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Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Somerville, United States

Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine

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Monday, December 3, 7:30-10PM   more info Sold Out $75.00 $2.49
Monday, December 10, 7:30-10PM   more info 2 Tickets $75.00 $2.49
Monday, December 17, 7:30-10PM   more info Sold Out $75.00 $2.49

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If you already know what you want to build and you just want to learn how to use the tools you need safely (or if you just want a refresher), Tool Training sessions are for you. Classes are kept small so each student gets a lot of personal attention, and each training session is themed for a certain set of tools - just take the sessions you need to get going.

This 2.5-hour personalized training will launch you into the world of precision machining at the Artisan's Asylum!  Makers of all types will benefit from shaping aluminum, steel, and plastics into precisely cut parts.
In this class students will learn to safely use our two Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines (a.k.a. knee mills, a.k.a. millers). 
After an introduction to terminology and machine anatomy, students will learn the following operations:
-- Changing spindle speeds and identifying cutting speed ranges.
-- Changing cutting tools including end mills, fly cutters, drills, and countersinks.
-- Holding workpieces in the vice and precisely locating part edges.
-- Facing raw aluminum stock for perfect surface finish.
-- Milling steps, slots, and pockets in aluminum.
-- Precision hole location and drilling.
-- Cleanup and machine care.

Class Goals:

Students will become familiar with basic machine anatomy, workholding, toolholding, and various safe mill operations.
If proficiency is achieved, students will leave the class qualified to do independent work on the Asylum's two precision Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines.


"Basic Metalworking Machine Tools" strongly recommended.  Students are encouraged to bring scrap materials or personal projects to class.


Practice materials will be provided by Artisan's Asylum.

Event Time:

Manual Milling Machine tool trainings are available on Monday evenings, from 7:30pm to 10pm. You can register for a particular session according to the dates on the ticket types above.


Eric Van Dyke

Eric Van Dyke thinks about one thing and one thing only–how things are made.  As a manufacturing engineer, he enjoys the company of high-powered robots, loud assembly lines, molten plastics, and shiny metals.  He’s published research on high-speed aluminum machining, competed in robot design competitions, and loves photography.  Eric is an industrial fermentation engineer by day and an avid beer homebrewer by night.  He will help you rebuild the world after the zombies have come and gone.

Have questions about Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.


10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 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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