Machine Shop: Introduction to the CNC Lathe

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 6:00 PM 8:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Machine Shop: 6:00-8:00pm, Class Code: ME111522DH
  • 2


  • $130 Tuition + $5 Materials Fee
  • $100 Tuition + $5 Materials Fee

*Prerequisites are required to take this class. Please see below.

In the first session of this two-session class, you’ll learn the essentials of BARN’s CNC Lathe, and the operating concepts to safely operate it. We’ll cover CNC lathe basics beginning with the details of the machine, understand lathe motion on the Z & X axes, selecting and establishing part-zeros, various cutting tools in the tool library, and diameter & Z-offsets. We’ll also touch on different ways to generate g-code (the language that instructs the CNC machine what to do and where to do it).

In the second session, we’ll load a model created by one of the students into Fusion 360, examine and prove the CAM setup and g-code, cut some air, and then cut some metal.

PrerequisitesThe prerequisites provide an important foundation for learning how to use the CNC Lathe and use of it during open studio:

  • A manual lathe class (or commensurate experience) 
  • Intro to Centroid CNC Interface
  • Fusion 360 CAM for the CNC Lathe (or CNC Mill) prior to the second session of this class
  • Please login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.


  • There is a materials fee of $5 for this class.
  • It is recommended that you download the Centroid CNC Lathe manual and peruse it prior to class. The manual can be found here.
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes in our studio. Tie back long hair, avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry and roll up sleeves. Wear hearing protectors when warranted and safety glasses; bring your own or use BARN's.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor BioAs a young man, David Hays worked as a machinist while gaining his engineering degrees and went on in his later years to create his own hobby machine shop that included a DIY CNC mill.

Contact: David Hays at

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