The new Tormach PCNC 440

The new Tormach PCNC 440 CNC Milling Machine…

Tormach has just rolled out the third machine in their CNC milling machine lineup–the PCNC 440.  It’s the smallest and most affordable mill in their lineup, but it’s got all the bells and whistles of the larger machines, just smaller and less expensive.  What a great idea for a company that prides itself on making quality CNC available to more people than ever before.

Some view the Tormach’s as hobby machines, but if you know very much about the company, you know there’s more to it than that.  I’ve met hundreds of Tormach owners who are busy making money with their machines–that certainly sounds professional to me.  They reason they can do this is simple–Tormach offers a level of quality, performance, and support that’s unequaled at the lower end of the market.  The digital camera folks have a great term for this–Tormach makes Prosumer machines.  In the camera world, these are cameras that have most of the features of the full-on DSLR’s but at a price most anyone can afford.  What they give up is the top 20-30% of performance–they still have interchangeable lenses and take awesome pictures though.  Same with Tormach and CNC.

Let’s have a look at the new machine.

Say Hello to the PCNC 440

We’ll start with a few specs:

  • 10″ x 6.25″ x 10″ (XYZ) Work Envelope
  • 10,000 rpm 3/4 HP R8 Spindle:  The heart of any machine and this one is awesome for a machine in this range
  • Precision Ballscrews, Dovetail Ways, and all the goodies Tormach owners have come to expect
  • Optional Full Enclosure and Cabinet Stand (and it’s a gorgeous little VMC in that enclosure too!)

Pricing on the machine starts at $4950.  Imagine having a machine that would’ve been the envy of NASA when they were putting men on the moon in your own workshop for a price like that.  This little guy has got the chops–fourth axis, powered drawbar, and toolchangers will be available for them soon.

Tormach are taking pre-orders and expect to start shipping in November, which is right around the corner.

Let’s end with Tormach’s intro video of the machine:

[youtube width=”800″ height=”540″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubb99FU3F_s[/youtube]

PCNC stands for “Personal” CNC.  Congratulations to Tormach for making CNC even more personal with the new machine.  I can’t wait to see what’s coming next from this company–  CNC is fun!

BTW, something not everyone probably knows: Tormach specifies a copy of our G-Wizard Feeds and Speeds Calculator with every mill they sell.  The customer is welcome to take it back off the order, but Tormach feel it really helps their audience come up to speed quickly when they can start with good feeds and speeds.  They’re not the only machine manufacturer that feels this way, either.

 

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