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Router Mill for Teaching CNC Fundamentals

Dec. 3, 2020
Tabletop – or desktop – system is “ready to run,” with intuitive control software available to provide newcomers with an entry to understand CNC fundamentals.

TORMACH INC., a developer of compact CNC machines, is offering the xsTECH Router Mill -- a ready-to-use tabletop system with full CNC capabilities. The xsTECH is small but features big capabilities for cutting plastics, wood, and aluminum, and represents a reliable starter system for students learning CNC fundamentals.

The xsTECH is supplied “ready to run” and requires no assembly, plugging into a standard 120-V wall outlet; a 230-V version is available, too.

Among the features of the standard xsTECH unit are:
- 10.4-in. touchscreen PathPilot controller
- Keyboard, mouse, and jog shuttle
- WiFi module
- Electronic tool setter
- 16-piece carbide cutting-tool set
- ER11 collets
- See-through enclosure for dust control and safe use.

“The xsTECH is small and easy to use, and like all Tormach CNC machines, it uses our award-winning PathPilot control software,” stated Andrew Grevstad, business development director. “PathPilot is intuitive and provides newcomers with the perfect entry into understanding CNC fundamentals.”

Tormach’s PathPilot HUB is a useful tool for teachers and remote educators. It provides a full software interface for any Tormach machine, including the xsTECH, and allows students to learn CNC programming from a virtual hub. According to Tormach’s marketing director Lori Morrison Bufalo, PathPilot HUB has been used extensively by teachers during the COVID pandemic.

“Teachers are using PathPilot HUB to teach students remotely,” she said. “When they are able to come into school to use the Tormach mills, the students have already learned their programming skills and can make their proven parts.”

Teachers and students can simply create their accounts on Tormach’s PathPilot HUB site. This free application allows them to learn the basics of CNC operation by performing any functions they might do on the actual machine, working through a digital twin. Learn more at

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