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.

Award-Winning Pistolsmith uses Tormach PCNC 1100 for Custom Gunsmithing

Scott Mulkerin manufactures a line of competition accessories for Smith & Wesson revolvers and 1911 semi-automatic pistols through his company SDM Fabricating  in Medina, Ohio. Purchasing a PCNC 1100 in 2007, Mulkerin uses his mill to automate labor intensive and repetitive machining operations.

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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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Quick Turnaround at Tundra Racing
Tom Watts, Owner and Founder of TundraRacing.com uses his PCNC 1100 prototype aftermarket rear disc brake conversion kit for Toyota trucks.

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New Jersey Machine Shop Uses PCNC 1100 to Expand Business

Experienced tool and die maker Greg Deptula uses his PCNC 1100 on a daily basis. With a reputation for precision work, Deptula Precision specializes in short run precision aluminum parts. Greg hopes to expand his in Cherry Hill, New Jersey machine shop and credits his success to word-of-mouth referrals as well as a growing demand for CNC.

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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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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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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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Milling for Hobby, and for Profit

Small shops have found a lot of success milling parts and components with both the PCNC 1100 and the PCNC 770 mills. Tim Lothe has developed an …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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National Geographic's Critter Cam: Using CNC to Study Shark Behavior

Frank Borke, owner of Master Pattern in Lafayette, Colorado uses a PCNC 1100 and Duality Lathe to machine seventeen unique pieces for the Crittercam, an animal-borne video and data logging system designed for studying the at-sea behavior and ecology of large marine invertebrates. The part are designed for wear and are machined out of aluminum and titanium to accommodate water pressure at varying depths below sea level.

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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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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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Maker Uses PCNC 1100s for Small Production and Development
Jim Anderson has been a journeyman machinist in Canada for more than 26 years, and he’s built everything from racing motorcycles to hydrogen fuel cells. Parts big and tiny, Anderson has seen a lot as a fabricator. With his array of building knowledge and his two PCNC 1100s ...

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The Latest X Prize Challenge Shows the Resurgence of Individual Ingenuity

Paul and Paul Breed comprise a father-and-son engineering design team out of Solana Beach, California. In 2009, the Breeds used a PCNC 1100 on the in-house design of a lunar lander capable of competing in the Lunar Lander Challenge, sponsored by the X Prize Foundation. Read about the Breeds' latest projects on their popular Unreasonable Rocket blog.

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2nd Ops Success: Tormach PCNC 1100 Boosts Output in Texas Machine Shop

Don Breneman purchased a PCNC 1100 as an affordable secondary operation CNC mill to solve a costly bottleneck in his machine shop.  A standing order for oil and gas components was keeping his Haas …

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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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PCNC 1100 Helps Company Innovate in 3D Desktop Printers
Radiant Fabrication in Fitchburg, Wisconsin hopes to bring 3D printing into public sector markets like schools and libraries. Founders Nathan Patterson, Kevin Harris, and Nathan Schumacher are using a PCNC 1100 for product design and development as well as small-scale production of the Lionhead, a combination 3D printer and scanning device.

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Making Rocket Parts with a Slant-Pro Lathe
Colby started Triton Space Technologies, which specializes in contract engineering, in particular, for rocket propulsion applications, at the beginning of 2015. The company uses a Tormach 15L Slant-PRO Lathe for …

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RapidFire Technology USA scales up with a Tormach PCNC 1100
Learn how competion shooter and gunsmith, Bud Scott used his PCNC 1100 to affordably streamlined his production and helped to turn a retirment hobby into a full-scale business.

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