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Torchmate Table of Contents Date 12/14/2012 12/10/2012 12/10/2012 12/7/2012 12/6/2012 12/6/2012 12/6/2012 12/6/2012 12/6/2012 12/6/2012 12/4/2012 12/4/2012 11/27/2012 11/5/2012 11/4/2012 11/1/2012 11/1/2012 10/30/2012 10/10/2012 10/10/2012 10/6/2012 10/2/2012 9/16/2012 8/18/2012 8/17/2012 8/15/2012 8/15/2012

Publication Reno Gazette Journal KOLO 8 2 News

Title Torchmate Food Drive Helps Salvation Army Pet Food Drive Pet Food Drive Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate Before Its News CNC Machine Owners Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate Wall Street Journal CNC Machine Owners Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate Yahoo Finance CNC Machine Owners Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate Market Watch CNC Machine Owners Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate Investors.com CNC Machine Owners CNC Machines The Mini CNC Machine Torchmate Launches Expert Video Series To Educate NBC News CNC Machine Owners NBC News Torchmate Holds Pet Food Drive Dec. 10-15 KRNV News 4 Torchmate Holds Pet Food Drive Dec. 10-15 Line Of CNC Machines Supports Breast Cancer Modern Machine Shop Research And Screenings Northern Nevada Business Weekly Torchmate Launches CNC Line In Pink Reno Gazette Journal Work Locally, Sell Globally FF Journal - Online The Future Of CNC Machining FF Journal The Future Of CNC Machining FF Journal Turning Pink Torchmate Racer Brad Lovell Wins Dual Off-Road Off Road Championships Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Powers Brad Lovell To Side x Side Dual Off-Road Championships TORC Brad Lovell Crowned TORC Pro Light Champion Off Road Brad Lovell Crowned TORC Pro Light Champion Engineering Department To Set Down Saws For New Daily 49er Plasma Cutter Carrera Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Affordable CNC Table Expansion For Plasma Cutting, Fabricating Product News Routing, Etc. Torchmate Racing Announces 2013 Sponsorship Sun Cruiser Media Campaign Off Road Torchmate Racing Launches Sponsorship Search

8/3/2012

Road Racing World

Sponsorship Oppurtunity With Torchmate Racing

8/3/2012 7/18/2012 6/20/2012 5/26/2012

Paddock Talk Reno Gazette Journal TORC Welding Design & Fabrication

Torchmate Racing Launches Sponsorship Search Twenty Jobs Available As Torchmate Merges Lovell Wins Big At The Big House Teaching Next-Generation Manufacturing


Torchmate Table of Contents Date 5/8/2012

Publication Torchmate

5/1/2012

CWA Engage

4/17/2012 4/17/2012 4/17/2012 4/10/2012 4/4/2012

CWA engage Woodworkingnetworking.com American Machinist Off Road Press American Machinist

2/16/2012

Off Road Press

1/31/2012

Off Road Press

1/23/2012

RDC

Title Torchmate Staff Newsletter Robotic Fabricating Changes Farm Equipment Repair And Customization Three ways CNC Machines Can Help the House Torchmate Torchmate Torchmate Racing Helps Keep Moab Beautiful 3 Ways That CNC Will Change Our World Torchmate's Lincoln Experience KOH Sculpture Set To Be Auctioned To Save The Hammers Stolen During The KOH Robby Gordon Parteners With Torchmate Racing For 2012-2013 Season Torchmate Racing Announces Unique Campaign At The 2012 Griffin King Of The Hammers To Benefit OHV Access Issues


12/10/2012


RENO, NV–(Marketwire – Dec 6, 2012) – Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer’s videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want — to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate’s four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate’s line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate’s operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate’s online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom/videos?flow=grid&view=0


RENO, NV -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 12/06/12 -Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer's videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want -- to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate's four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate's line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate's operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate's online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom/videos?flow=grid&view=0 Torchmate's Expert Videos at a Glance: -- Torchmate X: Torchmate's turn-key, industrial strength CNC behemoth is the choice of customers who want the full package delivered to them ready to roll. This video shows you the power and versatility of the Torchmate X that is used for heavy industrial applications like ship-building and off-shore fabrication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgK2j99I6Y


-- Controlling Dust and Smoke: CNC machine owners are sometimes surprised by the amount of dust and smoke that is created during CNC machine operation. This video shows machine owners how a water table or ventilation system can solve the smoke and dust problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7bQvl4vmU

-- CNC for Small Shops: When is it practical to move from hand-cutting to an automated CNC machine? How much space will a CNC machine take up in a small shop? These and other questions that hobbyists and small shop owners have are answered in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhrmxc7VcRg

-- CNC Versatility: Torchmate machines are thought of as metal cutters. But a CNC machine has a variety of other uses and capabilities, including routing, engraving, woodcutting, tube cutting and milling. This video shows the potential of CNC machines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZygX5U6uGI Leah Scherschel (775) 323-2977 leah@theabbiagency.com


RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer's videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want -- to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate's four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate's line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate's operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate's online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom/videos?flow=grid&view=0 Torchmate's Expert Videos at a Glance: 

Torchmate X: Torchmate's turn-key, industrial strength CNC behemoth is the choice of customers who want the full package delivered to them ready to roll. This video shows you the power and versatility of the Torchmate X that is used for heavy industrial applications like ship-building and off-shore fabrication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydgK2j99I6Y

Controlling Dust and Smoke: CNC machine owners are sometimes surprised by the amount of dust and smoke that is created during CNC machine operation. This video shows machine owners how a water table or ventilation system can solve the smoke and dust problem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb7bQvl4vmU

CNC for Small Shops: When is it practical to move from hand-cutting to an automated CNC machine? How much space will a CNC machine take up in a small shop? These and


other questions that hobbyists and small shop owners have are answered in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhrmxc7VcRg 

CNC Versatility: Torchmate machines are thought of as metal cutters. But a CNC machine has a variety of other uses and capabilities, including routing, engraving, woodcutting, tube cutting and milling. This video shows the potential of CNC machines. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZygX5U6uGI

Contact: Leah Scherschel (775) 323-2977


RENO, NV, Dec 06, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer's videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want -- to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate's four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate's line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate's operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate's online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom/videos?flow=grid&view=0


RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Dec 6, 2012) - Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer's videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want -- to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate's four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate's line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate's operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate's online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom/videos?flow=grid&view=0

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The Mini CNC Machine 12/6/2012

