Metal Shop

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Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative process by providing shared space, shared tools, software, materials and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.

The Metal Shop Area at PPM consists mostly of Level 3 equipment.

Additional training and certification is required to use any of our Level 3 equipment.

Metal Shop Area hand tools should be marked with pink tape, paint, or powder coating.


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911

Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Area Leader — Josh Harlow

To help out in the Metal Shop Area contact the Area Leader on Slack.


Classes for the the Grizzly combination machine are split into individual Mill and Lathe Classes.
Pikes Peak Makerspace announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


Links to external sites:

Evolution Power Tools — on YouTube
G-code — Wikipedia entry


  • Let the tool do the work. Don't force it.
  • Before using air tools add 1 drop of air tool oil

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #metal-shop
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

Equipment Lists

Metal Shop Equipment

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Evolution Metal Chop Saw
Metal Cutting Chop Saw

14" blade

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evolution POWER TOOLS evoSAW yes
Metal band saw
metal band saw
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DoALL M602 no
5in Bench Grinder
5 in.

Bench Grinder

on stand

6in Bench Grinder
6 in.

Bench Grinder

on stand

shopmaster eldorado

bridge mill

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shopmaster yes

30 inch

CENTRAL MACHINERY 61791 Owner's Manual



1/2 TON




WELLS Wellsaw 58B Review
Picture Item Manufacturer Model

Lathe Equipment

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Owner Reference
Grizzly Lathe
combination machine
(Mill and Lathe)

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Grizzly logo


Bill Epperson online
Tool cabinet.jpg
tool cabinet
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U.S. General Bill Epperson
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Owner Reference

Hand Tools

Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Angle grinder Milwaukee corded
4-1/2" Small

Angle Grinder

with Lock-On Paddle Switch

Milwaukee Logo


Angle Grinder PPM
Angle Grinder
Milwaukee Logo
Drill bit set Milwaukee
Drill Bit Set,

29 pieces,


Milwaukee Logo


Punch set in plastic case
Punch Set in plastic case Wheeler product page
Vise grips powdercoated
vise grips
Picture Item Manufacturer Model
Metal Shop Area hand tools should be marked with pink tape or paint or powder coating.
Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Benefits and Policies


PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.


Donate for "General Supplies" via PayPal:
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.

Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a red-tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack, # red-tag-issues channel.
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Scrap and Trash

Trash day is MONDAY
Recycling day is MONDAY (96 gallon tote)
Single Stream Recycling provided by Waste Connections. Paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and one time use plastics.
Empty recycling and trash into our dumpster at the back (south side) of the building.
Always leave the space better than you found it.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

  Metal Shop — Sandblasting Cabinet  
  Metal Shop — Powder Coating  
  Metal Shop — Welding Area  
Autodesk Fusion 360 Tips

Curated Links

Links to member-recommended external sites:

Mach 3 — control motors (stepper & servo) by processing G-Code.
UNISTRUT — Metal Framing System

Other Fun Stuff

Links to external sites:

Adam Savage's Guide to Drill Bits!
Jamie Hyneman On Welding in His Workshop
PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
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