When Sat Jun 11 1pm — 5pm
Where Classroom - Lecture Hall
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Paid class. Payable to teacher before class starts.
Host Nicolas Silva


  • Cost: Free
  • Restrictions:
    • DMS members only
    • Attendees require approval from the event host
    • Ages 18+

Cancellations for this event must be made before June 11, 2022 — 1:00pm.

There are no more spaces available for this event.

About this Event

Want to do CNC turning but don't want to learn to do CAD/CAM? Well, the Tormach lathe uses a Conversational Programming module to produce the necessary code for you. You answer some prompts and it does the rest. This is the Path Pilot Controller (PP) that Tormach offers. This class will teach you about all of the toolpath features the PP has available and how to control the lathe from PP to successfully and safely cut your design.

Class will consist of the Slides, Lecture, and interactive use of the PP hub - which is the simulator for the PP and which allows you to work from home to develop your design. Class will include an overview of each feature and how to answer the prompts, setting up your tools and their offsets, how to control the lathe to be able to successfully cut your design and differences between the Tormach 8L and larger CNC lathes, and how to deal with certain 'quirks' the 8L has.

For advanced users that use an external CAD/CAM package a section on loading external code will be included and what you can expect.

This is ONLY the programming side of the class. Another session for getting a hands-on checkout and unattended access to the machine will be offered after class.

Note: Why does this class need approval? First off, I don't allow standbys and we are limited by the number of people that can stand around the machine safely. I expect people to be adults and to be on time. If you sign up and don't show up - well short of an emergency it means you weren't really serious and your slot could have gone to someone else. that moves you to the BOTTOM of any future list. This class will only be offered by me every so often.

Note 2: For personal reasons I do not allow the video taping of my classes. Anyone trying to do so will be asked to leave.

About Me: Nick Silva is CNC machinist / programmer and uses these type of CNC machines on a daily basis. Skills and interests include:
a 25 year veteran of doing woodworking and woodturning. 20 years of that has also been using a Laser for cutting and engraving for clients all over the world. Other skills include leather working, glass work, graphic arts and engraving. Nick has been teaching at DMS since his joining as a member.
Nick likes Stella Artois beer.

Special Considerations and Warnings

We will go out to the Machine Shop for hands-on checkoff. Please dress appropriately and have safety glasses.