CNC for Bikes and Sports

CNC for Bikes and Sports

Skateboards, Scooters, Ski bindings, Shifters or Sand wedges - Tormach PCNCs are being used by companies both big and small to make better products for recreation and sports.

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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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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Mechanical Technologist Finds New Uses for Tormach
The puck dropped and players with gloves and sticks reacted. Instead of zipping across ice, they jetted through water during the 2006 Vancouver Underwater Hockey club game after a specially designed puck was ...

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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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Making Mountain Bike Components
Modesto, California based mountain biker and hardware designer Jim Brennan used a PCNC 1100 to prototype his invention for the All Mountain Post (AMP)—an adjustable bicycle seat that is raised and lowered through a handlebar-mounted lever. Meeting low-volume production demands with his Tormach mill, Brennan eventually licensed the AMP design with TH Industries and it is now distributed around the world.

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Makers on the Move: PCNC Components Hit the Street in the RoamBoard Electric Skateboard

The RoamBoard is an electric skateboard that brings surfing and snowboarding to the street. Invented in Boise, Idaho by Rob Green and his two sons, the Green family is using their PCNC 770 to manufacture steering knuckles and steering mounts, with plans to make the entire board in house in 2013. Green is also developing an aluminum wallet fully machined on his PCNC 770 and coated with a proprietary finish similar to annodizing.

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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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