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.
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.
Frank Borke, owner of Master Pattern in Lafayette, Colorado uses a PCNC 1100 and Duality Lathe to machine seventeen unique pieces for the Crittercam, an animal-borne video and data logging system designed for studying the at-sea behavior and ecology of large marine invertebrates. The part are designed for wear and are machined out of aluminum and titanium to accommodate water pressure at varying depths below sea level.
In 2008, Electro-mechanical Engineer Brian Koerner founded Phoenix, Arizona based TXI Technologies to specialize in the production of prototypes and one-off designs. He uses a PCNC 1100 to make parts in titanium, stainless, and aluminum. He works from a design concept to import existing 2D and 3D-models into SprutCAM.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.