Shops & Equipment

For hobbyists, artists &

Our 3-D Printer!

Our 3-D Printer!

There are two components to getting access to Asylum equipment: interested users must both sign up for membership AND schedule testing on equipment before they start work at the Asylum for the first time.

To use our tools independently you must demonstrate competent and safe use of the equipment to one of our trained instructors or take one of our training sessions or classes.

Training: If you’re looking for a quick introduction or refresher on the basic operations of a tool, Tool Trainings are for you. Tools are grouped into categories to make it easy for you to get everything you need in one or two sessions.  Our current list of Tool Training Classes is available here.

Testing: If you already have training on this equipment and just need to be checked off to use it at the Asylum, sign up for one of our free testing sessions. Testing is also required as followup for some training classes before students can use the equipment unsupervised. Testing sign-up is available for free by gcal appointment. More information available here.

Classes: To learn how to use the tools at anything other than an introductory level, please take a look at our long-form classes, workshops, and series, listed here.

Inventory of Equipment

Our inventory is constantly growing. If you have specific equipment- or inventory-related questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also take a look at our tool pages on our wiki, where handy things like manuals and parts lists are available for some of the equipment. 

Computer Lab

  • ten fast, quad-core CPUs with 8GB RAM, nVidia graphics cards, and an assortment of software, which dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux.

Rapid Prototyping Lab

  • uPrint SE Plus 3D printer (with WaveWash support cleaning system)
  • Lasersaur 100W laser cutter
    • work area: 1220x610mm (48×24″)
    • resolution: 0.1-0.03mm (240-840dpi)
    • maximum seek rate: 12000mm/min
    • maximum feed rate: 8000mm/min
    • Cut Time: $1/minute


Welding Shop

Welding Shop

  • Miller Syncrowave 180 SD TIG welder with mobile runner package, capable of welding down to a minimum of .02″ steel and aluminum plate and up to a maximum of 1/4″ steel and aluminum plate.
  • Miller XMT 300 TIG welder
  • additonal TIG welder
  • 2 Hobart Handler 210 MIG welders
  • additional MIG welder
  • spot welder (x2)
  • hand-held plasma cutter
  • CNC Plasma Cutter
  • oxy-acetylene rig
  • Chicago Electric 91938 abrasive cut-off saw
  • Baldor 7307 grinder
  • Delta Tungsten sander
  • Vertical belt sander
  • Sand blaster
  • kiln (not operational)
  • Many additional smaller tools(angle grinders, etc.)

Wood Shop

  • 220 volt, 10″, 3-HP Grizzly table saw with both an extended table for supporting one-person cuts on 8-foot panels and an extended fence for extra wide panels. A router table is built into the right hand side of the fence table, and the router table shares the moving fence with the table saw.
  • 220 volt, 8″x75″, 3-HP Grizzly jointer
  • 220 volt, 15″, 2-HP Grizzly planer
  • 14″ 3/4 HP Ridgid band saw
  • 10″ Bosch dual bevel compound sliding miter saw with at-height work bench extensions
  • Blackfoot CNC router, built at the Asylum
  • 3/4″ HP Grizzly wood lathe
  • Sheffield wood lathe hand tooling
  • 34″ reach 1/3-HP Rikon radial arm drill press with extension, head tilting and table tilting capability
  • Delta 12″ benchtop drill press
  • Harbor Freight 16″ variable speed scroll saw
  • Delta ShopMaster 4″ belt/6″ disc benchtop sander
  • Jet Dirt Dog dust collector
  • A variety of hand-held tools (jigsaw, drills, etc.)

Machine Shop

  • 9″x42″ Sharp LMV 2-axis CNC mill with Accu-Rite controller, 3-HP motor capable of 5,000 rpm. 27″ X-travel, 12″ Y-travel, 5″ quill travel, 15″ Z-travel.
  • Bridgeport mill (x2)
  • Clausing Colchester 13″ swing x 40″ between centers gap bed lathe (with gap swing capacity of 19″), 3-HP motor capable of 2500 rpm, foot brake, Tool Room class variant.
  • Harrison Boxford VSL 500 lathe
  • Jet HVBS613 horizontal bandsaw
  • DoALL bandsaw
  • finger brake
  • Niagra jump shear
  • additional jump shear
  • drill press (x2)
  • JET 3″ hydraulic pipe/tubing bender
  • parts washer
  • 5’x10′ moving table 3-axis CNC router with 8 position tool changer, 7 horsepower spindle, 25 horsepower vacuum pump for hold-down. Cuts non-ferrous metals, woods, wood-derivatives, and plastics.


  • 20 soldering stations
  • various DVMs
  • several oscilloscopes
  • bench mounted circular magnifier with light
  • bench mounted stereo microscope
  • several hand tools


Bike Shop

  • Inventory to come!


Screen Printing Shop

  • 4 color press
  • 1 color press
  • sink
  • power washer
  • darkroom drying racks & storage

Jewelry & Lampworking Shop

  • Acetylene tank with 2 complete torch setups
  • 8-inch metal shear (non-ferrous metals only)
  • buffing station
  • Six annealing pans
  • bench pins with handles
  • forming tools
  • neck mandral
  • and much more!

Fabric Shop

  • Singer 3962 Sewing Machine, 60 stitch functions, quilting accessory pack, one-step button hole function, automatic tensioner, free arm.
  • Brother XL-3500i sewing machine, 35 stitch functions, one-step button-hole function, free arm, 0-7mm stitch width, 0-5mm stitch length, free arm.
  • Brother 3034D overlock machine, 3 or 4 thread pattern, two needles, 2-4mm stitch length, free arm.
  • Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master Iron, 1700 watts, vertical steaming capability, precision tip, precision temperature control.


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