Silver Reed Machine Knitting Studio


Open Work Space

Labs, Shops, and Studios

E4 Metal Shop

25 E 13th St, 4th floor   •   Mon - Fri: 9am - 10pm, Sat - Sun: 11am - 7pm
Open to: all New School students who have had necessary training with equipment and processes


Special Note on Shop Hours:

  • MFA/BFA Fine Arts Open Studios
    • Oct 25: E4 Metal, E4 Wood, E4 Tool Checkout, E4 Store will be Closed 5:00pm- 10:00pm. Regular hours will resume Oct 26th.
  • Thanksgiving
    • Nov 21: All Facilities close by 5pm
    • Nov 22 – 25: All Facilities Closed
  • Winter Break
    • Dec 19 – Jan 22: All Facilities Closed except where noted.

Please note the last day of Open Sign Up Orientation for the Fall semester is October 26th. 


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 protocol and policy 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.


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


CNC Plasma cutting is open to all students. However, students must have taken Metal Shop Orientation to further manipulate the cut metal within the E4 Metal Shop facility. Consultation hours will be Monday to Friday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. During these hours, you can stop by to consult with a technician and decide if CNC Plasma Cutting is right for your project, as well as help process files to be submitted. CNC job submissions can take at least 3 to 4 business days to cut (even longer during mid-terms & finals), so please keep this in mind and be patient when submitting jobs.

The CNC Plasma Cutting queue can be viewed here.

For more information about the CNC Plasma Cam, please read the CNC Plasma Cam File Submission Process document and the CNC Plasma Cam FAQs documents provided.

Metal Fabrication Classroom

Related 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