No post yesterday. I made it through the workday on about 3 hours of sleep without biting anyone’s head off, went home, had the lovely dinner K prepared for me, did the dishes, read the paper, took the trash to the curb, and managed to stay awake long enough to watch CSI:Miami (last new episode of sweeps) and not quite enough of the 11:00 news to catch the weather forecast. As I’d set the sleep timer on the bedroom TV, and K was already solidly unconscious, not a major problem.
Today, though, I made it out to the prototype casting shop that’s doing some pretty tricky work for me on a very tight timeline and not only did I get to inspect the tools for all three parts, but I was able to actually hold in my hands the first parts cast of two of the three part numbers. Whoo-hoo! I love it when a plan comes together.
As background, there are a bunch of specialized shops around the Detroit area that do different kinds of automotive parts — this one does casting tooling and machinery, for both prototype and production, as well as small-run castings from their on-site foundry and small-run machining of those castings. About 3 years ago, I went to them with a very tricky job and no time to do it in, and they pulled off nothing short of a miracle for the roughly 150% expediting charges we gladly passed on to our customer: I gave them CAD models of the casting, which was pretty complicated and had 7 internal cores, and I handed finished, assembled, and tested parts to my customer 23 days later.
So when this job came my way, they were my first choice. And to have the first castings done now and being able to see what we have created is wonderful.
Note that I’m not saying WHAT these things are, or what they’re used for, or who my customer is. Don’t ask, ’cause I won’t tell.