Reducing Lead Time in Event Production with Tormach

When you go to a concert or attend a major event, the fanfare and spectacle of the event are what captures your attention, but there is an array of event production going on in the background to make everything happen. Steven Anschutz at Entertainment Fabrication uses his PCNC 1100 to excel in the niche industry of event and staging production by creating various specialized parts to make industry-standard components work with each other, as well as not-so-standard components.

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Metalworking Tools You Never Knew You Needed (Part 2)

Last September, we talked about a few tools that you never knew you needed in your shop, but when it comes to machining, there are a million different ways to do everything. So, here’s a sequel to help you discover some tools you never knew you needed in your shop… or maybe you did know, and you can just use this as a justification for all those tools.

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Cutting Tool Selection: 2 Misconceptions I Had About All Those Drill Sizes

Picking out the right drill can be challenging for novices like myself, especially when you take into account the material, flutes, coatings, point styles, tolerances, length, and other factors. But one of the first hang ups I encounter are the different types of sizes – letter sizes (A-Z), wire gauge (#s), fractional sizes (inches), and metric sizes (mm). My knee jerk reaction is to buy a handful about the size I need, labels aside. What’s with all these different systems anyway? Aren’t they just the same tool called a bunch of different names? Here’s what I learned.

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Know Your Cutting Tools: How to Use the 5 Main Types of Lathe Tooling

Understanding lathe tooling, what it does and how it works is a big part of refining finishings and maximizing tool wear and tear. There are a lot of options, so it can seem confusing, but it really isn’t once you understand the basics.

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LED Spindle Collar (the non-DIY version)

Let there be light! Thanks for this tip from reader Bill B. in Canada - he found the following spindle light clamp from Princess Auto and says it works great on his PCNC 1100 Spindle:

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