Azubis und Lehrer in der technischen Berufsausbildung stehen an einer DrehmaschineMachiningCloud proudly offers its software and services at no-cost to students, educators and researchers for use in their non-commercial, classroom and lab activities.

MachiningCloud’s mission in education is to help promote manufacturing as a challenging and rewarding career, and to help advance education in manufacturing so that students are well prepared to utilize the latest software and other digital tools available to manufacturers.

Bridging the gap between physical cutting tools and digital software, MachiningCloud embodies the latest Industry 4.0 principles and produces significant productivity gains versus traditional approaches to cutting tool selection while also removing the burden of manually typing tooling data into CAD/CAM software.


The following course curriculum is offered to instructors:

1. Introduction to Turning Tools and their Application
Identification and application of cutting tools for turning

Description: This class is designed to teach entry-level turning operators how to identify the components of common turning tools and how those tools are used in everyday turning processes. Students are introduced to ANSI turning insert nomenclature, tool holders and boring bars. They also learn about tools for centerline drilling such as twist drill, taps and reamers. Students finish with an introduction to the concepts of spindle speeds and feed rates.education curriculum snapshot

2. Introduction to Selecting Turning Tools
Important decisions for selecting cutting tools for standard turning operations

Description: Students with basic skills in running a turning machine will delve deeper into the decision-making process of selecting cutting tools for simple turning operations. The student will start with a blueprint and learn the thought process for selecting a tool material based on the part material and selecting tool type, tool shape, and tool holder based on the shape of external and internal profiles. Students then use their new knowledge to enter search criteria in the MachiningCloud app to search the free online database for tools that are actually available on the market.

3. Introduction to Milling Tools and their Application
Identification and application of cutting tools for milling

Description: This class teaches entry-level milling operators how to identify the types of cutting tools most commonly used in milling operations. Students learn how to visually identify milling tools and understand how those tools apply to basic milling operations. Students finish with an introduction to the concepts of spindle speeds and feed rates.

4. Introduction to Selecting Milling Tools
Important decisions for selecting cutting tools for standard milling operations

Description: Students with basic skills in running a milling machine will delve deeper into the decision-making process of selecting cutting tools for simple milling operations. The student will start with a blueprint and learn the thought process for selecting a tool material based on the part material and selecting a suitable milling tool based on the shape of external and internal features such as contours, pockets and holes. Students then use their new knowledge to enter search criteria in the MachiningCloud app to search the free online database for tools that are actually available on the market.