Adam Savage’s New Milling Machine!

Adam is super excited for a new tool just installed in the cave: a Bridgeport mill! We stop by the shop to get a tour of the new machine and learn how Adam plans on using it for future projects and One Day Builds. (Watch an extended clip showing some of the upgrades Adam has made to his new mill here!)

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

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17 thoughts on “Adam Savage’s New Milling Machine!

  1. Adam, you are one lucky man! That is a beautiful machine. Bridgeports are the gold (darest I say, platinum) standard for manual milling machines and I share your enthusiasm. Like you, I too have vowed to someday have a Bridgeport in my shop. I’m looking forward to seeing it in action in many future builds – thanks for sharing this with us!

  2. ahh, I’ve wanted a mill for so long. Using one in college was like a dream come true and it didn’t disappoint. Something about machining is intensely satisfying. DRO is so helpful and the power feed has to be nice (never used a mill with that).

    Also, is there 3 phase in that shop?

  3. I like the Bridgeport, but I will take a Lagun Republic any day… the quality and durability is second to none but it’s a nice addition to the shop… I wouldn’t turn it down!

  4. Ho smokes, I can’t get my Siege X2 soon enough. Already got plans to convert it to CNC so I can run g code off of it, which I’ll learn this coming fall in college during my mechanical engineering schooling. I also plan to upgrade the motor with one from a tread mill as well as in stall a belt system.

    It’ll be great since I’m actively involved in the firearm community and there are so so many pieces of history I’d love to recreate so that they may be preserved, stuff from WW1 and WW2 that merely exist in the pages of text books like the G11, which is straight up Nazi space wizardry.

    And making a metal replica of FF7’s Vincent’s Cerberus tri barreled revolver would be be so damn cool to have, functional or not, which would be at most, making it able to be cocked and having the cylinders turn. I think of it as basically being my version of the LAPD 2019 blaster from blade runner.

  5. Apart from the glorious lamp attached, that I would love to own just by itself, the whole unit reminds me of an Imperial Probe Droid.

  6. Normally when someone who is rich and famous shows off their latest hypercar, yacht, plane

    I’m a bit Mmmmeehhh

    For once i’m jealous

  7. Hi Adam, what is the stock material you are using? I could not quite get this from the video.

    Many thanks for all your videos BTW

  8. Adam-

    Congratulations getting a mill! You will het lots of use out of it. About 10 years ago I was lucky to find a CNC Bridgeport from 1993 for almost nothing because the motherboard kept dying. I discarded all of the original controls and upgraded to Mach3. I use it every few days to fix, repair, modify or invent things.

    Keith

  9. Old it may be but the accuracy on this thing must be down to the tens of microns (or sometimes less?). Very cool machine

  10. I would sum this up by saying “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

    I first learned how to mill aluminum parts on a Bridgeport just like this over 20 years ago and to say it was a revelation would be an understatement. CNC is really cool but there is something incredibly satisfying about operating a good manual milling machine. DRO’s are awesome too, especially as you get older.

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