Tormach Is a Jeweler’s Best Friend

As the world of manufacturing trends toward being smaller and more customized, many industries are doing the same. Customized jewelry has often been relegated to work done in castings, but customized jewelry is becoming a much bigger industry, and CNC machinery is helping to lead the way. Chris Myers, uses his Tormach machines to make customized earrings and necklaces to designer wedding rings with his company, Steelwerks. He strays away from traditional jewelry materials, like gold and silver, and focuses his designs on untraditional materials, like stainless steel and titanium. Rather than molding the ring designs, Myers cuts the shapes out of stainless steel or titanium billets, resulting in an “architectural” aesthetic, which has become more popular with contemporary buyers. “That’s really what people expect nowadays – crisp lines,” he explains. Stepping outside the box with materials lends to stepping out of the box when it comes to design. Customization is what keeps demand up for Myers’ wares. “Most jewelers haven’t a clue in the world of how to machine. That’s why I consider myself more of a machinist than a jeweler,” he explains. Myers made his first rings by cutting the steel and titanium outlines with a manual mill before polishing and engraving, but as business picked up, he turned to CNC. “Tormach’s CNC gives me the ability to have five arms,” says Myers. “Anything I could do, I could do manually, but it would take me a lot longer – not hours, but days. To manually work a product, it would take me four or five days, but with the Tormach, I can do the same in just three to four hours. It’s incredibly faster.” Myers found success using his PCNC 1100 to provide customized manufacturing for his customers, and as the trend continues to expand, we're seeing more and more personal CNC being used by jewelers.

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On Making in Milwaukee: Frankie Flood Brings Design Back to Industry

Frankie Flood is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus and teaches in the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area within the Peck School of the Arts. A classically-trained jewelry artist, Flood’s interest in CNC began in the machine shop while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

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Tormach Owner Stories: Frankie Flood, Metalsmith and Studio Artist

Frankie Flood is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and co-chair of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department, where he teaches courses centered on using digital design and manufacturing tools like CAD, CAM, CNC machining, and 3D Printing in art and industrial design. Frankie's also a Studio Artist (check out his website here) and creates one-of-a-kind functional objects, often expressing his take on everyday kitchen tools like knives, forks, and teapots. His motorcycle-inspired pizza cutter designs are highly sought after by art collectors and professional chefs, including Mike Isabella (of  TV's Top Chef fame).  Here's the Video: [youtube]http://youtu.be/UPENgXamz2o[/youtube]  

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May Showcase Winner: New Jewelry from Steelwerks

Wow, May is going by fast! - its the last week in May and we are just now getting around to the showcase post. Chris from Steelwerks is our May Showcase winner. Steelwerks specializes in custom stainless steel jewelry. We've featured some of his previous work on our website for a few years, and he recently sent us some of his latest designs, made with his Tormach PCNC 1100. Congrats Chris! [nggallery id=6]. If you a regular visitor to this blog, you've also noticed that we've got a new look, designed by our webmaster Heather. Along with it, we've got new, easier ways to follow updates to the blog. You can now follow us on RSS, twitter, youtube, and facebook. Just pick your favorite over on the righthand side. And, we now have email subcription, so updates can be delivered right to your inbox. That's on the right as well. PS. Sorry for the fake post earlier this morning - I fat fingered the draft/post button.

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