Tormach PCNC Machining Tips and How To’s

  • Wes Bye Talks Model Engineering

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    Model engineering is a growing interest for a number of hobby machinists. Wes Bye, of Digital Machinist, talks about designing and building model engineering projects with his PCNC 440.

    Check out Digital Machinist: http://www.digitalmachinist.net
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    Cutting Your First Part on a Tormach Lathe

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    Tormach Control Engineer, Daniel Rogge, walks through cutting your first part on a Tormach 15L Slant-PRO Lathe found in chapter 4 of the operator's manual.

    Learn more about the 15L Slant-PRO Lathe: http://torma.ch/9
    Operator's Manual: http://torma.ch/a

  • Tormach PCNC Unboxing (770 and 1100)

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    Since the PCNC 770 and 1100 setup is so similar, we have combined the steps into one video. When there are differences a notification will appear on the top of the screen. This video is not a replacement to the manual. Before installing either machine you must read the manual thoroughly.

    PCNC 440 Unboxing

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    Tormach Machinist, Jason Pulvermacher, unboxes and sets up the PCNC 440 and its stand.

    Learn more about the PCNC 440: http://goo.gl/Qg0wQ3

  • Tormach 4th Axis Rotary Table Maintenance

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    Tormach machinist, Jeff Hamre, provides a rundown of the maintenance and upkeep necessary to keep your 4th axis rotary table operating properly. He also goes into detail on the new backlash adjustment procedure introduced in 2015.

    Cutting Your First Part on a Tormach Mill

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    Tormach controls engineer, Daniel Rogge, walks through cutting your first part on a Tormach mill with the Conversational Programming in PathPilot.

    This process can be found under Operation 1 of the Tormach Operator's Manual.

  • Probing Routines in PathPilot

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    Brennan Williams, a systems and technical support specialist at Tormach, walks through various probing routines on a Tormach PCNC 770.

    Probing routines like these are important for fast, accurate part and fixture setup, to help ensure your parts come out right every time.

    This was part of the Probing Routines Seminar given at the Tormach Open House in August. #Tormach 2015

    Digitizing Probe (PN 31858): http://goo.gl/K3OGHX

    Join Us for Tormach's Second Annual Open House

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    You are invited to Tormach’s second annual Open House on Saturday, August 1, in Waunakee, WI. We have a packed agenda this year, with many new seminars and guest speakers. Come out to see machine and software demos, tour our facility, ask our technical support staff questions, or just come to meet other Tormach owners.

    See the full list of seminars and RSVP here: http://goo.gl/oG03i8

    Workshops include:
    • PCNC Mill Demos
    • PathPilot™ Demo and Mill Conversational Overview
    • 15L Slant-PRO™ Workholding Tips and Tricks
    • Cutting Tool Selection
    • Probing Routines
    • CNC Tool Tables & Work Offsets
    • PCNC in Small Business with guest speakers John Grimsmo and John Saunders
    • 4th Axis Demos
    • Many more!

  • Getting Started with Work Offsets in PathPilot

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    A couple months back we introduced our new PathPilot control software. Getting Started with Work Offsets is the second of several tutorials on how to use PathPilot. In this video, Controls Engineer, Daniel Rogge, demonstrates three different techniques on how set work offsets. He uses a Shank Edge Finder (PN 32660 or 32659), a Haimer Zero Master (PN 32897), and a Digitizing Probe (PN 31858). This is just three of many methods one can use. Please check our web site for information on additional edge finders.

    Getting Started with Tool Tables in PathPilot

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    A couple months back we introduced our new PathPilot control software. Getting Started with Tool Tables is the first of several upcoming tutorials on how to use PathPilot. In this video, Controls Engineer, Daniel Rogge, demonstrates three different techniques on how to set tool offsets. He uses the Digital Height Gauge (PN 31761), the machine tool itself, and the Electronic Tool Setter (PN 31875).

