The manual mills in the Asylum machine shop are amazingly versatile tools- they can be used to create precisely dimensioned parts out of aluminum, steel, or plastic, cut sheets of metal to size, or miter tubes for welding. This class will teach you how to setup a bridgeport-style mill for precision machining, how to securely hold a part, how to precisely measure distances down to one-thousandth of an inch, and how to make facing cuts and drill holes using a wide variety of mill bits and accessories.
Successful completion of this course will provide students with the knowledge needed to participate in tool testing for the Artisan’s Asylum Bridgeport mills.
This short class will not, however, offer students the opportunity to become expert in the operation of this tool -- that requires applying these techniques to a project over many hours, whether independently or in a longer form class. This training will simply give the student the information they need in order to operate the tool without harming the machine, themselves, or the people around them. It also serves as a good refresher for those who've become rusty after years away from the mill.
Students will learn to:
- Move the mill table accurately along x, y, and z axes
- Change mill spindle speeds for different tasks and materials
- Understand how to Calculate appropriate Speeds and Feeds for milling operations
- Securely fixture a small piece of aluminum stock in the vise
- Identify a variety of end mills and their uses.
- "Face", or cut a side of, a piece of aluminum stock to achieve a precise dimension and smooth finish.
- Find the edge of a piece of stock, and drill a hole a precise distance from the edge.
- “Zero” the X, Y, and Z axis as they relate to fixtured stock
- Understand the concept of Backlash and how it relates to using the Bridgeport Mills
- Understand the difference between Climb Milling and Conventional milling
- Clean and maintain the mill.
No previous experience required, but Metalworking Tool Training 101 recommended (see upcoming available dates listed at http://artisansasylum.com/current-classes/#sectionmetalworking). Students must be at least 18 years old and must be able to safely reach all equipment.
What to Bring:
Hair ties for long hair, closed-toed shoes, short-sleeve shirt. All other materials needed for class will be provided.
Session 1: Tuesday, 11/1/16, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Session 2: Tuesday, 11/8/16, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Damian Ward began working with metal when he brought home an oxy-acetylene rig in 2009 and began welding. Arc welding followed soon after, along with melting and casting aluminum. Since joining the Artisan's Asylum, Damian has spent almost all of his free time in the machine shop and has lost track of how many hours he has spent in front of the mill.
In addition to his metalworking, Damian has worked on a dairy farm, pulled network cable, worked for Lockheed Martin, and practiced criminal law. Damian's favorite Doctor Who companion is Wilfred Mott.
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