On floor of the World Maker Faire in New York, Tormach announced a smaller, more user-friendly CNC mill, the PCNC 440. Their new mill is a true CNC mill unlike others in the desktop CNC category, meaning that, similar to the larger machines used by IP Automation it is capable of a wider range of motion than most router-based options.
CNC has become widely popular with the Maker community, a community of home manufacturing enthusiasts, and this desktop model is an attempt to lower the barrier to entry for those who would like to try their hand at home projects. While 3D printing has become popular with home enthusiasts, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) offers more precision and flexibility of materials, wood, aluminum, steel, plastic and even titanium are no problem, making them useful for a wide range of projects.
While the smaller size does limit the output of the PCNC 440 compared to the larger professional machines, it uses an R8 spindle with speeds of up to 10,000 RPM and quick-change tooling, making it more approachable to the home user. Most industrial CNC machining is done using CAD (Computer Aided Design) or CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and the PCNC 440 is no different. This compatibility makes prototyping easier.
Newer desktop CNC machines such as the PCNC 440 are introducing more and more people to the benefits of CNC Machining. The ability to create precise designs from steel and titanium is useful for everyone and IP Automation offers a wide range of CNC services for home or business applications. The possibilities are endless.