About Us

In 2000, PracticalMachinist.com was created as a forum to connect people with a passion for metalworking. The heart of Practical Machinist is still our free online forum where professional machinists of all levels share their experiences, find answers to their questions and connect with their peers in real-time.

Over the years, Practical Machinist has evolved into a network that reaches across every major social media platform to connect and bring content to metalworking professionals and enthusiasts everywhere. Our forum has more than 150,000 registered members, 3.2 million posts and 1 million visits per month. In combination with our Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, email and other outposts, we reach millions of people every month and have become a trusted resource for metalworking professionals.

We hope you will join us—to ask questions, share your knowledge and immerse yourself in the community that is driving manufacturing forward.

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Practical Machinist’s mission is to be the most active and valued online community in the industry – connecting metalworking professionals and manufacturing enthusiasts with the people, ideas and resources that help them be more productive and successful.



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