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Machining

Machining is a subtractive manufacturing process in which material geometry is transformed by removing material from a stock piece of raw material. Materials commonly machined in the Product Realization Lab are metals such as aluminum and brass, and plastics such as delrin, polycarbonate, and acrylic.

Spherical Turning Video

Andreas Peña Doll demonstrates how to setup the spherical turning attachment for the lathe, the first step in making an acrylic lens for a magnifying glass.

Making an Aluminum Disk Video

Kathy Spriggs demonstrates how to make a disk from a non-circular plate.

Dividing Head Video

Andreas Peña Doll demonstrates the basic setup and operation for drilling evenly spaced holes around an aluminum cylinder.