Events

04/22/14 OPEN

April 2014 SprutCAM 1-day Training

04/22/14 - 04/25/14 OPEN

April 2014 CNC Fundamentals Workshop

04/26/14 - 04/27/14

Tormach Attending USA Science and Engineering Festival

05/03/14 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Tormach at Austin Mini Maker Faire

05/20/14 OPEN

May 2014 SprutCAM 1-day Training

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Milling Around

Shop Talk From Tormach

10 Mar

Finally, a Tormach PCNC 1100 Enclosure

20140304_194433We have just received several pre-production versions of an enclosure for the Tormach PCNC 1100. Read on for more on how a great design from one of our customers is leading to a fantastic product offering for the Tormach Community.

19 Feb

Tormach Fab Lab: Haimer 3D Sensors

haimer-imageOur newest Tormach Fab Lab video has some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your Haimer 3D sensor. Enjoy!

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04 Mar

Tormach Announces Release of Personal Surface Grinder

Tormach Announces the release of the Tormach PSG 612 Personal Surface Grinder.

03 Feb

Manufacturing Trainer/Advisor

Tormach is currently seeking a Manufactuing Trainer/Advisor for our Waunakee, WI facility.

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Enabling Your Ideas with Affordable Personal CNC (PCNC)

PCNC Mills: Personal CNC Milling Machine

Tormach PCNC mills represent a new approach in small and bench top CNC milling machines, providing unprecedented value and versatility to machinists, engineers, inventors, makers, and hobbyists.

Versatility You Need

PCNC mills are excellent choices for prototyping, education, home shops, small-run production, custom manufacturing, and light industrial jobs. Cut any material you want: steel, stainless, aluminum, plastic, titanium, iron – our mills have the horsepower, accuracy, and rigidity needed to get results.

Each PCNC can be customized with a suite of options and accessories to expand its utility. Our commitment to modular design principles means the latest accessories can be fit to any mill, regardless of purchase date so your mill can grow with your interests and expand with your business.

We offer innovative and useful accessories to expand your PCNC Mill's capability, including a 4th Axis, Power Draw Bar, Automatic Tool Changer, and much more.

Reliability You Can Count On

With rigid cast iron construction, precision scraped sliding surfaces, proven mechatronics, and robust electronics, PCNC mills are engineered from the ground up to provide years of service and affordable ownership.

Ask any Tormach owner: our support is second-to-none, both before and after delivery. Each PCNC mill undergoes a comprehensive 30 point factory inspection prior to shipment, and our experienced technical support staff is available to assist with your questions and keep your mill making chips in the months and years after that.

Our customers purchase with confidence knowing they've chosen the best value in small CNC. Once you've taken a look at us, we're sure that you'll agree, too.

Recent Success Story

Using the PCNC 770 to Trim Electric Rail Insulators from Rose Polymer Composites
Secondary Operations: Rose Polymer Composites automates trimming with a Tormach PCNC 770

When a new contract for 60,000 pieces came through the door at Rose Polymer Composites (Milwaukee, WI), Mechanical Engineer Chuck Patrick knew he needed to find new ways to expedite manufacturing.

Specializing in thermoset composites, Rose Polymer Composites is a contract molding shop with presses ranging from 75 to 400 tons. Thermoset composites are used in a wide range of applications because they fill the performance gap between thermoplastics and metals.

"This part is for an insulator for a new electric rail system in southern China. The insulator is manufactured from a thermoset composite material, overmolded on a structural steel threaded stud," explained Patrick. "The process is purposely designed in such a way that there is excess flash to trim from around the parting line of the mold."

Early into production for the new contract, Patrick identified the trimming process as a bottleneck. To remove excess flashing, each part had to be hand trimmed on the factory floor with a bench grinder. The more complex geometry of the insulator meant that the manual trim operation was too slow to keep up with the molding cycle. This resulted in lost time, and it was adding up quickly for the line, which runs 24/7.

"Soon after we took on the insulator contract, we started looking for an affordable solution to automate part trimming," said Patrick. "We considered a CNC router table, but narrowed in on the Tormach PCNC 770 because the mill would lend itself to a much more rigid setup." Patrick and Rose Polymer Composites' owner Robert Uhren made a short day trip on I-94 to the Tormach showroom in Waunakee, WI to see a demo of the PCNC 770 in person. "We made the decision to go ahead with the purchase on the ride home," recalled Patrick.

Since receiving the PCNC 770 in August of last year, Rose has shipped over 30,000 pieces. "We measure efficiency by the number of parts per shift. Since we installed the Tormach, our efficiency is up by 25 percent," said Patrick. "We've decreased the trim cycle time to under three minutes and could probably reduce that further, but it's not a bottleneck anymore." With the demonstrated success of this project, Patrick explained that the company also has future plans to add additional PCNC 770 mills as they roll out automatic trimming on Rose Polymer Composites' other molding lines.

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Recent Video

Setting up a Tormach PSG 612 Personal Surface Grinder

Tormach Personal Surface Grinder now available: http://goo.gl/g4r7yI
This video demonstrates how to remove the machine from the shipping crate and the setup procedure to have PSG 612 up and running in your shop in no time.
Click the link above for more information.

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