CNC for Other Cool Things

CNC for Other Cool Things

Clever customers, clever applications. We see new uses for Tormach PCNCs every day - here a just a few examples

For the Love of CNC: The John Saunders Story
John Saunders started his path to CNC machining by sleeping next to his mill in a one-bedroom apartment in New York. He began machining parts ...

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From Proton Packs to R2-D2: Movie Prop Replicas with Tormach
Jesse Hayes is the co-founder of a video game company, but he’s also an artist and maker when it comes to movie props. Using his PCNC 1100 mill and his 15L Slant-PRO lathe, Hayes creates ...

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CNC Milling in the Big Apple: Architectural Fabrication and Metalwork from Brooklyn Custom

David Stanavich of Brooklyn, New York uses a PCNC 1100 and SprutCAM to manufacture high-end custom metal fabrications for architects, artists, and designers in his Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication workspace. A recent project for Stanavich involved machining injection molds for plastic toys placed inside novelty gum ball machines.

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Extending the Utility of Firefighting Equipment: Clam Buddy by BlueFin CNC

Oregon-state based firefighter Tyson Shultz used a PCNC 1100 to develop the Clam Buddy, an adapter for the Bendix-Kind BK radio that allows firefighters to charge their radios and accessories from the same power source. The device is made from 6061 aluminum for durability and exposure to heat and is available through Shultz’s company, BlueFin CNC.

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CNC Machined Rotisserie Attachment Improves the BBQ Grilling Experience
Tormach Machinist and CNC Workshop Instructor Eric Andersen loves to grill. Using the PCNC 770 located in his home machine shop to prototype a BBQ grill rotisserie attachment for grilling shish kabobs, Andersen calls his invention the Rotishkabob.

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Using PCNC to Image the Heavens

Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Mike Sherick talks about sector-machining with his PCNC while constructing a 24" remote controled telescope in his New Mexico home mahcine shop.

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Pioneer Maker Adds PCNC 440 to His Arsenal of Tools
Mike Dubno has been a maker since before making was a thing. “I’ve been involved in the maker movement before there was one, but in a different way than a machinist or something like that,” he explains. Now, he is one of the first owners of a Tormach PCNC 440 ...

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Tormach Gives a Skyward Camera Company the Competitive Edge

Time-to-market is a term that every engineer knows all too well, and every budding entrepreneur will soon know if they are just entering the marketplace. With the help of their PCNC 770, Rugged Video has managed to …

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Expanding an Education with Tormach Machine Tools
Matt Pyle is a student at Buffalo State University in New York. Though he has had some shop experience while getting his Associates Degree in mechanical engineering technology, he is mostly self-taught when it comes to …

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Ideas Squared Goes Beyond the Hackerspace

Ideas Squared in Phoenix combines the best of the hacker space/maker movement and community manufacturing to create a unique business model. Founders Hana and Nate Kossak discuss how their PCNC 1100 is being used to educate and support small entrepreneurs in their city.

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Focusing on CINEIK Precision Film Equipment
CINEIK Precision Film Equipment owner Christopher J. Szlachetka uses his Tormach PCNC 1100 to machine precision engineered products for all types of filmmakers, including hot shoe handles, rail support systems, shoulder rigs, camera cages, dollies, and their latest product, the K-Addict.

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From Gears to Golf Clubs – Customized Production with a Tormach PCNC 770

Manufacturing customized or short-run parts can be expensive, which is why the old models for production relied on easily repeatable parts and cost-reduction through volume. We’re now in an era where customization and personalization are …

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Minnesota Entrepreneur Breaks New Ground in Custom Pen-Making Industry with Tormach PCNC 1100
Minnesota base PCNC 1100 owner Joe Hoover uses his programing skills along with his Tormach PCNC mill to allow customers to create their own custom desgined pens, all though his website www.bellisi.me.

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Telepresence Robots and Other Cool Innovations
Colin Adamson of Vancouver, Canada used his PCNC 1100 to prototype aluminum components for the OCULUS Laptop Conversion Kit—a motorized frame and software combination that converts a small laptop into a telerobotic remotely operated vehicle. Describing himself as a maker and a hacker, Adamson’s telepresence robots can be found online at Xaxxon Technologies.

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Tormach Machine Tools Help Build Tactical Robots
When law enforcement agencies and the military need a robot mechanical platform compact enough to be carried around in the field but with enough power to get the job done, they turn to ...

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Crowd Sourcing Helps Brad “Kickstarter King” Martin take CNC from Hobby to Viable Business

Creativity and crowd-funding can be a powerful combination. Learn more about how self-taught CNC machinist and PCNC 1100 owner, Brad Martin, took a creative design idea and a gamble on Kickstarter to successfully launch a new product. His custom designed bottle opener was only the beginning of what has lead to several popular Kickstarter projects and the path to his own small business.

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In Milwaukee, Art Education Meets Industry with a Tormach PCNC 1100
Frankie Flood is a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where he runs the university’s Digital Craft Research Lab where he offers digital fabrication classes to art and engineering students …

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Making of a Maker: Kent Myers on PCNC
California-based Kent Myers uses his PCNC 1100 to make projects with wood and metal, documenting the creations on his blog KentMyers.net. Some of his recent projects include a driving simulator, replacement components for his personal vehicles, and a teleprompter/camera rail system.

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PCNC 440 meets Industrial Robots in Madison College’s Automated Manufacturing Program
The world of manufacturing and engineering is constantly changing and progressing, and so does the education to get quality workers in those industries. The Madison College Robotics and Automation program concentrates on ...

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Robots Making Robots: R2-D2 in All Aluminum

Video game company co-founder and Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Jesse Hayes of Rohnert Park, California just put the finishing touches on a project a year in the making: an all-aluminum re-build of R2-D2.

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More than Just Milling for NASA’s Tormach PCNC 1100

NASA uses their Tormach PCNC 1100 for the typical milling processes you might expect from a world-renown aeronautics organization, but they have also customized their Tormach for …

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Desert Star Systems Flipper Tag Project

Engineers at Desert Star Systems in California used a PCNC 1100 with ATC and 4th Axis to machine molds for the flipper tag project—a solar-powered radio tag worn on the flippers of sea otters. Flipper tags are used by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor the behavior of sea otters and collect data about the animals’ behavior.

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Custom Detail in Full Production with the Prosumer Machine

Randy Barnett established Indivijual Eyewear to create custom-designed eyeglasses for the 80 percent of us that just don’t fit into bulk-design frames. The company uses Tormach’s PCNC 770 to mill its highly individualized line of glasses in exotic Italian plastics …

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Hitting the Mark in a One-Man Shop
With his one-man shop, Dave Wentz does an array of fabrication for various customers, including a steady set of eight parts and secondary operations for ...

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Model Railroading with PCNC
After retiring from Intel Corporation, Dick Hofsheier of Banks, Oregon joined a large scale model railroading club. Using a PCNC 1100, Hosfheier is building a 1:8 scale steam locomotive with that will eventually ride on the 1200 feet of track that snakes and winds through his yard.

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