Metal Lathe


You must must pass Makespace training to use this equipment. 

Key Information

Report any issues here. 

Report minor injuries here.

Call 999 if needed.

Phones are next to both doors.

First aid kit is at the sink.

You must pass this course and the practical before using this equipment.


A Metal Lathe is a tool to machine metal by rotating it against a stationary cutting tool.

Makespace owns a Warco metal lathe - a powerful, solidly built machine that can achieve micrometre-level precision.

In contrast to the freehand cutting typical of a wood lathe, a Metal Lathe constrains the cutting tools. This rigidity is how it is able to cut metal with high precision.

Cleaning the Lathe

What can a Metal Lathe do?

Types of operation:

What can you make using a Metal Lathe?

What materials can you machine using the Metal Lathe?

The Makespace metal lathe can machine:

It CANNOT be used to machine e.g.:

The work pieces can be up to 65 cm long and up to 32 cm in diameter.

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