Tap drill charts are a machinist’s best cheat sheet and how-to guide all in one. But to a newcomer, they might not appear to make a whole lot of sense. Add in some potentially complicated sizing systems, and even a simple tap drill chart might require some explanation. That’s what we’re here to do –
Interested in a machinist career but not sure where to start? Train to be a machinist at one of these top programs and join a rapidly-expanding field with nearly-limitless possibilities. What is a machinist? A machinist is one of the classic blue-collar jobs. A machinist is any person who operates advanced machine tools as part
Everyone has a different hobby. Some prefer to unwind and relax completely – a simple movie on the couch, or a bit of sports on the TV. Others prefer something a bit more strenuous. They might take up running, or cycling, or even just long walks or rambles. Other people prefer to do something creative.
A lathe machine is a large piece of machinery that can be used to cut metal into different shapes. Lathes are essential tools for any professional machinist, and CNC lathes are vital parts of many manufacturing processes. Modern metal lathes are highly versatile and powerful machines, but they aren’t small or inexpensive. Buying a lathe
Becoming a professional CNC milling machine operator requires learning at least a little about a lot of things. Actually, it’s more like learning a lot about a lot of things – from CNC programming to cutting parts with extremely narrow tolerances. Once beginners have learned some of the basics in each of those areas,
When you think about common applications for a CNC machine, the first thing that comes to mind is probably an industrial setting such as a woodshop or auto parts manufacturer. In a woodshop, a CNC lathe might be used to create a series of balusters for a staircase or legs for a set of dining room chairs.
In the beginning, there was CNC. Shortly afterward, 3D printing came along and machining hasn’t been the same since. That might be a slight over-simplification, but it isn’t too far off. Both CNC machining and 3D printing are mechanical processes to machine a workpiece into a desired shape or part, but they both work in
CNC wood routers are the woodcarving kings, capable of turning a piece of wood into nearly anything you can imagine. And thanks to the huge improvements in CNC technology, and a dramatic increase in the availability of these machines, more people than ever before can own and operate a CNC wood router. If you’re one
Beginning in the 1950s, engineers began to experiment with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology. CNC uses a digitized control system to automate operations. Trained CNC operators program a tool with a set of instructions, ordering the machine to move to specific locations and perform set tasks. CNC technology revolutionized subtractive manufacturing, vastly increasing the precision
2020 brought changes to the manufacturing industry that few, if any, foresaw; a global pandemic, a trade war, a pressing need for employees to work from home. Barring any ability to foresee the future, what can we assume about the changes 2021 will bring? In this article, we’ll look at ten ways the manufacturing industry