The mini CNC machine gives the manufacturer a way to reduce cycle time. The mini CNC machine helps the manufacturer to avoid a long void between the end of one operation and the start of the next operation. The manufacturer who decides to purchase a mini CNC machine has chosen to apply the principles of cycle time to the area of production machinery. The nature of the mini CNC machine creates three ways by which miniaturization can pave the way for cycle time reduction. This article will list three ways by which a manufacturer can reduce cycle time. It will also provide details concerning how the mini CNC machine permits the manufacturer to apply the principles of cycle time reduction to the operation of the mini CNC machine, and ultimately to the process of machine production. The effort to reduce the manufacturers cycle time begins with an attempt to minimize the amount of time that operators spend loading and unloading various materials. The operator of a CNC machine will work more efficiently if he or she is able to minimize the workplace loading and unloading. This minimization is achieved through use of the mini CNC machine. The operator of the mini CNC machine can save time by using large bed sizes and a small footprint. The operator of a mini CNC machine will save money by loading into the machine a wide piece of material and then limiting each process (cutting, engraving, routing, and drilling) to a small footprint. The operator of a CNC-based piece of equipment can reduce cycle time by reducing the tool maintenance time. Such a reduction is made possible by the mini CNC machine. The small size of the miniaturized machines facilitates the creation of multiple design options. The large number of options leads to creation of a generous number of spare parts. Meanwhile the surplus of spare parts guarantees the ready replacement of any malfunctioning parts. The operator of a mini CNC machine also reduces cycle time by decreasing the program execution time. The clamping of small elements to the mini CNC machine and the automation of the tiny machine parts leads to a lowering of operator intervention. Whenever operators can afford to devote less time to matching the quality of a previous result, then the manufacturer saves money. It thus becomes obvious that the characteristics of the mini CNC machine guarantee the application by the operator of the principles of cycle time. Three aspects of any CNC program fall under the control of the product manufacturer.


1) The time required for workplace equipment to accomplish the loading and unloading of the material that requires a transformation (a cutting, drilling, routing or engraving), 2) The length of the program execution time, 3) The length of the tool maintenance time. The ability of a mini CNC machine to substantially alter any of the above three aspects could lead to a reduction in cycle time. A reduction in cycle time could improve performance of the process machinery. Peter Vermeeren is the owner and webmaster of: Machines and Tools - Airsoft GOT | Tactical Gear - Kamikaze Martial Arts.


RENO, NV — Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has launched a series of videos to educate and inform CNC machine owners, fabricators and metal shop hobbyists who are interested in buying a CNC machine. The Reno, Nev.-based CNC machine manufacturer's videos answer some of the most pressing questions that fabricators have when choosing a machine, operating a CNC machine and exploring the full uses of their Torchmate equipment. While Torchmate offers lifetime customer support for each machine owner, and the Torchmate website offers a wealth of written information, the video series delivers what many fabricators want -- to see the machines in action, see the cut speed and precision first-hand and hear the people who actually build the machines from the ground up give their insight into how to get the most out of the computer-controlled precision and automation that Torchmate provides. Torchmate's four expert videos supplement an already deep catalogue of online videos that show Torchmate's line of CNC machines in action and give customers an inside look at Torchmate's operation and history. To view the full scope of Torchmate's online videos, go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/torchmatedotcom


KRNV-TV updated 12/4/2012 6:49:03 PM ET SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Torchmate is holding a pet food drive to support families finding it difficult to feed their cats and dogs. They are looking to raise cans or bags of cat and dog food. Donations benefit the Salvation Army, and will be disbursed to families. When: December 10-14 (8am-4pm), December 15 (10am-4pm) Where: Torchmate: 280 South Rock Blvd, Ste 150


November 2012 - Examine technological advancements in any industry and you’ll find some unavoidable themes. Technology makes products shrink. It makes them more affordable and it makes them faster and more versatile. We’ve seen it in computers, which were once refrigerator-sized, multimillion-dollar machines but now fit in one hand and sell for a few hundred dollars. We’ve seen it in publishing, where huge printing presses once churned out millions of copies of books that now are beamed individually to Kindles or tablets with the click of a button. Smartphones are the epitome of this trend—combining the functions of a camera, computer, GPS, music player and phone into a package the size of a deck of cards. We are seeing the same trend transform manufacturing. Just as early advancements in computing led to the personal computer, CNC technology is creating a new breed of more personal manufacturing. The manufacturing of the future will not be a large, lumbering industry that deals with massive inventory, international plants and huge orders shipped halfway around the globe. It will be a more nimble, on-demand, flexible industry that puts manufacturing technology into the hands of small and mid-size businesses. Technology is leading these changes. As CNC equipment becomes more versatile, affordable, precise and easily operated, the cost curve of manufacturing in the U.S. bends downward. Couple cost-saving technology with increased shipping costs, as petroleum prices rise, and the cost of maintaining and estimating large inventories, and you can see the beginnings of large-scale changes being led by manufacturing technology. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. manufacturing jobs fell by 35 percent between 1998 and 2010, but since then have risen by 489,000, or 4.3 percent. According to IHS Global Insight, an economic research firm quoted in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. manufacturing jobs are forecast to climb 3.2 percent in 2012. The same article reported that an MIT-sponsored survey found 39 percent of U.S. companies were considering moving some manufacturing back to the U.S. But this reshoring is not the only effect of manufacturing technology growth. Manufacturing was once thought of as the bluest of blue-collar jobs. That, too, is being changed by technology. Manufacturing now attracts a younger, tech-savvy workforce and consumer base that understands the potential arising from the intersection of computer technology and mechanical machinery. This is a dramatic departure from the days when the industry was dominated by


huge, expensive, single-purpose machines. Today’s CNC machinery can cut, mill, weld, route, drill, bevel and grind with precision at a fraction of the price of the old single-function equipment. Just as the increased affordability, advanced functionality and smaller size of computers set off a wave of innovation throughout the economy, transforming everything from music to publishing, advancements in CNC technology will transform a wide range of traditionally blue-collar work. CNC machines are used in many industries and applications and their effects are spreading across the broader economy. CNC machinery can create metal art, build automobile components, manufacture aircraft, produce heavy equipment and construct buildings. It can do the heavy lifting of heavy industry— fabricate pipelines and offshore oil rigs—or it can be used in interior design accents, fence building and sign making. The diversity of CNC applications is leading to small businesses with increased flexibility and versatility. Small contractors equipped with CNC technology can build truck racks and automotive components, repair tractors or design and build signs. In many ways, CNC technology is turning metal into the equivalent of wood. For years, wood has been the preferred material for many applications like fencing and home interiors, not because it is a superior material but because it is easy to work with. Now, that also can be said of metal. With a CNC machine and a little bit of computer know-how, anyone can build almost anything they dream up. Thanks to rapidly evolving manufacturing technology, we are looking at a bright future for a much more nimble and versatile manufacturing sector. Just like computer advancements did the unthinkable—put high-powered computer technology into an affordable, wallet-sized package— CNC technology is changing the face of manufacturing for a new generation. FFJ


