Craftman's Cribsheet Number 68: Ten Important Things to Know Before Working as a CNC Machinist

The machinist is a bag of water, and the tools and workpieces are harder and sharper.

  • The machinist is a bag of water, and the tools and workpieces are harder and sharper.
  • The machine’s power is measured in horsepower, and the machinist won’t win a tug of war.
  • f= mv^2/r. If it touches the machinist, it’s really going to hurt when the surface feet per minute is in the hundreds.
  • It is better to ask questions than to destroy a couple hundred thousand dollars’ worth of equipment.
  • We were all beginners once, so don’t try to fake it.
  • The best way to become permanently injured is to try to use fingers or hands to slow down or stop a rotating spindle.
  • The second best way is to try to clear bird’s nest chips with bare hands.
  • Shops don’t really sell the parts that machinists make. They sell the time of the machine. When machinists make bad parts, that time is lost and unrecoverable.
  • Maintaining material and lot identification is second in importance only to keeping co-workers safe.
  • When it comes to the application of the parts being made, human safety is critical. The machinist’s very best will be good enough.

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