Adding a New Element of Automation to Our 15L Slant-PRO Lathe

In the world of CNC, automation is important. Using CNC, we can make all sorts of products, widgets, and parts quickly and consistently, but we can streamline that process even more by adding automation. While CNC allows the production of complex parts and organic shapes with your mill or lathe, it also gives you the ability to cut parts without touching the machine. Hit Cycle Start and your part(s) are ready in short order. On a mill equipped with an automatic tool changer, you can set up your workholding to produce a large number of parts without having to go back to your machine. But on a lathe with a turret or gang tooling, that automation is restricted by your stock, unless you have a method to pull more raw material into the machine between cycles. We’ve addressed both issues with our new Automatic Collet Closer for the 15L Slant-PRO lathe, and a self-adjusting bar puller! A traditional lathe collet closer is a lever-actuated unit which you use to manually open and close the collet mechanism holding your work. Our automatic collet closer is controlled through the PathPilot interface, which means the control system can open and close the collet for you. During a program, you can add a program stop to pause the lathe and switch out stock, or switch sides of the stock for different ops. With this automatic collet closer system, adjusting clamping pressure becomes much easier, too. By simply adjusting the regulator, you can refine the clamping pressure on your part and keep it consistent. To fully automate a program, add a bar puller. With a bar puller, you can add an operation in your program to cut off a part, grab the stock, pull it to a designated length, and continue cutting parts. Not only does this allow you to make more parts without ever touching the machine, it can improve your cycle times. Save production time and improve repeatability with the Automatic Collet Closer for 15L Slant-PRO lathe paired with a bar puller. Both are available now!

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3 Things to Remember Before You Start Turning

If you’re already using a mill, a natural extension of your shop would be to add turning capabilities with a lathe. CNC milling and CNC lathe work are quite similar, but there are some glaring differences that are easy to miss if you’re new to turning.

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11 Metalworking Masters of YouTube

In today's era of instant access, the world of CNC and metalworking has become easier to access than ever. Even if you're a professionally trained machinist or a welding tradesman, YouTube is a resource that has become vital to improving your work and skills. Here are 11 metalworking masters on YouTube, that might help you take your machining and metalworking to the next level. [youtube]C8J7jae917E[/youtube] Ebbco does a lot of tips and tricks on his channel, but he also spends a great deal of time making some cool custom car parts. [youtube]5xmEyFmT5Oo[/youtube] OxTool provides a video journal of his daily life, spent designing and building special tools, instruments, and mechanical devices for the scientific, medical, product development, and metal working industries. [youtube]AJVKOHPe9tw[/youtube] Lisa Winter is a Tormach Brand Ambassador and a participant in ABC's BattleBots. Her channel is just getting off the ground, but she knows her stuff and plans to show off some interesting builds. [youtube]Dx0Ta1rkVkU[/youtube] Jason Hughes was one of the first to pick up a PCNC 440. His channel shows off some of his coolest builds and how he uses his Tormach machine. [youtube]qMrlyEreba8[/youtube] This Old Tony is a DIYer that just likes to make things. With his comedic overtones, Tony walks you through all sorts of builds; from an end mill grinding fixture to a custom espresso pot. [youtube]fX_iVjlXMr8[/youtube] Inspiration Metalworks runs his own shop and shows off the progress of his projects using a PCNC 440 and a 15L Slant-PRO lathe. [youtube]SRq9rWUtA7s[/youtube] S2Jesse makes everything from robots to movie prop replicas to knives with his PCNC 1100, 15L Slant-PRO lathe, and his PSG 612 grinder, and he documents it all through his YouTube channel.

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Learn to Turn in New Tormach Lathe Workshop

Special Discount - Save $600 on First Class, Scheduled Nov. 8-10 Tormach has always prided itself on providing approachable and affordable machines to anyone who has the desire to make things, or operate a small shop. Education is a key part of this accessibility mission, and for more than a decade, we’ve helped customers of all backgrounds learn the fundamentals of milling in our popular CNC Fundamentals Workshop. So, why not lathes? That’s what our customers have been asking us, and we’ve developed the Lathe Fundamentals Workshop to help you realize the potential of your 15L Slant-PRO and to work through any of the learning curves lathes can present, such as tooling, and workholding. The workshop series will launch in November, and all courses will include:

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Expanding an Education with Tormach Machine Tools

Matt Pyle is a student at Buffalo State University in New York. Though he has had some shop experience while getting his Associates Degree in mechanical engineering technology, he is mostly self-taught when it comes to machine operation. 

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Making Rocket Parts with a Slant-PRO Lathe

Luke Colby is a veteran of the space industry – he has both a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering, he founded the BU Rocket Team at Boston University, worked in the combustion lab as a Master’s student at Georgia Tech, previously worked for Scaled Composites (an aerospace company owned by Northrop Grumman), and now he’s the president and CEO of Triton Space Technologies.

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