The Pier 9 Workshop is excited to share our full roster of Machine Training Curriculum on Instructables. Each class was developed over 5 years of hands-on collaboration with industry experts. We hope the knowledge we've gathered here will help any level of user be successful in a workshop.
The Manual Mill is a milling machine that removes metal by rotating a multi-toothed cutter that is fed into a moving workpiece. A manual mill can remove material along all three axes X, Y and Z, which makes it capable of machining relatively complex parts. The mill in the Metal Shop at Pier 9 is a Bridgeport Series I Standard Knee Mill, but the information in this class is applicable to most manual metal mills. A free PDF download of this class is available at the end of the last lesson.
This class is the most advanced class in a greater course series covering Metal Shop safety and basic use. In this course series you will learn how to safely operate and adjust machines to cut, shape, and drill metal.Check out the rest of the Metal Shop classes:
Lesson 1: Getting Started With the Manual Mill
This lesson goes over the anatomy of the manual mill, as well as basic safety and best practices for machining
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Lesson 2: Movement Controls
Movement control refers to the direction the bed is moved under the cutting head.
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Lesson 3: Cutting Tools and Holders
Learn how to load your desired endmill into the collet before energizing the machine.
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Lesson 4: Milling Concepts
This section goes over the fundamentals of machining materials with a manual mill.
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Lesson 5: Digital Read Out
Learning to use the digital read out gives you precision and accuracy when machining parts.
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Lesson 6: Operating the Mill
How to run the machine for all kinds of materials and a few more tips and tricks to get you the best results on the Manual Mill. This lesson also includes a free PDF download of this class to use in your shop.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!