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Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill

...with Darrell Holland

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Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 1

The Milling Course is very comprehensive and "Hands-On". It is almost ten hours in length, originally on a dozen videocassettes. A lifetime of experience compressed into a format that will enable you to learn quickly and professionally how to operate a Bridgeport style vertical mill, which is applicable to almost all of the milling machines found in both professional and hobby shops today. While ideal for the beginner even the most advanced machinist will learn some new tricks. Everything on the mill from A-Z is covered, including what to look for when buying a mill. <p>We start with the very basic components of the mill and take you all the way through all the most common milling & boring operations. Then it is on to advanced techniques such as Rotary Tables & How-to Build Production Tooling. Plus there are dozens and dozens of tricks & tips salted all the way through the course. You'll be happy that you won't have to learn the hard way and you will be thrilled with the many time saving techniques that will have even experienced operators saying, "now why didn't I think of that?!" The following outline gives you just a taste of the knowledge and skills that you will master.<p><ul> <li> Introduction & History of Milling: when the mill was invented & early mills. Horizontal, vertical, and modern upgrades. Motorized Feed. Digital Readouts. Computer Controlled Milled (CNC). <li>. Introduction to the Mill: Basic nomenclature for identifying mill sizes and type; Identifying parts of the mill and their purpose. Headstock. Column. Knee. Table. Quill. Hand Wheel. Power Feed. <li> Considerations for purchasing a Mill. Size vs. Use. Vertical or Horizontal. Cheap vs. Expensive Vises. How to inspect a used machine: Spindle, Critical wear surfaces, Backlash. <li> Shop Safety: Eye protection. Apron. Hand Protection. Chemicals. </ul>

Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 2

<ul><li> Types of Milling Cuts: Holes. Facing. Conventional Cutting. Climb Cutting. Fly Cutting. <li> Setting and Truing the Machine: Tramming in the head. <li> Principles for correct Mill operation: Solid support for your work piece. Proper setup and truing. Cutter must be held rigid. Mill must run at proper speed. Cutting depth and speed must be correct (i.e., chip load). Each Principle discussed in Detail. Solid Support for your Work Piece (Vises; Clamps; Screw fixtures ; Mounting plates)<li> Setup: X and Y axis. Z axis. Using an edge finder. Prepping raw stock. Squaring and truing. Re-zeroing trued parts and pieces. <li> Cutter must be held rigidly: R8 style collets. Other collets. Chucks and their uses. </ul>

Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 3

<ul><li> Speeds SFM: How to calculate. RPM: How to calculated. Milling Speed and Feeds. Demonstration of Feed Rates and Speeds for different materials. Chipload. <li> Stock Removal Rate: Work piece material . Work piece hardness. Climb vs. Conventional Cutting. <li> Basic Measuring Review: Brief review of the decimal system as it applies to milling. Basic measuring tools and how to use them properly. Dial calipers. Micrometer.<li> Specialized measuring tools for the Mill and How to use them. Edge finder. Center finder . Digital height gauge & Surface Plate. </ul>

Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 4

<ul><li>Types of cutters: Cobalt, Carbide, High Speed, etc.... Specific Cutters. Endmills. Form cutters. Face mills. Woodruff cutters. Fly cutters. <li>Manual Feed Methods & Technique. Backlash. Hand Wheel operation. Drilling and boring. Moving the bed X, Y axis. Power feed methods and techniques. Drilling and boring. Moving the bed.<li>Drilling and Tapping. Methods and techniques. Coolants, Tapping fluids. </ul>

Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 5

<ul><li>Practice Boring (tips and techniques)<li>Practice Facing (tips and techniques), Conventional & Climb<li>Practice Shaping (tips and techniques)<li>Practice Fly Cutting<li>Holding Tight Tolerances (techniques)<li>Using digital readouts: Practice With Digital Readout</ul>

Professional Machine Shop Course: Vertical Mill 6

<ul><li>Fixtures for multiple part production: Work stops; Rotary tables; Custom setups; Index tables.<li>Techniques for Multiple Part Production<li>Quality Control: Tools and devices for quality control and tolerance testing : Surface plate; Making Go/No go gauges for QC; Techniques for measuring and checking tolerances; Installing harden or Carbide Bushings in a Drill Fixture; Detent plungers in tooling; Cutting Dovetails.<li>Additional Tips, Tricks & Techniques<li>Final Wrap Up</ul>

This video was added to our catalog on January 01, 2000 in <a href="/store/category/61/Professional">Metalworking::Professional</a> and <a href="/store/category/13/Milling">Metalworking::Milling</a>.

