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Tool Training: CNC Mill JAN/FEB

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Tool Training: CNC Mill JAN/FEB

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Monday, January 13, 7:30-10pm
This ticket grants admission to one session of CNC Mill Tool Training at Artisan's Asylum. After successful completion of the session, students will be able to operate the Sharp CNC Mill independently as Artisan's Asylum members.
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Monday, January 27, 7:30-10pm 1 Ticket $75.00 $2.49
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If you already know what you want to build and how you want to build it, and you just want to learn how to use the tools you need safely or need a refresher, Tool Training sessions are for you! This 2.5-hour personalized training will launch you into the world of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) precision machining at Artisan's Asylum. Makers of all types will benefit from shaping aluminum, steel, and plastics into precise, computer-cut parts. After you've practiced with the manual milling machine, it's time to work in the realm of thousandths of an inch!

In this class students will learn to safely use our Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller.
After an introduction to terminology and machine anatomy, students will learn the following operations in aluminum:
-- Digital Read Out (DRO) functionality, including part coordinate systems and edge location.
-- Automated CNC operations including facing, slot, pocket, precision drilling, circular boring, feature patterns, and text engraving.
-- Complete part programming using the MillPwr conversational CNC language.
-- Part program file management and advanced code features.
-- Changing spindle speeds, identifying cutting speed/feed ranges, and finish-pass conditions.
-- Changing cutting tools and specifying tool geometry in the CNC controller.
-- Safety features (like "dry run"), cleanup, and machine care.

Class Goals:

Students will become familiar with basic machine anatomy and various safe automated CNC milling operations. Students will leave with an understanding of the MillPwr conversational CNC controller and part programming techniques.  

If proficiency is achieved, students will leave the class qualified to do independent work on the Asylum's Sharp Vertical Milling Machine with MillPwr CNC Servo Controller.


1:  Before enrolling in this training, students must first complete the "Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine" or confirm previous manual mill competency with the instructor.
2:  Before class day, students must read the MillPwr controller manual here:
The MillPwr CNC controller uses a conversational programming method that is easy to learn.  No previous programming or G-code experience is required.
3:  All students must be at least 18 years of age. 

Materials Provided:

Practice materials and end mills will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.

What to Bring:

Please wear closed-toe shoes, avoid any dangling clothes or adornments, and tie back long hair. 

Event Time:

Paul Carson

CNC mill tool training sessions are available on alternate Monday evenings, from 7:30-10pm. You can register for a particular session according to the dates on the ticket types above.

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form. 

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Tool Training: CNC Mill JAN/FEB? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.


Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143


Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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