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Manual Machining and Layout: MARCH/APRIL

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Manual Machining and Layout: MARCH/APRIL

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
7:45-9:45pm THURSDAYS, March 13 - April 17   more info Sold Out Ended $295.00 $6.89
1:00-3:00pm SUNDAYS, March 16 - April 20   more info Sold Out Ended $295.00 $6.89

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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.

Class Goals:

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.

Materials Provided:

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.

Instructor Biography: Danaan Metge

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.


Event Time: 


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.

Have questions about Manual Machining and Layout: MARCH/APRIL? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM - Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

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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. 

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