Turning pink By Stephanie Andrews One company’s machine sports a new look to raise awareness October 2012 - Each year during breast cancer awareness month, some show their support by wearing pink ribbons while others run marathons. But this October, Torchmate, Reno, Nev., is taking a somewhat less traditional approach to building awareness. Torchmate’s 2x2 CNC metal cutting machines have traded in the bold black and red colors for something equally striking— hot pink. “[The idea] came from Rachel and Bill Kunz,” says Joshua Schohn, product manager at Torchmate, a Lincoln Electric company. “Bill is Torchmate’s general manager and Rachel does our marketing.” “[They] thought, 'October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month," says Schohn. "To see a pink industrial machine would definitely catch attention and it's a great opportunity to give something back to our local community and raise awareness.'" Purposely pink Colors and logos are strictly adhered to at Torchmate, so when employees saw the revamped machines, some thought it might have been a mistake. “They thought the paint colors were off


when they saw it come back, they were kind of laughing about it,” says Schohn. “And then of course the staff was in full support of the cause and realized it's actually the color of [the machine]. They thought it was an off shade of the red it’s supposed to be.” In response to the new color, Bill Kunz said in a press release, “while our fabrication department employees did a double take when we handed them hot pink paint, everyone at Torchmate is proud of the newly painted machines that represent Torchmate’s contribution to finding a cure and supporting screening for a disease that affects so many women’s lives.” Torchmate hopes these hot pink machines will turn not just the heads of its employees, but also others within the industry. “It’s hard-hitting. It catches your eye pretty quickly,” says Schohn. “And no one in the machine industry is doing this, so it should turn some heads, and we are hoping to encourage other companies to give back." The 2x2 growth series prototyping machine is a plasma CNC cutting machine ideal for small shops and hobbyists. The machine uses CAD software to design any shape the fabricator wants to cut. Schohn says the other machines they carry, larger than the 2x2, typically are sold to big fabrication shops or manufacturing facilities, “but the 2x2 machine is quite popular in people’s garages and shops, and prototyping labs.” The machine has only been available one week, but Schohn says Torchmate will continue to make them “as long as they are successful. It’s just the paint color, there’s no price added in there, so it’s just a matter of raising awareness. For every pink machine sold we are giving $50 to raise awareness in our local community." A redefining color In an industry that is predominately male, there is something unique about having a hot pink machine among other machinery. “We run with a pretty large, male-dominated clientele and to get that awareness out, to see a pink industrial machine in the workplace definitely catches attention. We have a school that was hoping this could bring more females into shop class." With the enthusiastic reception the new line has received in just one week, thoughts turn to future goodwill endeavors. Schohn says that Torchmate may look to support other causes. “If I can make customer-dedicated machines for benefiting certain outlooks, that’s a huge venture for us,” he says. “It’s a win-win.” FFJ


RENO, NEV. – The days leading up to his TORC ProLight Championship race in Lancaster, Calif. on Sept. 29, Brad Lovell was where he can usually be found before each short-course race – stationed at his Torchmate 4X4 CNC machine, fabricating race components to ready his ProLight rig for the off-road battle of its life. The season of hard work in the garage paid off in the biggest week of Brad Lovell’s racing career, when, fresh off of being crowned Ultra-4 Pro champion, he backed it up with his first-ever TORC Pro-Light series championship at the Lancaster racetrack. Lovell’s dual championships highlight the partnership between Lovell and his four-year sponsor Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems – a relationship that is integral to the performance of Lovell’s race truck. For Lovell, Torchmate has become much more than a logo on his race jumpsuit. The 4X4 Torchmate CNC Cutting table stationed in his garage is the central piece of equipment that puts race-specific modifications, repairs and upgrades at the champion off-roader’s fingertips before each race. “It is such a valuable tool,” said Lovell, who is based in Colorado Springs. “Once you start using it, you can’t imagine life without it.” Lovell said his championship season took an all-in investment from race team members and sponsors. “It takes commitment from companies like Torchmate,” said Lovell. “You can’t come out with $500,000 and buy a championship. You have to work with the team and companies that can give you a leg up on the competition.”


All season Lovell built panels, wheel spacers, tabs, brackets, aluminum sheeting and dash components for his race truck on his Torchmate machine, prototyping everything to his own exacting specifications. Lovell used the machine to work on both his Pro-Light truck and his Ultra-4 Pro rig. The two vehicles have different fabricating needs, and Lovell ends up cutting a lot of panels and aluminum sheeting to repair race damage on his Pro-Light truck while using the machine to increase durability on his Ultra-4 Pro vehicle. “The versatility of the machine is key,” said Lovell. “We switch from aluminum to steel in all different thicknesses all the time.” Lovell has raced for Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems for four years. Originally a rock crawling champion, Lovell teamed up with Torchmate General Manager Bill Kunz to desert race and take on demanding competitions like King of the Hammers. He then made his move into short-course racing and the TORC series. The versatility to race and win all variety of off-road competitions has gained Lovell recognition as a fierce competitor and multi-talented threat on a variety of offroad courses. But despite his success in multiple disciplines, Lovell entered the TORC series as an underdog. Facing talented and heavily sponsored competition, Lovell called the Lancaster race a highlight of his racing career, but also says, “It was the most stressful weekend of my life.” Lovell entered the race weekend with a five-point lead over rival Andrew Caddell. But he ended up racing a portion of the first race without rear brakes after his brake fluid overheated on the demanding track. Caddell tangled with another truck, flatted and eventually suffered mechanical damage and was forced to DNF. Even without rear brakes, Lovell raced to a fifth place finish and a 20-point lead for the series championship. He wrapped up the championship with a safe, sixth-place finish in the second race of the day. “We did an amazing thing,” said Lovell. “A bunch of rock donkeys, a drag racer, and a stock broker won it. In all honesty, the effort to pull this off is nearly unfathomable. My family, the team, our sponsors, volunteers across the country, and everyone who helped us at the track -they are the ones who won this and should be proud! AMSOIL, Nissan, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate, Spidertrax, and a whole bunch of sponsors all took a huge gamble on us and we pulled it off.”


