CNC for Prototypes and Fabrication

CNC for Prototypes and Fabrication

Tormach PCNCs improve product development for prototyping and fabrication by shortening design iterations and reducing outsourcing costs. Smart designers and engineering teams are embracing PCNC Mills to help them bring products to market faster and cheaper.

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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More than Just a Machine Shop at Rauch Engineering
Prototyping can be a challenge. We live in an era of fast-moving start-ups and Kickstarter revolutions, which leads to specialized machining and short turn-arounds. Chris Rauch keeps his “dual aspect engineering company” running steadily, thanks to …

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BattleBots Built on an Original Tormach – The World’s Deadliest Ladybug
ABC’s BattleBots pits a horde of 250-pound robots against each other in gear-grinding, fire-spewing combat, but Lisa Winter brings her ladybug doppelganger, Mega Tento, to the match. Created with the help of a Tormach PCNC 1100, Winter’s cutesy robot of doom is ...

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University of Toronto Micro-Engineers with Tormach

As the technology used in medical research continues to shrink, so does the engineering surrounding it. Edmond Young, Ph.D., focuses his research on developing technologies that rely on the flow of fluids at the ...

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Sector 67 – Making in Madison with a PCNC 1100
Maker spaces have started to pop up all over the country, but Chris Meyer and Sector 67 were early adopters to the movement, five years ago. Now, they’ve got …

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Ohio State Teaches Engineers with a Room Full of PCNC 770s
Ohio State University has filled their training lab with Tormach equipment to meet the challenges of educating future engineers. As an effort to bridge the gap between engineers and machine operators, Ohio State provides students with ...

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Personal CNC Drives Production at Wisconsin Machine Shop

Ariel Bolanos is the second-generation owner and operator of Boss & Sons, LLC a specialty machine shop located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Bolanos uses his PCNC 1100 manufacture a large range of standard and non-standard materials, building fixtures, and parts for industries ranging from automotive and architectural to professional camera mounts.

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Tormach PCNC 770 Supercharges Battlebot Production at Cochranton HS
Learn how students at Cochranton High School in Cochranton, PA are using their Tormach PCNC 770 to supercharge their team's BattleBot prototyping and production.

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When Quitting Smoking Leads to CNC Machining
Jon Gohr was a pack-a-day smoker for more than 20 years until he quit three years ago, thanks to electronic cigarettes. That’s why he took to machining …

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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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Precision Machining RC Engines at West Coast CNC
Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Jeff Slack specializes in making complex parts for the big remote control car industry from his company West Coast CNC Products in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Racing from Concept to Production Part
Silicon Valley has become synonymous with two terms: venture capital and startups. That’s why the area is teeming with entrepreneurs looking to make their break into the market. Highway1 is a company that recognizes everything happening in the area, and was created as a hardware accelerator ...

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Tormach on the Track
Learn how Adam Silver, vintage race car enthusiast and PCNC 1100 owner, uses his Tormach PCNC to make parts and over come the challenges of creating vintage racing parts.

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Game On! Small CNC Brings Laser Tag into the Light

Tom Baker of Lafayette, Indiana is using his PCNC 1100 to manufacture a laser tag system that works well in the sunlight at his company Steradian Tech. Originally using the PCNC 1100 to make prototypes, Baker now uses it in a production capacity to mill the bodies for the S7-X, a competition laser tag gun that is all done with 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum.

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Sturgis Show Bikes Begin in the Garage
Scott Phillips grew up around a machine shop. His dad tried to get him involved in fabrication, but to no avail. It wasn’t until years later that Phillips fell into machining as a career, and then he really took to …

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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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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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CNC Prototype Design at TXI Technologies

In 2008, Electro-mechanical Engineer Brian Koerner founded Phoenix, Arizona based TXI Technologies to specialize in the production of prototypes and one-off designs. He uses a PCNC 1100 to make parts in titanium, stainless, and aluminum. He works from a design concept to import existing 2D and 3D-models into SprutCAM.

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CNC on Cruise Control
Tormach PCNC 1100 owner and motorcycle enthusiast Brian Carmichael manufactures OMNI-CRUISE, a universal throttle lock/cruise control that he designed to enhance the riding experience for motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.

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Tormach PCNC 1100 Helps Pneumatics Maker Compress Turn-around Time
Learn how global pneumatic cylinder and valve producer, Aventics, reduced turn-around-time with in-house prototyping on their PCNC 1100.

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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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Tormach PCNC 770 Helps Inprentus Create Fast Fixture Solutions
Scientists don’t fully understand how superconducting materials work, but if we did, their potential could be harnessed in saving energy. Inprentus uses their Tormach PCNC 770 to help develop ...

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Medical Device Product Development on the Fast Track: Sophono’s Alpha Hearing System

Learn how manufacturing Engineer Todd Wyant uses a PCNC 770 to prototype each iteration of the Alpha Hearing System, as well as low-volume production and creating jigs and fixtures for production and assembly. Todd is with Sohpono, Inc, a Biomedical device startup based out of Boulder, Colorado. Sohpono is using their PCNC 770 to help revolutionize the treatment of severe hearing loss.

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From Prototype to Improving Lives: PCNC in the Medical Device Industry

Biomedical Engineer Lukas Eiserman is owner and president of Eisertech located in Southern California. Using a PCNC 1100 and a Duality Lathe, Eiserman manufactures spinal implants, titanium bone screws and stainless steel surgical instruments used in the medical device industry.

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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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