    Find out more about PathPilot here: http://goo.gl/JBSBqB

  • How to Setup a Cast Iron Tombstone - Tormach CNC

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    Cast Iron Tombstone (PN 33146) - http://goo.gl/haHVGc
    This video demonstrates how to mount the Cast Iron Tombstone to a 4th Axis, center it to the tailstock, and indicate the surfaces.
    For more information, please refer to the link above.

    Slitting Saw Tips and Tricks - Tormach CNC

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    Tormach Slitting Saws: http://goo.gl/y8alUb
    Tormach Slitting Saw Arbors: http://goo.gl/bhtV1J

    This video explains the proper setup of slitting saws into their arbors and what situations in which they are a better choice over end mills.

  • How to Use the Tormach Speeder - Tormach CNC

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    Tormach Speeder- http://goo.gl/vB0SFO
    This video demonstrates how to set up the Tormach Speeder. The Speeder is a 3x RPM multiplier for R8 and MT-3 Spindles. It fits the Tormach PCNC 1100 and PCNC 770. It will also fit most Bridgeport Mills and clones. Click the link above to learn more about the Tormach Speeder.

    How to Setup a Companion Spindle for Horizontal Milling - Tormach CNC

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    Kress High Speed Companion Spindle: http://goo.gl/7SuUYu
    This video demonstrates how to setup a companion spindle for horizontal milling on a Tormach PCNC Mill. The Kress spindle kit is mounted to the spindle nose using a right angle attachment. This setup is advantageous for doing work on the end of a long workpiece.

    For more information, click the link above to view the spindle on Tormach's website.

  • How to Setup a 2-Jaw Chuck - Tormach CNC

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    2-Jaw Chuck: http://goo.gl/Ycieoc
    This video demonstrates the setup process for a 2-jaw chuck on a 6" tilting table (available for 8"in tables as well). Generally speaking, the setup process includes milling your work piece square, inserting parallels into the chuck, tightening the chuck and using a indicator to center your piece. Depending on the purpose of the work piece, it does not always have to be centered with a indicator.

    Click the links above to check out 2-Jaw Chucks on Tormach's website.

    How to Set up a 4th Axis: 4-Jaw Chuck - Tormach CNC

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    4-Jaw Chuck: http://goo.gl/16l9lJ
    In this video, Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates how to setup a 4th axis with a 4-Jaw Chuck. The 4-Jaw chuck shown in this video has independent jaws, allowing you to adjust each jaw separately. The independent jaws take more patience and care to setup, but allows you to accurately hold odd shaped pieces. Tormach sells 4-Jaw chucks for both 6" and 8" tables, as well as 3-Jaw Chucks.

    Click the link above to view the 4-Jaw Chuck on Tormach's website.

  • How to use the Haimer CENTRO Coaxial Indicator Demonstration - Tormach CNC

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    Haimer CENTRO Coaxial Indicator: http://goo.gl/RpxKGo
    Haimer's Centro Coaxial Indicator is a precision centering device that is available with a TTS holder. This video demonstrates a very accurate method of dialing in the center of a hole. The CENTRO can also be adapted for finding the center of shafts and measuring flatness. Tormach also sells three different replacement tips: 5mm straight tip, 2mm straight tip, and a 5mm bent tip. http://goo.gl/e36ILD

    Click the links above to check out the Haimer CENTRO on Tormach's website.

    5C Collet Workholding Tips for Mill- Tormach CNC

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    5C Collets: http://goo.gl/KvpTW7
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss takes a few minutes to go over the 5C collets and related accessories that Tormach sells and show some workholding tips when using 5C collets on a Tormach PCNC milling machine.

    Products include:
    1) 5C Collet - Metric
    2) 5C Collet - Inch
    3) 5C Square Collet
    4) 5C Hex Collet
    5) 5C Emergency Collet
    6) 5C Adjustable Collet Stop
    7) 5C Collet Block Set
    8) 5C Spin Indexer w/ Tailstock

    To see all available 5C collet products click the link above to check them out on Tormach's website.

