CNC Tormach Q & A's

What comes in the box and how do I wire it together?

What comes in the box and how do I wire it together?

I know, that’s really two questions… actually a Q & A and a How to… so I’ll post it in both… What does the Tormach xsTECH come with? What’s in the box? How do I wire it together? All of these questions and more answered in this short video.  13 total views
How to hold material in the xsTECH

How to hold material in the xsTECH

What’s the best way to hold _____________ in my xsTECH router? From strap clamps to double sided tape, we have it all! Learn how to hold everything including circuit boards, flat stock, and blocks in this video. Can you believe that you can use strap clamps, sticky tape, and all kinds of ways to hold […]
Will a vice fit in an xsTECH?

Will a vice fit in an xsTECH?

Answer: That’s a fair question. When trying to come up with an aswer though, you’ll have to do a bit of research, as it will depend on what you’re machining. Also, there are many different one’s out there. Luckily Jim did some research for us… maybe this video will help guide you to an aswer. […]
How do I use an edge finder?

How do I use an edge finder?

Tired of using the I.L.A.R method of finding the corner of your stock (It Looks About Right…). Then here’s the video for you! This video was made by Tormach, and it shows you how to utilize two different types of edge finders. Thanks Tormach! This video demonstrates the use of a mechanical edge finder and […]
How many teeth or flutes for my CNC tools?

How many teeth or flutes for my CNC tools?

QUESTION: Does it matter how many teeth or flutes my end mills have? ANSWER: Actually it does. A good rule of thumb for the beginner: the harder the material, the more teeth!  What’s the difference between teeth and flutes? Teeth do the cutting, flutes bring the cut material away from the part. The excerpt from […]
What kind of tools should I use?

What kind of tools should I use?

Question: I know nothing about tools for CNC machines.  What kind are there, and what can I use them for? Answer: There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to CNC machines, that it can really be overwhelming. Here we present just the basics as it pertains to a “rookies” classroom. There […]
The Basics: Tooling For CNC Machines

The Basics: Tooling For CNC Machines

There is so much to learn about tooling when it comes to CNC machines, that it can really be overwhelming. Here we present just the basics as it pertains to a “rookies” classroom. There are complete courses on these topics, but this should get you started First of all, We have put together a short […]
What's the Difference Between Climb and Conventional Cutting?

What's the Difference Between Climb and Conventional Cutting?

QUESTION: What is the difference between Climb & Conventional cutting? ANSWER: Milling tools can advance through the material so that the cutting flutes engage the material at maximum thickness and then decreases to zero. This is called Climb Milling. Cutting in the opposite direction causes the tool to scoop up the material, starting at zero thickness […]
What is Chip Load?

What is Chip Load?

QUESTION: What is Chip Load? ANSWER: Chip Load is defined as the thickness of material cutaway by each cutting tooth. See the explanation below in an excerpt from the downloadable powerpoint! CNJ CNC TOOLING BASICS    13 total views

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