Workshops

Tormach Workshops

Tormach Workshop Information

CNC Fundamentals is a 3.5 day workshop hosted at our headquarters in Waunakee, WI, is designed as an immersion course in CNC for prototyping and custom manufacturing. This is a survey of the CNC process, from concept to cutting chips, with an emphasis on learning and building confidence.

This workshop is hands-on. Each attendee will gain practical experience in CNC programming, machine control, and machining as they build a dial indicator holder. There will be significant emphasis on Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), advanced CNC control, and workholding techniques.

Training Breakdown

Class Project: Dial Indicator Holder

Day 1: Getting Started with CAM.
Students will each get hands-on programming experience using SprutCAM to design tool paths for several parts that will then be cut right on the mill. This is co-listed with our 1-day SprutCAM Training.

Day 2: Machining and Programming Simple Parts.
Many of the most common CNC tasks involve precisely locating features on simple parts. Students will program and make several 2.5D components. After lunch, each student will learn CNC work offset fundamentals and basic G-code programming language.

Day 3: Multisided Precision Machining.
Students will make a complex mechanical part and learn how to use tool tables and coordinate systems. We will demonstrate advanced workholding techniques, roughing and finishing strategies, tapping.

Day 4: Design for Manufacturing/Intro to 4th Axis.
On the final day, students will use advanced techniques to manufacture a 4th axis component, learning how to use a CNC machine as a work cell for small batch part manufacturing.

*Students who complete the course will receive a coupon for a 20% discount ($200.00 max) redeemable for Tormach products. The coupon is non-transferable and must be used within one year of the date of the workshop attended. Limit one coupon per invoice. These credits are subject to change without notice. Please contact Tormach for details.

Tuition: $1495.00*
(includes lunch and materials, dial test gauge not included)

Our monthly lathe fundamentals workshops are designed for all experience levels and backgrounds. Tormach experts will provide you with the tools needed to be successful as a lathe machinist, whether new to CNC or just getting introduced to Tormach’s 15L Slant-PRO CNC Lathe. Class sizes are small, meaning you get plenty of productive one-on-one time with instructors, and plenty of informal question and answer time. Our training workshops offer:

    • Practical, hands-on experience with 15L Slant-PRO operations
    • Ability to take a design from conception to production
    • Basics of conversational programming in PathPilot control software
    • Opportunities to apply various workholding and toolholding methods

Training Breakdown

Day 1: Introduction to Lathe Methods and Conversational Programming

The instructor will introduce the class to the theory behind lathe machining, which includes the mathematical applications and operational fundamentals. That afternoon, students will use a cloud-based version of PathPilot to learn conversational programming first-hand.

Day 2: Machining and Programming the First Part

The class will finish their conversational programs and upload them to the machine’s control software to start turning. But, before any chips fly, the instructor will walk students through entering tool offsets and workpiece offsets, the differences between toolholding methods, and how to select and secure various workholding devices.

Day 3: Machining and Programming

With multiple lathes running in the same room, students will turn parts for their project, a hammer with a built-in punch, and receive one-on-one support from the instructors to address any operational or theoretical questions that may arise.

*Students who complete the course will receive a coupon for a 20% discount ($200.00 max) redeemable for Tormach products. The coupon is non-transferable and must be used within one year of the date of the workshop attended. Limit one coupon per invoice. These credits are subject to change without notice. Please contact Tormach for details.

Tuition: $1495.00
(includes lunch and materials)

Joe Gray

Joe Gray combines his technical skillset as a machinist and CNC programmer to educating the next generation of market experts and shares this passion at Tormach as a technical support specialist to help find effective solutions to customer challenges. He has previously taught machining at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.


Jacob Steuber

Jacob Steuber is of one two workshop instructors at Tormach and leads both SprutCAM classes and SprutCAM technical support. With a Technical Diploma in Machine Tool Technics from Madison Area Technical College, Jacob brings to Tormach over three years of experience covering CNC/manual milling, CAD/CAM, lathe work, EDM, CMM, and surface grinding. This background affords him the knowledge and skills necessary to design, build, and inspect machined parts.

In his free time Jacob enjoys hunting, four wheeling, all sports, and spending time outdoors on his family’s land just outside Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin.


Jason Pulvermacher

Drawing from 14 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Jason Pulvermacher is an instructor of CNC workshops and provides CAD/CAM technical support at Tormach. In his field, Jason has specialized in complex, 5-axis parts working as a machinist; large format manufacturing in robotics integration; design and fabrication of race cars; and both CAD/CAM training and technical support.

In his free time Jason enjoys working on his family farm raising grass-fed beef and spending time with family.