[youtube]qz0jY-Ngjh4[/youtube] Every month we get to have some fun cutting one of the parts from our Tormach Projects Library. This month we decided to go easy and create some art with a 3D relief in wood. This project was provided to us by one of our local makerspaces. Chris Meyer, the founder of Sector67, originally used a 5x5x5 block of cedar, but we found some scrap 4x4 pine in the shop.
An Arduino is a single-board computer that was originally designed as an open-source prototyping platform, but has evolved into being a powerful unit capable of controlling a number of different devices, robotics systems, art creations, and everything in between. Just do a Google search for Arduino projects, and you'll see the overwhelming capabilities of this little PCB. "What does that have to do with machining?" You might ask.
In high school, it was shop class. In college and early in his career, he learned how to make airplane parts and aviation equipment. “I’ve always been interested in making and building things, but I’m just getting started in CNC,” Aaron Rogers, a CNC hobbyist, said. “I’ve just been doing some basic stuff, like making tools for the shop, - just odds and ends as I’m learning to use the Tormach.”
This last weekend, bus-loads of makers descended on the New York Hall of Science in Queens to attend the 2016 World Maker Faire. Tormach was there to show off our PCNC 440, which was unveiled at the same even last year, and we got to see quite an array of projects and maker tools. The booth next door specialized in molding materials for masks and costume prosthetics. Of course, there was an array of 3D printers and customizable PCB companies. There were several FIRST Robotics teams on-site to show off their builds from last season. There were all kinds of art sculptures and kinetic activities for kids and adults – plus the occasional musical break-out. We even had several customers stop by the booth, one of which (ReDeTec) also had a booth at the faire and is using their PCNC 770 to make a plastic recycling unit for more sustainable 3D printer filament. Photo Credit: Mike Senese, Make: Magazine And, Make: Magazine put us in their photo-roll of the event, showing off a Raspberry Pi Zero case that just came off the PCNC 440. We’re already looking forward to the next Maker Faire in San Francisco next spring, but we always love to see what Tormach owners are making. Send your projects and machining pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you may just see them pop up in the blog!