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Tool Training: Metal Lathe

March 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

|Recurring Class (See all)
Wednesdays, 3/4/20 - 3/11/20

Make stuff round! Like, *REALLY* round!

In this class, you will learn how to precisely perform basic machining operations using the lathe. You will learn about tool selection, speeds and feeds, and how to use the DRO (Digital Read Out) to make precisely dimensioned parts. You will practice setting up the machine, use the 3-jaw chuck to securely hold work, change tools, and perform facing and turning cuts on aluminum stock.

This training will give beginning students the information they need in order to safely operate the lathe and also serves as a good refresher for people who have not used a lathe recently.

Class Goals 
Learn about lathe safety and setup
Select appropriate tools for turning operations
Hold parts using 3-Jaw chuck
Practice changing tools and setting spindle speeds
“Zero” the X and Z axis using the DRO
Perform basic facing and turning cuts on aluminum
Learn about centering work using the 4-jaw chuck
Understand the concept of Backlash

Materials Provided
Safety Glasses, Practice Stock

Class Dates
Wednesdays, 3/4/20 – 3/11/20




This class will not run with fewer than 2 students.


March 11
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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