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.

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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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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Sturgis Show Bikes Begin in the Garage
Scott Phillips grew up around a machine shop. His dad tried to get him involved in fabrication, but to no avail. It wasn’t until years later that Phillips fell into machining as a career, and then he really took to …

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CNC Milling in the Big Apple: Architectural Fabrication and Metalwork from Brooklyn Custom

David Stanavich of Brooklyn, New York uses a PCNC 1100 and SprutCAM to manufacture high-end custom metal fabrications for architects, artists, and designers in his Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication workspace. A recent project for Stanavich involved machining injection molds for plastic toys placed inside novelty gum ball machines.

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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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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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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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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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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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2nd Ops Success: Tormach PCNC 1100 Boosts Output in Texas Machine Shop

Don Breneman purchased a PCNC 1100 as an affordable secondary operation CNC mill to solve a costly bottleneck in his machine shop.  A standing order for oil and gas components was keeping his Haas …

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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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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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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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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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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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Extending the Utility of Firefighting Equipment: Clam Buddy by BlueFin CNC

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.

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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 PCNC 1100 Helps Pneumatics Maker Compress Turn-around Time
Learn how global pneumatic cylinder and valve producer, Aventics, reduced turn-around-time with in-house prototyping on their PCNC 1100.

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Tormach PCNC 770 Helps Inprentus Create Fast Fixture Solutions
Scientists don’t fully understand how superconducting materials work, but if we did, their potential could be harnessed in saving energy. Inprentus uses their Tormach PCNC 770 to help develop ...

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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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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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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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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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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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