Tool Training: CNC Lathe JUN 2017

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, MA 02143

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Event Times:

Session 1: Saturday, 6/03/2017, 1 - 3PM

Session 2: Saturday, 6/10/2017, 1 - 3PM

Session 3: Saturday, 6/17/2017, 1 - 3PM

Session 4: Saturday, 6/24/2017, 1 - 3PM

Course Description:

If you are familiar with turning on a manual lathe, you are also familiar with their limitations. This course is the first step towards breaking out of those limitations and learning how to interface with a CNC lathe to make complex parts.The first 2 sessions of this course will be an introduction to HSMWorks for CNC turning. Students will learn how to:

  • take a solid model
  • generate a job file
  • select tools
  • set speeds and feeds
  • setup various turning operations
  • and translate them to G-code.

The last 2 sessions will teach students how to operate Artisan's Asylum's Millport 1740 CNC Lathe. Students will learn how to:

  • set up the lathe
  • load, and evaluate G-Code files generated in HSMWorks
  • set tool and workpiece offsets
  • run job files
  • and to diagnose and troubleshoot failure modes

This month long intensive training will teach you everything you need to know to operate a 10HP robot driving machine tool safely. Comfort with using HSMWorks software will be necessary to successfully operate the Artisan's Asylum's Millport 1740 CNC Lathe.

*Additional testing will be required to operate the machine independantly here at Artisan's Asylum. You may schedule this with the instructor after successfully completing the class.

Class Goals:

The goal of this class will be to train a student to use HSMWorks to create turning tool paths and to safely operate Artisan's Asylums Millport 1740 CNC Lathe.

The successful student will be able to take an existing file and run it through the machine independenly without hurting themselves, others, or the machine. Additional run time may be necessary in order for students to feel comfortable addressing various failure modes of the machine without consulting the instructor.


Students are required to have prior manual lathe experience and to have passed Artisan's Asylums manual lathe tool testing.

Previous experience using Solidworks, CNC machines, and generating cut files will help significantly.

Students must be at least 18 years of age.


All materials for the class will be provided.

What To Bring:

Hair ties for long hair, no loose clothing, closed-toed shoes.

Class Minimum:

This class will not run with fewer than 2 students - ticket sales end 48 hrs before class begins and class will be canceled or rescheduled if underenrolled.

Instructor Biography:

Ben Macalister is a mechanical engineer, machinist and 3D printer enthusiast. He is the Artisan's Asylum's machine shop manager, and is one of the founding members of the casting studio.


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