Machine Shop and CNC
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- Some classes are mandatory and must be taken in order. Take as many as you like.
- Our classes are open to everyone 14 years and up. Beginners are absolutely welcome.
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This class teaches machine shop safety and the use of the most common hand held power tools, cutting tools, and abrasives. From hammers, to screwdrivers, and duckbill pliers, this class goes through the entire machine shop toolbox in depth. This class also covers all types of tools and methods for removing material, such as: files, band saw blades, abrasive pads, and sandpaper. You will learn how to use different tools, cut different materials, create beautiful finishes, and discover which materials/tools are the best to use. THIS CLASS GIVES MEMBERS ACCESS TO: All tools and equipment covered in this class.
This class covers all the OTHER machines and equipment in a machine shop. We will show you when, why, and how to use each shop support tool and piece of equipment. While under the instructor's supervision, students will have the opportunity to use each tool in order to gain familiarity and further hands-on knowledge. In this class, you will also learn proper use, safety and care of the equipment/tools. Class 09-105 Pre-Req. THIS CLASS GIVES MEMBERS ACCESS TO: Vertical & horizontal bandsaws, bead blaster, stomp shear, all sheetmetal bending brakes, metal belt and disc sanders, metal drill press, and all bench grinders (grinding and deburring wheels) and other tools covered in this class.
There are thousands of cutting tools in the machine shop. We will teach you the difference between endmills, chamfer tools, drills, and more. This class covers the proper use of cutters, tool holders, tap basics, collets, vices, and other tooling. Knowledge of tooling and cutting parameters are critical for safe and effective use of manual (and CNC) mills & lathes. Class 09-110 Pre-Req.
This class covers all the essential features of a standard milling machine (aka, knee mill or Bridgeport). From safety, to controls, to proper use, to the names of all the components and what they do. We begin in the classroom and end with showing you how to "mill" a simple part. Students also get to operate the mill and to get a sense of how it feels to machine metals. Class 09-115 Pre-Req.
This class covers the very important aspects of proper clamping, indicating, parallels, vice stops, milling, fly-cutting, drilling & more. Instructor will demonstrate how to set-up and machine an aluminum part from start to finish. Students will observe and actively participate in the process. Class 09-120 Pre-Req.
Using what was learned in the previous Machine Shop classes, students will take turns demonstrating the preparation, mounting, and machining of a simple aluminum part while under the supervision and guidance of the instructor. Student will be required to measure (inspect) the parts they have made. Class 09-125 Pre-Req. THIS CLASS GIVES MEMBERS ACCESS TO: Use the manual mill for basic operations covered in this class.
This class covers all the essential features of a standard manual machine shop lathe (aka, toolroom lathe or Hardinge). We will explain safety, controls, proper use, and the names of all the components along with their functions. Students will begin in the classroom and end in the machine shop with a demonstration of how to make a simple cylindrical part. Students also get to operate the lathe allowing them to get a sense of how it feels to "turn" metals. Class 09-115 Pre-Req.
This class covers very important aspects of lathe chuck use, correct collet use, edge-finding, turning, drilling and more. The instructor will turn an aluminum part from start to finish. Students will observe and actively participate in the process. Use of all controls is demonstrated and practiced in this class. Class 09-140 Pre-Req.
In this class students will take turns demonstrating lathe preparation, mounting of workpieces, and proper use of cutting tools. Then the students will practice the machining (turning) of a simple aluminum part while under the supervision & guidance of the instructor. Class 09-145 Pre-Req. THIS CLASS GIVES MEMBERS ACCESS TO: Use the manual lathe for basic operations covered in this class.
This class covers the most common raw materials used in machine shops, manufacturing, and prototyping. It will also explain why certain steels, aluminum alloys, and plastics are better than others. Students will learn the most common shapes, sizes, local sources, and how these materials are used. In addition, we will discuss identifying materials, considerations when choosing materials, and several other aspects of raw material knowledge. Class 09-100 highly recommended.
The right hardware is critical to the success of any personal project and in a manufacturing, engineering , or prototyping environment. This class will cover the most critical industrial fasteners, such as: nuts and bolts, pins, washers, cap screws and much more. Sizing, uses, sources, materials, design considerations, and many other subjects will also be discussed. Class 09-100 highly recommended.
Shop measurements are very different from every day measurements. This class will teach students the necessary terminology needed in order to successfully measure, specify, and function in a machine shop, engineering, and manufacturing environment. This class covers the proper use of the most common measuring tools such as: calipers, gages, scales, micrometers and much more. Students will also learn that correct usage is critical to avoid bad parts and dangerous designs. Class 09-100 highly recommended. THIS CLASS GIVES MEMBERS ACCESS TO: Use the tools and equipment covered in this class.
This class incorporates the terminology, best practices, and execution of highly efficient shop drawings (from napkin sketches to blueprints). Blueprints are the universal language of making things. It is how ideas and intentions are shared between the designer, engineer, and maker. If not done correctly they can lead to mistakes, bad parts, and failed projects. We teach the most common and universally accepted techniques found in manufacturing. Class 09-170 Pre-Req.
No cost to Skillset students. As a part of our Machine Shop Basics SkillSet package only! Students have 10 hours to create blueprints from a master parts assembly, then machine/turn an identical assembly based on the blueprint they have created. The end result will be checked and if the created assembly of parts is identical to the master, a Machine Shop Basics SkillSet - Certificate Of Completion will be issued. 09-100 to 09-175 Pre-Req.