In a Busy Week, Tormach Talks at MIT, Saunders Teaches at Autodesk University

There were Tormach employees all over the country last week, from Autodesk University in Las Vegas to talking makerspaces at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some spent last week in the glitz and glam of Las Vegas… but really, we only saw the inside of the Sands Convention Center where Tormach Brand Ambassador, John Saunders, spent the week teaching CAM and machining.

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A Field Trip to See John Saunders

What happens when you combine nearly 400 machining enthusiasts, a panel of YouTubers, and a few metal-working companies? You get the Saunders Machine Works/NYC CNC open house. We spent the weekend in Zanesville, OH talking with the masses in John Saunders’ new shop. Various vendors were there, both showing their wares and giving away goodies in the raffle, including American Rotary, who is both a Tormach customer and fellow Wisconsin-based organization. Other than all the Tormach machines in the room, another spectacle of interest was FlexArm, who was tapping 2” holes in steel throughout the day. Autodesk was also in attendance, and they filled a room with eager CNCers hoping to gets some valuable tips and tricks with Fusion 360. If you haven’t seen NYC CNC’s YouTube videos, be sure to subscribe and check out the Wednesday Widgets which are sponsored by Tormach.

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Fusion 360 Adds Tormach Tool Libraries

Autodesk is a company that creates all kinds of software for manufacturing, engineering, and enterprise uses. When the company took to creating Fusion 360, an approachable, integrated CAD/CAM package, we knew that Tormach needed to be involved. Fusion 360 provides the ability to easily move from CAD (computer aided design) to CAM (computer aided manufacturing), which really streamlines the process to creating parts. As of the February 3 update, three Tormach starter tool sets are now included with Fusion 360. These tool sets can be found in the Fusion 360 CAM workspace by clicking on the Tool Library button on the Manage tab. Currently, three Tormach libraries are included – one for the PCNC 1100, one for the PCNC 770 and PCNC 440, and one for the 15L Slant-PRO. The two mill starter libraries include an assortment of high speed steel and carbide cutting tools from our Cutting Tool Starter Set #1 as well as the TTS® tool holders from our Manual Operator’s Set. The lathe starter library contains a handful of our common ¾ inch OD turning tools. These libraries are by no means an exhaustive list of our available tooling, but instead they are a handy shortcut for some of the more common tools in an aspiring machinist’s inventory. Obviously there is no such thing as the perfect tool library – speeds and feeds will always need to be dialed in, tool numbers will always need to be changed to suit, but we hope that these libraries will be good starting points for new and experienced users alike to build their own libraries out of.

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Talking Affordable Fabrication at Autodesk University

We spent last week in Las Vegas attending Autodesk University, but we did more than just attend, we presented.

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Hands-On with Fusion 360 at #Tormach2015

Autodesk recently partnered with Tormach to bring the latest version of Fusion 360 to the owners of qualified PCNC machines. During our second annual open house in August, Curt Chan and Jeremy Stadtmueller gave a hands-on presentation of the Fusion 360 experience with Tormach posts. [youtube]YB9yqJmpdlE[/youtube]

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A Packed House at #Tormach2015

Tormach’s 2015 open house (#Tormach2015) went off with resounding success. Tormach’s technical staff spent the day giving seminars and presentations on various aspects of the Tormach machinery, and guests mulled through an Open House Only Sale. John Grimsmo and John Saunders made an appearance, and gave a joint presentation discussing how they succeed in their businesses with their Tormach machine tools. Grimsmo also gave a talk on knife-making and the challenges he’s encountered while producing high-end blades. Since every qualified Tormach purchase now comes with a free, year-long seat of Fusion 360, Autodesk provided a hands-on walkthrough of their software. Curt Chan and Jeremy Stadtmueller took the time to show several interested Tormach users, and potential users, how Autodesk’s CAD/CAM package works with the PCNC series mills. Over 200 guests made domestic, national, and even international trips to see what the world of personal CNC is all about. Needless to say, there was a lot going on around Tormach, and we’re interested to know what you thought. If you attended this year, visit our 2015 Open House Recap page, and let us know what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d like to see in the future. If you didn’t make it to Wisconsin this year, let us know what you’d like to see if you were to make the trip. [youtube]WwkPNn-1R4s[/youtube]

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