Learning to Turn at the Tormach Lathe Workshop

IMG_1265 We hosted our first Slant-PRO workshop last weekend, here at Tormach World Headquarters in Waunakee, WI. This free Saturday event provided current and future 15L Slant-PRO lathe owners an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of CNC lathe and check out the lathe product line firsthand. Throughout the day, visitors attended five seminars with the Tormach machine tool specialists and special guest presenter George Bahn. As an industrial professional, George is an expert in gang tooling and works on large lathes at Honeywell. He was a key consultant with our engineering team during the development of the 15L Slant-PRO lathes. The seminars started with workholding and tooling basics, followed by everything from tool offsets to conversational programming, as well as a guided overview of lathe programming with SprutCAM 9. The experts provided tips and experienced knowledge, which rarely translates properly in books and online, in two live cutting demos. IMG_1296 Beyond the set agenda, there was a lot of information, networking, and personal experience shared amongst the attendees. Don’t miss your next chance to visit Tormach, during our 2nd annual open house event on Saturday, August 1. This event is open to the public and will feature a number of informative seminars on Tormach products and CNC in general. As we prepare for future events and seminars, what would you want to learn at one of our workshops? IMG_1278 IMG_1293

Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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4 thoughts on “Learning to Turn at the Tormach Lathe Workshop

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    05/05/2015 at 4:58 pm
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    Any chance you’ll make video of the event available online? I’m in California, and really can’t make it out for one of these sessions.

  • Chris Fox
    05/08/2015 at 1:09 pm
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    Hey Rick,
    We don’t have anything at the moment, but we are looking into offsite options.
    Thanks for reading!

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    05/10/2015 at 1:40 pm
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    +1 on posting videos of events.

    I think this is a perfect opportunity to reach out to a wide range of customers who don’t have the time to make a “pilgrimage” to WI.

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    05/11/2015 at 9:55 am
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    I agree emphatically !! You can substantially improve customer experience AND increase sales by having you tube or some other online option for you day long courses that you do not charge fee for. You could just video the workshops as they occur. I think I have some partial videos of the first one I could send you, if you like. For things that you need to do again, I think the ABSOLUTELY most useful topic would be an experience based speed and feed detailed tutorial. Tables and formulae just are not too much use as final product. An experts opinion with lots of experimental videos of very specific examples, using different machines and bits, what it sounds like when “chatter” is too much to be acceptable. Detailed tutorial on desired finish and how to get it for different types of projects. Probably the most universally useful material to start with is 6061 T6 aluminum. Discussion of how to differently handle MIC6 would be nice and then soft steel later if time. Maybe you could do a set of many half hour video with some downloadable written material as backup. this type of thing could REALLY boost Tormach as the best CNC company anywhere.

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