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Old 12-01-2008, 08:05 PM   #130
jhargis
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^^^ Definitely a consideration if the demand is high enough. That's really the deciding factor though. If I'm building 10 per order, the machine setup time and labor becomes very costly per unit, really not financially viable unless I make a couple hundred at a time. There are tons of local machine shops, but the only places around with laser equipment that can go through 1/4" plate aren't willing to even touch small quantity orders, and they charge rediculous amounts of money to cut cold rolled steel on a CNC mill. It's ok though, I can get around this by annealing the 1/4" plate along the edge that will be milled then using nice cobalt bits that will stand up to the abuse, so for the time being I'm better off doing them myself.

I've got the milling process down pretty nicely though... I may be doing it the old fashioned way with a non-CNC mill, but the last 3 test plates I made had dimensions pretty much within a +/- 1/32" tolerance, so the fixtures I made are dead on. It actually looks pretty sharp in final form, and DS1 didn't have any issues with fit & finish quality, so I suppose this will do for the time being.

I need to run out and get some more paint, then I should have another sample for DS1 which will pretty much be a production-ready part.
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