This ten-part series on machining skills for prototype development comes straight from MIT & Erik Vaaler. It's one of the most extensive video tutorials available on the web for machining. MIT's artificial intelligence laboratory's primary work is done for their robotics group. And most of their equipment is unavailable to the public because they're machines that MIT have built directly in their machine shop, or items that came into the shop needing repair. But if you can get your hands on some of these tools and follow along, you'll be one step closer to being a professional machinist. And you don't necessarily need the equipment to learn something about building prototypes.
This is just like taking a class directly at MIT!
Video 1: Basic Tools (Drill Press, Band Saw, Belt Sander, Grinder); Locating and Drilling Holes; Tapping Holes
Video 2: Drilling Holes; Special Drills; Drill Press Limitations; Bandsaw; Suitable Speeds, Feeds and Materials; Bandsaw Setup; Drill Press Vise
Video 3: Good Practice - Clean Up; Small Belt Sander; Grinder; Deburring and Buffing; Finishing Techniques
Video 4: Milling Machine; Quill Feed; Axis Handfeed; Gibb Locks; Power Feed; Digital Readouts; Squaring the Head; Squaring the Vise; Accessories & Workholding Techniques
Video 5: Square and Hex Collett Blocks; Hold-down Clamps; Angle Blocks; Drill Press Vice; Lathe Chuck with Vise; Double Sided Tape; Squaring High Aspect Ratio; Right Angle Attachment; Slitting Saw; Rotary Table; Collett Indexer
Video 6: Milling Machine; Squaring a Plate; Edgefinder; Drilling Holes
Video 7: Reaming Holes; Boring Holes; Milling a Slot End; Milling a Shoulder; Cleaning the Machine
Video 8: The Lathe Components; Turning Tools; Turning & Facing; Cutting Off a Part
Video 9: Tapping; Boring; Knurling; Cutting Tapers with the Compound; Turning Shafts; Single Point Thread Turning
Video 10: Lathe Chuck; Lathe Arbors; Turning Between Centers; Face Plate Irregular Shapes; Face Plate Thin Materials