Milling Machine

What is an Milling Machine?

The milling machine uses a rotating drill bit to carve out portions of a timber which is clamped in place. As opposed to drilling, where the tool is advanced along its rotation axis, the cutter in milling is usually moved perpendicular to its axis so that cutting occurs on the circumference of the cutter. As the milling cutter enters the workpiece, the cutting edges of the tool repeatedly cut into and exit from the material, shaving off chips (swarf) from the workpiece with each pass.

Why use an Milling Machine?

The milling machine can be used for accurately removing material from the center of a block of wood in a very controlled manner.  This makes it more manageable than a hand held router when used on small blocks of timber.

Training

The Machine Workshop offers a range of training to help you learn how to use different tools. This training includes:

  1. Machine Workshop Website

    Read through the website to get an understanding of what the Workshop offers.

  2. Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction

    Attend a Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction available every weekday afternoon from 1:00pm - 2:00pm during Open Access hours.

  3. Attend Open Access Session

    Additional training and assistance as required can be provided during Open Access times. Just ask one of the Machine Workshop technicians if you have any questions or need any support.

For a full explanation of the training available visit the Training Centre.

Access

  • The tools located in the Forbo Model Making Space require you to complete of the Level 01 Online Induction.
  • Tools located in the Machine Workshop require you to complete both the Level 01 Online Induction and Level 02 In Person Induction.
  • Prior to using any of these tools for the first time check with staff on their proper usage.
  • Students and staff who have completed Level 0, 1, 2 and 3 on relevant machines are able to access the Machine Workshop during Open Access, 1:00pm - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
  • The workshop encourages you to learn the tools available and complete your own work. It is a requirement for you to discuss your work with workshop staff prior to commencing any work.
  • You do not need to book a time, just complete the required training and come in during an Open Access afternoon session to get assistance with tools and your project. Make sure to bring drawings and a clear idea to discuss with staff so they can assist you.

Cost

There is no cost to students for the use of this equipment, however materials should be supplied by the student.