For students who want more than just an introduction to the Asylum's manual milling machines and lathe, this class will provide an extended background in practical machining theory and practice. By the end of the class, you'll be able to select appropriate materials for projects from robotics to coffee grinders, understand the theory behind complex operations like automotive cylinder boring, and most importantly, be comfortable creating parts and assemblies like axles, brackets, fixturing jigs, and motor supports.
Students will learn the following operations on the mill and lathe:
- Setup and true-ing of the mill and vise.
- Holding parts accurately in the vise.
- Clamping large, irregular parts directly to the mill table.
- "Facing" a part using a fly cutter.
- Cutting precise features using an endmill.
- Drilling precise, ordinately-dimensioned holes.
- Clamping round parts using a three-jaw vise.
- Clamping irregular parts using a 4-jaw vise.
- Turning operations on a cylindrical part.
- Facing operations on a raw part.
- Parting off of completed parts.
- Threading using the lathe.
- Drilling and tapping using the lathe.
- Introduction to material selection
- Introduction to machining theory
- Introduction to engineering design
No experience required. Students must be at least 18 years of age.
Aluminum and steel practice pieces: $5. Material can be purchased directly from the instructor.
What to Bring:
Hair ties for long hair, closed-toed shoes.
Danaan Metge is a mechanical engineer with extensive prototyping experience. His experience with a mill, lathe, welder, and 3D printer was gleaned from work fabricating parts for an electric self-balancing motorcycle and an off-road gas-powered skateboard with a small company in Somerville, and also from designing and building his own bicycle frame and guitar amplifier.
Session 1: Thursday, March 13, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 2: Thursday, March 20, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 3: Thursday, March 27, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 4: Thursday, April 3, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 5: Thursday, April 10, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 6: Thursday, April 17, 7:45PM - 9:45PM
Session 1: Sunday, March 16, 1-3PM
Session 2: Sunday, March 23, 1-3PM
Session 3: Sunday, March 30, 1-3PM
Session 4: Sunday, April 6, 1-3PM
Session 5: Sunday, April 13, 1-3PM
Session 6: Sunday, April 20, 1-3PM
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.
When & Where
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.