He's been a Mythbuster, in the movies, on BattleBots, built superhero tools, and now, Grant Imahara owns a PCNC 770. Grant started his journey down the road of making and mythbusting after graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in electrical engineering. After spending some time working for Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic group, working on films like Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Star Wars Episode 1, 2, and 3, and the Matrix sequels, he joined the Mythbusters build team. [youtube]pCxwO_BbS5E[/youtube] Since then, Grant has been busy working on an array of projects, from being a FIRST Robotics mentor and building interesting goodies for Mouser Electronics to playing Mr. Sulu on a web series called Star Trek Continues and having a cameo in Sharknado 3. [youtube]_bN4b0cM9Bk[/youtube] Grant is currently working on his new show for Netflix, called The White Rabbit Project, which debuts on December 9, and he is advising Team USA in a giant-robot battle between American company MegaBots and Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry. [youtube]DXtMgGCh2aI[/youtube] Grant is now a Tormach Brand Ambassador, and we can't wait to see what he's going to do with his mill! We'll be sharing the info, pics, and videos on all the cool stuff Grant does in this blog, so be sure to subscribe to get all the updates!
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!
The world of manufacturing and engineering is constantly changing and progressing, and so does the education to get quality workers in those industries. The Madison College Robotics and Automation program concentrates on preparing students for industry by giving them hands-on experience with a variety of tools and machines, including a Tormach PCNC 440.
The beginning of the school year is fueled with energy of new classes for students around the country, but for a team of Covington, WA, students, it’s the smell of sizzling coolant and oil that gets them excited for the start of the school year and FIRST robotics preparation.