Scott is a Pattern Maker working in a
highly specialized heavy engineering tooling field for Weir Minerals at Artarmon.
Mining companies and other large
companies, from time to time, require new specialist tooling
equipment built to exceeding fine tolerances which will not fatigue
under high loads.
Scott draws upon his metal engineering
acumen to design and build moulds for castings thereby enabling
metal fabricators to sometimes mass produce new equipment. Or
it may be a small quantity limited order.
Think of a new, sexy hub for an
expensive car wheel for a high performance motor car.
PatternMaker could make a new
wheel hub out of for example wood. It may well even be in segments that
could be taken apart. In broad terms you get a very strong box in
two halves split through the middle, fill the first half with a
special sand, lay the wooden wheel pattern in it, put the second
half of the box on top of that, fill that with the special sand,
lock the box, apply pressure, maybe a bit of heat and let the sand
'go off'. Undo the box, take out the wooden pattern, relock
the box, then pour in molten cast iron. Let it cool, undo the box,
take out the cast iron 'wheel' and knock off the sand that may be
still attached, remove the excess 'stick' of cast iron that was
formed when the molten metal cooled in the 'alley' that was used to
get the molten material into the middle of the mould.
A less dynamic order may be to design
and make replacement parts for a large industrial hydraulic pump
that cops a pounding.
That is something like how it works and
what Scott does. However, PatternMaker will probably
chuckle at this
layman's explanation, but it's the best that
Peter aka Campy
Scribe can come up with.
Scott is a strong cyclists who
thrives on hills, having scaled the treacherous Bowen Mountain in
39/25. If you see
Jean aka ChiliDog
putting-in the Big Clicks, expect to see Scott hot on his
He is also a man of few words preferring
his legs do the talking. Upon Scribe endeavoring to get
some dirt on him, PatternMaker retorted:
"You asked me what I like doing. I
only have four passions. My bike, my beer, my boat and my wife.
Most days probably in that order. Except when we take our
annual holidays at South West Rocks when my loyal wife takes
precedence, except of course not ahead of my boat."