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

Robots Making Robots: R2-D2 in All Aluminum

Video game company co-founder and Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Jesse Hayes of Rohnert Park, California just put the finishing touches on a project a year in the making: an all-aluminum re-build of R2-D2.

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Sharing Pitfalls and Triumphs Helps PCNC Hobbyist Machine Better
The learning curve Rogers is currently working through has been felt by anyone who has tried to take a concept from paper to CAD to CAM to machine, so he turns to the internet for ...

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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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Hitting the Mark in a One-Man Shop
With his one-man shop, Dave Wentz does an array of fabrication for various customers, including a steady set of eight parts and secondary operations for ...

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Sector 67 – Making in Madison with a PCNC 1100
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 …

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May the Force Be With You: Long Island Machine Shop Makes Replica Han Solo Blaster Kits
Experienced machinist Dave Chalker built a replica conversion kit for Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster gun with his PCNC 1100. Recently reviewed on Tested.com, Chalker says this was one of the "cooler projects" out of his New York based machine shop Dark Energy Creations.

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Tormach Gives a Skyward Camera Company the Competitive Edge

Time-to-market is a term that every engineer knows all too well, and every budding entrepreneur will soon know if they are just entering the marketplace. With the help of their PCNC 770, Rugged Video has managed to …

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Racing from Concept to Production Part
Silicon Valley has become synonymous with two terms: venture capital and startups. That’s why the area is teeming with entrepreneurs looking to make their break into the market. Highway1 is a company that recognizes everything happening in the area, and was created as a hardware accelerator ...

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Ideas Squared Goes Beyond the Hackerspace

Ideas Squared in Phoenix combines the best of the hacker space/maker movement and community manufacturing to create a unique business model. Founders Hana and Nate Kossak discuss how their PCNC 1100 is being used to educate and support small entrepreneurs in their city.

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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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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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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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JDS Labs: High-End Audio Business Rocks with the Help of a Tormach PCNC 770

John Seaber uses his PCNC 770 to manufacture customized, high-performance headphone amplifiers and digital-to-analog converters (DACs) in his company JDS Labs. Seaber’s products are highly-regarded in the audiophile industry, and as a result, business is booming in Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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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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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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Making a Hobby of All Day Machining
Steve Seebold is the sole owner and operator of Mid Day Machining, a garage-based business that started as a retirement hobby. Seebold uses his PCNC 1100 to make remote control race boats and cars, and is currently making parts for a HPI Racing Baja 5B.

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Tormach Machine Tools Help Build Tactical Robots
When law enforcement agencies and the military need a robot mechanical platform compact enough to be carried around in the field but with enough power to get the job done, they turn to ...

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Milling Soapstone in Virginia

Jeff Rasnake runs his PCNC 1100 out of his home-based machine shop in Rockfish, Virginia. A versatile machinist with a large portfolio of project and clients, Rasnake’s specialty is milling and engraving on soapstone, a soft rock sourced locally in Virginia.

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Minnesota Entrepreneur Breaks New Ground in Custom Pen-Making Industry with Tormach PCNC 1100
Minnesota base PCNC 1100 owner Joe Hoover uses his programing skills along with his Tormach PCNC mill to allow customers to create their own custom desgined pens, all though his website www.bellisi.me.

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For the Love of CNC: The John Saunders Story
John Saunders started his path to CNC machining by sleeping next to his mill in a one-bedroom apartment in New York. He began machining parts ...

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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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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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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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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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