Tormach Customer Success Stories

  • Industrial Robot Integration with a PCNC 440 at Madison College

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    Madison College uses a PLC system to integrate a Fanuc robot with their PCNC 440 for industrial automation education.

    Peter Dettmer, the co-program director of Robotics & Automation at Madison College, sees integration like this as only the first steps into using Madison College’s PCNC 440 and furthering the use of technology in education.

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    Ladybug BattleBot Crushes with Tormach

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    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 more than meets the eye, but this fierce competitor’s story started more than a decade ago.

    Read the full story: http://torma.ch/battlebots
    Learn more about the PCNC 1100: http://torma.ch/18
    Lisa's PCNC upgrades were installed by Santa Cruz Electronics: https://www.santacruzelectronics.com

  • The Road from NYC CNC to Saunders Machine Works

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    John Saunders, and his YouTube channel NYC CNC, is well known in the Tormach community, but his journey to machining celebrity started with sleeping next to a mill.

    Teaching Engineers with Tormach at Ohio State

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    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 multiple opportunities to get their hands on machine tools.

    Read the full story: http://torma.ch/osu

  • One-Man Shop with a PCNC 1100

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    Dave Wentz operates his one-man shop with the help of his Tormach PCNC 1100. He does an array of fabrication for various customers, including a steady set of eight parts and secondary operations for a local screw machine shop.

    Visit Dave Wentz's site: http://goo.gl/qAac1L
    Read the success story: http://torma.ch/d

    Tormach Helps Scientists Prototype Faster

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    Inprentus is a scientific start-up company that creates diffraction gratings for research on x-ray and extreme ultra-violet light.

    While the company doesn’t rely on their Tormach PCNC 770 for complex fabrication, according to Jonathan Manton, VP of Engineering, it has been important to improving their prototyping and development process.

    Read more success stories: http://goo.gl/6w4Xr7
    Learn more about Inprentus: http://goo.gl/Eer0w3

  • Sturgis Show Bikes Begin in the Garage

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    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 the world of manufacturing.

    A Tour of Sector 67 - Madison's Maker Space

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    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 a shop full of equipment, including a PCNC 1100.

    Here, Meyer provides a tour of the Sector 67 facilities.

  • Making in Madison with a PCNC 1100

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    After getting his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, Chris Meyer wanted to do something different with his mechanical engineering expertise – he founded Sector 67, a maker space in Madison, WI.

    Maker spaces have started to pop up all over the country, but Meyer and Sector 67 were early adopters to the movement, five years ago. Now, they’ve got a shop full of equipment, including a PCNC 1100.

    PCNC in Small Business

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    John Saunders and John Grimsmo discuss how they utilize their Tormach machine tools in small business at the Tormach 2015 Open House.

    Check out John Saunders at NYC CNC: https://www.youtube.com/user/saunixcomp
    Check out John Grimsmo at Grimsmo Knives: https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnGrimsmo

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  • PCNC 1100 Customer Showcase Story - Carbide Labs and Drexel University

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    RJ Gross and Bob Sherbert, sit down and talk with Tormach on the the exciting humanoid projects at Drexel University and the founding of their company, Carbide Labs; where they do consulting work and training on the Tormach PCNC.

    UW-Platteville - Part 3: Tormach in the Classroom

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    Blog Post on University of Wisconsin-Platteville: http://www.tormach.com/blog/uwplatteville/
    Taliesin: http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/
    UW-Platteville: http://www.uwplatt.edu/industrial-studies


    'Part 1: A Student Prospective' is an interview with Graham Eichmiller, the student responsible for the design of the window hardware restoration pieces. In this section, he explains the final piece and where he receives his inspiration from.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBljiNWTptU

    'Part 2: The Casting' contains footage of the parts being made in the foundry and the Taliesin representatives examining the
    finished product.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHp3H3v_5oM

    In 'Part 3: Tormach in the Classroom', Tormach returned to the university to interview three professors who participated in this project. They discuss the project and the benefits of having multiple Tormach Mills in their shop.

  • UW-Platteville - Part 2: The Casting

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    Blog Post on University of Wisconsin-Platteville: http://www.tormach.com/blog/uwplatteville/
    Taliesin: http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/
    UW-Platteville: http://www.uwplatt.edu/industrial-studies
    To learn more about Sand Casting visit this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_casting


    'Part 1: A Student Prospective' is an interview with Graham Eichmiller, the student responsible for the design of the window hardware restoration pieces. In this section, he explains the final piece and where he receives his inspiration from.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBljiNWTptU

    'Part 2: The Casting' contains footage of the parts being made in the foundry and the Taliesin representatives examining the
    finished product.

    In 'Part 3: Tormach in the Classroom', Tormach returned to the university to interview three professors who participated in this project. They discuss the project and the benefits of having multiple Tormach Mills in their shop.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBHnEf4jsRE

    UW-Platteville - Part 1: A Student Perspective

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    Blog Post on University of Wisconsin-Platteville: http://www.tormach.com/blog/uwplatteville/
    Taliesin: http://www.taliesinpreservation.org/
    UW-Platteville: http://www.uwplatt.edu/industrial-studies

    'Part 1: A Student Prospective' is an interview with Graham Eichmiller, the student responsible for the design of the window hardware restoration pieces. In this section, he explains the final piece and where he receives his inspiration from.