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Reviewer: Mark S.

Wow. I can't say enough about this DVD set. Based on the Bridgeport Vertical Mill this DVD address everything from set up to measuring devices. It's well organized, clear and thorough. I wish I could afford to buy these DVD's because they are totally worth it!

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Reviewer: Eric S.

Prior to watching these videos, the only machines I had worked on were Rong-Fu type benchmills. I hauled home a used Bridgeport around the same time I rented these DVDs, and I felt like an expert. I also realized how many things I did wrong throughout the years.

The videos are very thorough and will put you far ahead of anyone who opts to take a community college class instead.

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Reviewer: Adam R.

Excellent videos. I rented all the videos from this series and was very pleased with each and every one. These videos showed me ways to save time in setup and measuring as well as presenting a good reccomendation of some very essential tooling that no one should be without. I was very impressed by the amount of information presented in these videos.

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Reviewer: Neil A D.

Rented vol 1 and 2. Both were excellent. I sure did learn a lot. I am a new home metal worker. I had to run out and try doing a block prep after viewing number two video twice. My block turned out almost perfectly square and was pretty as a peach. I think I kist it. I just ordered vol 5 and 6. Will backtrack to 3 and 4 next week. These videos are the best and I will be a customer for a long time. I just purchased a Smithy 1324I Lathe/Mill/Drill and am sharpening my metal skills as I prepare to do some Ham Radio Projects.

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Reviewer: Norm Z.

Definetly worth watching for me. I like how it moves right along. I knew much of this stuff from my younger days and made a great refresher and even introduced me to new things.

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Reviewer: Mark M.

If you are a home machinist like me, you're going to love this set. The pace is fast enough that won't put you to sleep, but slow enough to not leave you breathless. It has some tricks and tips that makes it worth while to watch. Overall, this is a very good set. Considering the cost of buying the course, renting it from SmartFlix is an excellent deal!

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Reviewer: Fred G.

Enjoyed the 2nd disc of the series (skipped disk 1) enough to go back and get disc 1 and 3. Excellent if you are starting from the ground up as I am. I have not completed the whole series, but think this gives you a great running start into mill machining. It makes you antsy to begin to make chips.

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Reviewer: Fred G.

I am in the process of renting this entire series. Since I have no experience with a mill, everything here is new. I feel it is nicely paced with tons of valuable information that would take years of doing to duplicate. Highly recommended for anyone starting out.

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Reviewer: Grant E.

Very good for a beginner. Easy to follow and Mr. Holland does not waste time. Very to the point. Easy for someone to get familiar with a mill and fast.

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Reviewer: Bob J.

Excellent tutorial. Excellent instructor. What more can I say? Looking forward to the rest of the series. I highly recommend it to those interested in learning how to operate a milling machine.

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Reviewer: Jimmy B.

DVD was well done, however was only 40 minutes and very basic, even for someone new to machining. I recommend machine shop secrets instead. Much more info.

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Reviewer: Jeff M.

Great course if you need the basics - the machine can be pretty intimidating at first.

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Reviewer: Richard D.

I like this series so far. He goes pretty fast, but you get more info packed in that way, just use the pause and rewind feature. I wish more than just the first disc had been sent, I am really looking forward to the rest.

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Reviewer: Chuck M.

Excellent walk-through, highly recommended for the inexperienced.

Chuck

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Reviewer: Ronald H.

Like the way Darrell Holland explains things on the DVD, very informative.

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Reviewer: Ronnie M.

The video was too basic. I expected to get more useful information. Also, the video was a little short.

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Reviewer: James W.

I personally really like all of Darrell Holland's machining DVD's. The quality is excellent compared any others I've viewed. As a novice, this is exactly what I wanted. Highly recommended for a novice like myself.