  • Tool Maker Vise Tips - Tormach CNC

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    Tool Maker Vise: http://goo.gl/cz5v76
    Tormach's Mike Corliss, explains essential tips on how to use Tool Maker Vises. Tool Maker Vises are great for holding delicate work because the clamping pressure is easy to control. They are also precision ground so they can be used to position parts quickly and accurately and ensure products are oriented the way you want them.

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Tool Maker Vises on our website.

    How to Setup a 4th Axis - Tormach CNC

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    4th Axis Kit: http://goo.gl/1hpn0A
    Tormach's Mike Corliss demonstrates how to install and align the Tormach 4th Axis on the Tormach PCNC 1100 mill. When the 4th Axis is aligned and trued up in all three planes, he bolts on a 3 Jaw Chuck and indicates the workpiece using a test bar.

    Other products used in this video: 3 Jaw Chuck- http://goo.gl/QqqwCu

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach 4th Axis Kit on our website.

  • Fixture Plate Tips - Tormach CNC

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    Fixture plates are used to decrease setup times and ensure repeatability. They are also used to machine larger items and as a "quick change" for cutting multiple parts. Tormach's Mike Corliss demonstrates how to mount and reference an aluminum fixture place to a PCNC mill using t-nuts with locating pins and t-nuts with locating stops.

    List of tools and accessories featured in this demonstration:
    1. Aluminum Pivot Plate, 18"x18"x10mm - http://goo.gl/SiGAwR
    2. Aluminum Fixture Plate, 20"x9.5"x10mm - http://goo.gl/VOQXSi
    3. 5/8" T-Nut with Locating Pin (Blind) - http://goo.gl/d1Lkke
    4. 5/8" T-Nut with Locating Pin - http://goo.gl/FQymeg
    5. 5/8" T-Nut with Locating Stop - http://goo.gl/oDxRVB

    Click the links above to check out all of our products on the Tormach website.

    ER 16 & ER 20 TC Tapping Head Tips - Tormach CNC

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    ER 16 Tension Compression Tapping Head: http://goo.gl/scRFZk
    ER 20 Tension Compression Tapping Head: http://goo.gl/63ecAU
    Tormach's Mike Corliss demonstrates the TTS ER 16 Tension Compression Tapping Head and TTS ER 20 Tension Compression Tapping Head. At 1:24 he discusses the speed calibration procedure and why it is important for tapping. At 2:06 he uses the Stop Loc measurement tool, which is used for maintaining consistency between parts.

    Other products used in this video: Stop-Loc Setup Tool- http://goo.gl/kHBHCf

    Click the link above to check out Tormach ER 16 & ER 20 TC Tapping Heads on our website.

  • How to Use the Tormach Auto Reversing Tapping Head - Tormach CNC

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    Auto Reversing Tapping Head: http://goo.gl/hsCY8
    This video describes the basic operation of Procunier's Auto Reversing Tapping Head that was made specifically for Tormach. Several G-code programs are demonstrated, as well as a few different taps, including a 1/4 - 20 Spiral Fluted Tap, 1/4 - Form Tap, 0 - 80 Spiral Pointed Tap.

    Click the link above to check out the Auto Reversing Tapping Head on our website.

    How to Find the Center of Block with a Dial Indicator (Swing Indicating, Part 2 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    Dial Indicator: http://goo.gl/DeqY1
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates how to use a Dial Indicator to find the center of a block by using a dial indicator mounted in a Tormach PCNC 770 mill spindle; a procedure commonly referred as "swing indicating." This fundamental technique is a very accurate method for setting work offsets that applies to all PCNC milling machines. Be sure to check out

    Part 1 of this series: How to Find the Center of a Hole with a Dial Indicator. http://goo.gl/UOSeP

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Dial Indicator on our website.

