New Workshop dates added, and a new SprutCAM tutorial

Hope all our readers have been busy making plenty of chips this summer! We’ve certainly been very busy here at the Tormach home office in Waunakee. Here’s a few things I ran across in the last month that I wanted to pass along.

New SprutCAM tutorial from Sprut UK

Dave from Sprut UK has a new tutorial video that shows how to create process templates in SprutCAM that can be saved and stored for use with other projects. This is a very handy trick, especially if you find yourself programming multiple parts with the same tool. Thanks Dave!

New Workshop Dates

We’ve just added Tormach Workshop dates for the remainder of 2011. They are:
-August 23-26 (CNC Fundamentals)
-September 22-23 (CNC for Beginners)
-October 18-21 (CNC Fundamentals)
-November 15-18 (CNC Fundamentals)

You can see more details about the workshops and sign up here. Classes have been filling up fast this summer and class sizes are small, so don’t wait too long if you’re interested in attending.

Another Cool Project from Barry Upson
I saw these on CNCZone a couple weeks ago and thought they would be good to repost here. Barry has been featured on our blog before for some aftermarket auto parts he makes. You can check those out here.

These videos show some really clever workholding strategies. Lots of really good ideas. Great Work Barry!

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

4 thoughts on “New Workshop dates added, and a new SprutCAM tutorial

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    07/09/2011 at 7:34 pm

    Nice videos. Always like seeing different ways to hold parts for machining.

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    07/10/2011 at 4:41 pm

    That is one really cool part. It’s a perfect part for a Haas VF2. I am truly impressed that it was done on the PCNC1100.

    But Mastercam?

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    07/11/2011 at 6:12 pm

    Cool part but a lot of hogging out. Looks like a good application for plunge milling or I have found with my PCNC 770 that using a large drill bit is a lot faster than a mill since most of the load is axial and the drills are cheap as well!.


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    07/17/2011 at 10:58 am


    It’s odd how people can do things different. I have found it easier to use a roughing end mill and then finish with 2 flute on my 770. I generally buy only center cutting end mills for that reason.

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