Ultralight Business Takes Flight with an 1100M

Entrepreneurial endeavors can be a risky business, unless you’re already doing your work as a hobby. After moving to a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, Dmitri Zyuzin found himself watching more and more paramotor (powered paraglider) videos with a building desire to fly.

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Finishing - How Olympus Machining Washes Parts

When you’re making parts, there are a lot of things to keep in mind… tolerances, feeds and speeds, tool wear, workholding… the list goes on and on. Whether you’re making your own parts or stuff for a customer or even shipping components off for Xometry, the final finish of your product is important to remember.

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Getting High-Quality Surface Finishes With the PCNC 440

This article is in reference to a previous article and class from Autodesk University related to surface finish.

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Finishing Parts: Engine Turning

Adding a finish to your parts isn’t always vital, but it is certainly one of the more entertaining parts of machining. For those who are looking for a finish that is arguably one of the most classic, engine turning will add a unique sheen to your parts. One of the most recognizable displays of engine turning was seen on Charles Lindbergh’s famous aircraft, the Spirit of St. Louis. Engine turning can be done in a number of ways, but we utilized a Tormach Tension/Compression Tapping Head and some Cratex Rods that we picked up from an industrial supplier. Since the rods are an abrasive material and we did this process in aluminum, we used an extra fine grit – heavier grits would be recommended for harder metals like steel. We wrote a G-code program by hand to create the engine turning pattern on a block of aluminum. This specific G-code program uses subroutines, which some users may not have seen before. For more information on subroutine programming, please see Chapter 7 of the Tormach Operator's Manual or CNC Cookbook’s post on subroutines. *This G-code is for sample purposes only – Tormach Tech Support cannot help you debug code.

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Making Presentable Parts

Tormach is a company that makes a bunch of machine tools for cutting many different materials, including metal… and we love cutting metal.

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Bevel Gears from Andrew Johnston

Received these project photos in the inbox a few weeks back and just now getting around to posting them.  Andrew lives "across the pond" in England and is a model engineering enthusiast.  He cut out these bevel gears with his Tormach PCNC 1100.  From Andrew:

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