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Tormach LLC, a premier manufacturer of affordable CNC mills and accessories, announces the launch of Teach STEM Now, an online resource that promotes Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in education.

Teach STEM Now places an emphasis on manufacturing technologies and real-world shop skills. Offering lesson plans that can be readily implemented into classroom curriculum, the site also contains STEM-related articles and editorials, teaching tips and ideas, and links to educational grants and funding resources.

"The idea behind Teach STEM Now is to enhance education in an exciting fashion," said Tormach President Greg Jackson. "We're looking at the integration of all technologies and supporting the idea that educators are critical to moving the next generation of tradesmen and skilled workers forward. It's our goal with this project to present these ideas to teachers."

Co-editors on the site are Alain (Al) Chirinian, STEM education expert and Science and Robotics instructor at Brookings-Harbor High School in Brookings, Oregon, and Andy Grevstad, Senior Applications Engineer at Tormach. Grevstad explains, "The types of projects we're putting on to TeachSTEMnow.com will give people the understanding that Tormach is unique in its ability to provide machines for the classroom at a reasonable price, that can do these big-time projects rather than the small desktop projects."

Noting positive growth in students' interest in shop and vocational classes, Chirinian attributes the trend to popular television shows filmed in real-world machine shops and the "maker movement." "I've never had a student say they didn't enjoy working with their hands; it's quite the opposite. Kids who didn't have any idea what a CNC mill looked like before see them on these reality shows and they want to make parts of their own," he said.

Chirinian added, "The shop teacher has the technical know-how to operate machinery. Unfortunately, you don't see a lot of mixing of the shop teachers and the science and math teachers. Collaboration is key, though, to change the whole STEM paradigm. We want to encourage teachers to move beyond the barriers and understand that in the shop class they do a lot of math and in the math class they can utilize the shop and in the science class, and so on."

For more information, visit: www.teachstemnow.com

Tormach LLC, a premier manufacturer of affordable CNC mills and accessories, announced the release of the latest generation of the company's best selling CNC mill, the PCNC 1100 Series 3. Series 3 mills are expected to begin shipping to customers near the end of September.

The PCNC 1100 utilizes a cast iron frame with hand-scraped hydrodynamic slideways featuring low-friction PTFE-filled acetyl-bonded sliding surfaces for low friction. The 5100 RPM R8 spindle is driven by a stout 1.5HP induction motor with sensorless vector control logic provided by Emerson Control Techniques™.

New for Series 3 is a re-engineered motion system that incorporates the latest in high performance polyphase stepper motors with industry-leading Leadshine® microstepping drivers. This system provides a significant increase in axis speed as well as reserve motor torque at cutting speeds, thermal and overcurrent safety modes for the driver modules, and ultra-quiet operation

In regards to the motion system improvements, Greg Jackson, president of Tormach, commented, "We've invested significantly into the engineering of the new drive system, and are confident that it is best-in-class in both performance and reliability. Our mission with all Tormach products is to provide unprecedented value in CNC, and the Series 3 is another example of our dedication to reaching that goal."

In addition, Series 3 Motion upgrade kits are also available for legacy PCNC models. "From the beginning, we've focused on a modular design principles for our mills," said Mr. Jackson. "This not only allows our customers to upgrade performance of older models to our current product specifications, but also preserves investment value." Special upgrade kit pricing is available to existing PCNC owners.

Other notable Series 3 enhancements include a new, more durable copolymer enamel paint system, and a redesigned operator's panel. A new convenient cast iron tool tray has also been added. Pricing for Series 3 starts at $8480 USD. Tormach products are sold worldwide through direct Internet sales.

The people at Tormach are dedicated to delivering tools, accessories, and components of unprecedented value in the world of CNC and motion control. Whether you are involved in R&D, education, short-run production, or simply entrepreneurs with new ideas, Tormach products allow you to make what you need easier, quicker, and more affordable.

For more information, visit: www.tormach.com

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 11:26

Tormach Announces New Dates for CNC Workshops

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Tormach LLC, manufacturer of the PCNC 1100 personal CNC mill, is announcing their workshop dates for early 2011. They will offer “CNC for Beginners” January 27th-28 and March 17th-18th, “CNC Fundamentals” February 22nd-25th, and “SprutCAM 1-Day Training” February 22nd.

The workshops are hands-on training and each course is designed for a different interest level.

“Tormach’s mission statement is to empower people who make things,” said Andy Grevstad, training coordinator. “Educational opportunities like our CNC Workshops will help us to continue to meet that goal for our customers, regardless of CNC experience.”

CNC for Beginners is a 2 day workshop designed for those who are new or just getting started with CNC manufacturing. This workshop is hands-on. The goal of this workshop is for students to gain confidence in operating a CNC Machine and learn the basics of CAM and toolpath design.

CNC Fundamentals is a 3.5 day workshop designed as an immersion course in CNC for prototyping and custom manufacturing. This is a survey of the CNC process, from concept to cutting chips, with an emphasis on learning and building confidence. This workshop is hands-on. Each attendee will gain practical experience in CNC programming, machine control, and machining as they build a model Stirling engine. There will be significant emphasis on Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), advanced CNC control, and workholding techniques.

SprutCAM 1-Day Training provides attendees with basic knowledge to use SprutCAM for programming tool paths for a CNC mill. The class will focus will be on taking a design from 3D model to complete tool path creation, with special attention to configuring SprutCAM for your mill and tool library. Advanced Topics include 4th axis and lathe programming.

The workshops will be held in Waunakee, WI, just north of Madison. For a complete agenda and information on upcoming dates and how to sign up, visit www.tormach.com/workshops.

About Tormach
The people at Tormach are dedicated to delivering tools, accessories, and components of unprecedented value in the world of CNC and motion control. Whether you are involved in R&D, education, short-run production, or simply entrepreneurs with new ideas, Tormach products allow you to make what you need easier, quicker, and more affordable.

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