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Man vs Machine

  • November 09, 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • November 10, 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Keene, NH
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  • Full registration, includes, lunch
  • Full registration, includes, lunch
  • Full registration, includes lunch
  • Full registration, includes lunch and RT Bus Transportation Hotel/Loudoun

Registration is closed

This has been the most requested learning topic by our membership don't be left out.  It is first come first served.

Man vs Machine

Friday, Nov 9 - Saturday, Nov 10

SORRY this event is limited to the first 35 Attendees. Register Early!

Max 2 persons from any one company.

Everything you wanted to know about CADD, CAM, and CNC Manufacturing compared to skilled craftsmanship but just haven't had time to learn.  Is it faster? Will it save me money or help me to grow my business?  Can it be scaled to suit my business plan and meet my customers expectations?  Do I need this to remain competitive.  Will my craftsman feel defeated or dispensable?  Should I take the leap?

Ok if it turns out to be the best approach?  Can it make everything?  How many Axis? Will it fit in my shop?  And what about programing, tooling, vacuum, dust collection, fixturing, positioning, and ...


This workshop is for you and those that want to learn more from those that have been doing it for a while.  Experienced members not salesmen will be on hand with both 5 and 3 axis machines, live-demonstrtations to show and tell you what has worked for them and likely just as important... What Hasn't.

Save the Date
Early Registration Opens September 24. 
Early Members - $199
Early Non-Members $259

Tentative Schedule

Friday - at Marriott Courtyard Downtown Keene

  • 11:45 a Lunch served- The program will begin while you enjoy lunch
  • 12:00 – 12:30 “MAN Vs Machine”- How does a CNC machine compare to an employee in cost and output of work? Do we have to run a machine 40 hour a week to justify the investment?
  • 12:30-1:00    Understanding the basics of a CNC machine and the options in the configurations of machines, the tables, and the heads.
  • 1:00-1:30    Understanding about 3 axis, 4 axis, 5 axis and what they can perform
  • 2:00-2:15    Drive to King and Company
  • 2:15-3:30    How does software fit they way you work and its role in the CNC machining process. An overview of the options available.
  • 3:30-5:00    We will machine the parts for a simple staircase (4 rise) on the 3 axis CNC. This will be done with a running commentary and answering questions.
  • 5:00-6:00    Tooling- Understanding the basics of how CNC machines cut. Climb cutting vs conventional cutting shop people are used too. Styles of cutters and heads that stairbuilders use.
  • 7:00    Meet for an informal meal at a local restaurant for those whom wish to attend.
Saturday - at King and Company

  • 8:00 – 9:00  Fixturing and holding the components to be machined.
  • 9:00- 11:00   Actual programing of stair case components
  • 11:00-12:00  Mill the pieces we programed with an emphasis on how the parts are being held down, the way the tool paths are being run. This is an overview of what we have been teaching in action.
  • 12:00-12:30    Lunch- at the shop is included
  • 12:30-2:00    Milling handrails and rail fittings.
  • 2:00-3:30    CNC machining of rail and rail fittings.
  • 3:30-4:00    A answer period for any questions not yet covered.


Marriott Courtyard Keene Downtown
Book online for SMA rate of $114/nt+

Room Block Closes October 9, 2018

Please support SMA by staying at this hotel. Booking your room at the Marriott will help SMA meet its commitment and enable us to continue to negotiate the best room rates.

Getting There:

Keene, NH can be accessed from Boston, Manchester and Providence Airports where you can rent a car and drive.  

Who should attend? 

  • All who have interest in Stairbuilding
  • Owners, Admin, Supervisors, Lead-men, Craftsmen
  • Open to all in the industry - SMA Membership not req'd

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