Machining Workshop I

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Workshop description

We are presenting a machine tool workshop focusing on manual mill and lathe work. The goal of this workshop is to get students able to safely and comfortably perform lathe and mill operations and be able to continue their learning by doing further projects after the workshop has concluded. Machine tool work requires a lot of knowledge including book learning along with practical experience. This workshop will get participants started with a basic understanding of lathe and mill operations and other related skills. We will start with safety, then cover proper operations of the mill and the lathe. Then we will cover indicating and measurments followed by the project. Additionally, any students who want to go on to learn CNC work will benefit by having concepts and knowledge of how to perform manual mill and lathe work.

  • A maximum of 4 students will be allowed to take this workshop at the same time with students working in pairs.

Pre-home work

The duration of this workshop is only 6 hours, in order to maximize the benefit each student should do the required pre-homework before attending the actual workshop. It's not required to fully understand all of this material, however you will be familar with terms and operations along with concepts beyond what we will be teaching. Additionally, we have much more training material beyond what is presented here so students are free to go beyond the prescribed homework. However at a minimum please try to get through the prescribed homework.

Mill training wiki

Mill training

Read chapter 18 from the book Machining Fundamentals:

Metal lathe training wiki

Metal Lathe training

Read chapters 13, 14, and 15 of Machining_Fundamentals:

Next download the manual for our lathe:

Read page 12 (PDF page 12 which is 2 pages of the book) and part/chapter 4 (PDF pages 35-46).


On our bookshelves is a CD binder with training video DVD's and a memory stick which also contains the videos. Video homework will issued when students sign up for this workshop.

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