Teaching CNC Machining at the University of Iowa

Adding hands-on experiences in the classroom makes CNC machining easier to both learn and understand - especially in the commercial world of manufacturing and engineering. [youtube]dXBbEipAxTs[/youtube] Matias Perret is an instructor in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa, and he has used both a PCNC 770 and a PCNC 440 to give his students CNC manufacturing experience.


How to Crash Your CNC Mill (Responsibly)

Mistakes Happen: Turning Student Crashes into Teachable Moments with Your CNC Mill

College freshman are immersed in new experiences at the start of the fall semester – their first time away from home, shopping on a budget, and, many times, their first time coming face to face with a CNC machine. We’ve all seen them. Their hands shake terrified they’re going to break something. So – why not let them? Just like other parts of their first-year experience, freshmen are going to learn the limits of CNC machining by going a little too fast, pushing a little too far. In a controlled environment with you watching them crash a CNC machine, this can help them gain that level of confidence they’re going to need as they learn the theory of CNC milling and turning. Just like cars, some CNC machines crash better than others, and here’s a guide to not busting your budget as students learn to machine, the hard way. 


Tormach Owners Help Robotics Teams Win

At Tormach, our mission is to not only empower people to make things, but to also embolden them to make a difference.   It is invigorating to see how our customers cultivate creativity, foster ingenuity and encourage the development of their own industry and businesses, as well as the lives of future innovators.  Recently, a Tormach machine owner led me to a pristine winter landscape of stretching farmlands and an exceptionally resourceful robotics team in central Minnesota. 


Ohio State Teaches Engineers with Tormach CNC Machines

Ohio State University has filled their training lab with Tormach CNC machine equipment to meet the challenges of educating future engineers.


A Week of Fab Labs and STEM Days

At Tormach, we find ourselves visiting a lot of different trade shows since we touch people in so many different areas – from education to makers to heavy industry – and last week was no different. In Waunakee, Wisconsin – home to Tormach headquarters – we visited the Waunakee STEM Day for Families which was put on by the Waunakee Public Library and hosted at the Waunakee High School. The school has a number of machines, from 3D printers to plasma cutters, and is even set up with Tormach machinery. 400+ people crammed into the school, where there were demos for adults and kids alike. We were showing off the PCNC 440 by machining steel coasters for attendees to take home. Tormach also made an appearance at the U.S. Fab Lab Network Symposium in St. Louis. This three-day event gathered a group of community makers, maker spaces, fab labs, and academic makers to discuss community spaces for innovation and making. Presentations on procedures, community-building, safety, and everything in between were given, and a Tormach machinist talked about CNC training. We are always excited to meet our customers or talk shop with those that are kicking tires, so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and watch our events page to see where we'll be next.


Bridge Education and Business: 6 Ways to Guarantee a Successful STEM Event

I love STEM events. Students huddling around chemistry experiments, buzzing machines, and the buzzing of learning makes me giddy; all of these bright young minds are going to be our future, and, with our help, our legacy as STEM professionals.

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