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A Little Friday Inspiration at Tormach

March 27th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

About 13 years ago, Tormach started as a series of conversations about small CNC machines in a garage, and recently, Greg Jackson, one of our founders, stumbled upon a photo showing one of the prototypes of the first PCNC 1100 making some chips. This is what inspired our company logo. Even ... More

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Connected Machines: Networking Tormach PCNC Mills in the New Internet of Things

March 24th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with our senior controls engineer, Daniel Rogge, to discuss the fact that, with our PathPilot controller software, Tormach machines can now be networked. Though he jokes how it may be bringing us closer to the future Cylon aggression, Rogge points out some ... More

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Making the Educational Impact

March 20th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

It’s undeniable that education is vital to the advancement of both individuals and civilizations, and with each passing generation (each passing year, even), being educated is becoming more prevalent to success. Some would even argue that it is essential for survival. But, the landscape of education is changing – it has ... More

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More than Your Basic Mill

March 18th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

Here at Tormach, we consider our machines to be prosumer – meaning, they marry the concerns of cost and quality. Because of this, our products are found at a unique intersection between hobbyists (those that use the machines for fun or at-home projects) and professionals (those who make a business out ... More

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Settling the Debate – CNC vs 3DP

March 13th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

Now that 3D printers have emerged as the tool-of-choice for many makers and educators, there seems to be a line drawn in the sand between CNC and additive manufacturing. Many manufacturers even worry that 3D printing may one day replace traditional manufacturing in the form of at-home production (perhaps sooner ... More