CNC for Robotics

CNC for Robotics

Hobbyists and Leading Research teams use Tormach PCNCs to build their latest robot designs: actuators, end effectors, frames and custom motion components.

A CNC for Greenhorns and Graduate Students
Learn how students at the University of Nevada-Reno use the Tormach PCNC 1100 to reliabily make complex models for UAVs and to quickly and easily tranistion from manual milling to CNC.

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Students Gear up for FIRST Robotics with Tormach Machines
The beginning of the school year is fueled with energy of new classes for students around the country, but for a team of Covington, WA, students, it's the smell of sizzling coolant...

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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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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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Beyond the Classroom: CNC Rules at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech graduate student Derek Lahr stores his PCNC 1100 at the Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) robotics research facility on campus. When not building robotics components, Lahr uses his mill to design the frame and transmission for a mountain bicycle.

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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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A Look Inside the Mechanics of the World's Most Destructive Sport
Cisco Systems Distinguished Engineer Billy Moon used his PCNC 1100 to design combat robots, exposing his sons to mechanical design, electronics, and artificial intelligence at an early age. Team Moon Robotics competed in Robot Fighting Leagues as around the world, with several of their robots featured on the popular TV show Battle Bots.

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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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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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Future Robot Designers Learn CNC Manufacturing at the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab

The Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) in Philadelphia, PA is at the forefront of robotics research, with a mission to conceive, develop, implement and configure sensor-based solutions and "smart" mechatronic systems for robotics and human augmented applications.

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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 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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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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Family Robotics: Tormach Mill Helps Kids Make Rovers

Robotics is hard, especially when you want to build something new and have to rely on outside shops or vendors for components. Robert Beatty and his two daughters, Camille and Genevieve, decided to take on the challenge of …

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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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