If you are familiar with what can be made with manually operated machine tools, you are also familiar with their limitations. This course is the first step towards breaking out of those limitations and learning how to interface with CNC machine tools to make parts otherwise impossible from a manually operated point of view. You will learn how to take a solid model in wood, plastic or aluminum and select tools, speeds and feeds and machining operations and translate them into the G-Code. Comfort with using HSMWorks software will be necessary to successfully operate the Artisan's Asylum Multicam industrial CNC router and Matsura 3-axis Vertical Machining Center.
The successful student will have the wherewithal to write tool-paths in HSMWorks for the control of CNC equipment to make cool parts.
Should have some experience with either manually operated machine tools or small power tools at the very least.
Artisan's Asylum will provide computers with HSMWorks installed for all students.
What to Bring:
Students should bring with them a willingness to learn and explore, a notebook and writing utensil.
Douglas Ruuska is a recovering physicist whose pendulum has swung back, once again, to the realm of art. He has worked at CERN and Fermi Lab, the Antarctic and many, many places in between. He has done such things as DAQ and control coding, stained glass, motorcycle and Landrover mechanic, Bio-Tech instrumentation design, 1-MeV neutron radiation damage studies, photography all over the planet and kinetic sculptures such as his Galaxy and Let's Go Fly a Bike for the Burning Man Festival, among other things. He tends to stay busy and enjoys good beer very much...
Session 1: Friday, July 19, 5-7PM
Session 2: Friday, July 26, 5-7PM
Session 3: Friday, August 2, 5-7PM
Session 4: Friday, August 9, 5-7PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.