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Old 03-05-2004, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Can anyone point me in the right direction re:metalwork??

I have a design for an impact weapon that I'd like to test and hopefully mass produce.

I know nothing about metal...only that it's hard and sometimes shiny. How/where do I get the prototype made and then how would others be made if I wanted to mass produce?

The design is for a solid piece of stainless steel and the shaft of it would preferable have an octagon shape so I have a hard time picturing something like this done by hand.

Thanks in advance for any advice and any shove in the right direction.

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Old 03-05-2004, 11:39 PM   #2
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I sculp in [Artist] metals mostly steel. Proficient with oxy/accetylene, MIG, TIG, Plasma cutting, Forging, Foundry.
But I have no earthly idea of what your talking about, nor do I have any suggestions of where you should go to for Prototypes.

Good Luck , I think.
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Old 03-05-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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if I wanted to have a solid steel pair of sais custom made for instance, where would I go?

Thanks.
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Old 03-05-2004, 11:47 PM   #4
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I would assume one of those CAD operated machines (mill, Lathe??) Could do the trick.
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You would have to cast it, and I have no idea where you could custom cast steel....

Sorry, H.S.T.
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Old 03-06-2004, 01:24 AM   #6
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You can purchase hot rolled or stainless steel hex stock in sizes up to about a few inches in diameter iirc. This can then be cut to length and machined, not necessarily in that order, but probably.

Look in the yellow pages under "machine shops" to find the folks who might make it. Also check out "rapid prototyping". It might be much cheaper to build a non-functional demonstrator this way.

No matter where you go for help making whatever this is, you'll need a dimensioned drawing, or at least a sketch. Rapid prototyping requires a 3-D cad file. The drawing/CAD file is what you use to communicate the design to others.

If you can't create one yourself, the first thing to do is find someone who isn't CAD challenged and get them to draw this thing. Then you can send out the drawing for bids, and you'll get an idea of the cost. Many potential products come to a grinding halt right after that.
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Old 03-06-2004, 01:39 AM   #7
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WHat exactly are you making?


im building the FSAE car from scratch and so far have made brake rotors, enlinks, bearing housings, diff housing, rim washer thigns, and many other car partys all on a lathe.


you can do anything wtih them and maybe with the help of a mill.
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