Manual Machining and Layout MAY/JUN 2017

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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Event Times:

Session 1: Sunday, 5/14/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Session 2: Sunday, 5/21/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Session 3: Sunday, 5/28/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Session 4: Sunday, 6/4/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Session 5: Sunday, 6/11/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Session 6: Sunday, 6/18/17, 1:00-3:00PM

Course Description:

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 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.


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10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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