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Here at Tormach, we always welcome customers (and potential customers) to come visit our facilities near Madison, WI, but sometimes it’s easier for us to make an appearance at various events. This past weekend, Tormach employees were all over the map. Saturday and Sunday we showed off the PCNC 440 just down the highway from Tormach Headquarters at the Milwaukee Maker Faire. The event was held at the Wisconsin State Fair grounds and exhibited everything from lightening in a box to working replicas of R2-D2. Also over the weekend, a Tormach crew found themselves at the second largest Maker Faire that Make: Magazine hosts, in New York. While we were milling fidget spinners and talking shop, there was still a lot to see in and around the New York Hall of Science. The Maker Faire events attract both young and old inventors and makers, and gives some folks their first opportunity to see many machine tools first-hand and ask questions. The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) is still happening in Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University, where a Tormach team is busy introducing academics and makerspace creators to the world of CNC. This event is a collaborative effort by several universities, including Yale, MIT, and Berkeley, among others, to help educational institutions develop makerspaces and provide more hands-on opportunities to students and teachers. Tormach is teaching a class at this event, where we're taking attendees from art to part, so they can experience exactly what goes into machining a part – we taught a similar class during Tormach Tech Days at the beginning of August. Coming up, we’ll be at Gamehole Con in Madison, WI on November 2-5 with a PCNC 440.
We love showing off what our customers do with their Tormach machines - that's why we have a monthly video featuring interesting customers that we've been able to interview. Here at Tormach Headquarters, we have an incredibly knowledgeable staff of engineers and machinists. For obvious reasons, we really know our way around machine tools, but we also share the fervor that some of our customers have for CNC.
[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.
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:
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!