RENO, NEV. – The days leading up to his TORC Pro-Light Championship race in Lancaster, Calif. on Sept. 29, Brad Lovell was where he can usually be found before each short-course race – stationed at his Torchmate 4X4 CNC machine, fabricating race components to ready his Pro-Light rig for the off-road battle of its life. The season of hard work in the garage paid off in the biggest week of Brad Lovell’s racing career, when, fresh off of being crowned Ultra-4 Pro champion, he backed it up with his first-ever TORC Pro-Light series championship at the Lancaster racetrack. Lovell’s dual championships highlight the partnership between Lovell and his four-year sponsor Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems – a relationship that is integral to the performance of Lovell’s race truck. For Lovell, Torchmate has become much more than a logo on his race jumpsuit. The 4X4 Torchmate CNC Cutting table stationed in his garage is the central piece of equipment that puts racespecific modifications, repairs and upgrades at the champion off-roader’s fingertips before each race. “It is such a valuable tool,” said Lovell, who is based in Colorado Springs. “Once you start using it, you can’t imagine life without it.” Lovell said his championship season took an all-in investment from race team members and sponsors. “It takes commitment from companies like Torchmate,” said Lovell. “You can’t come out with $500,000 and buy a championship. You have to work with the team and companies that can give you a leg up on the competition.” All season Lovell built panels, wheel spacers, tabs, brackets, aluminum sheeting and dash components for his race truck on his Torchmate machine, prototyping everything to his own exacting specifications. Lovell used the machine to work on both his Pro-Light truck and his Ultra-4 Pro rig. The two vehicles have different fabricating needs, and Lovell ends up cutting a lot of panels and aluminum sheeting to repair race damage on his Pro-Light truck while using the machine to increase durability on his Ultra-4 Pro vehicle.


“The versatility of the machine is key,” said Lovell. “We switch from aluminum to steel in all different thicknesses all the time.” Lovell has raced for Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems for four years. Originally a rock crawling champion, Lovell teamed up with Torchmate General Manager Bill Kunz to desert race and take on demanding competitions like King of the Hammers. He then made his move into short-course racing and the TORC series. The versatility to race and win all variety of offroad competitions has gained Lovell recognition as a fierce competitor and multi-talented threat on a variety of off-road courses. But despite his success in multiple disciplines, Lovell entered the TORC series as an underdog. Facing talented and heavily sponsored competition, Lovell called the Lancaster race a highlight of his racing career, but also says, “It was the most stressful weekend of my life.” Lovell entered the race weekend with a five-point lead over rival Andrew Caddell. But he ended up racing a portion of the first race without rear brakes after his brake fluid overheated on the demanding track. Caddell tangled with another truck, flatted and eventually suffered mechanical damage and was forced to DNF. Even without rear brakes, Lovell raced to a fifth place finish and a 20-point lead for the series championship. He wrapped up the championship with a safe, sixth-place finish in the second race of the day. “We did an amazing thing,” said Lovell. “A bunch of rock donkeys, a drag racer, and a stock broker won it. In all honesty, the effort to pull this off is nearly unfathomable. My family, the team, our sponsors, volunteers across the country, and everyone who helped us at the track -they are the ones who won this and should be proud! AMSOIL, Nissan, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate, Spidertrax, and a whole bunch of sponsors all took a huge gamble on us and we pulled it off.” About Lovell Racing 25 years ago, Brad Lovell was bouncing around in the back seat of his father’s Bronco in the backwoods of Colorado. The family camping trips turned into a passion for Brad and his brother Roger. After spending a decade tackling the toughest off-road trails in the country the pair entered their first rockcrawl and went on to win six consecutive season championships. Since then the brothers have earned multiple wins while racing in nearly every type of off-road discipline – desert, rocks, hill climbs, and short course racing. During the2012 season the team competed in a variety of races including King of the Hammers, Vegas to Reno, the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and World Championship racing at Crandon. Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems Powers Brad Lovell to Dual Off-Road Championships Lovell builds and repairs race rigs with Torchmate table on his way to championships in TORC Pro-Light and Ultra-4 Pro


Colorado Springs, CO 10/2/12- Brad Lovell saves little by saying "This is the biggestmoment in my career!" The statement is hard to deny as Lovell Racing won their first ever TORCPRO-Light Championship only a week after capturing the Ultra 4 Pro Championship. Lovell entered the shocking final rounds of TORC racing in Lancaster, CA with a 5-point lead over rival Andrew Caddell. The narrow course funneled the trucks through a tight left hand turn and Caddell tangled with another truck. Lovell got through cleanly and passed Caddell who was forced to the pit with a flat. As the race resumed the action took a dramatic turn. Caddell suffered mechanical damage and was forced to DNF while Lovell soon lost his brakes. "Its pretty sketchy to race without brakes. I knew I had to salvage a finish and almost piled it into the wall a couple times. It was a very intense race! I didn't see the wreck Caddell was in but it didn't sound good." Lovell managed to finish 5th and collect much needed points. The condensed schedule forced the team to re-prep the truck in only two hours. Now armed with a 20point lead the crew jumped into action and resolved the brake issues. At this point, Lovell only needed to finish 9th to win the championship. Content to run a conservative race and avoid getting taken out by other drivers, Lovell finished 6th to win the championship while a hard charging Caddell hit a safety truck in the dust. While celebrating Brad added, "We did an amazing thing. A bunch of rock donkeys, a drag racer,and a stock broker won it! In all honesty, the effort to pull this off is nearly unfathomable. Myfamily, the team, our sponsors, volunteers across the country, and everyone who helped us at the track - they are the ones who won this and should be proud! AMSOIL, Nissan, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate, Spidertrax, and a whole bunch of sponsors all took a huge gamble on us and we pulled it off!" The team's first Traxxas TORC PRO-Light Championship comes on the heels of the Lovell Brothersteaming up to win the Ultra 4 Pro Championship only a week earlier in Salt Lake City, UT in an event that combined rocks and short course action. Lovell placed 2nd in the primary race and 4th in the main. This was the same event where last year Brad was taken out in a devastating rolloverthat nearly totaled the truck. Ultra 4's were out in force for TORC in Lancaster, CA as well. While Brad was focussed on his championship hunt, Roger piloted the #232 AMSOIL/Torchmate Rock Racer to finish 4th in the first round and avoided course wide carnage to make it to the podium in the second race. Roger adds, "Its great to be out here racing with my brother and celebrating the lives of the Huseman brothers. Our team has great respect for their family. Its a great way to end the season." Keep your eyes out for the #232 AMSOIL/Torchmate Rock Racer at the Off-Road Expo show this weekend in Pomona, CA! Lovell Racing Team Partners: AMSOIL, NISSAN, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, Lincoln Welders, Spidertrax Off-Road, 4 Wheel Parts, Tailready Wheels, Aeroquip Performance Products, Fox Racing Shox, FK Rod Ends, Motive Gear, Eibach Springs, Robinson Construction, Powertank, Howe Performance Power Steering, Dynotech Driveshafts, and Proformance Unlimited


