If you are just starting out or If you have been machining your entire life you may find something of interest below. Please note that many of the links below are affiliate links and by making a purchase using the link, I earn a commission. You can read more about my affiliate disclosure here.
- Calipers (Dial or Digital) – These are used to make measurements typically of 12 inches or less accurate to .001 inches (read thousandths of an inch). I have an 8″ dial caliper that I have used for more than 10 years. I could not find a source for my original set but this 6″ Dial Caliper (SAE Only) set is very close.
If digital is more your style, these 6 inch / 150mm Stainless Steel Electronic LCD Digital Calipers are a good option.
- You will need some end mills to make some chips. I purchased this basic End Mill Set, 6 Piece 2 Flute HSS to get my feet wet without breaking the bank.
- Edge finders help you locate the x and y position of your part so the machine knows where it is in 3D space. For the first few months I used the paper trick but wanted a safer option. I decided on the Brown & Sharpe Edge Finder, 3/8″ Shank x 0.200″ Head Diameter
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- Cordless Impact Driver – From driving screws to tightening nuts and operating vice jaws, these tools are highly versatile. I am partial to the DEWALT 20v Drill Driver/Impact Combo Kit I wouldn’t recommend you purchase just the bare tool unless you already have an assortment of batteries.
- If you want some light reading (ok it’s note light but packed with great info) then I recommend the Machinery’s Handbook, 30th Edition I have the 26th edition but the content is virtually the same.