Workholding of the Month: Turret or Gang Tooling?

This is one of the many topics that seems to engender religious fervor from one side versus the other. I personally went through several hundred online articles and correspondences I’ve had with our G-Wizard customers about this choice. For my upcoming Tormach CNC Lathe, I initially had ordered it set up for gang tooling based on my needs, but then hastily added a turret after several conversations with the turret aficionados, just so I could write about and compare the two more fully, and I’m glad I did. Let’s start with some definitions and the basic conclusion I reached after all these conversations and research, and then dive into the myriad details.

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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. Education is a key part of this accessibility mission, and for more than a decade, we’ve helped customers of all backgrounds learn the fundamentals of milling in our popular CNC Fundamentals Workshop. So, why not lathes? That’s what our customers have been asking us, and we’ve developed the Lathe Fundamentals Workshop to help you realize the potential of your 15L Slant-PRO and to work through any of the learning curves lathes can present, such as tooling, and workholding. The workshop series will launch in November, and all courses will include:

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Learning to Turn at the Tormach Lathe Workshop

We hosted our first Slant-PRO workshop last weekend, here at Tormach World Headquarters in Waunakee, WI. This free Saturday event provided current and future 15L Slant-PRO lathe owners an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of CNC lathe and check out the lathe product line firsthand.

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Tormach Fab Lab: Working with a Quick Change Tool Post for Lathe

In this new Tormach Fab Lab episode, we're showing the basics to setting up a Quick Change tool post on a CNC Lathe. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPfVib83-B4&list=PLrWhN_9rAUJ55kfT2q3iaZpod1LuepEr_&feature=share&index=7[/youtube]   The QC toolpost kit for our 15L Slant-PRO CNC lathe is size CXA, which holds 3/4" tools.  There are many different styles QC tool holders that you can purchase for this post, but the three used the most are:

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More Fixture Plate Ideas for Workholding Setups

Last week we talked about using fixture plates for quick and repeatable  setups, and asked blog readers to send us pictures of their fixture plate set ups as part of a contest.    The winner of last week's blog contest is Fred Francouer from Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.  Fred's designed a clever setup that allows him to quickly attach several vises, a 4th Axis, work holding chuck, and even the Duality Lathe to his PCNC 1100.  Thanks for sharing, Fred - you're the winner of a custom Tormach Shop Shirt. What we really like about this fixture plate system is how the individual components are designed to stack and install on each other.  Check these out:

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Teaching a Robot to Write

Teaching a Robot to Write Groklab at the University of Iowa is hooking up a Tormach PCNC 770 to a ST Robotics 5-axis arm. So far, they've taught it Penmanship. And the robot (or the programmer) likes the Allman Brothers. For more on the Tormach for College Project, Click here. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTmS6WQcbDg[/youtube] Duality Lathe Handles I also ran across this post, which I thought was a really cool Duality Lathe Project. CNC'd tool handles for a chisel and file set. [nggallery id=62] Check it out here Polar Plunge Finally, for those interested in the Polar Plunge from last weekend - Watch our machinists jump into the icy water of Lake Monona for charity. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSI8DpXGKqg[/youtube] Bob G. made the biggest splash of the day, and The guys raised over $1100 for Special Olympics. Thanks to Milling Around readers for their generous contributions to a great cause.

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