CNC for Other Cool Things
Other Cool Tormach Success Stories
Creativity and crowd-funding can be a powerful combination. Learn more about howÂ self-taught CNC machinist and PCNC 1100 owner, Brad Martin, took a creative desgin idea and a gamble on Kickstarter to successfully launch a new product. His custom desgined bottle opener was only the beginning of what has lead to several popular Kickstarter projects and the path to his own small business.
Twin Cities father and son design team,Â David and Lynn Fliger developed the Fusion Plate, an Arca-Swiss style quick release plate for a camera tripod,Â with a PCNC 1100. The Fusion Plate allows a photographer to quickly move from shoulder strap to tripod without any need to thread anything on or off their camera
For Ariel Bolanos, 2013 marks the second year as owner and operator of Boss & Sons, LLC a small family-owned machine shop located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Now in his early 30â€™s, Arielâ€™s machining background started at the age of twelve under the instruction of his father Jorge.
With an engineering background, an established career in the aerospace and medical industries and power tools, Rob Green is no stranger to the machine shop.
Playing laser tag for the past seventeen years, Tom Baker of Lafayette, Indiana has turned a teenage hobby into a successful businessâ€”all while innovating the future of the game.
David Stanavichâ€™s career in fabrication and machining began back in 1989, after studying painting and fine art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
At age 26, John Seaber knows more about running a successful business than most his age. A recent electrical engineering graduate from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla), John is the owner and president of JDS Labs, Inc. in Glen Carbon, Illinois. JDS Labs has quickly made a name for themselves in the audiophile industry as a manufacturer of customized, high-performance headphone amplifiers and digital-to-analog converters (DACs).
When Dave and Lynda Rygmyr purchased NorthWest Short Line in 2008, they became the new owners of the world's largest manufacturer of model railroad upgrade and repair parts. NorthWest Short Line manufactures wheels, axles, and gearboxes. If you've got a model locomotive that's 50 years old, odds are the Rygmyrs can help you find a spare part.
For brothers Troy and Gary Chatmajian, machining is more than a way of lifeâ€”it's their legacy. As fourth-generation metal workers, they are part of a family tree brimming with craftsmen who have been working with metal since the late 1800s.
Jeff Rasnake of Rockfish, Virginia purchased aÂ PCNC 1100 from Tormach just over three years ago. Working full time as a Manufacturing Engineer in the Maritime Navigation Industry, Rasnake's evenings are spent in his home machine shop.
Engineers at Desert Star Systems in California used aÂ PCNC 1100 with ATC and 4th Axis to machine molds for the flipper tag projectâ€”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 animalsâ€™ behavior.
Paul Breed is an unreasonable man. His video post on YouTube, one of many online artifacts that detail his progress so far, is titled â€śWhy Neighbors Think Iâ€™m Crazy.â€ť For the camera, Breed demonstrates the injector flow rate for his lunar lander, which he is building in his garage.
While there wasn't an â€śA-HA!â€ť moment for firefighter and inventor Tyson Schultz, there was an ongoing process of developing a new product for firemen that can both make their lives both easier and potentially safer.
Greg Marshall, a marine biologist, was scuba diving in Belize in 1986 when he saw a suckerfish hitching a ride on a sharkâ€™s belly. â€śWhat if I could attach a video camera to that shark?â€ť he thought, â€śfollow it where no human could go, and see the ocean as the shark does?â€ť
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