Tormach PCNC 440 Mill
Cost To Use
You MUST BE TRAINED before using it alone. Contact James Pittman to set up an appointment for your training.
- Cuts aluminum, steel, titanium, as well as plastics, composites, wood, and PCB boards.
- Table Size: 18” x 6.3”
- Work Envelope: 10” x 6.25” x 10” (X,Y,Z)
- 300 - 10,000 RPM R8 Spindle
- Max Feed Rate: 135 IPM (X,Y), 110 IPM (Z)
- Cast Iron Frame and Table
- Dovetail Ways
- Ball Screws
- Full Enclosure
- Mist Coolant (coming)
- 4th Axis (coming)
Design Process / Software
- First, a model must be designed in a CAD (Computer-Aided Design) program like Fusion360, SketchUp, AutoCAD, etc.
- Next, the model must be converted into “tool paths” by CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software so the machine knows how to carve that model. Examples: MaserCAM, MeshCAM, SprutCAM, etc. The tool paths are expressed in something called “g-code”. 3D printers also use g-code.
- Some programs, like Fusion360, have both CAD/CAM.
- Finally, Tormach's software (PathPilot™, based on LinuxCNC) accepts g-code files, and controls the CNC through the cutting process.
The Bodgery, thanks to generous donations from members
05/18/16 - Arrived at Makerspace
05/20/16 - Base repaired, and machine installed 05/?? - Ready to use