Colorado Springs, CO 10/2/12 – Brad Lovell saves little by saying “This is the biggest moment in my career!” The statement is hard to deny as Lovell Racing won their first ever TORC PROLight Championship only a week after capturing the Ultra 4 Pro Championship. Lovell entered the shocking final rounds of TORC racing in Lancaster, CA with a 5-point lead over rival Andrew Caddell. The narrow course funneled the trucks through a tight left hand turn and Caddell tangled with another truck. Lovell got through cleanly and passed Caddell who was forced to the pit with a flat. As the race resumed the action took a dramatic turn. Caddell suffered mechanical damage and was forced to DNF while Lovell soon lost his brakes. “Its pretty sketchy to race without brakes. I knew I had to salvage a finish and almost piled it into the wall a couple times. It was a very intense race! I didn’t see the wreck Caddell was in but it didn’t sound good.” Lovell managed to finish 5th and collect much needed points. The condensed schedule forced the team to re-prep the truck in only two hours. Now armed with a 20-point lead the crew jumped into action and resolved the brake issues. At this point, Lovell only needed to finish 9th to win the championship. Content to run a conservative race and avoid getting taken out by other drivers, Lovell finished 6th to win the championship while a hard charging Caddell hit a safety truck in the dust. While celebrating Brad added, “We did an amazing thing. A bunch of rock donkeys, a drag racer, and a stock broker won it! In all honesty, the effort to pull this off is nearly unfathomable. My family, the team, our sponsors, volunteers across the country, and everyone who helped us at the track – they are the ones who won this and should be proud! AMSOIL, Nissan, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate, Spidertrax, and a whole bunch of sponsors all took a huge gamble on us and we pulled it off!” The team’s first Traxxas TORC PRO-Light Championship comes on the heels of the Lovell Brothers teaming up to win the Ultra 4 Pro Championship only a week earlier in Salt Lake City, UT in an event that combined rocks and short course action. Lovell placed 2nd in the primary race and 4th in the main. This was the same event where last year Brad was taken out in a devastating rollover that nearly totaled the truck. Ultra 4′s were out in force for TORC in Lancaster, CA as well. While Brad was focussed on his championship hunt, Roger piloted the #232 AMSOIL/Torchmate Rock Racer to finish 4th in the first round and avoided course wide carnage to make it to the podium in the second race. Roger adds, “Its great to be out here racing with my brother and celebrating the lives of the Huseman brothers. Our team has great respect for their family. Its a great way to end the season.” Keep your eyes out for the #232 AMSOIL/Torchmate Rock Racer at the Off-Road Expo show this weekend in Pomona, CA!


When she moved to the U.S. three years ago from Germany to teach at Cal State Long Beach, associate engineering professor Christiane Beyer was asked one question. “What tools do you think are missing in your department?” Dean of Engineering Dr. Forouzan Golshani asked Beyer. In her answer, Beyer recommended that the department acquire a machine that would allow her engineering students to have more creative freedom for their senior projects, which they are required to design and manufacture over the course of two semesters. In a nearly 1,000-word proposal to the DENSO North American Foundation, Beyer outlined the benefits a computer-controlled plasma cutter could provide for students. Beyer’s proposal worked. According to Golshani, the Torchmate 5x5 — an almost 200-pound, computercontrolled plasma cutter — has been funded by DENSO and is scheduled to arrive at CSULB within a few weeks. According to Beyer, plasma cutters work by sending inert pressurized gas, such as nitrogen or oxygen, through a small nozzle while a spark is fired into the gas. This reaction turns some of the gas into plasma, which becomes hot enough to melt and cut the metal. With the help of this approximately $50,000 equipment, the department also hopes to uncover through research new methods of manufacturing, Golshani said. “Engineering subject must be taught hand-in-hand with lab experience,” Golshani said. “[This machine] will augment student learning significantly. [This] is essential for a sound engineering program like ours.” According to Beyer, the plasma cutter, which can usually cut up to six-inch thick steel plates in curved or angled shapes, will not only decrease production time but also allow students to produce complex products. “[Several times] we had to give up and tell students to design simple products with straight lines,” Beyer said. “Even though they had good ideas, we had to tell them to avoid curves in their designs because we weren’t able to do it with the tools we had. We just had to sit back and accept the fact that we are limited and are not able to produce [something].” With this new machine, however, the engineering department will be able to set aside its giant scissors, saws and lathes. Instead of using a combination of processes and tools to cut sheet metal, students will be able to enter their designs into computer software, which will then set the plasma-cutting machine into motion, according to Beyer.


Junior engineering major Cesar Andraoe, who has worked extensively with this machine in the past, said this new addition to the department will be a great asset to students, especially when applying for jobs. “If I were an employer, I would want to hire someone who has experience with this machine, because someone who has used the machine will know how to get the most out of the material,” Andraoe said. “You don’t want someone who will waste an entire sheet of metal to just make one small part.”


Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems has been bringing affordable cnc plasma cutting tables and other automation solutions to manufacturers worldwide for over 30 years. Affordability, quality, service and commitment to its customers are the cornerstones upon which the Torchmate brand has been built. Having more options and accessories than any other CNC cutting table manufacturer on the market allows us to personalize each machine for each customer based on his or her production requirements. Whether you choose to incorporate a plasma cutter, router, engraver, oxy fuel or any other tool, you can count on your Torchmate CNC System to deliver the highest precision and repeatability on the market.

Torchmate has invested heavily in its Brand Ambassador program centered around Motorsports. Carrera Performance Group has been tasked with managing this program under the Torchmate Racing banner. Managing a over dozen athletes including some of the biggest names in motorsports, like Nascar racer Robby Gordon, Off Road short course racer Brad Lovell, and Ultra4 champion JT Taylor the program continues to grow. In addition Torchmate racing sponsors some of the best events in the world, and top notch fabrication facilities, and artisans.


As part of the Lincoln Electric Family, Off Road related marketing for Lincoln runs in series with Torchmate giving Lincoln a window into the most exciting sport in racing. For 2013 the Program is expanding with a campaign to find the next rising teams and metal working artists.


