Milling Machine Orientation: Carbon Steel Clip

Milling Machine Orientation: Carbon Steel Clip

Create your own machine-milled decorative clip in this introductory vertical mill class! In this class, you will learn the basics of metal machining using a vertical mill. You will create a functional and beautiful carbon steel clip starting from a simple bar using several different machining techniques and methods. The clip will be yours to take home and keep as an example of the skills you have learned.

Instructor Karsten Look

Great For

  • ​​Ages 18+

  • Beginners, no previous experience in machining, although previous work in woodworking or Shopbot operation is helpful.

Skills Toolbox

  • Fundamentals of machining

  • ​you can use the mill to make incredibly sturdy, beautiful and functional pieces out of materials like steel, brass, aluminum, and even plastics

Tool Clearances

(Idea Foundry workshop members who have taken this class are cleared for independent use of these tools in the shop. Learn more about membership here.)

  • Two small vertical mills (excluding the MV-44 mill, which requires advanced orientation)

Pairs Well With

If you're interested in machine milling, we suggest checking out the Orientation: ShopBot CNC router class too!

Plan Your Visit

All materials and safety equipment supplied.  Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants to participate, and sturdy footwear (e.g. tennis shoes or boots) is recommended. Plan to arrive for class about 10-15 min early and check in at the front desk.  Our main entrance is on State Street, with parking lot entrance on State St. as well. IF parking and street parking available.


Idea Foundry Member - $65

Non Member - $80

Upcoming Dates

  • MARCH 29 | 6-9PM (1 Spots Left)