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Reviewer: Dennis M.

I thought this was a very good intro to the vertical milling machine. It is pretty obvious that the presenter has spent many hours using this machine. I also was well pleased with the clarity of the DVD, sometimes copies that are rented are a bit worn, but the one sent to me was quite good.

I am looking forward to eventually renting the rest of the series.

Thank you.

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Reviewer: Peter T.

I have a mill & use it for hobby items, nothing too complex to date but more intricate projects on the horizon. I rented the entire milling series. Overall I thought they were pretty good. Seeing milling in action is very beneficial especially speeds & feeds related to that machine & seeing various cutters in action. The video quality is good, he speaks clearly & is obviously a skilled tradesman. I really thought it could have been compressed to about half the DVDs. After you have seen how to indicate & converge on a measurement, you don’t have to see 10 minutes of progressive cuts, especially on subsequent DVDs. His machining is confined to similar blocks of aluminum which is ok for demo purposes, but I think is limiting to those who will be dealing with steel & different cutting/cooling implications. 90% of the setups occur in a standard mill although he did show rotary tables & indexing heads in one of the latter videos (that was a good DVD). I was hoping to see alternate setups using table clamps, 123 blocks, squares, toe clamps, workholding hints for irregular shaped items like castings more typical of what hobbysists are likely to encounter. But I learned a few things & felt it was worthwhile relative to the cost of a book or magazine.

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Reviewer: Dan B.

Very informative and i did learn some new things...Thank you

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Reviewer: Dan B.

This course on the vertical mill was great,i would recommend it. Thanks

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Reviewer: Jeff K.

A good intro to a mill. If you have never run or owned one, It's worth a watch.

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Reviewer: Tim S.

Great series of videos.

My only comment was that I felt like it was REALLY rushed at the end. I would have liked to see demonstrations of the rotary table and other devices he had at the last couple of DVDs.

Can't wait to see the lathe videos---

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Reviewer: Osvaldo S.

Great videos but you need a whole weekend to see the set and retain the info.

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Reviewer: Doug H.

It was a FANTASTIC DVD. I'm a machinist by hobby and not trade. This DVD allowed me to not only learn more of working with my Bridgeport Mill, but it also showed me as to if what I've been doing using my milling machine is the right way or not. Overall rating A+++

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Reviewer: Roger R.

Very well presented, however not enough info for the cost involved.

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Reviewer: Andrew W.

I loved it. Very well done. I think it would be great for anyone wanting to get into the trade.

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Reviewer: J R Y.

I was not really very impressed with #6, vertical milling. I was particularly interested in information for using the rotary table and that part was quite weak.

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Reviewer: Brian W.

I rented the complete set and once again this is the only way to go

Darrel is a very good instructor and knows his subject. well photographed, well explained, demonstrated, very professional

I would highly recommend this set

Brian

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Reviewer: Warren P.

Darrel Holand series are very good but be forewarned SmartFlix will send 4 or more at once and give you just 1 week to watch and absorb them all.

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Reviewer: Warren P.

Another fine instructional video. Fine shipping and clean disks and shipped at my speed of absorbing the information.

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Reviewer: george b.

I found it to be a well rounded course in vertical mill machining. The instructor does a good job of introducing the various aspects of this type of work. This is an in depth course that introduces each aspect and gives the viewer the reasons why things are done a certian way. It will give the attentive viewer an approach to this kind of work that will yield satisfactory results. I found it to be of excelling value, will require repeated viewings.I highly recommend this one!

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Reviewer: Gavin D.

Excellent course, lots of key skills passed over and explained in a clear way.

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Reviewer: kenneth s.

It's an excellent series. I've owned my Bridgeport mill for several years and self taught in a sort of learn-as-needed' way that was haphazard sometimes, catastrophic a couple of times, and generally incomplete.

These videos are the thread needed to tie up my loose ends, add new knowledge, and refine my use of the machine.

This is only the beginning of my Smartflix usage and it's a good beginning indeed!

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Reviewer: Steven S.

Excellent. Enjoyed it very much, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

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