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Micromechanics

by Tony

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So I finished my first week of classes and almost done with my second.  It’s been a whirlwind of information that’s still processing through my head.  Last Monday, I had no clue how to file properly!  Our first project was an Anvil/Pusher Holder.  This project pretty much teaches us the basics of what’s to come in the future.  We’ve learned how to file, use a jewelers saw, and drill blind holes.  Let me tell you, this takes A LOT of patience.  So for those that are looking into this profession, patience is a must.

Anyway, this Anvil/Pusher holder was quite a task.  We were given dimensions and a sample of what it’s supposed to look like.  We then had to make a technical drawing and lay out the dimensions.  Good thing I took Architectural Drawing in highschool!  We’re also given tolerances on the dimensions and .10 of a millimeter is monstrous when working with stuff like this.  So far I’ve spent about 10-12 hours on this project and it’s nearing the final process of beveling.  I’ll take some pictures when I bring it home and I’ll give more information at that time.

My second project was started today and that is the Balance Tack.  I think this will be fun because the lathe will be incorporated now.  So far I’ve sawed out the base and spent about 3 hours smoothing it out and getting it to size.

Other than the practical portion, lectures are given when more instruction is needed.  The teacher is great and very detailed in his instructions.  You must be pay attention to every detail because it’s usually given out once.  Good note taking is needed to be successful here.

All in all, everything is going great.  Lots of information to process but there’s nothing wrong with that.

One Comment

  1. Posted September 18, 2008 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Patience sure is a must. I’m sure you’ve recognized that it’s going to be a running theme in these exercises and that developing your patience will be as important as developing your skills with the file, jeweller’s saw, and lathe. Treasure this, at times arduous, time in school while you can. The ball game switches up dramatically once you’re in the workforce.

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