Tools versus Concepts: Ideas on how to teach CNC

Technical education teachers working with CNC technology can generally agree the purpose of their lessons is to help the next generation grasp technical concepts and to help them prepare for future experiences by relaying information. That being said, it’s easy to focus on one way of doing things without putting it in context of the CNC industry.

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Manufacturing at 3DEXPERIENCE World with SOLIDWORKS and Tormach

The world of CNC starts with software. Specifically, CNC starts with CAD software to design and develop your part before you ever create toolpaths and make chips. SOLIDWORKS is one of the largest CAD companies out there, and every year they host SOLIDWORKS World, until now. 

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SolidWorks CAM Meets Tormach Machines

Over the years, we’ve developed a number of awesome relationships with various vendors, organizations, and YouTubers. Every partnership has helped us further our goal of enabling the ideas of our customers, which is why from February 4 to 7 we’ll be showcasing our products at SolidWorks World in Los Angeles.

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If You Love PathPilot, We Want Your Help

Tormach first launched PathPilot a little more than two years ago. We developed the control system in-house so we could adapt and improve the software quickly, and provide better customer support.

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Increase Your Tax Deductions with Tormach Machines

Small Business Could Save Thousands by Buying Before 2017

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The Biggest Misconception About CNC Machining

Whether you’re a CNC veteran or you just discovered this amazing tool, everybody has had to start somewhere. I’ve talked to a number of Tormach customers, and the stories vary widely. One customer got into CNC because he was going into production of his widget and needed to manufacture faster to scale things properly. Another customer was an old-school manual shop guy that wanted to make some complex curves with precision. Yet another customer had an incredibly engineered design, with 3D printed prototypes and a well-planned CAD setup, but no means to create a real part. The community of individuals like that last customer is growing rapidly – individuals or businesses that barely know what CNC is, but need to take the next step in their design/prototyping/manufacturing process. This is where one of the biggest misconceptions about CNC machining emerges. CAD and other digital fabrication techniques, like 3D printing, have become abundantly known throughout the general public. Elementary-aged kids are designing everything from toys to new characters for Minecraft, but there is an inherent lack of mechanical knowledge that comes with such an emphasis on the digital side of digital fabrication. We have to answer one question on a regular basis, whether it’s on tech support calls or at Maker Faire: “So, a PCNC mill is kind of like a 3D printer?” The expanse of 3D printing has introduced many fabricators/designers/at-home engineers to a drag-and-drop mentality that doesn’t yet exist in the world of machining. Here at Tormach, we’re quite proud of the fact that our machines are so approachable, so now the challenge lies in the software. From the side of those who have used CNC machines before, another misconception precipitates from this idea: “CNC controls have to be complicated.” This is all part of the reason why we created PathPilot – to make controlling CNC machines as approachable as CAD and the machine itself. If you’re new to machining or just haven’t upgraded to PathPilot yet, check out all the benefits here: http://www.tormach.com/pathpilot.html What do you think is the biggest misconception about CNC? Email marketing@tormach.com and let me know what you think!

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