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Learning to Turn at the Tormach Lathe Workshop

May 5th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

We hosted our first Slant-PRO workshop last weekend, here at Tormach World Headquarters in Waunakee, WI. This free Saturday event provided current and future 15L Slant-PRO lathe owners an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of CNC lathe and check out the lathe product line firsthand. Throughout the day, visitors ... More

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Students Engineer Championship Robots with Tormach

May 1st, 2015 by Chris Fox 

FIRST Robotics is a quickly-growing STEM initiative, founded by Dean Kamen, that pits kids against each other in robotic contests while promoting a fine combination of cooperation and competition. Teenagers stew over various engineering issues, component failures, and efficiency quotas all while coordinating their teams like a start-up engineering business ... More

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How to Drill a Square Hole – Tormach’s New Rotary Broach

April 28th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

For those that just can’t put a square peg in a round hole, there’s rotary broaching – a milling method that produces a hexagonal or other polygonal holes. First, a pilot hole is drilled into the work piece, followed by a chamfer at the top – chamfering is not necessary, but ... More

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It’s All About Fixturing

April 24th, 2015 by Chris Fox 

- Hot-Rodded Tormachs - Many of our customers are hotrod enthusiasts and vehicle customizers, but we have even more customers that are hot-rodding their Tormach machines. Tormach users are often owners of start-ups, engineering organizations, or even prototyping companies, which often leads to creating unique components and parts on their machines. The ... More

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Get to Know Your Cutting Tool: 3-Flute CrN Coated Performance End Mills

April 22nd, 2015 by Andrew Grevstad 

Application: General-purpose Aluminum and Brass machining, both roughing and finishing. Recommended Surface Speed: Up to 1200 SFM in Aluminum Alloy. We've recently started offering a line of 3-flute CrN coated end mills that our machinists really enjoy. These tools have 3-flutes with a cutting geometry optimized for aluminum machining, but what really ... More