Colorado Springs, CO 6/19/12 - Brad Lovell set the prolight class on fire this weekend at Crandon International Raceway setting a new track record during qualifying and winning Round #5. "We had a great test day out here with Nissan and the extra effort really paid off," Brad said after smashing the pro-light track record by over a second with a 1:24.4. "Thanks to our sponsors we finally have the ability to fully test and tune the truck. The balance and speed has greatly improved." The team had the top qualifying time but the inversion set them in 6th for the legendary land rush start. Clouds gathered and made the track a quagmire as the pro-light field staged. The mob entered turn #1 and Lovell got tagged landing sideways off a jump. He was able to save it from a spin but lost valuable positions. Just as quickly the lead trucks spun and the #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate / BFGoodrich Nissan sling-shotted to the front, a position that would not be relinquished for the rest of the race. "The conditions were terrible," added Lovell, "I got mud behind my tear-offs and had no visibility for a long time. I finally cracked my visor open and put my hand over my face." The win marked Lovell's second in a row giving him the series points lead and $1000 for the fastest lap during the race. "The whole team has worked so hard! It is really rewarding to see everything coming together." Fortune was not as kind in Round #6 when Lovell was struck and spun on the first lap moving to the back of the field. A multi-truck collision during a botched restart damaged the Fox shocks and Lovell was only able to climb to 5th before the checkers were out. Lovell concludes, "Its dissapointing but doesn't change the fact that we have the fastest truck out here. We're just getting started." For the first time ever, Ultra 4's raced at Crandon and were a favorite amongst the crowd. In the mix was Roger Lovell in the familiar #232 AMSOIL / Torchmate / BFGoodrich rock racer and crew chief JT Taylor in the Torchmate #13. Roger got a great start but was sideswiped in turn #1 sending the truck into the wall. He was able to get it back in control and spent the rest of the race chasing down Taylor who worked his way through the field. Roger closed the gap in the last turn contacting his Torchmate teammate before Taylor pulled to finish only feet ahead of Lovell to make it to the podium with a 3rd place finish. With nearly a month before the next TORC race in Chicago live on the SPEED channel July 19 & 20, Lovell Racing now focusses on the most unique race of the season - The 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The #44 AMSOIL / Torchmate Pro-Light will be modified to run in the Pikes Peak Open Class (in which Lovell has two podium finishes). "We have some new tricks to employ now that the course is fully paved, including some BFGoodrich G-Force race slicks," said Lovell, "Its time for a crash course in pavement racing!" About Lovell Racing: 25 years ago, Brad Lovell was bouncing around in the back seat of his father's Bronco in the backwoods of Colorado. The family camping trips turned into a passion for Brad and his brother Roger. After spending a decade tackling the toughest off-road trails in the country the pair entered their first rockcrawl and went on to win 6 consecutive season championships. Since then the brothers have earned


multiple wins while racing in nearly every type of off-road discipline - desert, rocks, hill climbs, and short course racing. The team's focus is winning the TORC Series where Brad pilots the #44 AMSOIL Torchmate Nissan Frontier. The 2012 season holds a variety of races for the team including King of the Hammers, Vegas to Reno, the 90th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and World Championship racing at Crandon. Follow Brad at Facebook / Lovell Racing . Lovell Racing Team Partners: AMSOIL, NISSAN, BFGoodrich Tires, Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, Lincoln Welders, Spidertrax Off-Road, 4 Wheel Parts, Tailready Wheels, Aeroquip Performance Products, Fox Racing Shox, FK Rod Ends, Motive Gear, Eibach Springs, Robinson Construction, Powertank, Howe Performance Power Steering, Dynotech Driveshafts, and Proformance Unlimited


Affordable CNC Table Expansion For Plasma Cutting, Routing, Etc. Friday, August 17, 2012

Torchmate, Reno, NV, has launched its Growth Series of CNC plasma-cutting tables, to allow customers to double the size of their 2 by 2-ft. CNC tables without starting from scratch. The machines offer affordable upgrade options when a fabricator needs the cutting table’s surface to grow along with their expanding needs. With the Growth Series, 2 by 2-ft. owners can upgrade by ordering a package that expands their table to a 2 by 4-ft. or 4 by 4-ft. table at an affordable price. Each Growth Series table is a multiuse platform that accommodates secondary tooling for robotic control and repeatability. Torchmate Driver software is included with every system, as is a generic mounting plate designed to accept your chosen tool holder for plasma cutting, routing, drilling, engraving or milling. The systems are two-axis machines (two x-axis drives and motors, one y-axis drive and motor) and include a relay to turn on and off the plasma torch or other closed-circuit tool. Torchmate: 866/571-1066; www.torchmate.com


Pioneering events, champions, and grassroots efforts are the backbone of the motorsports industry, and Torchmate has built its company around making CNC cutting systems available to anyone who dreams of building the equipment to tackle the challenges of that industry. It's no surprise that success follows the prepared in this world, and Torchmate has proven its racing team a tough prospect to beat. From brand ambassadors who have transcended sports, to events that have captured the imagination of the off-road world, Torchmate has a knack for finding the right combination of partnerships to elevate its product line and support the lifestyle it has become ingrained in. Now Torchmate wants to hear from that industry, and beyond. During the month of August 2012, Torchmate Racing will accept sponsorship proposals for its 2013 Motorsports Marketing Campaign. We want to push outside our comfort zone and search out the next great developer in a world filled with speed and adrenaline. Are you an event promoter with a growing series that requires fabrication, a grassroots team building in the shop behind your house, the professional builder with a staff of fabricators, or the rugged individual who builds massive steel projects? If you twist metal into art, we want to hear from you. You can join our team of champions who have learned that the race starts long before the green flag swings in the wind, and only the best prepared taste victory. Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems wants to help you achieve perfection and save you time.


The sponsorships would run through the 2013 season, from Nov. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013. Terms of marketing partnerships vary in degrees of support from discounted purchases, to consignment of equipment, and, in some cases, financial support in exchange for promotional and advertising benefits. Torchmate Racing has a long and successful history competing on the largest stages in off-road racing. From the Baja 1000 to King of the Hammers and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, the team competes and reaches the podium in the most prestigious, nationally televised race circuits in the nation. Torchmate Racing also sponsors up-and-coming racers competing in Outlaw Kart divisions, and sponsors everything from motorcycle racing to rock crawling. For an application, rules on how to apply, and more information, visit: www.torchmateracing.com.


Pioneering events, champions, and grassroots efforts are the backbone of the motorsports industry, and Torchmate has built its company around making CNC cutting systems available to anyone who dreams of building the equipment to tackle the challenges of that industry. It’s no surprise that success follows the prepared in this world, and Torchmate has proven its racing team a tough prospect to beat. From brand ambassadors who have transcended sports, to events that have captured the imagination of the off-road world, Torchmate has a knack for finding the right combination of partnerships to elevate its product line and support the lifestyle it has become ingrained in. Now Torchmate wants to hear from that industry, and beyond. During the month of August 2012, Torchmate Racing will accept sponsorship proposals for its 2013 Motorsports Marketing Campaign. We want to push outside our comfort zone and search out the next great developer in a world filled with speed and adrenaline. Are you an event promoter with a growing series that requires fabrication, a grassroots team building in the shop behind your house, the professional builder with a staff of fabricators, or the rugged individual who builds massive steel projects? If you twist metal into art, we want to hear from you. You can join our team of champions who have learned that the race starts long before the green flag swings in the wind, and only the best prepared taste victory. Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems wants to help you achieve perfection and save you time. The sponsorships would run through the 2013 season, from Nov. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2013. Terms of marketing partnerships vary in degrees of support from discounted purchases, to consignment of equipment, and, in some cases, financial support in exchange for promotional and advertising benefits. Torchmate Racing has a long and successful history competing on the largest stages in off-road racing. From the Baja 1000 to King of the Hammers and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, the team competes and reaches the podium in the most prestigious, nationally televised race circuits in the nation. Torchmate Racing also sponsors up-and-coming racers competing in Outlaw Kart divisions, and sponsors everything from motorcycle racing to rock crawling. For an application, rules on how to apply, and more information, visit: www.torchmateracing.com.


