Robot, Meet Tormach


Earlier this week, we visited a local technical school, Madison College, to see what they were up to with their PCNC 440.

As part of the automation integration program, an array of students have had the opportunity to use Fanuc robots for different programming and automation challenges.

Students did everything from packaging candy to unpacking a CD. But, we’re biased, and our favorite took blank aluminum cubes and turned them into dice with our PCNC 440.


The students created a system to make a Fanuc controller, PathPilot, and a PLC system all talk to each other. With an array of pneumatic fixtures and workholdings, and even an automatic door closer, these students have managed to create a robust metalworking/machine tending system in just a semester.


Though the whole system is just a prototype, we’re excited to see new ways to integrate our machines with other forms of automation – especially when it’s students in the classroom.

Keep an eye out for the full customer story on the Madison College students in the future.



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

Chris Fox