H-M Supporter - Gold Member
H-M Supporter - Gold Member ($25)
- Nov 23, 2014
PathPilot has a pretty easy to use Engraving tab. Pick a font, type a line of text (need multiple files which can be merged into one for multiple lines), give it a location, character height, depth of cut, feed rate, tool number and a Z-height for clearance. Then write to a file which you then load and run the routine. Good idea, really simple to do.Does the Path Pilot have a routine that would let you write something on those in the Delrin like "BGHansen"? Both sides on the long part.
Hope the company knows you are helping out. I recall GM used to have a deal where if you thought of something in the factory that saved them money you would be given a check for one year of savings. For example one guy suggested that if a long drive shaft got ruined in manufacture they could cut it off and use it as a short drive shaft for a smaller car saving buying a drive shaft and saving discarding the flawed one.
GM has a Suggestions program that pays 20% of the annual savings on an ideas with a tangible savings. Max payment is $20K for an individual, $25K for a team award. Always fun to award one of those to someone on the floor (gave out 2 of them this year). We also have a recognition program between salaried peers. We had a problem with puckers in our door seals that I worked with our Team Members to get resolved. New process and part changes were documented in the Job Element Sheet. Had an engineer from the CAMI plant in Canada ask for some help, so sent him copies of our JES and background on what we did to fix it. Got some recognition dollars from their staff for helping out. My leadership here did the same for the Ergo tool.
Amazing what we pay for tools like this one. Outside job shop quote was something like $250 each. The routines each took about 2 1/2 minutes to run because I wasn't pushing the Tormach. Only did a 0.25" DOC at 40 ipm feed rate with a 1/2" end mill. The load meter on the spindle motor didn't even move when it started cutting. Someone a little more aggressive than me would have the routines run in under a minute. Of course, a job shop has to pay for the building, tooling, equipment, tool maker, etc. I could see doing this type of thing in retirement, but then my hobby would become a job . . .