Tormach was founded over a decade ago in response to a real need among entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, and hobbyists to enter the world of CNC manufacturing. Evolving to support the needs of a digitally-savvy customer base and doing our part to add to the information, resources, and tools now available at the click of a button, we’re always encouraged to see you succeed. One online resource that’s been around for a few years now is Kickstarter, a funding platform that allows real people to back real projects ranging from art to food, publishing, and technology. Take the PID-Controlled Espresso Machine, for example. Shortening the gap between R&D and consumers, engineers Gleb Polyakov and Igor Zamlinsky are budgeting for a Tormach mill to prototype and produce their commercial-quality espresso machine. Improving upon existing technology to guarantee consistent pressure and temperature at a consumer-friendly price, the Kickstarter community has fully funded the project and expects to be fully-caffeinated some time next March. Another project currently up for funding is the iPhone 4 and 4s Professional Grade Underwater Housing Project, an underwater camera housing rated down to 100’ in salt water for the iPhone 4 and 4s. Tested in real-world conditions by Emmy-winning National Geographic cameraman Ken Corben and designed and manufactured by Tormach Owner John Harvey, the housing is an alternate to expensive professional-grade cameras typically out of budget for artists, film producers, and recreationalists among us. With a goal of $20,000 to cover tooling charges, Harvey and Corben have made 1000 units available to the Kickstarter community at $300 off MSRP. Chances are there are a few projects out there what we don't yet know about. Let us know if you know of any other Kickstarter projects with a Tormach connection. Whether your kickstarting your own project or just having fun making things, we want to help promote you and your ideas on our website and elsewhere, like this post on Terry Mayhugh's V-Twin model engine recently featured on the Gas Engine Blog (see Terry with his PCNC 1100 Mill in the photo above).