When Star Wars Fans Find CNC


Here at Tormach, we’re big fans of Star Wars.


And so are our customers.


Jesse_Hayes_r2_3-800-600Now, Jesse Hayes, who built a working R2D2 out of aluminum on his Tormach PCNC 1100, has taken to building more movie paraphernalia from the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens.

In the movie and in a trailer, Rey is given a blaster by Han Solo, and she is seen shooting it at some incoming aggressors.

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Props, like lightsabers and blasters, from Star Wars have always been of interest to collectors and fan-boys.

That’s why Hayes has developed a model and is milling out a movie-accurate version of Rey’s blaster using his mill and Fusion 360, and he’s showing the world how he did it in a series on his YouTube channel.

Check out the latest video…

Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

Chris Fox

2 thoughts on “When Star Wars Fans Find CNC

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    01/29/2016 at 4:54 pm

    That noise could be a resonance. Try changing the speed or tuning the stepper in the StepConf or through the Setup Wizard (if those go by the same name in PathPilot: I’m not familiar with the Tormach version, but am familiar with the underlying LinuxCNC).


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    01/29/2016 at 5:00 pm

    To eliminate the ridge caused by the end mill, use a centre-cutting end mill. That has one tooth which reaches to (or beyond) the centre of the end face of the cutter. Standard cutters have no teeth in the centre, and that’s why yours left a ridge.


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