Looking for beginner project for Manual End mill

Hi all,

I just got a manual Grizzly End-mill (Light to medium duty). I haven’t done any machining on an end-mills since 1998. I need a basic project for me and my students. Anyone have any ideas. I have a vice, parallel bars, t-slot clamps, and set of end mills.

thanks, Steve

My team uses the following as a mill training part.

Mill Training Part.PDF (69.2 KB)

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Squaring a block. Almost always the first step…

Something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igfqYZPdQ78

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And once you get a “perfect” cube, turn it into a turner’s cube.
This is good for practicing your Z positioning, and you can make them in almost any size. (It might also provide an excuse to pull out the boring bar)

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We got our mill last fall. We started with squaring up 8020. We use a lot of 1" 8020 and had many small pieces that were saw cut. It was a great way to get the feel of it and its a common task that they will be doing.

I would start by making parts for past years robot. Every time you make a part place it on the robot. Eventually you’ll have made quite a variety of frc style robot parts this will have a decent amount of frc style manufacturing knowledge.

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