    'Part 2: The Casting' contains footage of the parts being made in the foundry and the Taliesin representatives examining the
    finished product.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHp3H3v_5oM

    In 'Part 3: Tormach in the Classroom', Tormach returned to the university to interview three professors who participated in this project. They discuss the project and the benefits of having multiple Tormach Mills in their shop.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBHnEf4jsRE

  • PCNC 1100- Tormach Customer Show Case: Frankie Flood, Peck School of Arts | UW Milwaukee

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    Tormach Customer Showcase Stories- Frankie Flood: http://goo.gl/rRoQdM
    Frankie Flood is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus and teaches in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area within the Peck School of the Arts. He is the founder of the Digital Crafts Research Lab, where students are exposed to "making," and use a Tormach PCNC 1100 inside the classroom.

    PCNC 1100- Tormach Customer Showcase: SDM Fabricating

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    Tormach Customer Showcase Stories- SDM Fabricating: http://goo.gl/pmxLRa
    Scott Mulkerin manufactures a line of competition accessories for Smith & Wesson revolvers and 1911 semi-automatic pistols through his company SDM Fabricating in Medina, OH. Mulkerin is a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association. In 2011, he was awarded the honor "Pistolsmith of the Year" by the American Pistolsmiths' Guild. He is currently the Treasurer of the American Pistolsmiths' Guild.

    Purchasing a PCNC 1100 in 2007, Mulkerin uses his mill to automate labor intensive and repetitive machining operations. In recent years, he has expanded his business focus to include CNC prototype and design work and one-off designs.

    "What I do is fun and I enjoy it. I get up and I make stuff. I'm creative and it's a good outlet for me. I do that for twelve, thirteen, fourteen hours a day, then I watch TV for an hour and go to bed and I get up and do it all over again. I'm self employed—I only have to work half days, twelve hours."

  • PCNC 1100- Tormach Customer Showcase: Boss and Sons LLC

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    Tormach Customer Showcase Stories- Boss and Sons, LLC: http://goo.gl/J1VfwK
    For Ariel Bolanos, 2013 marks the second year as owner and operator of Boss & Sons, LLC a small family-owned machine shop located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Now in his early 30's, Ariel's machining background started at the age of twelve under the instruction of his father Jorge.

    Learning CNC control and the skills necessary to run Boss & Sons on his own, Ariel's steadily growing machining portfolio includes a large range of standard and non-standard materials, building fixtures and parts for industries ranging from automotive and architectural to professional camera mounts.

    To meet new business demands, Ariel Purchased a PCNC 1100. He said, ""The main reason we went with the PCNC 1100 was for the ATC. I felt like if I wanted to be competitive on quotes for production, even if it was small production runs, that I had to have an ATC. I think if I was just standing there babysitting it and changing the tools, I wasn't going to be efficient enough to be competitive in the marketplace today."

    "The ultimate goal for Boss & Sons is I think for me to be able to have a group of guys that I can trust and have a clientele base that needs parts in a timely manner that I can supply to."

    PCNC 1100- Tormach Customer Showcase: John Grimsmo Knives

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    Tormach Customer Showcase Stories- John Grimsmo Knives: http://goo.gl/GVdz0
    Tormach CNC Workshops: http://goo.gl/tORPg
    The faces behind the camera on Knifemaking Tuesdays—a weekly video documentary series on You Tube—brothers John and Erik Grimsmo were at Tormach in the beginning of November 2012 to lead the first CNC Knifemaking Workshop. Carving out a few minutes of their trip to reflect on the past year, we asked the brothers to talk about their journey so far.

  • CNC Knifemaking Workshop at Tormach - John Grimsmo Knives

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    To find out more information about Tormach's Workshops please visit this link: http://goo.gl/k3ijA

    Video highlights of Tormach's first specialty workshop: CNC For Knifemakers. Held in Waunakee, Wisconsin at the Tormach Corporate Headquarters, the 3.5 day workshop was led by knifemakers John and Erik Grimsmo of John Grimsmo Knives.

    Class participants from as far away as Texas and California each built their own fixed-blade hunting knife, nicknamed the Tor. Throughout the week students machined blades on the PCNC 1100 before heat treating, tempering and finish machining. Blade handles were 3D machined on the PCNC 770, before installing and sharpening the blades on a Wicked Edge knife sharpening system.

    Talking about their overall experience and impressions of the class, each participant has a unique professional background and will apply skills learned in the workshop to their industries.

    PCNC 1100- Tormach Customer Showcase: Cash Manufacturing

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    Tormach Customer Showcase Stories- Cash Manufacturing: http://goo.gl/EKnwC
    While still in high school, Scott Pobjoy took a part-time job at Cash Manufacturing Company, a custom machine shop and specialty manufacturer of supplies and accessories for firearms. High school ended and Pobjoy accepted a position as a full-time machinist in the shop. Purchasing the company from founder Ted D. Cash in 2006, Pobjoy has ramped up production. Cash Manufacturing now boasts a catalog of 100 parts and accessories.

    With plans for doubling his workspace in the upcoming year, Pobjoy has weathered the recession while working ten hours a day and running his PCNC 1100 in the background. Visiting Cash Manufacturing with video camera in hand, we talked to Scott about how he uses his mill for prototyping and full-scale production of a hardened steel custom-made ratchet head that fits #11 nipples on rifles or shot guns and musket or pistol nipples.

    "Most of the products I make out of brass, nickel, silver and copper and I make a few things out of iron and steel. I came about buying a Tormach mill because we make a lot of tooling for punch presses. My tool and die maker said I needed a CNC mill. We stared looking and we found ones that were real expensive or real cheap and we didn't want to go cheap. Then he found Tormach and we couldn't believe it was in our own town. So we went over and looked and ended up purchasing a Tormach 1100 and we've been real happy with it."

    Visit the Cash Manufacturing website at http://www.tdcmfg.com

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