CNC for Prototypes and Fabrication

CNC for Prototypes and Fabrication

Tormach PCNCs improve product development for prototyping and fabrication by shortening design iterations and reducing outsourcing costs. Smart designers and engineering teams are embracing PCNC Mills to help them bring products to market faster and cheaper.

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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CNC on Cruise Control
Tormach PCNC 1100 owner and motorcycle enthusiast Brian Carmichael manufactures OMNI-CRUISE, a universal throttle lock/cruise control that he designed to enhance the riding experience for motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.

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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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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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Ohio State Teaches Engineers with a Room Full of PCNC 770s
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 ...

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Prototyping and Industrial Design in Santa Cruz with a PCNC 1100
August Anderson is an industrial designer and self-proclaimed jack of all trades when it comes to modern fabrication, and he owns and operates the product development and industrial design company Concept Squared ...

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When Quitting Smoking Leads to CNC Machining
Jon Gohr was a pack-a-day smoker for more than 20 years until he quit three years ago, thanks to electronic cigarettes. That’s why he took to machining …

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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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Powered ParaChutes for Recreational Flying Enthusiasts
Ken Bricker is the current owner of Summit Aerosports, a small-scale manufacturer of ParaChute (PPC) airframes based out of Yale, Michigan. Bricker uses his PCNC 1100 for low-volume production of replacement parts and has plans to make tubing with compound fishmouth fittings on his Duality Lathe.

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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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Making Rocket Parts with a Slant-Pro Lathe
Colby started Triton Space Technologies, which specializes in contract engineering, in particular, for rocket propulsion applications, at the beginning of 2015. The company uses a Tormach 15L Slant-PRO Lathe for …

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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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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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Milling for Hobby, and for Profit

Small shops have found a lot of success milling parts and components with both the PCNC 1100 and the PCNC 770 mills. Tim Lothe has developed an …

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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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BattleBots Built on an Original Tormach – The World’s Deadliest Ladybug
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 ...

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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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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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More than Just Milling for NASA’s Tormach PCNC 1100

NASA uses their Tormach PCNC 1100 for the typical milling processes you might expect from a world-renown aeronautics organization, but they have also customized their Tormach for …

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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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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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Tormach’s ‘Personal CNC’ the Latest Development in Do-It-Yourself Production
KFx Medical Corporation uses the PCNC 1100 for prototyping and pre-production product developement of orthopedic surgical components out of plastic, aluminum and stainless steel.

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CNC Proves Proof of Concept: Edward Scott Crush Cup
New Zealander Edward Scott used his PCNC 1100 to prove his new packaging design would be viable in full-scale production. Read more about how he took is idea from concept to design and look for the "crush cup" the next time you're in the dairy section of the grocery store.


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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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