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.

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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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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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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Quick Turnaround at Tundra Racing
Tom Watts, Owner and Founder of TundraRacing.com uses his PCNC 1100 prototype aftermarket rear disc brake conversion kit for Toyota trucks.

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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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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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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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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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Award-Winning Pistolsmith uses Tormach PCNC 1100 for Custom Gunsmithing

Scott Mulkerin manufactures a line of competition accessories for Smith & Wesson revolvers and 1911 semi-automatic pistols through his company SDM Fabricating  in Medina, Ohio. Purchasing a PCNC 1100 in 2007, Mulkerin uses his mill to automate labor intensive and repetitive machining operations.

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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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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 Prototype Design at TXI Technologies

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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From Gears to Golf Clubs – Customized Production with a Tormach PCNC 770

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 …

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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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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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Medical Device Product Development on the Fast Track: Sophono’s Alpha Hearing System

Learn how manufacturing Engineer Todd Wyant uses a PCNC 770 to prototype each iteration of the Alpha Hearing System, as well as low-volume production and creating jigs and fixtures for production and assembly. Todd is with Sohpono, Inc, a Biomedical device startup based out of Boulder, Colorado. Sohpono is using their PCNC 770 to help revolutionize the treatment of severe hearing loss.

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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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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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