or many of today’s working machinists, YouTube has served as a modern-day godsend. The collaborative ecosystem formed on the platform within the manufacturing community has been amazing, and it’s served as a go-to informational resource for everyone ranging from first-time 3D printing hobbyist to professional machinists.
Because YouTube is such a visual medium, machinists on the platform can offer up step-by-step guides to their work, and this makes it incredibly easy for viewers to emulate their projects. The very best of these YouTubers manage to insert their personality and humor into their broadcasts in such a way that makes them fun and engaging. Though there are many manufacturing YouTube channels out there that we love, here are four of our favorites:
This channel is run by John Saunders. After growing up on a farm in Ohio, he moved to New York City. Though he had a desk job out of college, he decided he wanted more in life, so he bought a CNC mill and started teaching himself how to use it. Eight years later, he runs his own shop in Zanesville, Ohio called Saunders Machine Works. Saunders’s YouTube channel has over 122,000 subscribers and he offers viewers a first-person, step-by-step guide to various projects.
Tony’s videos on home machining are very funny, and he has a ton of great projects. His face rarely appears in the videos, and they’re sometimes punctuated with quirky illustrations and graphics. His channel has over 59,000 subscribers.
Tom Lipton is a machinist and toolmaker who works on a lot of very specialized equipment. As its description notes, “the Oxtoolco YouTube channel is an ongoing video journal of a life spent designing and building special tools, instruments, and mechanical devices for the scientific, medical, product development, and metal working industries It is also a place to share and expand skills and techniques among other practitioners.”
Clickspring is a machining channel focused on clock making and building the tools required to make a clock. It might not sound very exciting, but the production quality is fantastic. As Chris, the proprietor of the channel, says on the channel’s about page, “join me as I make a clock from raw metal stock, as well as a wide selection of tools and jigs for use in the home machine shop.”