During the month of August, Torchmate Racing will accept sponsorship proposals for its 2013 Motorsports Marketing Campaign. Torchmate Racing is seeking a wide variety of marketing partners including: racing team members, fabrication events, metal designers, shops, athletes and metal artists. Torchmate Racing is seeking to partner with the next great developer, the event promoter with a growing series that requires fabrication, a grassroots team building in a small shop, the professional with a staff of fabricators, or a company that builds massive steel projects. The sponsorships would run through the 2013 season, from Nov. 1 2012, to Dec. 31 2013. Terms of marketing partnerships vary in degrees of support from discounted purchases, to consignment of equipment, and in some cases financial support in exchange for promotional and advertising benefits. Torchmate Racing has a long and successful history competing on the largest stages in off-road racing. From the Baja 100 to King of the Hammers and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, the team competes and podiums in the most prestigious, nationally televised race circuits in the nation. But Torchmate Racing also sponsors up-and-coming racers competing in Outlaw Kart divisions, and sponsors everything from motorcycle racing to rock crawling. For an application, rules on how to apply and more information, visit: torchmateracing.com.


Torchmate Racing Launches Sponsorship Search Posted by: newsla on Aug 03, 2012 - 03:22 PM

During the month of August, Torchmate Racing will accept sponsorship proposals for its 2013 Motorsports Marketing Campaign. Torchmate Racing is seeking a wide variety of marketing partners including: racing team members, fabrication events, metal designers, shops, athletes and metal artists. Torchmate Racing is seeking to partner with the next great developer, the event promoter with a growing series that requires fabrication, a grassroots team building in a small shop, the professional with a staff of fabricators, or a company that builds massive steel projects. The sponsorships would run through the 2013 season, from Nov. 1 2012, to Dec. 31 2013. Terms of marketing partnerships vary in degrees of support from discounted purchases, to consignment of equipment, and in some cases financial support in exchange for promotional and advertising benefits. Torchmate Racing has a long and successful history competing on the largest stages in off-road racing. From the Baja 100 to King of the Hammers and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, the team competes and podiums in the most prestigious, nationally televised race circuits in the nation. But Torchmate Racing also sponsors up-and-coming racers competing in Outlaw Kart divisions, and sponsors everything from motorcycle racing to rock crawling.


CNC machine helps students learn “how to fabricate, how to think, how things go together” At the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology students are learning how to fabricate designs and build prototype products using the same robotic technology that aircraft engineers, shipbuilders, and the U.S. military personnel use to produce critical parts. The Reno, Nev. School is one of many high school and college technical and vocational training programs across the nation that have adopted Torchmate CNC technology to teach a new generation of engineers, architects, and manufacturing professionals. Gaylord Rodeman, welding instructor at the Washoe County career and technical school, uses Torchmate’s “4×8” CNC machine in his classroom to advance the instruction from a hypothetical, textbook-oriented procedure into a hands-on project. “Application is one of the high-end levels of learning,” Rodeman emphasized. “Not only does it stick with the student longer, it is motivation. To create something, see it work, and have that success, is a learning experience that cannot be equaled in the fields of engineering and skilled manufacturing.” Rodeman’s use of the Torchmate CNC machine in his Reno classroom coincides with a growing investment into technical learning and vocational education programs across the country. Last year, the U.S. Navy announced a $100-million investment in technical and science-based education, and the Obama Administration announced its support for the Skilled Jobs for America’s future program that aims to support training in advanced manufacturing skills for 500,000 community college students with training for cutting-edge manufacturing jobs. Government-level investment actually trails a push by industry groups and coalitions, like the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Coalition, to bring


American workers up-to-date with advances and innovation in manufacturing process technology. Despite gloomy jobs reports during the Great Recession and the weak recovery that has followed it, manufacturers’ productivity levels continue to increase — and high-tech manufacturing remains a bright spot in the job market. Torchmate’s versatile robotic technology is an effective education tool for the next crop of tech-savvy workers who are filling the available job positions. Torchmate is a Lincoln Electric company that supplies custom CNC plasma cutting tables and other automation systems for plasma cutting, routing, water jet cutting, engraving, and other manufacturing tools. Rodeman said he selected Torchmate for his classroom because the company was local (it’s headquartered in Reno) and responsive. The Washoe County School District, of which Rodeman’s school is a part, uses five Torchmate CNC machines, ranging in size from the “4×4” system to the “4×8.” Torchmate trains instructors on the full capabilities of each machine, and is available continually, at no charge, for in-depth technical support to ensure that students and instructors are able to use the full capabilities of each machine. “That was the biggest thing that I wanted when I purchased a CNC machine for the classroom — a good support system,” said Rodeman. Today, the Torchmate machine is integral to Rodeman’s classroom philosophy, where students are taught not only individual skills but the creative process of building something, working from a preliminary design and raw materials, using multiple manufacturing applications in one project. “We are focused on teaching them how to fabricate, how to think, how things go together,” said Rodeman. “The machine that they are seeing in the classroom is no different than the machine they will see in the real world,” said Joe Hoffman, Torchmate sales manager. “Training on a Torchmate machine builds both students’ design skills and their application of those skills into actual fabrication.”


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Josh Schohn, Torchmate Product Manager Torchmate

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t Torchmate, we build a wide range of CNC fabricating and prototyping machinery that has revolutionized farm equipment repair and manufacturing. Computer-numeric-controlled automation means that farms can repair, customize or fabricate the machinery they need to plow or harvest their crops quickly and efficiently on-site. Here are three ways a CNC machine can save farmers and farm repair shops time and money:

For farmers who work in short weather windows, intense harvest seasons, and critical seeding timeframes, the quick turnaround on equipment repair is not just a convenience; it is imperative to a successful crop harvest. A CNC fabricating machine gives farmers the piece of mind to know that they can handle most repairs in-house, so they can keep their equipment in the field, not in the maintenance yard or mechanic shop.

ABOUT TORCHMATE CNC CUTTING SYSTEMS Torchmate, a Lincoln Electric company, is headquartered in Reno, Nev. and manufactures custom CNC plasma cutting tables and other automation solutions for manufacturers worldwide. For more than 30 years, whether with a plasma cutter, router, water jet, engraver, glue gun or other tools, Torchmate has provided more options, accessories and innovations than any other CNC cutting table manufacturer. For more information please visit www.torchmate.com

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• Farm Fabricating: Some farm jobs require custom solutions. A tractor or truck might need a specialized hitch or custom side rails. A loader may need a custom mount or an alteration to its bucket. The farm may need metal fencing, metal signs, sturdy animal pens or cattle chutes. A CNC machine with CAD software, allows a ranch hand or farmer to build anything he can dream up and design. CNC machines are particular useful for off-season maintenance work, repairs and upgrades. In the dead of winter, farmers can prepare for next season by upgrading equipment, building new equipment or designing and fabricating upgrades to the farm or ranch.

