Tormach 1100 series CNC mill

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Tormach 1100 series CNC mill
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Owner/Loaner PS:One
Make/Model PCNC 1100 Series 3
Arrival Date 2018
Usability yes
Contact CNC Area Host
Where Cold Metals
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable no
Estimated Value $35000
Host Area CNC

Tormach 1100 series CNC mill

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  • A CNC milling machine with enclosure.

PCNC 1100 Series 3 with accessories

  • Floor Footprint 61" x 53" x 78"
  • Table Size 34” x 9.5”
  • Machine Travel 18” x 9.5” x 16.25”
  • 5140RPM 1.5Hp spindle
  • 220V 20A, 3 phase power


Beta authorizations have been completed. The team is addressing feedback from those sessions and incorporating any necessary changes into the authorization program. Authorizations for the general member base are planned to start in January.

Machine is fully operational.

Prerequisites to Authorization

Tier 1 Cold Metals For basic cutting and drilling of stock using Johnson Saw, DoAll Bandsaw Saw, and Drill Press.

ShopBot The Shopbot will familiarize you to using CNC and other necessary concepts such as feeds and speeds, tool choice, etc.

Bridgeport Knee Mill Allows you to square off your material for the Tormach as well as learn basic, manual milling operations. Also provides more practice with feeds and speeds and 3-dimensional drilling operations.

CAM Proficiency This recommendation has been upgraded to a requirement as understanding CAM methodologies are as important to the use of this machine as milling is. Fusion 360 is the software we will be teaching and authorizing with. It is currently free for hobbyists and startups and can be downloaded here. More details about this component of pre-authorization coming soon.


As of 11/01/18, authorization protocol is being pilot tested and initial sessions are scheduled for November and December.

There are 3 components for Tormach Authorization. Authorization protocols are currently in beta testing and will likely be reviewed and revised frequently until the new year.

1) There will be an online Canvas course component as well as hands-on machine training for the Tormach covering the basics of running a successful job. The Online Canvas Course for the Tormach will be launched for beta testing November 5, 2018 and will cover topics such as Feeds & Speeds, Workholding, Tooling, and Path Pilot (Tormach's CNC controller software). The course should take 2-3 hours to complete.

2) There is an at-the-machine authorization component in the more traditional style of PS:1 authorizations. Provisional authorization is granted at this stage. This authorization is also 2-3 hours in length.

3) Full authorization is granted after participants submit a personal project with CAM code for review and run the job successfully on their own with the supervision of an authorizer. This stage may be repeated multiple times if necessary.

Danger Committee
Andrew Wingate
Andrew Camardella
David Earl
Abel Greenwald
Training & Authorization Committee
Alex Berkowitz
Alisha Ciardi
Nicholas Prorok
Perry May
Ray Doeksen
Sevin Strauss
Kathryn Born
Ryan Himmelblau

(If you would like to contribute to educational material or training please email Alisha at lishibird {at}

List of Authorized Users

* Provisionally authorized users may only operate the Tormach under the supervision of someone on either the Danger or Training & Authorization Committees.

Name Status*
Ron Olson Provisional
George Shaw Provisional
McTavish McArdle Provisional
Aaron Carlock Provisional
Ryan Pierce Provisional
Jim Brink Provisional
Ash Jasani Provisional
Daniel Martinez Provisional
Dave Provisional

Additional Resources & Support

PS1 will be holding monthly Tormach User Meetings for Chicago Tormach users starting in November. These events will be open to the Public.

There is also a Google Group mailing list you can join for discussing anything Tormach-related including troubleshooting, Sprutcam, Fusion 360, and different Tormach models.

You can learn a great deal about the CAM aspect by training yourself up in Fusion 360's CAM mode. mHUB has two Tormach milling machines available to their members, with regular training sessions.

Useful Links

PS1 Standard Tool Library

Cutter Types for Milling

V12 Engine with Fusion 360 Tutorial

Fusion 360 Free Trial

Downloadable Tool Libraries for Fusion 360

Virtual Path Pilot Simulator