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