CNC for Other Cool Things

CNC for Other Cool Things

Clever customers, clever applications. We see new uses for Tormach PCNCs every day - here a just a few examples

Milling Exotic Materials with Behemoth and Colossus

Artisan Dice is a company that takes gaming very seriously. Using both a PCNC 770 and a PCNC 1100, they make craftsman-quality dice out of several different kinds metals and exotic woods for the Dungeons & Dragons crowd. Using every inch of a 400 sq. ft. garage, the company …

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Personal CNC Drives Production at Wisconsin Machine Shop

Ariel Bolanos is the second-generation owner and operator of Boss & Sons, LLC a specialty machine shop located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Bolanos uses his PCNC 1100 manufacture a large range of standard and non-standard materials, building fixtures, and parts for industries ranging from automotive and architectural to professional camera mounts.

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Crowd Sourcing Helps Brad “Kickstarter King” Martin take CNC from Hobby to Viable Business

Creativity and crowd-funding can be a powerful combination. Learn more about how self-taught CNC machinist and PCNC 1100 owner, Brad Martin, took a creative design idea and a gamble on Kickstarter to successfully launch a new product. His custom designed bottle opener was only the beginning of what has lead to several popular Kickstarter projects and the path to his own small business.

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Machining Meets Biology

In 2010, Adam Summers picked up a PCNC 1100 to add to his biomechanics laboratory at the University of Washington. Now, he uses his mill to replicate biology and test …

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Keeping PCNC in the Family

For brothers Troy and Gary Chatmajian, machining is more than a way of life—it's their legacy. As fourth-generation metal workers, they are part of a family tree brimming with craftsmen who have been working with metal since the late 1800s.

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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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The Latest X Prize Challenge Shows the Resurgence of Individual Ingenuity

Paul and Paul Breed comprise a father-and-son engineering design team out of Solana Beach, California. In 2009, the Breeds used a PCNC 1100 on the in-house design of a lunar lander capable of competing in the Lunar Lander Challenge, sponsored by the X Prize Foundation. Read about the Breeds' latest projects on their popular Unreasonable Rocket blog.

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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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PCNC 1100 Helps Company Innovate in 3D Desktop Printers
Radiant Fabrication in Fitchburg, Wisconsin hopes to bring 3D printing into public sector markets like schools and libraries. Founders Nathan Patterson, Kevin Harris, and Nathan Schumacher are using a PCNC 1100 for product design and development as well as small-scale production of the Lionhead, a combination 3D printer and scanning device.

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Extending the Utility of Firefighting Equipment: Clam Buddy by BlueFin CNC

Oregon-state based firefighter Tyson Shultz used a PCNC 1100 to develop the Clam Buddy, an adapter for the Bendix-Kind BK radio that allows firefighters to charge their radios and accessories from the same power source. The device is made from 6061 aluminum for durability and exposure to heat and is available through Shultz’s company, BlueFin CNC.

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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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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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Maker Uses PCNC 1100s for Small Production and Development
Jim Anderson has been a journeyman machinist in Canada for more than 26 years, and he’s built everything from racing motorcycles to hydrogen fuel cells. Parts big and tiny, Anderson has seen a lot as a fabricator. With his array of building knowledge and his two PCNC 1100s ...

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CNC Machined Rotisserie Attachment Improves the BBQ Grilling Experience
Tormach Machinist and CNC Workshop Instructor Eric Andersen loves to grill. Using the PCNC 770 located in his home machine shop to prototype a BBQ grill rotisserie attachment for grilling shish kabobs, Andersen calls his invention the Rotishkabob.

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Focusing on CINEIK Precision Film Equipment
CINEIK Precision Film Equipment owner Christopher J. Szlachetka uses his Tormach PCNC 1100 to machine precision engineered products for all types of filmmakers, including hot shoe handles, rail support systems, shoulder rigs, camera cages, dollies, and their latest product, the K-Addict.

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Something for Everyone at Theriot Contracting
Joe Theriot of southern Louisiana uses his PCNC 1100 to fulfill custom orders to large-scale industrial jobs at his home-based machine shop, Theriot Contracting. Specializing in wood, aluminum, and steel, Theriot’s recently made BBQ grill entirely on his mill.

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Model Railroading with PCNC
After retiring from Intel Corporation, Dick Hofsheier of Banks, Oregon joined a large scale model railroading club. Using a PCNC 1100, Hosfheier is building a 1:8 scale steam locomotive with that will eventually ride on the 1200 feet of track that snakes and winds through his yard.

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Secondary Operations: Rose Polymer Composites automates trimming with a Tormach PCNC 770
Learn how Wisconsin manufacturer, Rose Polymer Composites, uses their PCNC 770 for secondary operations in order to expedite their manufacturing processes.

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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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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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Playing with Food is Serious Business

Jeff Mitchell, Design Engineer at Marshmallow Fun Company, used his PCNC 1100 to prototype the molds for a universal mount that holds a smart phone to the shooters, blasters, bows, and Mazookas™ available on Marshmallowville.com. Proving the concept in-house allowed Mitchell to run prototypes in a fraction of the traditional manufacturing design cycle.

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Custom Detail in Full Production with the Prosumer Machine

Randy Barnett established Indivijual Eyewear to create custom-designed eyeglasses for the 80 percent of us that just don’t fit into bulk-design frames. The company uses Tormach’s PCNC 770 to mill its highly individualized line of glasses in exotic Italian plastics …

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Desert Star Systems Flipper Tag Project

Engineers at Desert Star Systems in California used a PCNC 1100 with ATC and 4th Axis to machine molds for the flipper tag project—a solar-powered radio tag worn on the flippers of sea otters. Flipper tags are used by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor the behavior of sea otters and collect data about the animals’ behavior.

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In Milwaukee, Art Education Meets Industry with a Tormach PCNC 1100
Frankie Flood is a professor at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, where he runs the university’s Digital Craft Research Lab where he offers digital fabrication classes to art and engineering students …

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Making of a Maker: Kent Myers on PCNC
California-based Kent Myers uses his PCNC 1100 to make projects with wood and metal, documenting the creations on his blog KentMyers.net. Some of his recent projects include a driving simulator, replacement components for his personal vehicles, and a teleprompter/camera rail system.

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