Workholding of the Month: Chucks

While there are a number of ways to hold work, when there aren’t many (or any) flat surfaces, a standard vise can complicate things. When using a lathe or holding something that just doesn’t have flat sides, a chuck is a great solution. A chuck is essentially a round vise, with jaws that hold your workpiece.

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Learn to Turn in New Tormach Lathe Workshop

Special Discount - Save $600 on First Class, Scheduled Nov. 8-10 Tormach has always prided itself on providing approachable and affordable machines to anyone who has the desire to make things, or operate a small shop.

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All the Cool Kids Are Using CNC ...

Here at Tormach, we work to regularly feature what users are making with our customer stories – like the recent one about Lisa Winter from BattleBots. I’ve also written blogs in the past about some of the amazing work that Tormach users are doing with their personal CNC machinery, but the community of Tormach owners is growing faster than ever… and so have the incredible projects! What are you making with your Tormach machines? Email marketing@tormach.com and let us know! Here are some interesting projects we stumbled on recently…

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RapidTurn: Origins

As the oft repeated adage goes, the design process is more often than not an evolutionary process rather than a revolutionary one. Nowhere is this more true than the case of our newest product, the RapidTurn.

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A Heavy-Duty DIY Lathe

Many Tormach customers start out by designing and building homemade CNC devices. Whether they’re retrofitting a manual mill or piecing together components to make a lathe. This week, we stumbled onto a metal lathe made out of concrete on Instructables. In fact, one of our founders, Greg Jackson, had a thesis in college that focused on adding concrete to drill press columns and cataloging the rigidity changes. While concrete can provide some similar properties to casting – some commercial machines even use a polymer concrete cast frame – it can fall short in a number of ways. Concrete has a tendency to heat up during the mixing and pouring process, which leads to cooling and shrinking as the material dries.

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Expanding an Education with Tormach Machine Tools

Matt Pyle is a student at Buffalo State University in New York. Though he has had some shop experience while getting his Associates Degree in mechanical engineering technology, he is mostly self-taught when it comes to machine operation. 

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