[youtube]aJvMfDIQVKk[/youtube] Year over year, Tormach has hosted an annual open house event where we've invited you (all our customers and potential customers) to come see our facilities and our machines in person. But, we've grown over the years here at Tormach, and now, the Tormach Open House has evolved into a two-day event called Tormach Tech Days. This two-day event gives us more freedom to not only teach our customers, but connect with them as well. For those who want some hands-on learning, Friday August 4th has mill, lathe, and CAM workshops, but, space is limited so sign up now! Saturday, August 5th, is for those who want to talk shop and meet other CNC enthusiasts. Saturday is free to all, and will feature some live demos, conversations with Tormach experts, and talks by some of our Tormach Brand Ambassadors.
Los Angeles is full of stars, but what’s more, are the number of innovative and uncommon customers that Tormach has in the area. We spent last week touring around the L.A. metropolitan area talking to some of those customers and learning just how they use their Tormach machinery. Ilan Dei operates a studio in Venice, CA – in California, shops are more like hybridized art studios. His company works to create branding through experience by designing and creating everything from custom furniture and art displays to vending machines and trade show booths. Razor is a company that blew up in the mainstream when they created the Razor Scooter back in the late 90’s. Now, the company creates an array of human- and battery-powered vehicles, including hoverboards, carts, and scooters. We talked to former pro BMXer Billy Griggs about the product development he does for Razor on their PCNC 1100. Ray Billings is one of Tormach’s brand ambassadors and the champion of this year’s BattleBots competition on ABC. While he lives up near Sacramento, we still had to make the trip to visit him while traveling out west. Two Bit Circus is famous for inventing physical amusement and high-tech experiences that incorporate an array of design, engineering, creative problem solving, and software. Their shop is housed in an old brewery, and they have been on the razors edge of innovation, creating new uses and concepts for VR technology. A former Mythbuster and current host on Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, Grant Imahara picked up a PCNC 770 and is using it in his L.A. shop. We don't know what he is going to be making just yet, but stay tuned for a full customer story. Subscribe to the blog to catch the full customer stories when they’re available!
This season of BattleBots has been exciting and a little heartbreaking. We watched three Tormach Brand Ambassadors enter the competition and win. Mega Tento (Lisa Winter) won her initial match by a judge’s decision, but lost in the Sweet 16 round. Red Devil (Jerome Miles) did the same with an impressive, smoke-filled win that lead to a judge’s decision loss in the next round. Tombstone (Ray Billings), who was the runner-up last year and the number one seed this year, managed to work his way through the bracket and was crowned the champion! Tombstone took home the BattleBots Giant Nut through a knockout win. Stay tuned for more on Ray, his BattleBot, and his PCNC 1100 in an upcoming video and customer story.