CNC Machining

DATE:  August 15, 2010     CATEGORIES:  Class Description, Metalworking, Precision machining

THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to low enrollment

Cost: $200 + $5.99 ticket fee

This class is an introduction to the use of a CNC (computer numerically controlled) milling machine. Milling machines are used to create metal parts in Cartesian (X, Y, Z) components such as gearboxes and engineblocks; computer-controlled milling machines are used to both automatically create intricate parts that can’t be made by hand, and create runs of interchangeable parts much faster than manual machining. Computer-controlled milling machines can be used to both make final metal parts and to make tools (such as injection-molding dies) for other machines.

Purchasing admission to this class also admits students to the Artisan’s Asylum Metalworking theme night (Saturdays, 5 PM-10 PM), where students will be able to practice their newfound skils with experienced instructors on-hand to answer questions and help students with projects.

Class Goals:

The goal of this class will be to introduce students to safe and accurate computer-controlled machining practices, getting them to the point where they can safely use the Asylum CNC milling machine.


Some experience with a manual milling machine (able to change tools, tram in a vise, locate a part).


Students will purchase inexpensive materials from the instructor to complete their final projects.

Instructor Biography: Chris Fitzhugh


Chris is a junior at the Olin College of Engineering. He is an employee of the Olin College machine shop with two years of on-the-job training, and is responsible for the training and supervision of other students on college equipment. His specialty is 2D CNC machining, and he is trained in the use of waterjets, lasercutters, and milling machines.

Class Times:

Session 1: 9/4/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

Session 2: 9/11/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

Session 3: 9/18/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA

Session 4: 9/25/2010, 3 PM – 5 PM @ 561 Windsor St, Unit A306, Somerville MA


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