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Old 01-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a machine shop to get some parts made. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I would like to turn them into reality. I am looking for a place that will be good to deal with long term. I don't see myself doing very large runs, probably more in the 50-100 range. I need the flexability to submit drawings anywhere from pencil paper napkin drawing to autocad. Competitive price and very high quality of work. They don't have to be local because I move around a lot and want to find a long term solution. Does anyone have recommendations?
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I'm looking for a machine shop to get some parts made. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I would like to turn them into reality. I am looking for a place that will be good to deal with long term. I don't see myself doing very large runs, probably more in the 50-100 range. I need the flexability to submit drawings anywhere from pencil paper napkin drawing to autocad. Competitive price and very high quality of work. They don't have to be local because I move around a lot and want to find a long term solution. Does anyone have recommendations?
Bob from Axis RC may be interested. Send him a PM. He does fantastic work.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:01 PM   #3
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If you're gonna do drawings on a napkin ya better find somebody local. It's a lot easier to communicate what you want face to face. It will save a lot of back and forth shipping and bad prototypes, and frustration.
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If you're gonna do drawings on a napkin ya better find somebody local. It's a lot easier to communicate what you want face to face. It will save a lot of back and forth shipping and bad prototypes, and frustration.
I don't plan on doing drawings on a napkin, I just want the flexibility if the need presented itself. I know some places require drawings in a certain format for quote.

Some of the things I have been wanting to make are RC related but a lot are not.

I agree face to face is easier but I move every two years so I would rather find someone I could stick with long term.
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I'd still look local, so you can get a relationship built up quicker. It's hard dealing with a new shop through emails and phone calls. At first, many shops won't take you serious, and they'll drag their feet on projects. Unless you have some big cash to throw around. Been there, done that.
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Getting to the point of manufacturing is the hard part.
Need to remember that setting up the machines takes just as much time to run 1 part as it does 1000.
It will cost you as much or more to get to your functional prototype as it will to get your fits 100-1000 units made.
The better the drawing is the first time, the less it will cost in the long run.
If they need to make 1 part then tear the machine down then set it up again for 1 more part that has been adjusted the cost goes up. If you need to do that several times your into it deep out of your pocket.
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