Canceled >>>Summer Youth: Hand Held Plasma Cutting (ages 14-18)

  • Thursday, July 26, 2018
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN Metal Arts Welding Studio, Class Code: ME072618HS
  • 3


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

BARN Cancellation and Refund Policy: To change or cancel your registration, please call (206) 842-4475 or email at least four (4) days prior to the class/event start date in order to receive a refund. Your spot in the class is not guaranteed until payment is completed. If you would prefer to register and pay offline, please call or come into BARN.

This class has been canceled. Please contact with any questions.

For youth ages 14 - 18

Cut shapes out of flat sheet steel.  Make an idea into hard reality. 

Participants will use a plasma cutter to create a design in 16 gauge steel (roughly 3/32nds). Each student will have a 2 foot square sheet of steel (and a practice piece).  Bring a design. Detail should be at a level you can draw with a sharpie or soapstone and trace with a somewhat awkward implement while wearing gloves. 

Plasma cutting uses a highly focused electric arc and compressed air to cut steel.  Wiki (paraphrased) describes the process thusly:  Plasma cutting involves creating an electrical channel of super-heated, electrically ionized gas i.e. plasma, through the work piece forming a completed electric circuit. Compressed gas is blown through a focused nozzle at high speed.  The electrical arc ionizes some of the gas, thereby creating an electrically conductive channel of plasma. As electricity from the cutter torch travels down this plasma it delivers sufficient heat to melt through the work piece. The compressed gas blows the hot molten metal away, thereby cutting through the work piece. 

The three hour class costs $47 for members and $56 for non-members. 
There is a $25 materials fee for steel and consumables that will be added to the cost of class when you register.

Small class size (3) creates a learning atmosphere with direct mentoring.  Work space is limited on the plasma table. Students will take turns using the plasma cutters.

The class begins with a safety briefing.

Safety and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided by BARN.

Important Notes:

  • Please bring this permission slip to the first day of class.
  • Minimal financial assistance available. Please apply here.
  • If you would like BARN to know any specific information about your child's allergies or learning needs, please email Julie Leung:
  • Students must wear natural fiber clothing, long pants, closed toe shoes, no stretch fabrics, long hair tied back. Dress warmly, the studio may be cold.  
  • This 1-day, three hour, class is also offered again on July 27. It is not sequential.

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