The Country Doctor

Unless you’re running a big-time custom shop, run your gunsmith practice in the same way that an old fashioned doctor conducted his.

by Bill Smith
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Modern Case Hardening

Finishes have advanced greatly since basic bluing. Ferritic nitrocarburizing is incredibly durable but was never aesthetically pleasing. Blacknitride+™ and ArmorTi changes that notion.

by American Gunsmith Staff
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Installing A Curved Steel Buttplate

Classic spurred steel buttplates look nice and provide a slip-free anchor between your shoulder and the gun.

by Paul Mazan
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Tormach Updated PathPilot CNC Software

Tormach Inc., maker of compact CNC milling machines, introduced a free software upgrade to its PathPilot CNC Control Software package. In addition to improving the use of their machines, Tormach is now offering a PathPilot simulator as a CNC learning and training feature.

“Cost and capability are two of the biggest barriers in a CNC investment,” said Lori Morrison Bufalo, Marketing Director at Tormach. “Our CNC machines provide premium performance at a significant price difference from our competition. We believe our latest PathPilot CNC Control Software, which comes standard with all our machine packages, is the easiest to master, yet feature-packed CNC control system available today.”

New updates to Tormach’s PathPilot software include an enhanced trajectory planner for faster cycle times and a new visual conversational programming feature for intuitive, step-by-step template to quickly write G-code for milling and lathe sequences. In addition, memory has been expanded to 85GB of available program storage memory, complete WiFi connectivity is built-in, and users now have the ability to eliminate use of USB drives for programming with a new auto-sync function. This function allows users to post out of their CAM software to a Dropbox G-code folder, even when their CNC machine isn’t on. The next time the machine is turned on, the sync happens immediately.

In addition to the software updates mentioned above, Tormach is introducing its new “TRY PathPilot” virtual CNC Control simulator. This cloud-based program, available for free to anyone with an Internet connection, allows new CNC users to learn programming in PathPilot’s environment and try it before you buy it. Tormach CNC machine owners can use this new software to program remotely from anywhere and upload their virtual PathPilot code to their local controller, and start making chips once they return to their Tormach CNC machine. Educators utilizing Tormach CNC machines in STEM programs will now have the ability for students to complete curriculum programming outside of the makerspace lab.

About Tormach

Located in Waunakee, Wisconsin USA, Tormach Inc. is dedicated to providing exceptionally engineered products, technical support, and customer service at the lowest possible cost. Our focus is to help our customers realize goals in CNC by providing tools and resources to help transform concepts into real products.

Whether you are involved in research and development, education, short run production, or simply an entrepreneur with an idea, Tormach small CNC products will allow you to make what you need easier, quicker, and more affordably.

Straight Bullets

Stop deforming bullets! Having cartridges straight and inline is critical for accuracy. Gunsmith work and customer education to ensure this happens is vital.

by Joe Carlos
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