sewing machine for textiles.








Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Logan Mat Trimmer
Location: George Porter Digital

For trimming mount board or grey board accurately and quickly.

Takes sheets upto A1


Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.
Nobex Champion Mitre Saw
Location: George Porter Hand Tool Area


For accurately cutting preset angles in timber, dowel or metal rods.


Traffic light: GREEN
Can be used unsupervised after receiving instruction.