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Cheap Custom Chassis Machining

Discussion in 'Robotics & Mechatronics' started by Tupinambis, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Tupinambis

    Tupinambis New Member

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    What are some available custom chassis machining services available online for your typical hobbyist? I have not been successful in finding one, primarily because I don't know what the correct terminology is.

    To clarify, I would like to design the parts for a small robot (no larger than 5x5x5 in.) in SolidWorks or CAD and have them machined in a light but durable plastic material.

    Thank you for any suggestions.
     
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  3. Tupinambis

    Tupinambis New Member

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    I will seek out my options with both of your suggestions. Thank you.
     
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    Try looking on a site like Hobby Machinist and see if you can find someone interested in doing your one offs for a reasonable fee. I have a mill and two lathes so I do that kind of stuff quite frequently. It does kind of fit with the whole hobbiest/machinist/robotocist ideal pretty good. If I were well enough I would be glad to fo it for you, but my health has not been good and I have not been out to the shop much at all lately either.

    Bob
     
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  6. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Why not have your parts 3D printed, rather than machined?
     
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    If you can recommend a reasonably priced 3D printing service for a project of this size, please let me know :)
     
  8. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    This is one method I heard about. http://makerfactory.com/

    There has been some efforts using this board anyway to make parts for Tektronix scopes.
     

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