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. 

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New Product to be Unveiled at Tormach Tech Days

Next week brings about the new era of the Tormach Open House, Tormach Tech Days! This new event will span two days, and since our open house has grown so much over the years, we’re hosting it at the local Waunakee High School – just down the road from Tormach Headquarters. Saturday August 5th is free to all, and it’s going to be an event to remember with a number of seminars from the Tormach experts all day long, as well as live machining demos. Aside from all the excitement with the Tormach Experts, some of the Tormach brand ambassadors will be in attendance to talk about how they use their Tormach machine tools, including John Saunders, Robert Cowan, The Hacksmith, and the BattleBots champion, Ray Billings. If you were still on the fence about making your way to Wisconsin for Tormach Tech Days, this should solidify your decision. During the morning keynote (at 9:00 AM) by the Tormach CEO, Daniel Rogge, on Saturday August 5th, we’ll be unveiling a brand new Tormach product. If you want to be the first to know what we’re up to, you need to be here! [youtube]aJvMfDIQVKk[/youtube] Since this event isn’t being hosted at Tormach Headquarters, we’re emptying out our showroom and taking every machine that we have available over to Waunakee High School. There is road construction happening around the school, so keep your eyes open for signs with Tormach’s logo, and in case you get lost, there will be a Tormach employee at our facilities who can get you on the right path. Get ready for a full day of CNC education, conversation, and some fantastic announcements!

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Students Gear up for FIRST Robotics with Tormach Machines

The beginning of the school year is fueled with energy of new classes for students around the country, but for a team of Covington, WA, students, it’s the smell of sizzling coolant and oil that gets them excited for the start of the school year and FIRST robotics preparation.

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Students Engineer Championship Robots with Tormach

Credit: FIRST Team 236 - Techno Ticks
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Machine Shop Finds Niche with Tools and Accessories for Muzzle Loaders

While in high school, Scott Pobjoy took a part-time job at Cash Manufacturing Company, a custom machine shop and specialty manufacturer of supplies and accessories for firearms. High school ended and Pobjoy accepted a position as a full-time machinist in the shop. Purchasing the company from founder Ted D. Cash in 2006, Pobjoy has ramped up production. Cash Manufacturing now boasts a catalog of 100 parts and accessories.

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