FINALLY! I finally have wifi at the new Trueform Shop. I spent a part of yesterday morning setting up the office space. I have adopted a stand up desk for office work. I think it helps with productivity and adds more movement to my day. My desk is a Harbor Freight Special but I love it. I though you might like a few shots of my new office. I’m sure its not like many you have seen. I guess this is due to the fact that I really don’t have an office job…. While more and more work is done through computers, I am really a machinist. I can take three steps and I am at my workbench, mill, welding table,etc. This meager office area provides exactly what I need for the design, project management, research, purchasing and communication elements of my business. I hope you can come visit soon to see it in person. Take me up on my offer and Ill provide the hot or cold drinks…. See you soon.
Well, after a long several months of being a bit of a nomad, I have opened the Trueform Design & MFG PROTOTYPE SHOP! My business plan has always been to utilize the smallest footprint possible while offering superb service to my clients. By opening this shop, I believe my service capabilities have greatly increased while reducing lead-times. This also allows a great meeting place for clients and I to discus production plans and brainstorming. As I move forward to a Grand Opening, I will update you on new capabilities as they are implemented.
The shop is at 3200 Dutton Ave, unit #220 in Santa Rosa, 95407. All of my other contact info will remain the same. As soon I WiFi is accessible at the shop, I will move my office there. Until then, I will continue office operations from my home office. That puts me at the new shop mostly in the afternoons for now. The shop is 1000sq ft with a small bathroom, roll up door and plenty of 3 phase power. The previous tenants, (medicinal growers) left plenty of electrical outlets and ceiling vents for me too! I still have a long list of To-Dos for the shop but at this point, at least its functional.
The plan is to have a prototype mill, Lathe, welding area along with a stocked assembly work area at the shop. A huge 4′ x 10′ workbench will double as a conference table when needed. As I am a big believer in the “stand up desk” movement, you will probably not find any chairs at the shop, however, shop stools will always be there to take a load off. Of course the coffee and espresso machines were the first installed. And of course the mini fridge will hold the celebratory beverages.
Please stop by sometime and check it out. I will post about the open house well in advance so hopefully you can make it!
Recently a client purchased a bench top milling machine for his home shop. I have been commissioned to teach an introductory lesson on manual milling. The two hour Demo will include tooling, work holding, cutter types and holders, indicating parts in line, and “tramming the head” among other things. We will meet in Vallejo at his shop and I have room for one more person. If you want to learn some basics of manual milling in a hands on shop environment, feel free to contact me. First come, first served. Materials will be provided, date will be 6/11 or 6/18. Cost will be $80.
Whats new? everything. I have not posted lately because I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Wyoming to celibrate my grandmothers 90th birthday. While my Dad, brother and I were there, we went on sevral shop tours. Wyoming is machine, fab and toy shop central. Who knew? The oil fields are very dependent on local machine shops as well as the huge AG business around there. And when everyone is done working in the shops or in the field, they go home to play in their personal shop. I must have viewed over 75 motorcycles (indoor only) , a few boats, many many cars including perfectly restored 60s’ and 70s’ muscle cars, snowmobiles (not ‘snow machines’ in this part of the country)and more than one race car. I was born in Wyoming and I have never been more proud of that fact. The people of Cody WY are the proudest people I have ever met. Not in a bad way, just in an honest way. I cant wait to go back. Great landscape, great people, great towns, great beer. Next time there will be some vintage dirt bike riding- no joke.