Manual Mill Class


6 Lessons

265 Enrolled


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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.

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.

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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

Lesson 2: Movement Controls

Movement control refers to the direction the bed is moved under the cutting head.

Lesson 3: Cutting Tools and Holders

Learn how to load your desired endmill into the collet before energizing the machine.

Lesson 4: Milling Concepts

This section goes over the fundamentals of machining materials with a manual mill.

Lesson 5: Digital Read Out

Learning to use the digital read out gives you precision and accuracy when machining parts.

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.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!