how your job has chainged so far this pivotal year....

Change has been the norm. The place I'm at edm'd everything in december, now in july, everything is hard cut in the mill and lathe.
The edm and wire guys were working 60+ hrs and the mill guys 45-50, that has flip flopped. In fact I was hired to eventually run the edm stuff, 6-7 months later and I havn't ran any of it yet, no need, no work back there. They have really tool'd up in grinding, and cnc milling, and have neglected the wire and sinker edm's. Man hours was the big expense, now its endmills and programming time. Iv'e retooled up personally, and find myself buying tools for the mill, like I did when I first got into the trade. Talk about coming full circle. This year is a big change from where I'm sitting in the moldmaking industry.
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Yep the only thing that's constant. CHANGE EDM has always been the necessary "evil" in my limited 25ys of moldmaking. If there is a way to mill, broach,grind - do IT, & eliminate electrode & burn time. BIG COST SAVINGS. Until recent technology advances in CAD/CAM software,CNC machine tools/ controls- coated tooling - EDM sinking saved the day. Wire is still a life saver - its just a hard to find someone who "knows how" to wire a job w/o taper or wire bow- they don't skim cut any more? WTF? All the outside wire work we are getting in is shit. Maybe they are giving what my boss pays for? 50buck job is all your pay for, thats all ya get.
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