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Need someone who can laser-cut/machine a number of parts based on my design...

Hello all! I need some custom-designed parts for a project I am doing and I don't (yet) have the machinery and means to make them. I could go to any number of online places for custom parts, but I ask here first because I am trying to both support and rely on the community spirit of the site, and because the members here are more sensitive to some of the weird stuff people around here make and therefore are not simply suggesting materials based on "industry standard" uses. Additionally, I thought I would probably get a better deal without the "limited production run" price hike that machine shops usually charge. To add to that, I don't need new and shiny materials. As long as it works, I don't mind using what comes off of other people's scrap piles. I don't have the designs laid out yet, but I'm thinking I will probably have a need for cutout polycarbonate or aluminum about 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick (4.7-6.3mm), I'm not sure of the material yet. Basically, it would involve drilling one or more holes at each end of a short strip of that. Dead simple, and a pain that I can't do it, but like I said, I don't have the tools. For now, that's all I can think I need. If you're interested, send me a message and we can talk about details and compensation. I look forward to helping the Instructables community be as self-sufficient as possible! Thanks, Gareth

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Kiteman8 years ago
Given the pending contest, it's practically compulsory that I point you towards Ponoko.
victus_maestro (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
That is an interesting concept looking at their site, though the more I look around, it looks like laser-cutting might be overkill for my needs. Though if I do take this through to a production phase, that seems like it would be a good solution for larger runs once the kinks are nailed out.
I have acess to a CNC plasma cutter and scrap metal. I can have done what you want really fast.
so you just need some holes drilled in some aluminum plates? or is there a sape they need to be in. if you have a drawing i can tell you if i can do it for you. i should be able to get the aluminum in about 3/16 thick.
victus_maestro (author)  kendallickes8 years ago
Actually, I have altered my parameters a bit...because of the upcoming contest, I have decided to make this current project entirely out of reclaimed materials. While that decision has proved somewhat problematic, it has also given me a number of solutions, too. However, after this version is done, I will probably want to make a more precise iteration, so I may need help with that. I'll let you know.