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• Attachment Repair and Customization: The variety of tillers, furrowers, seeders and harvesting attachments that a tractor uses can fill a farmyard. Each of these metal attachments gets dragged through fields for hours on end each day and often requires simple repairs that can be accomplished with a welder and a CNC machine in a matter of minutes. The attachments can also easily be customized with a CNC machine to make them work for specific fields or specific crops.

Farm equipment repair shops find that an in-house CNC machine allows them to deliver quick and customized repairs without waiting for parts to be ordered and shipped.

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• Tractor Repair: The all-metal bodies and straight-forward design of tractors make them uniquely suited for quick and efficient CNC repair. CNC machines excel at fabricating suspension and steering components, engine mounts, brackets and trick tabs. The versatility of the automated machinery allows a farmer to replace metal parts by using existing parts as templates, beef up existing components, or fabricate new custom components. A CNC machine allows farmers to repair equipment on the spot, and continue working without long periods of downtime.


Following the 2005 Easter Jeep Safari in Moab Utah Jeff Knoll and his family read an article in the Moab newspaper about an environmentalists named Sara Melnicoff who was cleaning up the amazing mess left by off roaders who chose to party at Potato Salad hill. Knoll and family presented a challenge to keep the area clean the following year which the online 4 wheeling community has spun into a yearly cleanup and proactive approach to management of the area during safari. Six years later the tradition continues thanks in part to the membership of RockyMountainExtreme,com. Today the area is kept fairly clean during Safari thanks to a partnership with the Local Sheriff, and Moab Solutions recycling program. Each morning as the sun rises over Mill Creek; members of the 4-wheel drive community meet for coffee and make sure no litter is left on the ground. In addition RockyMountainExtreme provides dumpsters, and outhouses.

This year Knoll and his family joined Torchmate racing, and the Lovell family for a cleanup on Friday morning. Members of Torchmate racing where joined by Eric Anderson of 4 wheel parts race program as they scoured the area for any trash they could find. “It’s a far cry from when we started the project” said Angie Knoll “We actually have to work at finding trash now”. The 6-year project is a testament to peer pressure and education. Melnicoff who once was not as friendly to off-roaders now understands that most have the same desire to keep Moab beautiful.


“ It was absolutely great to bring my kids back here after 6 years and show them what a difference we could make with just a little work.� Jeff Knoll.


Readers of this site understand Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology, but anyone who has not heard of it before will know about it soon, considering the widespread acceptance of this foundational tool used by tech-savvy manufacturers. CNC allows machines to be guided by easyto-use applications, using controls that integrate seamlessly in a personal computer. A typical CNC machine is used for cutting, milling, drilling, and routing of almost any material, for any reason, and it can be used for any project that requires accurate, repeatable, and efficient mechanical movements for extended periods of time. The only limits to CNC capability are the users’ imaginations and programming abilities. So, as more users adopt the technology, it becomes increasingly useful even for inexperienced users — and that acceptance continues to drive its evolution. How will the evolution of CNC impact the way we live and work? Any time industrial equipment or technology migrates from exclusive use by industry giants into the hands of independent users, it evolves in unusual ways. Ten years ago, you could find regular use of CNC machines and other types of automation by government contractors and high-end fab shops and factories around the world. It was similar to the military complex’s initial use of the Internet. Yet, once the technology hit personal computers, its uses and capabilities seemed to be unlimited. When the people of the world take hold of new technology, they squeeze out of it every imaginable application, and end up changing the world as we know it. Soon, we will see CNC technology evolve just as the Internet has done, and continues to do. It has expanded into the hands of millions of people and gives them the ability to do things that we might have only seen in science fiction movies. As the cost of CNC technology drops, we see a variety of uses that the original designers of the technology did not envision. Small companies are able to tinker with technology that would have been too cost-prohibitive five years ago. As people ‘play’ with this technology, an evolved form of CNC not only will increase the speed at which individuals personally manufacture objects, but it also will give rise to a world of convenience, efficiency, and precision for automated processes of projects previously done by hand.


Here are my predications for uses of CNC that will emerge in the next ten years. I don’t guarantee these ideas will come true, but they will help you to understand the potential of this technology and the significance of its impact on our future. 3D Printing allows instant creation of practically anything. Three-dimensional printing using resins, plastics, and even metal alloys is emerging from small shops around the world, and while it’s still in its infancy these technologies are paving the way to new businesses, and changing industries. Today, we are seeing the early stages of this with on-demand 3D printing: ordinary people can have objects created for them simply be sending a company a computer file, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Recently, a few companies have shown that nylon printing can create articles of clothing; ten years from now we may simply be printing the clothes we wear. Precision mechanics for everyday convenience. CNC applications will not necessarily create new objects but rather automate processes that once had been done by hand. CNC paint sprayers, or etching devices that can be moved with more precision that any human can achieve. Industries have sprung up around these applications. It is now possible to draw a design with a pen and paper and have it etched or painted on a laptop, or cut from vinyl to stick on the window of your car. These technologies are coming to the home, too. In the last few years CNC has been adopted by cake decorators (designing with icing) and egg printers (using food-safe inks to create works of art on egg shells) at costs that make customized processes available every day. This technology will establish the ability to automate and mechanically control the most basic of tasks, including (but not limited to) preparing meals, cleaning the house, and styling hair, all with a simple push of a button. Fully mobile CNC machines for used by the public. Like the Internet, CNC technology will continue to evolve to a point of full mobility. Already there are affordable home CNC machines that can cut metal, wood, and plastics, fit on a tabletop, and can be moved around by one person. Soon, you will be able to carry a CNC machine in your pocket for writing or drawing as well as tackling massive projects, with thousands of them working in concert, like ants. We see this concept in place in fully automated factories and, like basic CNC, it won’t be long before this technology makes it to the everyday user. Creating or doing anything mechanical, on-the-go, will become easier and more efficient. It is probably safe to assume that mobile CNC machines will be able to make other


CNC machines that can perform completely different tasks. Considering these predications will help anybody to understand the possibilities of this amazing, emerging technology. The evolution of CNC capabilities eventually will bring us into a world of instantaneous object creation and service robotics that will change forever how we think and feel about mechanical labor in our daily lives. As these machines develop, being on the cutting edge will be more important than ever and will determine the leaders of the industries of the future. Jack Douglass is the technical support manager for Torchmate CNC Cutting Systems, a Lincoln Electric company that manufactures CNC and metal-cutting machinery of all sizes, ranging from the Torchmate X for shipbuilding to the recently released 2X2 system. Contact him by email, or tel. 866-571-1066.



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