  • How to Find a Hole Center with Dial Indicator (Swing Indicator, Part 1 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    Dial Indicator: http://goo.gl/DeqY1
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates how to use a Dial Indicator to find the center of a hole by using a dial indicator mounted in a Tormach PCNC 770 mill spindle; a procedure commonly referred as "swing indicating." This fundamental technique is a very accurate method for setting work offsets that applies to all PCNC milling machines.

    Be sure to check out Part 2 of this series: How to Find the Center of a Block with a Dial Indicator. http://goo.gl/MWMRQ

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Dial Indicator on our website.

    Boring Head Tips (Part 2 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    Boring Heads: http://goo.gl/p87Ek
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates the basic setup procedure to true up the outer diameter of a part with a CNC mill. At 1:30 he demonstrates how to flip the cutter and points out the spindle should be rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.

    Part 1 of this video series demonstrates how to use a Boring Head to bore out the inner diameter of a hole. http://goo.gl/lT97V

    Click the link above to check out Tormach Boring Heads on our website.

  • Boring Head Tips (Part 1 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    Boring Head: http://goo.gl/p87Ek
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates the basic setup procedure for using a Tormach Boring Head to bore out the inner diameter of a hole. The boring head can be dial adjusted to bore both large or small diameters as well as oddball sizes. At 3:47, a telescoping gauge is used to measure the inner diameter of the hole.

    Part 2 of this video series demonstrates how to use a Boring Head to turn the outer diameter of a part. http://goo.gl/TWt0v

    Click the link above to check out Tormach Boring Heads on our website.

    How to Setup a Sine Vise - Tormach CNC

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    Sine Vise: http://goo.gl/PbiS1
    Tormach's Mike Corliss demonstrates how to use a Sine Vise for holding a workpiece at a specific angle on a CNC table. Using a set of gauge blocks and a scientific calculator, the proper angle can be precisely set (this video shows a 100 mm Sine Vise and Imperial gauge blocks).

    Other products used in this video: Gauge Block Set- http://goo.gl/3dzqS

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Sine Vise on our website.

  • Strap Clamp Tips - Tormach CNC

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    Clamp Kit: http://goo.gl/8jO5M
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates how to use the Strap Clamp Kit for basic workholding. Using a combination of nuts, t-nuts, studs, extended studs, and step blocks, Corliss shows how to strap a part to the table and at 4:57 how to support a long workpiece that is hanging out of a vice.

    Click the link above to check out Tormach Steel Clamp Kits on our website.

    CNC Scanner Tutorial: PCNC 1100 Milling (Part 3 of 3)- Tormach CNC

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    CNC Scanner: http://goo.gl/wWJCj
    In part 1 of this series, Tormach Machinist Eric Andersen, uses a CNC scanner to capture the geometry of a 1983 Yamaha Scooter carburetor to reproduce a gasket. Click here for part 1: http://goo.gl/1wmP2. He then modifies the geometry using ScanCAD. In part 2, the file is uploaded into SprutCam to setup the tool paths for cutting. Part 2 can be seen here: http://goo.gl/3oU40. In this video, part 3, Eric runs the program and uses the drag knife to cut out the gasket.

    Products Include: CNC Scanner, SprutCam Software, Drag Knife, and the Tormach PCNC 1100 mill.

    Visit Tormach or SprutCam (http://goo.gl/ufYIg) to see all products used in this demonstration.

  • CNC Scanner Tutorial: SprutCam Version 7 (Part 2 of 3)- Tormach CNC

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    CNC Scanner: http://goo.gl/wWJCj
    In part 1 of this series, Tormach Machinist Eric Andersen uses a CNC scanner to capture the geometry of a 1983 Yamaha Scooter carburetor to reproduce a gasket. He then modifies the geometry using ScanCAD. Click here to view part 1: http://goo.gl/1wmP2. In this video, part 2, the file is uploaded into SprutCam to setup the tool paths for cutting. In the 3rd and final video of the series, the machinist runs the program to cut the gasket out using a drag knife. That video can be seen here: http://goo.gl/aK1TN.

