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 qualify students to use the Artisan's Asylum Bridgeport mills independently as member.
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
- "True" the mill table using a dial indicator
- Attach a vise to the mill table, and identify the uses of different fixturing accessories.
- Securely clamp a small aluminum block.
- Identify a variety of mill bits and their uses.
- "Face", or cut a side of, an aluminum block to achieve a precise dimension and smooth finish.
- Find the edge of a clamped workpiece, and drill a hole a precise distance from the edge.
- Clean and maintain the mill.
Students must be at least 18 years old.
Aluminum block: $3. Bring some cash, or bring a 1"-ish X 1"-ish X 2"-ish aluminum scrap piece
What to Bring:
Hair ties for long hair, closed-toed shoes, long-sleeve shirt.
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.
Manual Mill Tool Trainings run every other Tuesday evening from 7pm to 9:30pm.
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.
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.