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Ramblin’ On

Creative Manufacturing Art and My Personal Philosophy Best of Both

I have one outstanding way of creating wax masters for lost wax casting. I use a high-speed spindle (up to 25,000 RPM) on a Taig Micro Mill. If I can draw it properly, I can machine it in 3D.

The limitation is the 4-axis ability of this machine. That doesn’t sound like much of a limitation to most machinist. 4 axis means X, Y, Z movement with an additional rotary A axis. There is a huge amount of work that can be accomplished with 4 axis milling.

But there are some designs that can benefit […] Continue reading » Ramblin’ On

Junque Makers of America (JMoA)

Thinking of creating a new organization. Junque Makers of America. I may need to work on the name a bit more.

It’s a for “fun” association. Making Junque is not a crime.  It just becomes an awareness.

It’s for all the folks making needless piles of junk items with CNC machines just because they can. There may be uses for the Junque but it is very trivial.

It started when CNC controlled 3D printing took hold at the hobbyist price level. There is a desire to make “stuff” but no real purpose for the “stuff”. One manufacturer had to create a Continue reading » Junque Makers of America (JMoA)

An Investment in Wax

Some rambling on the art of lost wax casting.

Wax masters ready for casting

There is a basic or fundamental law in lost wax casting. The law says,”The casting is only as good as the model.”

Every and I mean EVERY flaw in the model will be duplicated in the cast. There is no such luck as expecting it to “look better” once it is cast. Because tiny details are easily overlooked in the model. The casting almost always has a flaw in some detail.

Time spent on the finish of the wax is time well spent. Wax on a model […] Continue reading » An Investment in Wax

Carveco = Vectric?

I received an email a few days ago from a software company named “Carveco”. It was an introduction and an offer to pre-invest in CAD software that replaces a product called ArtCAM. I had not realized that Autodesk had shut down ArtCAM last year. It appears they sold out to this Carveco group. ArtCAM was pretty much the top level program for 2.5 D CAD/CAM in sign making, wood carving, and what I do in my jewelry design. It’s like the super-set of Vectric Aspire

I chose Vectric Aspire because back in the day […] Continue reading » Carveco = Vectric?

Feel the Love

I enjoy exploring new challenges. They permit me to stray from a hard and true single-minded repetitive process. I am OK with that, because mostly… what I do, is what I enjoy.

I glance at the road around and behind me from time to time. Sometimes I see people following where I am headed. They are the “fans” who love whatever I make.

Occasionally there is no one there. I made a change to a road less travelled when no one is watching. This time it was the road to the mountain of new knowledge and skills.

I have a little moto, that keeps […] Continue reading » Feel the Love