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Discussion in '3D printers' started by cdl1701, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. cdl1701

    cdl1701 Well-Known
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    I have designed a 3D printer that I really want to build but am having a hell of a time finding a place to get some aluminum parts cut/bent/milled. They are small parts with very little milling. Anyone have experience on where to get some parts done that does not cost an arm/leg and first born child?

    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. Kevon Ritter

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    Is it something you want a pro shop to do? If not, there are plenty of hobbyist that can do it. What thickness is required?

    I have to did for his info, but Chris....something.... for Blue Ox makes plate sets and does an amazing job at it. He's here on the forums.
     
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    No, does not need to be a pro shop. Most of the parts I need are pretty small and the largest one is just machining some holes in a 1/4" plate. I will look around the forums and see if I can find the person you are talking about.
     
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    Try Craigslist. A few guys ply their machining services in my area, might be some in yours.
     
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    Hey that is a good Idea. Didn't think of that.
     
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    Also try your local public library, some have fully equipped labs (mill/3Dprint/laser) for public use.
     
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    Am I going crazy? I just posted a link to his openbuilds account. Chris Laidlaw
    If it disappears again, can someone please tell me why?

    And also, where are you located?
     
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    Wrong time of year for it now, but secondary-schools are usually pretty well equipped and will sometimes do work on the cheap. I fixed sooo many of my teachers cars for free, it was waaay harder not to sabotage them.
     
  9. cdl1701

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    I am located near Charlotte NC
     
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    Get out! Seriously? That would be one kickass library! LOL
     
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    Bummer, have to be a student, faculty or staff. :(
     
  13. Kevon Ritter

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    If you're willing to have the plates printed, I have a good friend who lives in Charlotte as well. I can always ask if interested.
     
  14. Grantman

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    You might want to consider buying a bench-top drill-press and make your own, it's really not that hard.
     
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