b'incorporate CNC Cookbook material into their pro- SynchroFlex IIgrams if they provide proper attribution, Warfield said, noting that more than 300 have done so.He said other people arent looking to follow that ca-reer path and instead want to make parts as a hobby orThe SynchroFlex Advantageto prototype a product to eventually machine or out- The most holes per tap, source for machining. Those kinds of students are often impatient, he said, and may purchase a machine toolguaranteed!before learning the basics. Gage perfect threads.Now it is sitting there, Warfield said, and they want to make it do something. Simply, the best way to tap today.Still others want to avoid the investment and prefer to target makerspaces in communities.I have a community college that is two blocks awayAt the heart of from me that has created a makerspace with some ma- every synchroflex is chine tools in it, Warfield said.To save money or customize their equipment, somea unique, patented machinists build their own machines. He said that isdouble flexure, hard to justify, though it can offer a significant learning experience. that compensatesIt takes a lot of hours, the learning curve is steep, andboth axially and you dont wind up saving all that much money, Warf-ield said. If you want to build machines, then, yeah, youradially for any dis-You never stop crepancies between the machines feed learning in this business. and traverse and the have to build a machine. But if you want to make parts,precise thread pitch at least start from a kit. and the exact hole Although someone can take an online course any- location for time, he said a job shop might want to set aside two hours or so once a week to have workers go throughunmatched tap life.courses together and help each other learn.The more enlightened shops find out pretty quickly that training pays for itself and is a valuable way to in-crease the ability of your staff, Warfield said. With High Pressure, For some reason, course demand dipped when theHigh Volume pandemic hit, but participation increased on a year-to-year basis by June 2020. He predicts that interest in on- Internal line learning will continue to grow. Coolant System.You never stop learning in this business, Warfield said. Its so technique-intensive and knowledge-inten-sive that if you want to be the best at it, every little thing is worth drilling down and learning more about.Catered CoursesInstead of having a manufacturer establish an in- Tel: 800-854-6019house classroom environment for its machinist appren-ticeship program or sending its apprentices to a com- info@tapmatic.community college for the theoretical learning portion, awww.tapmatic.com more flexible option is available, said John Reid, direc-tor of skilled trades programs at Scranton, Pennsylvania-based Penn Foster Inc. It offers online CNC machinist ctemag.com/cteguide.com29Training.indd 29 5/14/21 2:05 PM'