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Maker Lab

Metal Working

Metal Working Equipment

Specialty Tools Image 7 Metal Working - Shear, Brake, Slip Roll

The metal working equipment can cut, bend, and roll thin sheet metal. In the Maker Lab we have a Woodward Fab throatless rotary shear (pictured), box and pan brake, and slip roll.

Quick Reference

Training Required: Basic Training


  • Throatless Rotary Shear- up to 1/8" thick
  • Box and Pan Brake- 20 gauge capacity, maximum width 12", maximum box depth 1-3/4"
  • Slip Roll- 20 gauge/0.9" (Steel), 18 gauge/1.2" (Brass), 17 gauge/1.36" (Aluminum); wire grooves for 1/16", 1/8", and 3/16"

Materials: Metal

Material Fees: We don't provide any materials.

Common Terminology: Throatless Rotary Shear- allows for easy cuts of any shape up to 1/8" (3mm) of sheet metal. You can manually guide the material or use a fence for straight cuts. Box and Pan Brake- allows for accurately and quickly bend sheet metal. The adjustable dies/fingers gives this tool the versatility to create channels and boxes of various sizes. Slip Roll- used to roll sheets and strips of metal.

PDF Links

Basic Tool Training

Video Links

Metal Working Equipment Safety Video

Manufacture Information

Woodward Fab Website

Woodward Fab Throatless Rotary Shear Website

Woodward Fab Box and Pan Brake Website

Woodward Fab Slip Roll Website

Sample Projects

Spray bottle holder prototypes

Prototypes for potential spray bottle holders out of metal, acrylic, and 3D printed PETG.


Prototypes for spray bottle holders out of metal, acrylic, and 3D printed.