Thompson Machine produces parts in a variety of materials —aluminum, carbon steels, Inconel — but specializes in custom aluminum components for catamaran-style boats.
To define manufacturing projects, Rich Thompson has used Vero Software’s Surfcam Traditional CAM solution since 1999.
In addition to using Surfcam Traditional to program parts designed by customers, Thompson uses the CAM to create new designs and inventions of his own.
Thompson Machine produces a significant number of parts for the geo-thermal energy sector and industrial power plants, including high-end valves, valve components, pumps, and more.
More to program
Rich Thompson runs a one-man shop, with two mills and two lathes, including a high-speed Haas Automation mill that allows the machining larger parts than previously.
Surfcam Traditional’s contour operation cuts along the contour of a boundary, and allows users to cut on the left or right, or on top of the contour. Users also can remove the material between the edge of the part and a contour, and can perform roughing and finishing operations or in a single operation.
Many of the shop’s parts are finished with a diamond-engraved pattern. To create the finish, Rich Thompson uses the zig pocketing option in Surfcam Traditional, which defines a “zig” crisscross pattern by going over the area to be “diamond-engraved” in two different directions.
“There are products that I know I can make that nobody else is making, so there is opportunity there,” Rich Thomson said. “Surfcam will help me get there. I lean on Surfcam, and it never lets me down.”