Ver­tigo use the Kaizen meth­ods

The Shed - - Cnc Router -

 Ver­tigo Tech­nolo­gies will try the sug­ges­tion and in­te­grate it if pos­si­ble. This was the case with the roller mount — by in­cor­po­rat­ing a dust cover to stop the cut­ter de­bris from build­ing up and in­creas­ing the ver­ti­cal size, rigid­ity was im­proved where the rollers at­tach.

The lat­est im­prove­ment is to re­mote the con­troller. It in­creases the com­po­nent cost, but re­duces the as­sem­bly time, and al­lows for eas­ier con­troller up­grade/re­pairs.

I was able to wit­ness the new soft­ware be­ing tested. This al­lows the user to de­sign a job and then find any ma­te­rial that it will fit on, rather than hav­ing to find ma­te­rial be­fore a start point can be de­fined and the CAM-tool path cal­cu­lated.

It no longer re­quires a phys­i­cal con­nec­tion to the lap­top/com­puter and pro­vides 3D rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the cut­ting process. You can even restart the PC and it will con­tinue the up­date in real time.

The in­ten­tion is to pro­vide it with each Ver­tigo Tech­nolo­gies router and licence it for oth­ers, which will be a game changer in the CNC world.

Sum­mary

It’s easy to get hooked by the shiny bits, but see­ing the Haas ver­ti­cal mill in ac­tion was another thing.

Us­ing The Shed logo I sup­plied, af­ter about 10 min­utes in Fu­sion 360 CAD soft­ware, Brett made this into an alu­minium logo.

Ver­tigo Tech­nolo­gies uses the Haas to make all its pre­ci­sion ma­chined parts, and it was amaz­ing to watch it in ac­tion.

Hav­ing seen the ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion, and build qual­ity, how could I not pur­chase one of these?

So, for the next ar­ti­cle in The Shed, I’ll de­tail the process to cut a sim­ple item from wood us­ing the Ver­tigo Tech­nolo­gies router and Cad­pro’s Fu­sion 360 (cad­pro. co.nz/prod­ucts/au­todesk-soft­ware/ cloud-ser­vices/fu­sion-360/) — this is free to hob­by­ists and avail­able at a very Most pro­duc­tiv­ity meth­ods give you tools to tackle spe­cific tasks or projects in an or­ga­nized way. ‘Kaizen’, which roughly trans­lates to ‘good change’, is a Ja­pa­nese pro­duc­tiv­ity phi­los­o­phy that helps you or­ga­nize ev­ery­thing you do. It is a way of think­ing and or­ga­niz­ing ev­ery­thing — from the way you work to the way your team works to­gether. In pro­duc­tiv­ity cir­cles, the term is used to mean ‘con­stant, con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment’, and it’s a mind­set you can ap­ply any­where, to any task or job.

Put sim­ply, ev­ery as­pect of an or­ga­ni­za­tion should, at all times, strive to do what it does bet­ter.

The phi­los­o­phy first ap­peared shortly rea­son­able rate to com­mer­cial users.

You can use other soft­ware, but since it’s used by the 3D-print­ing fra­ter­nity, it makes sense to join a wide user base from which you can get tips and tricks.

“That was a mas­sive, awe­some project to work on, and we learnt so much”

af­ter World War II, when sev­eral Ja­pa­nese busi­nesses em­braced the idea that do­ing things the way they have al­ways been done is a bad idea, es­pe­cially when bet­ter op­tions are avail­able that can make the com­pa­nies more com­pet­i­tive. In­spired by Western com­peti­tors and man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods, kaizen came to re­fer to com­pany-wide ef­forts to im­prove and stream­line busi­ness prac­tices and man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods in­tel­li­gently while at the same time re­spect­ing the prod­uct, craft, and the peo­ple in­volved in mak­ing it.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see life­hacker.com.au/2014/12/get­bet­ter-at-get­ting-bet­ter-the-kaizen­pro­duc­tiv­ity-phi­los­o­phy/.

One side done, now to turn over and re­move the waste … and we may as well en­grave the other side as well

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