An Automatic Bandsaw for Shop Efficiency Means Making More Money

People that know Tormach know us as a CNC machine tool company. Our 1100 mill has been the flagship machine for our company for more than a decade, but we have recently made our way into the world of fabrication with our AF50 Autofeed Bandsaw.


Tormach Website Remodeled to Make Finding What You Need Easier

02/ 11/ 2020

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One thing that we are always focused on here at Tormach is continuous improvement. That’s why the majority of our staff are engineers and machinists, why we make our machines upgradeable, and why we are always looking for new ways to make manufacturing more approachable.


Know Your Cutting Tools: Lathe Tooling Designations

[youtube]Wp09EXLa4xw[/youtube] Whether you’re new to the world of turning or you’ve been using a lathe for years, it’s important to know your tools and the best way to use them. Lathe tooling designations are there to help, but they can be just as confusing as the tools themselves. [wpdm_package id='13034'] Every lathe tool has an inscribed or printed designation. This system just looks like a bunch of random digits and letters, unless you know what you’re looking at. Each letter and number in the tooling designation is a reference to various features of your tools or inserts – things like insert shape, hand of the tool, and the insert inscribe circle. Read: 3 Things to Remember Before You Start Turning All of these numbers and letters can be a bit confusing, so Tormach has a document that charts out all the different designations within the uniform system. Check out the official document. Use this info to make sure you pick out the best tools for your lathe jobs and make your turning even better!


PathPilot Is Capable of More than You Might Think

PathPilot has helped a lot of Tormach users use their machines more efficiently and learn new ways of machining easily. For instance, PathPilot's conversational programming has been a game-changer for many makerspaces, educators, and even everyday machinists. Making simple operations available right at the controller without the need for CAD and CAM lowers the barrier of entry to machining. While we've seen a lot of good come from the ease-of-use that PathPilot offers, like any controller there are still a lot of subtle nuances that users don't realize are there - newbies and veterans alike. That's why we launched the PathPilot Quick Tips series, to help anybody using our control system get the most out of the controller and their Tormach machine tool(s).  The Quick Tips series features Daniel Rogge, one of the brains behind PathPilot, as he dives into all the details and subtle (sometimes hidden) features of the control system. One of the most popular Quick Tips has been the piece about what to do when you accidentally job into your limit switch. Rogge goes through the process on the 15L Slant-PRO Lathe, but this process is applicable to the Tormach mills as well.  [youtube]zbmli6CUEZM[/youtube] PathPilot Quick Tips will give you all kinds of insightful info in less than 90 seconds, and they go live on Facebook every Monday. Then, they run a week later on YouTube, so be sure to subscribe to both and get the most out of your time at the machine.  [youtube]aUrrwbkWfuc[/youtube] [youtube]TS1L4yn4oNY[/youtube]


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.


Coolant and Cutting Tools: How to Choose the Right System for the Job

Selecting the right coolant for the job may seem straight forward, but there had to be a reason there are so many options, so I started digging around. Here’s what I learned:

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