Going Baja with a PCNC 1100

Matt Pyle runs his small business, Arttech Casting Company, with his PCNC 1100 mill and 15L Slant-PRO lathe, but he’s also the captain of the Buffalo State Mini Baja Team for the SAE International Baja Competitions.

According to Pyle, “Having the Tormach machines has caused me to look at things differently. I have some mildly complex parts that if all I had were manual machines (that’s all I ever had professional training on), I would say it can’t be made. I have used other CNC machine tools, the setup takes half the day alone to cut one part. With the mill’s ease of setup and automatic tool changer, it has gone from ‘We need to simplify this part,’ to, ‘Yea that’s no problem, give me a day or two.’”

Pyle and his team are hard at work developing their design, but welding the frame has been their biggest challenge so far. “Every time you weld on it, something moves just a little and then we have to compensate with the tab location.”

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As they learn through development, Pyle’s Tormach machines have helped keep the process moving. “We started out just making the gear box on my 1100, but it has turned in to making close to half of the machined parts on the car.”

By the end of the month, Pyle’s team hopes to have a driving chassis complete as they prepare for the upcoming races in June.

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Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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