10 Timeless Books Every Machinist Should Have
In machining, as in any other field, knowledge is power.
No matter how intuitive technology becomes, the ability to manufacture a good part lies in the expertise of the machine operator and his understanding of how the machine, the tools, and the material work.
Although expertise comes from practice and hours spent making chips in the machine shop, a good level of basic knowledge is required to get started in any trade, and there’s no better way of learning the basics than digging into an old-fashioned book.
There is certainly no lack of machining books in the market.
From generic publications to machine-specific manuals, the choice is nearly endless and selecting a good book can be tricky.
We decided to ease up your selection by putting together a list of what we think are the best machining-related publications available, a collection of manuals, books, and textbooks that should be found in any machine shop.
As always, to compile our list, we based our research on the various feedback that we collected and we combined them with the recommendations that we found in several different threads that we found in the forum.
Here are the top 10 books that every machinist should have, and read.
The machinist Bible. This textbook provides an introduction to all the different machine operations, setups, and procedures. If you don’t have it already, this is definitely the first book you will want to get.
For more than 100 years, Machinery’s Handbook has been the most popular reference work in metalworking, design, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and technical schools and colleges throughout the world.
The machinist’s bedside reader is a trilogy of books published with the aim of providing technical information to machinists in a more relaxed style. The first volume contains hints, tips, and anecdotes about the trade.
Like the first book, the second volume of the trilogy is filled with hints, tips, and projects. Among the various topics: Cutting Multiple Start Threads, How to Make a Square Hole Sleeve, How to Design Self-Holding and Self-Releasing Tapers and much more.
A book that focuses more on the modern side of metalworking. One of the most used textbooks in technical schools. It extensively covers topics related to CNC milling machines, lathes, and electrical discharge machines.
Modern Metalworking provides a comprehensive introduction to the various tools, machines, and materials involved in metalworking. The text covers both traditional and modern metalworking technologies.
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Our recommendations, however, come from our experience and research and are not influenced by anyone other than our editors.