    Products Include: CNC Scanner, SprutCam Software, Drag Knife, and the Tormach PCNC 1100 mill.

    Visit Tormach or SprutCam (http://goo.gl/ufYIg) to see all products used in this demonstration.

    CNC Scanner Tutorial: ScanCAD (Part 1 of 3)- Tormach CNC

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    CNC Scanner: http://goo.gl/wWJCj
    In part 1 of this series, Tormach Machinist Eric Andersen uses a CNC scanner to capture the geometry of a 1983 Yamaha Scooter carburetor to reproduce a gasket. He then modifies the geometry using ScanCAD. In part 2, the file is uploaded into SprutCam to setup the tool paths for cutting. Part 2 can be seen here: http://goo.gl/3oU40. In the 3rd and final video of the series, the machinist actually runs the program to cut the gasket out using a drag knife. Part 3 can be seen here: http://goo.gl/aK1TN

    Products Include: CNC Scanner, SprutCam Software, Drag Knife, and the Tormach PCNC 1100 mill.

    Visit Tormach or SprutCam (http://goo.gl/ufYIg) to see all products used in this demonstration.

  • How to Square Up a Block with a CNC Mill - Tormach CNC

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    Superfly Cutter: http://goo.gl/vSAMq
    Before watching this video we recommend you watch: How to Square a Vise http://goo.gl/NAIAs
    In this video, Machinist Mike Corliss, demonstrates a basic yet important machining technique - how to square a block (6 sides) with a PCNC milling machine. He uses a standard endmill as well as Tormach's Super Fly Cutter. Performing this step accurately is essential for precision metal working. We encourage students to click on the following link to find out more information about the Tormach sponsored Teach Stem Now website: http://goo.gl/Zvw4g

    Click the above links to find out more about Tormach products.

    How to Square a Milling Vise - Tormach CNC

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    Tool Maker Vises: http://goo.gl/2gByC
    Tormach machinist Mike Corliss demonstrates the proper produce to square a CNC vise to a table. To ensure accuracy, he uses an edge finder, which is available on Tormach's website: http://goo.gl/Aip2W Following these basic techniques before milling will ensure the most accurate reproduction of parts. We encourage students to click on the following link to find out more information about the Tormach sponsored Teach Stem Now website: http://goo.gl/vrMTt

    Click the links above to find out more about Tormach Tool Maker Vises.

  • How to Use the Haimer Zero Master Edge Finder - Tormach CNC

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    Haimer Zero Master: http://goo.gl/qOpGb
    Haimer's Zero Master is an extremely accurate tool to zero out the X, Y and Z axis on a part. Unlike standard edge finders this process does not include subtracting half the diameter because Haimer's have already been calibrated to do so. There is no easier way to zero out your axes. Tormach also sells TTS holders and replacement tips.

    Click the link above to check out Haimer Zero Masters on Tormach's website.

    Circuit Board Milling | University of Iowa College of Engineering - Tormach CNC

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    Tormach: http://www.tormach.com
    Brian Johns, a PhD Student of Engineering at The University of Iowa, demonstrates a six phase process on how to mill a circuit board with the use of a Tormach PCNC 770.

  • How to Use the Spring Loaded Tap Guide - Tormach CNC

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    Spring Loaded Tap Guide: http://goo.gl/AlaVo
    Tormach's Mike Corliss, explains the use of the spring loaded tap guide to ensure alignment of the tap with the thread. It also helps preventing tap breakage when you are working in tough material.
    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Spring Loaded Tap Guide on our website.

