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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:48 pm

http://www.emachineshop.com/

Couldn't believe my eyes when I accidentally ran across this. I didn't check pricing or anything but it sure looks like an easy, convenient way to get custom parts made. If prices are low then this is going to be the way I go if I just need a couple small parts, instead of asking a big machine shop to stop what they are doing to make my embarrassingly small order.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Sat Apr 25, 2009 6:52 pm

Free CAD software is allways awsome!
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Unread postAuthor: MountainousDew » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:03 pm

They have a little link that says "Sample Prices", but I'm new to everything that has been posted lately so I don't know if the prices are low or not... Here is the link!
http://www.emachineshop.com/machine-sho ... ge573.html

Thanks MoonBogg for the info... I might just use this site in the future for more complex guns...
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Unread postAuthor: sputnick » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:15 pm

Sorry moonbogg, but I have tried this place, and be prepared to spend A LOT of dough on even the simplest of items.

I have tried just a small plastic ring for a coax barrel support, starting cost for one unit was like 1050$, fortunately less for following parts,

Depending on what tools need to be used, it is an expensive service, but I imagine you get what you pay for.

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They have a little link that says "Sample Prices", but I'm new to everything that has been posted lately so I don't know if the prices are low or not...


Im sorry, but that is the price per unit, but the machine setup costs are massive, so I would say, unless you're in the business, or just need one specialized part once every 30 blue moons, then you should look elsewhere.
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:41 pm

as said, the pruduct cost is low enough (still high). machine setup fees are HUGE! it is good for large quantities.
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:43 pm

Yeah, i'm not shocked to find out its expensive. Oh well. I'd be better off buying a few simple tools and doing myself. MAN I wish I had a little lathe and mill. The designs I could make for so much less...
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Unread postAuthor: Hotwired » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:00 pm

Moonbogg wrote:I wish I had a little lathe and mill. The designs I could make for so much less...


Depends.

If you had a lathe and mill of decent quality plus tooling plus maintenance costs plus any issues in learning how to use everything...

...well that's not a cheap setup cost either.

I don't know if I'd ever invest in machining-ery, I just have such occasional desire to make anything. Less hassle and cost to go down to the local machine shop with some sketches every six-twelve months.

Depends how much you're going to use them in the end.
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Unread postAuthor: jonnyboy » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:04 pm

There was a thread about this a while back...

Machine setup fees are really big but for a production run it might be worthwhile.
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Unread postAuthor: far_cry » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:19 pm

Moonbogg wrote:Yeah, i'm not shocked to find out its expensive. Oh well. I'd be better off buying a few simple tools and doing myself. MAN I wish I had a little lathe and mill. The designs I could make for so much less...


you can buy one for 300-600 $
if i live in usa i buy but in my country is cost 1000$ the same you buy for 300$
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Unread postAuthor: inonickname » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:05 pm

Very expensive, but ok if you're making many of them. I'm downloading the cad software to try, it's only 12 mb so nothing to lose. I'll get back to you.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudsMcGee » Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:33 pm

Yeah, uhh MoonBogg based on your plans from (I think it was) your last topic, just the part that would hold the pre-charged cartridges would cost more than $1000...

P.S. I can't remember the name of the part I described above, but it is the revolving three-shooter disks... Sorry for the weak explanations.
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Unread postAuthor: jmccalip » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:10 am

I work in a small CNC lathe shop, and no way you will ever get anyone to make just a couple parts for under $300-400. The program setup, tool changing, wasted scrap, and time is not worth it for them.
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Unread postAuthor: inonickname » Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:24 am

After a very quick look the software has nothing on even sketchup and is more difficult to use to boot. I'll persevere though and see what I can get done.
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