E4 Tool Checkout, E4 Material Store, E4 Open Work Space


Shoemaking Studio

E4 Metal Shop

Open to: all students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes
Parsons East Building, 25 E 13th St, 4th floor   •  

Academic Year 2023-24 Update

For Shop Hours, please visit E4 Metal Calendar

Please view the Calendar Above for Open Shop Hours


Early Shop Closure – March 22, 2023

Due to reduced staffing, the E4 Metal Shop will close at 5pm Friday, March 22nd.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


Fine Art Open Studios – March 28th, 4pm-9pm (SHOPS CLOSED)

All E4 Facilities (Wood, Metal, and Tool Checkout) will close at 4 pm Thursday, Mar 7th for BFA/MFA Open Studios.  Normal hours will resume at 9 am Friday, Mar 29th.


E4 Orientations concluded for the Spring

E4 Orientations have concluded for the semester to leave room for additional Open Task Time for Midterms and Finals.  If you would like, please fill out the Orientation Wait List to be notified of future orientations being offered.


Plasmacan Update: The Plasmacam Queue is back online and accepting submissions.  Thank you for your patience!



If you need to schedule a class demo, please do so by contacting Facilities Manager, Damien Vera at

We ask that you give us at least three weeks notice such that students can be made aware of altered open task time.

Mandatory Orientation

E4 Metal Shop Orientation

This is a mandatory orientation for all students wanting to gain access to the E4 Metal Shop. Before entering the shop for the physical portion of the Metal Orientation, please be ready to show your Canvas portion grade to the Tech. At the conclusion of the orientation, students will receive a Welding Shield sticker that gives them access to a variety of tools and equipment. Orientations will start promptly on time.  All late arrivals will be turned away and have to reschedule.

Please arrive with shop-appropriate attire. See dress code below.


  • Please wear Leather boots.  No open-toe shoes or heels are allowed. No fabric sneakers such as converse.
  • Must wear Jeans or canvas pants long enough to cover the tops of your shoes.  No synthetic, frays, fur. No Shorts, No Tights, No Leggings
  • All long hair must be tied back.
  • Necklaces and bracelets or other hanging accessories must be removed.
  • No Headphones.

failure to adhere to the dress code will result in you being turned away

Plasmacam Project Submission

E4 Metal Shop will be taking files for the CNC Plasma Cutter.

Consultation is Mandatory for completion of Submission.

(Consultation Hours are Mon-Friday 1pm-5pm)

Export all files in .dfx format only

Projects are processed in the order they are received. Please check the log below for current status.

About the E4 Metal Shop

This lab is for advanced users.

Only continuing students who already have done orientation can use the shop. Second, third, and fourth-year Parsons students, as well as graduate students, will be permitted to use the E4 Metal Shop after training. Students are responsible for understanding all safety protocols and policies of the facility regarding etiquette, approved material use, required safety equipment / PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), and proper equipment use.

The shop is equipped with multiple tools such as belt grinders, MIG welders, Oxy-Acetylene tanks, and a CNC Plasma Cutter, among others. The shop is primarily designed for use of ferrous metals, though we also have a non-ferrous metals area within the shop for finer metal-working and jewelry projects. If you are interested in purchasing materials (Angle Iron, Flat Stock, Sheet Steel, etc.) for use in the shop, please visit the E4 Material Resale Center.

Additional hand tools and accessories are available for loan through the E4 Tool Checkout.

Students are fully responsible for the care of Making Center equipment while it is in their possession.  If equipment is lost, damaged, or stolen, the student is financially responsible for the repair or replacement of that equipment.


  • Please wear leather boots. No open-toe shoes, heels, or sneakers are allowed.
  • Must wear long jeans (no shorts).
  • No synthetic, frays, fur
  • All long hair must be tied back.
  • All hanging accessories must be removed.

Featured Equipment and Tools

  •  Cold Saw Doringer D 300
  •  Burr King Model 960-400 Two Wheel Belt Grinder
  •  Kalamazoo Model s 272 Square Wheel Belt Grinder
  •  MIG (GMAW) Millermatic 252
  •  TIG (GTAW) Miller Syncrowave 180 SD
  •  Oxy-Acetylene Torch
  •  CNC PlasmaCam/Plasma Cutter Miller Spectrum 875
  •  Hand-Held Plasma Cutting Torch
  •  Metal Bandsaw
  •  Rod Brake
  •  Drill Press



E4 Metal Shop Calendar

Safety Requirements

  • All students must wear a dust mask.

    Required Dust Mask

  • All students must wear ear protection.

    Required Ear Protection

  • All students must wear eye protection.

    Required Eye Protection

  • All students must wear face sheilds.

    Required Face Shield