I'd like to talk with anyone using SolidWorks for a FIRST robotics team. I am a mentor with Team 1089 in Hightstown, NJ and I'm working at moving us from Inventor to SolidWorks.
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It swing back on the hate side recently.
A little update. I didn’t get fired, I got suspended, WITH pay! Maybe I still have value to the company. It is working out real well at the moment. I thought I was going to the train wreck job in California where I could have gotten stuck for months. That would have really screwed up what I am doing with FIRST and SW. Instead I am home working with the students.
Gary Lucas wrote: A little update. I didn’t get fired, I got suspended, WITH pay! Maybe I still have value to the company. It is working out real well at the moment. I thought I was going to the train wreck job in California where I could have gotten stuck for months. That would have really screwed up what I am doing with FIRST and SW. Instead I am home working with the students.
Gary Lucas wrote:
Please tell me again the exact steps you took to achieve that. I want to try it.
So you got an extra paid vacation this year and got out of going to an assignment you didn't want to go to - are you being punished or praised for sounding off to the guy that was screwing up?!
Try not to be grinning too hard when you go back to work and see the others.
He may not know until he get back to work.
Unless he decided to fire them instead.
It is kind of nice having some time off. I had some interesting projects I was doing for my job here at home. But since they cleaned out Dropbox I have nothing I can actually work on.
It's all good. I am halfway through replacing the roof on my wife's shed. Then I am going to do some lost foam aluminum castings for the FIRST CNC router, the spindle mount, a mount for an angle grinder to mounted as a circular saw, The Z axis slide, and the Y axis carriage. I already have the patterns ready to cast for all except the carriage. Then I'll start assembling it so I can get it up an running sooner for the team.
good point.focus on improving oneself ,that is the important thing.
i am sure you are master of degisn and solidworks.but your account is in low point.seems you don't have much time to join this forum.
My boss often complains I don't take enough pictures of problems and jobsite issues. I tell him that is because if you see pictures I am IN them doing the work! Kind of the same thing here.
Some people don't see the points.
Gary Lucas wrote: Jacky,My boss often complains I don't take enough pictures of problems and jobsite issues. I tell him that is because if you see pictures I am IN them doing the work! Kind of the same thing here.
Gary, how is your job situation working out? Perhaps with you away for bit the trouble-makers are more exposed (or else they are unchecked in their shovelling dirt your way).
I have heard nothing and while I am curious I am working my ass off on other things. I always tell people if you are doing the work of two people and it isn’t appreciated don’t be surprised if they replace you with two people!
I had a lot to do with this company. I was the second employee hired. I designed all the products but one, doing the hydraulics, mechanical, electrical, and PLC programming myself. I also implemented SW and the AllOrders program that handles BOMs and Purchase Orders. I also laid out our shop, and purchased all the machinery and tools and built some our special machines. I purchased the CNC mill and CAM software and trained the guy causing me problems how to use the software. Often I write the G-code that he runs because it is beyond his abilities.
I have been here 6 years watching the owner make every business mistake I have ever made myself or seen. Every year he says this is the year we turn the corner and we have, we are spiraling around the black hole of insolvency having not made a profit on any job. He said our money burning issues would end in the 3rd quarter and here we are. I am pretty sure that we are actually in a really deep cash flow pit because he really does not understand manufacturing.
My boss is an extremely successful salesman with a huge ego as a result. So he absolutely refuses to listen to some 10 years older with 45 years of manufacturing experience. I am still with the company for two reasons. The first is that I am truly trying save him from financial ruin because despite everything we are friends. Second we have a couple of industry changing products so I don’t believe they will be allowed to die with the company. I expect some large company will snap us up for pennies, my boss will lose virtually all of his investment and the products will go on.
Went to DesignPoints 2020 rollout today, and met John Stolfuz in person! I approached DesignPoint about getting in involved with FIRST Robotics. They have already responded so this may wind up as a very good thing. They rep the Markforged printers and have a service facility with 3D metal printers. Would be extremely cool getting printed metal parts into our robots!
I got fired on Tuesday. However I got a month of severance, 3 weeks of unused vacation and I still get royalties that amount to about $40 K this year and for two more years.
Yesterday I texted the lady that owns a membrane company I did a project with. Two minutes later she texted me back and was shocked I got fired and wonders what the company will do without me. Then hired me on the spot! I only asked for a temporary position because the job is field work mostly out of state and I am ready to give up extensive travel. In the meantime I am employed and have time to find what I really want.
In the meantime I’ve got the First team CNC Router frame nearly built and ready to deliver to the students for final assembly, wiring and programming. Working with FTC (small robots) team and we solved a assembly problem using SW so they are psyched to use it now. Those students will help me get the FRC students up to speed once their season ends. It’s really coming together for the team.
Gary Lucas - Doors close and doors open, glad you got employed right away..
It truly was a pleasure meeting you and it would be awesome to be closer so I could help out with your team...
Save up enough money and buy the company.
Or talk to customer(s) who is willing to invest.
It sounds like you're going to be okay.
A couple of SolidWorks questions. I can’t seem to turn off the shadows, which just waste cpu cycles on student computers. I have shadows unchecked under scenes but they still persist.
Out of the box SW replaces the feature manager with the mate properties and overlays the feature manager on the view. I prefer the feature manager to stay put and the mate properties to pop open and float.
I set all this up years ago for my computer and don’t remember how!
I mentioned here that I got fired. Well it looks like I have finally landed a new job with just one interview. Not in the wastewater industry but still in manufacturing, AND they use SolidWorks!
Gary Lucas - Awesome Gary - Wish you the best
that sounds great ! anytime i have to move, it ends up being across the state.
So I finished my first week at the new job. They have one shared seat of SW2014! The engineer I share an office with uses AutoCad to design everything except for injection molds. No library of parts. If I have to use AutoCad to design stuff I am back where I was 21 years ago, the last time I did design in 2D! They got new computers and they got this tiny Dell about the size of an old cigar box. It is so under powered for SW that I spend a lot of time waiting for ever operation to complete. I am gonna be pressing for some new hardware for sure. The payback in time savings for what they pay me should be about 6 months at worst.
The first project they gave me is getting a chinese built 2 axis CNC drilling machine working. My predecessor who left had no idea what he was doing. Fortunately I am a CNC programmer as it uses G-Code.
The other project they gave me is improving the operation of a Chinese built punching machine that use pneumatics and hydraulics and has a PLC and HMI. I got the programming software, and I program PLCs all the time.
37.5 hr work week, flexible hours, better benefits, no field travel, close to home, tiny drop in pay. Its almost like I retired while still working!
Gary, we are happy for you! Hopefully they appreciate you and listen to your proposals for improving things and saving money.
Thanks to all of you. Getting fired at 66 was very scary!
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