6 Go-To Resources to Make You a Better Machinist

The Internet can be a wasteland of information, but it can also be incredibly helpful – the challenge is navigating through it to find the most valuable and accurate information. How-tos, and general knowledge about CNC and machining can be even more challenging to navigate. While there are piles of resources to help you discover your machining prowess, these are our top resources to help make anybody a better machinist.

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Say Hello to the Tormach Brand Ambassadors

The number of customers that have Tormach machines has grown quite a bit over the years, and with customers, the community has expanded as well. Today, we’ve announced the list of our official Tormach Brand Ambassadors. Makers, machinists, entrepreneurs, roboticists, and so much more, these Tormach owners are exemplifying everything that Tormach machinery is capable of creating.

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Tormach Continues to Spread the Personal CNC Influence

Many know of John Saunders (aka NYC CNC) and John Grimsmo (of Grimsmo Knives) and the work that they have done with their Tormach machines. Now, we’re introducing Robert Cowan. With a background in engineering, Robert is involved in the maker community and has previously used TTS tools on his home-made CNC. Now, he has a PCNC 440, and we can’t wait to see what he does with it.

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How to Make Money with Your Tormach: The Checklist

Anybody going into business for themselves has to weigh a lot of variables as they make decisions. Everything from business location to capital needed for launch to branding and logo creation.

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A Packed House at #Tormach2015

Tormach’s 2015 open house (#Tormach2015) went off with resounding success. Tormach’s technical staff spent the day giving seminars and presentations on various aspects of the Tormach machinery, and guests mulled through an Open House Only Sale. John Grimsmo and John Saunders made an appearance, and gave a joint presentation discussing how they succeed in their businesses with their Tormach machine tools. Grimsmo also gave a talk on knife-making and the challenges he’s encountered while producing high-end blades. Since every qualified Tormach purchase now comes with a free, year-long seat of Fusion 360, Autodesk provided a hands-on walkthrough of their software. Curt Chan and Jeremy Stadtmueller took the time to show several interested Tormach users, and potential users, how Autodesk’s CAD/CAM package works with the PCNC series mills. Over 200 guests made domestic, national, and even international trips to see what the world of personal CNC is all about. Needless to say, there was a lot going on around Tormach, and we’re interested to know what you thought. If you attended this year, visit our 2015 Open House Recap page, and let us know what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d like to see in the future. If you didn’t make it to Wisconsin this year, let us know what you’d like to see if you were to make the trip. [youtube]WwkPNn-1R4s[/youtube]

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Tormach's Second Annual Open House Just Hours Away

Our second annual open house opens tomorrow, bright and early at 8:30. We were hoping to have 150 visitors registered before Saturday, instead we managed 192! There is still room, so RSVP and help us reach 200. Last year’s first annual open house was a fantastic success, but this year we’re looking to set the bar higher with seminars on everything from CAM and workholding to small business applications for Tormach equipment. We’ve already got folks flying in to Waunakee, WI from all over the country, including John Grimsmo from Grimsmo Knives and John Saunders from NYC CNC. The YouTube celebrities will be discussing how they both use Tormach machines within their small businesses Now that we’ve established a partnership with Autodesk, they’re stopping by to give a couple demos and a hands-on walkthrough of Fusion 360 – that’s not to mention the swag that they will be handing out. Our machinists love the Fusion 360 swag. From 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, the day will be packed with seminars and classes, as well as a demo of our new high-speed spindle. We’ll also be holding a cash-and-carry sale. We’ve got a room full of tool holders, spindle lights, cutting tools, and many other accessories just waiting to go home with new owners. After the day of classes and seminars, we'll be holding a reception at Lucky's Bar and Grill Waunakee, where guests can chat with our machinists and engineers. RSVP to make a visit to Tormach, and help us get over 200 Tormach enthusiasts gathered in one spot! [youtube]E5v25MQDa4c[/youtube]

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