It seems an unlikely combination, but when you’re an entrepreneur, anything is possible. Luke Colby’s company, Rocket Thermodynamix, makes parts for rockets. I’m talking about full-on beautifully machined aerospace quality components. Here is a typical example:
A pyrotechnic actuated poppet valve…
Yeah, I don’t know what you’d use one of these for either. Maybe Luke can chime in. I have been amazed and impressed at the willingness of private industry to get involved in the space program on their own, and starting a small company to do so may very well be the next step. One of the things this company is trying to do along the way is use Kickstarter to help pay for some new CNC machine tools. Specifically, they’ve created what I’m calling a Space Age Pet Food Bowl and what they’re calling Pest Barrier Pet Food Bowl and it’s been launched as a Kickstarter. If you’ve ever discovered a line of ants plundering your pet’s food bowl, you’ll know immediately why this is a good idea. The Pest Barrier Food Bowl actually has a water-filled moat protecting the food so the ants can’t get to it. In addition, it serves as a bubbler that keeps fresh water there for your pet. Here’s what one looks like:
The Pest Barrier Pet Food Bowl…
The two parts are held together by magnets. Simple, but effective!
Looks pretty cool, huh? Hopefully they’ll do well with their Kickstarter.
I heard about this because Luke, who has been a G-Wizard Calculator customer since 2010, sent me a note that they had used the CADCAM Estimator to do the machining cost estimation for the project. Here’s what Luke had to say:
Aside from it being a cool machining product I thought you might find it interesting that we used your costing tool in GWizard to verify our cost estimates for the project! We started by using the machine hourly rate calculator to get our base rate here:
Then we blocked it out as a series of 2D profile operations and Pocket milling for both the top plate and the bottom plates that you can see in the video on our kickstarter page. Here is an example of one of those calculations (not a complete list):
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