By Sara Ferris
CNC machine maker Tormach (Waunakee, WI) introduced its Manufacturing Consultants Program, a team of professionals who are available for CNC consulting.
The program matches the skills and experience of manufacturing engineers and machinists from a range of industries with the needs of entrepreneurs and small manufacturers.
"It seemed like a natural extension of our mission," says Tormach CEO Greg Jackson. "With the introduction of the PCNC 1100 mill, we dramatically reduced the cost of getting into CNC manufacturing. What we found was an interesting mix of customers—some were veteran engineers or machinists looking to get a low-cost mill, while others were entrepreneurs looking to get into CNC manufacturing. The obvious thing to do was to offer a program to put their skills and needs together."
The PCNC Manufacturing Consultants have no direct relationship with Tormach, Jackson says, but they have first-hand experience with the Tormach CNC mill. Consultants are available on an hourly, bid, or contract basis to advise new customers on CNC-related manufacturing solutions.
Consultations can range from small projects, such as G-code creation for a single part, to mapping out a set of full-scale manufacturing procedure to build a complex product.