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Machining For Dummies

Book Description

Start a successful career in machining

Metalworking is an exciting field that's currently experiencing a shortage of qualified machinists—and there's no time like the present to capitalize on the recent surge in manufacturing and production opportunities. Covering everything from lathe operation to actual CNC programming, Machining For Dummies provides you with everything it takes to make a career for yourself as a skilled machinist.

Written by an expert offering real-world advice based on experience in the industry, this hands-on guide begins with basic topics like tools, work holding, and ancillary equipment, then goes into drilling, milling, turning, and other necessary metalworking processes. You'll also learn about robotics and new developments in machining technology that are driving the future of manufacturing and the machining market.

  • Be profitable in today's competitive manufacturing environment
  • Set up and operate a variety of computer-controlled and mechanically controlled machines
  • Produce precision metal parts, instruments, and tools
  • Become a part of an industry that's experiencing steady growth

Manufacturing is the backbone of America, and this no-nonsense guide will provide you with valuable information to help you get a foot in the door as a machinist.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. Foolish Assumptions
      3. Icons Used in This Book
      4. Beyond the Book
      5. Where to Go from Here
    3. Part 1: Turning Cranks and Pulling Handles
      1. Chapter 1: Climbing the Manufacturing Ropes
        1. Going Caveman: A World without Machining
        2. Meeting Our Founding Fathers
        3. Grappling with Machine Basics
      2. Chapter 2: Demystifying Machine Tools
        1. Making Machine Tools Automatic
        2. Milling About: Mills and Machining Centers
        3. Turning It Up: Exploring Lathes
        4. It’s a Mill, It’s a Lathe … It’s Supermachine!
      3. Chapter 3: Rounding Out the Rest of the Machining Processes
        1. Touring Toolmaking
        2. Peering into the Niches
        3. Appreciating the Alternatives
      4. Chapter 4: Being Materialistic
        1. Grappling with the Elements
        2. Meditating on Metal Removal
        3. Exploring Metals
        4. Wrapping It Up with the Easy Stuff
    4. Part 2: Tooling Up
      1. Chapter 5: The Cutting Edge: Staying Sharp
        1. Facing the Hard Facts
        2. Getting Tough with High-Speed Steel
        3. Going Fast and Furious: Carbide
        4. Round Tools: Notating on Rotating
        5. Sticking with Stick Tools
        6. Cutting Advice
      2. Chapter 6: Hanging on Tight with Workholding
        1. Chucking Up on Lathes
        2. It’s Not Spelled Vice: Going Orthogonal with Workholding
        3. Hanging On to the Weird Ones
      3. Chapter 7: Entering the Toolholding No Spin Zone
        1. Hanging around with Rotary Tools
        2. Cruising through the Toolholding Catalog
        3. Turning about Is Fair Play
        4. Going Faster with Quick-Change
      4. Chapter 8: Accessorizing for Success
        1. Palletizing Your Parts
        2. Giving Rotary Tables a Whirl
        3. Raising the Bar with Bar Feeders
        4. Collaborating with R2D2
        5. Measuring Up
        6. Taking It Offline
        7. Choosing the Right Machine Options
        8. Cooling Down with High Pressure
        9. Making Your Job Easier (and Safer)
    5. Part 3: Putting It All Together: Making Parts
      1. Chapter 9: Succeeding with Software
        1. Deciphering Software Acronyms
        2. Here’s to Being a CAD
        3. Playing with Models
        4. CAMming It Up
        5. Simulating Reality
        6. Having Meaningful Conversations
        7. Exploring File Formats
        8. Making It Manufacturable
        9. Managing the Shop Floor
      2. Chapter 10: Measuring Up
        1. Drawing Pretty Pictures
        2. Blocking and Tackling: Hard Gages
        3. Meeting Mic(rometer)
        4. Filling the Shopping Cart
        5. Measuring with Machines
        6. Hitting the Quality Road
      3. Chapter 11: Demystifying G-Code
        1. Eating the CNC Alphabet Soup
        2. Moving along with G-Codes
        3. Coordinating Coordinates
        4. Compensating for Size (and Location)
        5. Cycling About: Canned and Multiple Repetitive Cycles
        6. Switching On with M-Codes
        7. Making It with Macros
      4. Chapter 12: Touring Some Machining Operations
        1. Happy Holemaking
        2. Threading the Needle
        3. Taking the Right Turn
        4. Facing About
        5. Milling Madness
        6. Boring Better
        7. Taming Interpolation
        8. Getting the Burrs Off
      5. Chapter 13: Looking toward Tomorrow
        1. Turning Out the Lights
        2. Unplugging Along
        3. Staying Bug-Free
        4. Making Tools Smarter
    6. Part 4: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 14: Ten Ways to Make Processes Predictable
        1. Thinking Scientifically
        2. Learning Your Feeds and Speeds
        3. Watching for Tool Wear
        4. Writing It Down
        5. Staying Cool
        6. Keeping Machines Healthy
        7. Getting Torqued
        8. Poka-yoking
        9. Buying Right
        10. Standardizing Everything
      2. Chapter 15: Ten Terrific Tools, Tips, and Technologies
        1. Adding It Up with Additive
        2. Surfing the Internet of Things
        3. Looking to the Cloud
        4. Automating Everything
        5. Riding Virtual Rollercoasters
        6. Becoming Sustainable
        7. Lightweighting the World
        8. Losing the Paper Trail
        9. Having Fun with Hybrids
        10. Getting Small: MEMS Devices and Other Lilliputian Parts
      3. Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Successful Machining
        1. Machining Is Not a Dirty Word
        2. Returning to School: Certification
        3. Staying Lean
        4. Developing Vertical Markets
        5. Taking Tools Faster and Farther
        6. Keeping Parts and Tools Put
        7. Keeping Things (and People) Cool, Clean, and Safe
        8. Setting Up Successfully
        9. Taking Off the Gloves (and Putting On the Safety Glasses)
        10. Embracing Change
    7. About the Author
    8. Connect with Dummies
    9. End User License Agreement