New PCNC Manual Updates Available on

New manual updates available We’ve updated our manuals, so update your bookmarks – we’ve just added manual revisions for both PCNC 1100 and PCNC 770. PCNC Series II Manual PCNC 770 Manual Major changes are:

  • Updated Exploded View and Parts List (Chapter 10)
  • Additional comments on Cutter Compensation (Chapter 6.8)
  • Edits to Gib Adjustment Procedure (Chapter 9.5.5)
  • Edits Troubleshooting Section (Chapter 10)
  • Other Minor corrections and edits

Probably the two areas for interest for most will be expanded commentary on Cutter Compensation, and greater detail in Gib adjustment procedure. Both sections have changes resulting from some technical efforts we’ve taken on in the last year to (1) provide better clarity om how to properly adjust gibs, and (2) understand the with better certainty how cutter compensation should be implemented, and why it doesn’t always work. 4th Axis Part for CNC Fundamentals As some of you may remember, I mentioned that we were retiring our Stirling engine project from the CNC Fundamentals class, at least for the time being. What’s the replacement project? A very cool – and useful – dial indicator holder. Here’s one of the parts we’ll be making:

4th Axis, with multiple work offsets and also a slitting saw and a dovetail cutter. Pretty cool!

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

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    08/29/2011 at 12:12 am

    I received my PCNC 1100 about 5 weeks ago. It took about 3 weeks to get my garage ready to run the machine. I have done about 6 jobs on it now and I must say, it is by far the easiest CNC to set up I have EVER run. And I have run a bunch of them. I have run Haas, FADAL, Mori Seiki, Cinncinnati and several others.

    I use my machine for job shop work. I do short run production and prototype work. My specialty is one to ten pieces. I will take 25 pieces, but I will turn down 26.

    I program it with GibbsCam and a Fanuc 10 post processor. I have to make a couple of edits, but only a few. I delete M6 after a tool change (I don’t have a tool changer), then I add a M998 to send the machine to a tool change position, then I add a G91G28Y0 to bring the Y axis forward to a part change position.

    I guess I could say, “to make a long story short, I REALLY LIKE the machine”.

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