Tormach CNC Lathe: First Look

The Tormach Lathe….We get a lot of questions about the progress on our CNC lathe project, a ground up design for an affordable CNC lathe in the spirit of our very popular PCNC milling machines.   Its been tough not to publicly  share anything about the lathe for the last few months, but don’t interpret our tight lips as a lack of forward progress.  Things have been moving quite fast as of late…

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Gang Tooling

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Wide Shot of loading the Part

It’s great to see the excitement about it from the metalworking community, and we’re committed to bringing this tool to market as soon as we can. We’re working hard on getting the details right, and there is still some way to go before this will be a product, but things are moving very fast – stay tuned!  In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek video of working hardware.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Andrew Grevstad

With over ten years of professional experience in advanced manufacturing systems, digital design tools, and applied software, Andy Grevstad has worked in product development and technical support for Tormach since 2008. Grevstad has received engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular contributor to Digital Machinist magazine and also blogs weekly about CNC milling and related topics on the Tormach blog, Milling Around.

Andrew Grevstad

30 thoughts on “Tormach CNC Lathe: First Look

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    05/23/2012 at 11:06 am
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    Are you taking deposits for first orders? Will there be a beta program?

    Sign me up!

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    05/23/2012 at 4:35 pm
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    I like it. I want one.

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    05/23/2012 at 4:57 pm
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    I like what I see and will probably purchase one when they are in production. I have one question, will the lathe have a tailstock for supporting longer work?

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    05/23/2012 at 5:03 pm
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    is their going to be a collet option 5c 16c

    Thanks Robin

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    05/23/2012 at 7:36 pm
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    Now were takin’! I like the gang, but you already got all my money with my new 1100 I pick up next month 🙁

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    05/24/2012 at 10:56 am
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    If it’s anywhere near the quality and capability of my PCNC1100, it’ll be perfect! I can’t wait! I desperately need this capability in my shop.

  • Andy G.
    05/24/2012 at 12:05 pm
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    Yes, it will accomodate a tailstock. if you look closely you might see the pad where the tailstock sits in the video.

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    05/24/2012 at 1:20 pm
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    “5C will be standard” – Great!!!

    What sort of swing and travels will it have?

    Do you have an approximate footprint and weight yet?

    I’m hoping it can be moved into a basement shop.

    Mike

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    05/25/2012 at 2:22 pm
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    Andy, that is beautiful. Slant bed, whopping big cross-slide, 5C, tailstock-compatible (!)

    Will the headstock be compatible with water-based flood coolant?

    What spindle RPM (top end) are you aiming for?

    BTW in your next video I’d suggest not leaving the chuck key in at the end. First thing I learned about running a lathe was that the chuck key doesn’t come out of my hand until it’s out of the chuck… 🙂

    Randy

  • Andy G.
    05/30/2012 at 9:20 am
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    Yes, spindle is water based coolant compatible. Still playing around with the Speed band, so I wont comment on that yet. Yeah, we all had a good laugh here as well about the chuck key – didn’t jump out at me when we were putting together the video:)

  • Andy G.
    05/30/2012 at 9:27 am
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    The swing is 4″ over carriage. Footprint is very similar to the PCNC 1100, not finalized exactly yet. Same goes for the weight – the prototype you see here weighs around 1300lbs, but that is minus guarding, gang plate, etc.

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    05/30/2012 at 1:18 pm
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    Sounds like this is going to be a winner. I suppose there is no chance of getting a general idea on general availability?

    Mike

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    06/07/2012 at 11:17 pm
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    Wow, looks great! I love the long gang tooling table. That is a winner. So is the 5C collet.

    So…

    Do you plan to support a CNC collet chuck so that with a bar puller you can knock out short runs?

    Also, since you are threading you must have a spindle encoder. So… what about live tooling to go with that? I’m imagining bolting on a small live tool spindle per tool. Yes, it would run into some money, but for what I want to do I think I could get by with 2 or 3 pretty small spindle motors — as long as the controller could talk to them.

  • Andy G.
    06/08/2012 at 2:03 pm
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    Re: Bar Puller. Probably wont be standard equipment, but definately plans as an add on accessory

    RE: Spindle Encoder, yes of course. I think Live tooling woudll definately be possible. Not sure yet how far we’ll go towards offering turn key live tooling, but would be really interested in what customer develop on their own

    Andy

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    06/08/2012 at 2:55 pm
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    Hi Andy,

    Sure, since a CNC chuck is going to cost more, I’d make that an option and offer a bar puller to go with it — a lot of guys won’t need it. The key is making sure that there is a controller port to plug into for the guys that upgrade.

    Same on the live tooling. If I could bolt down a couple of ER20 spindle motors it would go a long way, as long as I could reach them with controller ports. Heck, 90% of what I want doesn’t require a spindle that can take side forces, if I could just drill from the side and off-center on the face I’d be a happy camper.

    -dave

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    06/08/2012 at 8:45 pm
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    Could I humbly suggest, a set of soft jaws for the chuck. That way we can bore them out to take a diameter on the 1st op to hold for the second operation. Then everything runs nice and true and NO marks on the work. Regards Peter

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    06/13/2012 at 5:39 pm
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    Looks great and I cant wait to see one in person. Just wondering why you chose to use a slanted bed for tooling rather than a live turret? It would be more compact, light weight and tool changes could be faster. As well setting up the future live tooling would be easier, just have a port in the head of the turret where live spindles can litterly just plug in!

    Looks great!

    Chris

  • Andy G.
    06/13/2012 at 6:01 pm
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    Thanks. Turret is planned as an optional accessory.

  • Andy G.
    06/13/2012 at 6:03 pm
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    Definately. We’ll be offering that option as well.

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    06/15/2012 at 12:40 pm
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    I would really like to see more than 4″ of swing.
    I was hoping to use the lathe for making pulleys.
    4″ is kinda of a tinka toy size swing. To go through all that work to only have 4″ of swing kinda limits the capability’s!

  • Andy G.
    06/15/2012 at 12:55 pm
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    Swing over bed is approximately 13″. (6.5″ from center).

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    06/19/2012 at 5:34 pm
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    Andy, Make sure my name is on the list please.

  • Andy G.
    06/20/2012 at 9:11 am
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    As soon as we have a list, I’ll announce on the blog.:)

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    06/26/2012 at 8:23 pm
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    Estimated price points would be nice. That way I know how long I have to save up for one of these CNC Lathes.

    I was saving up for one of the Bolton CNC lathes but, since I already have a Tormach CNC mill, I”d much rather stick with the same brand.

    Also; the text in the video mentioned an enclosure; can you show us a prototype image of what this Lathe looks like wearing the enclosure?

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    10/11/2012 at 9:19 pm
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    any updates on this yet?

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    10/17/2012 at 2:05 am
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    Any new updates on the lathe? I am anxious to know, I need a cnc lathe, and have to make a decision to either wait of buy someone elses.

  • Andy G.
    10/18/2012 at 3:29 pm
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    We just filmed an update. Hope to have it on the web shortly.

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    10/20/2012 at 9:13 pm
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    Well? 🙂

    sam

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