June 9, 2009

Last day of school

I thought you might get a kick out of the contrast in scales I work in and the size of the machines versus the size of the parts they can make. I took the two photos shown above this afternoon, the last day of the spring quarter of the CNC machining course I am taking.

The photo showing only one machine is of a CNC lathe. The lathe is about 6 feet tall but the part I made on it the other day was less than 1/4 inch in diameter and 7/8" long.

The machines in the other photo are all CNC milling machines. We have been making parts on them as well. Obviously these big machines can make large parts but they can also make tiny parts with a high degree of accuracy.

I am really glad I am in the program but thrilled to have the summer off.