    How to use the Tormach Tool Assistant Software

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    Tool Assistant Software: http://goo.gl/pnFBT
    The Tormach Tooling system software is available on CD or as a free download from Tormach.com. The software allows you to read, write, sort, edit duplicate and transfer the tool table information that is native to the Mach3. Tormach also sells an 8" Digital Height Gauge for one-button tool measurement and offline tool height presetting (this is demonstrated beginning at 5:15). The software also has the ability to save the tool table in the .CSV file format common to Microsoft Excel and other programs. Some CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) programs can even read tool tables in the .CSV format, allowing the user to synchronize their CAM software to the mill software.

    Other Products in this video: 8" Digital Height Gauge- http://goo.gl/yy6CC

    Click the links above to check out the Tormach Tool Assistant Software and Digital Height Gauge on our website.

  • How to Assemble the Tormach Deluxe Stand

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    Deluxe Stand for Tormach Mill: http://goo.gl/UISD9
    Step by step instructions on how to assemble the Tormach PCNC Deluxe Stand.

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach Deluxe Stand on our website.

    How to Align the Tormach ATC (Part 2 of 2)

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    Automatic Tool Changer: http://goo.gl/pYb2E
    Tormach Project and Electronics Engineer Daniel Rogge demonstrates the mounting and alignment procedure for the Tormach Automatic Tool Changer on the Tormach PCNC 1100. This video focuses on the precise fine tuning of the alignment process for the ATC. Centering Spindle Head @ 1:10. Y-Axis Alignment @ 2:10. X-Axis Tilt @ 4:30. X/Y Location of Tool Fork @ 6:45. Adjust Tool Change Position in X @ 8:50. Adjust Tool Change Height in Z @ 12:00.

    Watch Part 1 of this series here to see general mounting and alignment: http://goo.gl/gOGnz

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach ATC on our website.

  • How to Align the Tormach ATC (Part 1 of 2)

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    Automatic Tool Changer: http://goo.gl/pYb2E
    Tormach Project and Electronics Engineer Daniel Rogge demonstrations the mounting and alignment procedure for the Tormach Automatic Tool Changer on the Tormach PCNC 1100.

    Watch Part 2 of this series for the fine-tuning alignment process: http://goo.gl/PuxB6

    Click the link above to check out the Tormach ATC on our website.

    How to Change Tools in Mach3 (Part 2 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    Tormach Tooling System: http://goo.gl/NKVFO
    Part 2 of the tool change series demonstrates the necessary G-Codes required to successfully switch tools (i.e G28 - Go to referenced home position) and then a demonstration is completed. Our website offers a detailed G-Code reference guide at: http://www.tormach.com/machine_codes.html and includes graphics and matching sample programs for many of the more difficult codes.
    Part I of the video, seen here: http://goo.gl/gchkY, demonstrates tool setup, machine referencing and setting the work offset. Using tool change functions is one of the great features of CNC. If you have a CNC machine but you're still touching off every time you load a tool, then you're not using the full capability of your machine. This video uses the Tormach Tooling System (TTS), a design which makes tool change faster and allows off-line tool measurement.

    Click the links above to learn more about TTS and how to change tools on our website.

  • How to Change Tools in Mach3 (Part 1 of 2) - Tormach CNC

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    The Tormach Tool Assistant video describes an updated version of this procedure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_QWUdMC9eU

    Tormach Tooling System: http://goo.gl/NKVFO
    Part 1 of this series is a detailed explanation of a simple method to filling out your tool table chart. Setting of the Tool Table is explained, the mill is referenced and subsequently, the work offset is set. In Part 2, the required G-Codes for tool change are explained. Part 2 can be found here: http://goo.gl/HvPFg. Using tool change functions is one of the great features of CNC. If you have a CNC machine but you're still touching off every time you load a tool, then you're not using the full capability of your machine. This video demonstrates the Tormach Tooling System (TTS), a design which makes tool change faster and allows off-line tool measurement.

    Click the links above to learn more about TTS and how to change tools on our website.

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