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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.

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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From Prototype to Improving Lives: PCNC in the Medical Device Industry

Biomedical Engineer Lukas Eiserman is owner and president of Eisertech located in Southern California. Using a PCNC 1100 and a Duality Lathe, Eiserman manufactures spinal implants, titanium bone screws and stainless steel surgical instruments used in the medical device industry.

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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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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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Tormach PCNC 770 Supercharges Battlebot Production at Cochranton HS
Learn how students at Cochranton High School in Cochranton, PA are using their Tormach PCNC 770 to supercharge their team's BattleBot prototyping and production.

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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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Jones Machine and Assesmbly Survives Economic Conditions with PCNC

Jones Machine and Assembly is a small job shop located in Saegertown Pennsylvania founded in 2007 by Fane Jones. Using a PCNC 1100 along with a lathe, manual mill, and surface grinder, Jones specializes in customers requiring machine work on metals and plastics for prototype, small, and medium production runs.

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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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Precision Machining RC Engines at West Coast CNC
Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Jeff Slack specializes in making complex parts for the big remote control car industry from his company West Coast CNC Products in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Future Robot Designers Learn CNC Manufacturing at the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab

The Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (DASL) in Philadelphia, PA is at the forefront of robotics research, with a mission to conceive, develop, implement and configure sensor-based solutions and "smart" mechatronic systems for robotics and human augmented applications.

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New Jersey Machine Shop Uses PCNC 1100 to Expand Business

Experienced tool and die maker Greg Deptula uses his PCNC 1100 on a daily basis. With a reputation for precision work, Deptula Precision specializes in short run precision aluminum parts. Greg hopes to expand his in Cherry Hill, New Jersey machine shop and credits his success to word-of-mouth referrals as well as a growing demand for CNC.

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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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Machine Shop finds Niche with Tools and Accessories for Muzzle Loaders

At Cash Manufacturing, Scott Pobjoy of Waunakee, Wisconsin uses a PCNC 1100 to manufacture many of the over 100 parts and accessories that comprise a full catalog of supplies and accessories for firearms. This PCNC Owner Video features the PCNC 1100 milling hardened steel custom-made ratchet head screws that fit #11 nipples on rifles or shot guns.  

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Tormach on the Track
Learn how Adam Silver, vintage race car enthusiast and PCNC 1100 owner, uses his Tormach PCNC to make parts and over come the challenges of creating vintage racing parts.

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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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University of Toronto Micro-Engineers with Tormach

As the technology used in medical research continues to shrink, so does the engineering surrounding it. Edmond Young, Ph.D., focuses his research on developing technologies that rely on the flow of fluids at the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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