Lathe CNC Turning Training Class

$ 1,299.00
  • Lathe CNC Turning Training Class

Lathe CNC Turning Training Class

$ 1,299.00
Available Seats:
November 6-7, 2023 / Tormach: 4
November 6-7, 2023 / Haas: 0

$ 1,299.00

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This two day class focuses on the operation and use of CAD, CAM, and CNC lathes!

Students will use Fusion 360 CAD & CAM and can choose to use either Tormach or Haas CNC lathes (ST-20Y, 8L, and 15L SlantPRO). Tickets must be purchased for the control you would like to use. Curriculum remains the same for both Haas and Tormach, the only difference is the control/machine used when making chips!

Computers are provided, although students may bring their own laptop. Students must have their own Fusion 360 accounts. 30-day trials are available here for those who do not currently have an account. 

A paid Fusion license is strongly recommended, but not required.  The Fusion 360 personal license (aka hobby, free, etc) has limitations, including posting tool change code, that will require additional work by the student each time g-code is posted.  

Class Prerequisites: 

1) You must be comfortable with basic computer operations (e.g. Microsoft Windows). 

2) No prior machining experience required

3) Fusion 360:  students who are new to Fusion 360 must familiarize themselves via the online Fusion 360 CAD & CAM course (available at no cost to registered students) prior to the Hands On class. You will be emailed a brief onboarding survey, and access to the course will be sent automatically after completion of this survey. The CAM course focuses on milling CAM, we just ask that you become familiar enough with Fusion to navigate and use the program without issue (you do not need to be a turning CAM expert).  


  • Intro
  • Review lathe safety and proper usage
  • Fusion 360
    • CAD
    • Dimensional drawings
    • CAM & CNC Toolpaths
    • Standardized templates (Container Method)
  • Tooling overview and basic feeds & speeds
  • Hands-On Portion
    • Setting tooling & offsets (manually and with toolsetter)
    • Workholding setup (collets, 3-jaw chuck, etc.)
    • Op2 on mill to remove part-off nub
    • Students will machine a spinning top, queen chess piece, and small brass hammer to take home

Curriculum subject to change and substitutions.

Class Times: Class runs from 8:30AM until 4PM.  There is an hour break for students to leave for lunch.

Lodging: Options include local hotels (we recommend the Zanesville Holiday Inn Express) as well as AirBNB or VRBO.

Airport: CMH (Columbus John Glenn) is the closest airport; it is about 60 miles away. Renting a vehicle is strongly recommended if flying in, as Zanesville has little to no taxi/ridesharing (Uber, Lyft, etc.) services available.

Last Day: Students may leave early on the last day if required to catch an evening flight (however the class will run for the full day).

Address:  Classes are located at 1554 Fairview Rd, Zanesville, OH 43701 



Customer cancellation 30 Days or more in advance of class:  Full Refund, less 5% refund processing fee.  Requests to transfer to a future class may be possible if requested at least 30 days in advance of class, however, any transfer request is subject to availability and approval at SMW discretion.  

Customer cancellation within 30 days or no-show:  No refund, but we will offer a 50% discount on one future class within one year and subject to availability. 

Saunders Machine Works cancellation: Certain factors beyond our control could result in a class having to be cancelled or rescheduled.  Those include government shutdowns (e.g. pandemic), death in the immediate family of instruction staff, loss of utilities/power at facility, catastrophic machine crash, etc.  We never want to cancel a class and will strive not to.  To date, we have not had to cancel a class.  However, in the event a class does have to be cancelled, all students will receive a full credit toward a future class.