This is an interesting “TV show” on YouTube that highlights a different manufacturer in each episode. The first episode is about a company called “Made In America Manufacturing” which is a small machine shop that makes hard to make parts out of hard to work materials like stainless steel, titanium, and inconel (a superalloy).
The show has tons of vocabulary and the owner of the machine shop describes machining processes very well. Thanks for all of the good, basic information. It is however a bit long for use in the classroom, but I could see students watching on their own, just because of the name.
And about the name… Sorry Kyle, but with the name you gave the show, you shot yourself in the foot for the educational market. after a week only 380 views? If you aimed for the educational market, I feel you would have many more views. Just my opinion… I look forward to seeing what the other topics for later episodes will be. Check it out for yourself!
SME (the Society of Manufacturing Engineers) has a great playlist of Youtube videos that outlines many basic manufacturingprocesses, and they are all right here for you. Most of the videos are from two to five minutes in length, and get the main points of those processes across to students in an easy to understand format. There are 44 videos in all. Thanks SME!
The best way to search for or find a particular video is to use Ctrl + Fin the browser window and then type in the process you are looking for. It will then jump to the video you are searching for!
Thanks Ryan Dennes! He sent me an email outlining a new CNC machine that will cut everything up to and including aluminum, for only $4000. The post for it is already baked right into HSM too, so you should be able to send code for it right out of Inventor! It’s called the Pocket NC.
I am NOT saying go rogue and buy one… do NOT say “well Chris and Jim said…”. I have not even seen one in action yet, except for a few Youtube videos. Just saying that if you had an extra $4k kicking around and you know a bit about CNC, this machine may do all we need it to to make projects for CIM. Oh… and it has a fifth axis to boot! Just let us know how it works out for you.
Here are a few Q & A’s from their FAQ:
How much does the Pocket NC cost?
A Pocket NC costs 4000USD plus shipping.
What materials can you cut with the Pocket NC?
The Pocket NC can cut wax, plastic, wood, and aluminum. Basically any materials with hardnesses up to that of aluminum.
What size parts can you make with the Pocket NC?
The travel of the Pocket NC is 4.3 inches (109 mm) in X, 5.0 inches (127 mm)in Y, and 3.5 inches (89 mm) in Z. How your part fits in this envelope is highly dependent on your setup.
What kind of software will I need to run the Pocket NC?
We are partnering with Autodesk to offer a one-year commercial subscription to Autodesk® Fusion 360™ with each of our machines. After the one-year period is over, Fusion 360 is free for enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups and is compatible with Windows and OSx. You may also use whatever CAD/CAM software you would like, we would be happy to help facilitate the generation of a post processor for our machine.
Are you going to make a machine with a larger work area?
We do plan to design a machine with a larger work area, however it is still a couple of years from being released.
You can go and see more videos at their Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1zXa_8xzMDIdP2k90cYflA