General Machining Tips

I’m by no means a good machinist. I get along OK, and I can perform most of the tasks that I need to on my own; but I still need a lot of help to get things done and done well. I’m quite thankful to Steve, the machinist here at CC, for teaching me through this semester and helping me to fabricate the parts needed for my arm project and I hope to learn much more from him. With that in mind, I thought that it might be helpful for other beginning machinists to have a resource for basic machining techniques that are not very complicated so they can get started. The best resource I’ve found is by far the video series on prototype machining provided by MIT here, but I hope I can help with some other tips and tricks I’ve found useful. Continue reading