pic: 294 - This is How we cut (HASS)

A Parent on our team using El Camino’s HASS to start cutting our frame rails. This father is a dentist, but in just one year has become an amazing machinists; He is the backbone of our manufacturing and really puts more into this team than most members. He works long, odd hours and even diggs into his own pockets to support the team. When the rest of the team was enjoying the off season (one meeting a week), he was (and is) spending most of the week cutting parts.

Wow… thats a big frame rail… would be nice to see how those came out. We made our frame rails out of 1/2" aluminum too back in 2006, sorry no pics of just the rails. Is that a VF3? I use a hurco VM2, essentially the same specs as the VF3.

Uhhhh… and… i don’t think Machinist/Dentist is going to be a popular degree at your favorite corner educational insitiution… i’d be worried he’d forget he was drilling teeth and not aluminum! :yikes:

Awesome of your mentor to do that for you all…


Yeah, he’s a great guy. Just so there’s no confusion, he wasn’t the only one there. There have been several students there the whole time with him. I honestly don’t know what kind of HASS it is, i’ll check today.

Don’t worry, we’ll post pics when they’re done.

I’m not surprised that dentist would become a great machinist in pretty short order… I mean… much of what dentists do is a form of machining.

One of the difficult issues we face in attracting students to study “hands-on” technology courses like machining and construction at school is that kids (and their parents, and counsellors) often fail to see the ties between the “trades” skills taught in shops and those used in many “high status” professional careers.

I know I’m singing with the choir here, but if you look at the tools used by surgeons, and compare that to your typical wood shop (where carving, turning, etc. takes place), the main difference is in how clean they are. As interesting as academic studies may be, they aren’t exactly a great place to develop fine motor skills and an appreciation for using the correct tool for the job.

Some kids get it… our TIG specialist last year plans to be an M.D. one day… but I wish more did.


Doesn’t surprise me at all. My recently retired dentist was a mechanical engineer specializing in metalurgy before he switched over. The guy who sat next to me, also an ME, when we first started working out of school started dental school last week.

Then again, maybe it just weird that I know multiple converts.