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Posts Tagged ‘4th Axis’


Fab Lab Skill Builder: 4-Jaw Chucks

August 23rd, 2013 by Andrew Grevstad 

A popular tech line request is  for more information about setting up a 4th axis.  Earlier, we showed how to true a 4th axis to the mill motion using shims and how to set up a 3 Jaw chuck.   In this new video, Mike  C. demonstrates  how to set ... More

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NASA PIPER Polarizer made with Tormach PCNC 1100

Hacking your Tormach: Wire Winder for NASA’s PIPER Project

May 31st, 2013 by Andrew Grevstad 

I met with my friend Bob Warfield (who writes the fantastic machining blog CNC Cookbook and is the author of the popular G-Wizard software tool suite for machinists) for lunch a couple of weeks back on a recent trip to California. We got to talking about some of ... More


Tormach Fab Lab: How to Set up a 4th Axis

May 28th, 2013 by Andrew Grevstad 

Just got a 4th axis and not sure how to start?  First things first - make sure you know how to properly set it up and align it to your PCNC mill.  Check out our latest Fab Lab Skill builder video to learn how to do it right.   This video also ... More

Tormach Accessory Chain Hoist 2

Homemade Chain Hoist for Tormach PCNC 1100 4th Axis

April 11th, 2013 by Andrew Grevstad 

Here's a neat idea that was shared with me by Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Brian Ulrick in Ohio: Just got the 8" fourth axis and knew from experience that getting it on the  Tormach table would be hard on the back and mill table. I made a simple ball bearing chain hoist ... More

Vise Pinned to Fixture Plate

More Fixture Plate Ideas for Workholding Setups

April 4th, 2013 by Andrew Grevstad 

Last week we talked about using fixture plates for quick and repeatable  setups, and asked blog readers to send us pictures of their fixture plate set ups as part of a contest.    The winner of last week's blog contest is Fred Francouer from Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.  ... More