Teaching CNC Machining at the University of Iowa

Adding hands-on experiences in the classroom makes CNC machining easier to both learn and understand - especially in the commercial world of manufacturing and engineering. [youtube]dXBbEipAxTs[/youtube] Matias Perret is an instructor in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa, and he has used both a PCNC 770 and a PCNC 440 to give his students CNC manufacturing experience.

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Ohio State Teaches Engineers with Tormach CNC Machines

Ohio State University has filled their training lab with Tormach CNC machine equipment to meet the challenges of educating future engineers.

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The High Cost of Tight Tolerances

We’ve all heard the stories about part drawings coming through that specify ridiculously tight tolerances. We know that holding tight tolerances is harder, and we know it is more expensive to make a part the tighter the tolerances are. But, how much does it really cost to have tighter tolerances?

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In a Busy Week, Tormach Talks at MIT, Saunders Teaches at Autodesk University

There were Tormach employees all over the country last week, from Autodesk University in Las Vegas to talking makerspaces at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Some spent last week in the glitz and glam of Las Vegas… but really, we only saw the inside of the Sands Convention Center where Tormach Brand Ambassador, John Saunders, spent the week teaching CAM and machining. Autodesk University is an event where over 10,000 attendees further their skills in CAD, CAM, design, and various other facets of the engineering, manufacturing, and architectural professions. The event hosts classes, like the one given by Saunders, as well as some of the latest innovations by organizations using Autodesk software, while the company announces its own innovations and latest updates. This year’s theme was close to the heart of Tormach’s philosophy, ‘The Future of Making Things,’ which we constantly strive to be a part of. We took five PCNC 440s to help with Saunders’ class, which were surrounded by everything from emerging generative design technology, 3D-printed bridge components, lots of VR experiences, and even our friends from ShopBot and Printrbot. While some staff cruised around convention halls in Vegas, others spent the week at MIT for the first-ever International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM). Tormach’s Andy Grevstad presented a paper that discussed the importance of safety in academic and makerspace environments, and we had a PCNC 440 showing off what it can do. Read the Paper Here ISAM is a new event that is hosted by the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative, which is comprised of eight different colleges; including MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Georgia Tech, Yale, CMU, CWRU, and Olin; that are working to use makerspaces to maximize student learning experiences and contribute to alumni success. We can’t wait to see what the makerspaces at MIT and the rest of these academic frontrunners churn out!

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Making Meets Education: Teachers Using Tormachs

With their size and approachable design, Tormach machines have found their way into a number of classrooms at high schools and colleges around the nation. While the uses for a CNC mill or lathe in the classroom may seem obvious – teaching kids to machine parts – you may be surprised at how many teachers are doing much more than just teaching machining.

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Machining Meets Biology

Adam Summers started his engineering education at a math and science public high school in New York City. He explains, “Stuyvesant offered wonderful opportunities for science, but for me the most important characteristic was there were enough shop classes that I could take two every semester for four years.” After getting degrees in mathematics and engineering in college, Summers changed gears and got a Master’s and Ph.D. in Biology.

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