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Evidence
01-01-2013, 7:32 PM
Ive made a bracket for my shifter/key placement with a 4" grinder and some 11g metal, but it looks like ultimate ass and I just dont have the skills or patience to make one look really nice. So instead im looking for a place to CNC it for me. I can send a drawing (being a mechanical designer kicks ass) and provide all the info on it thats needed to cut it. Hopefully theres someone that can do this and ship it to me, or maybe recommend me a shop that isnt gonna rape me on the price? Its going to be a relativity small bracket.

sohcool
01-01-2013, 7:37 PM
Ive made a bracket for my shifter/key placement with a 4" grinder and some 11g metal, but it looks like ultimate ass and I just dont have the skills or patience to make one look really nice. So instead im looking for a place to CNC it for me. I can send a drawing (being a mechanical designer kicks ass) and provide all the info on it thats needed to cut it. Hopefully theres someone that can do this and ship it to me, or maybe recommend me a shop that isnt gonna rape me on the price? Its going to be a relativity small bracket.

The issue you will likely have is that most shops will charge you for design time, then material, then setup, then cutting.

Got a pic of the bracket?

drumballer
01-01-2013, 8:25 PM
What kind of drawing do you have? is it Solid Model or .dwg or .dxf? I could draw it if need be. I'm a software specialist and I work for Amada so I might be able to see if somebody could sneak one in on one of the lasers.:cheersmate:

kawijake
01-02-2013, 4:57 AM
^ What he said. If its any kind of 2d file (dwg, dxf) i can help ya. Or a 3d file such as (SAT, STEP, or IGES) i run autodesk inventor 13 as a design engineer at a shop. I used to program cnc lathes/mills and i do a lot of shit for people after hours. Im sure i could do it for ya on the cheap man. If anyone above falls through, hit me up.

Evidence
01-02-2013, 7:57 AM
It will be a dwg, probably a 3d drawing and then I was just going to do a couple orthos with dimensions in paper space...whats going to make it the easiest for whoever get it?

kawijake
01-02-2013, 8:35 AM
I can import a 3d file into Surfcam which is the software we use for our cnc equipment and program right to it. If it is a simple bracket the dwg would probably be fine. Make sure the scale is 1:1 and youre money. Should be a breeze man.

Evidence
01-02-2013, 10:01 AM
So just out of curiosity, what am I looking at price wise for something like this? I know its hard to say having not seen the drawing, but im just looking for a ballpark. It will be like 4"x6" maybe, with a few radius's and like 4 holes. Its not overly complicated by any means, im just trying to get something that looks clean and nice.

kawijake
01-02-2013, 10:04 AM
Roughly how thick will this be? I know you mentioned like 9 or 11 gauge but is that like 3/16" or 1/4 roughly? I would guess around 25-30 bucks plus shipping which i wouldnt see as more than 5 bucks. It shouldnt take me more than an hour and a half to square it and machine it.

Evidence
01-02-2013, 10:08 AM
I like that price! Im thinking it will be somewhere around 1/4" thick. PM me your email and ill send you the drawing tomorrow so you can take a look at it and give me a real price on it. You dont need anything dimensioned, correct? Just a 3d DWG would be good?

kawijake
01-02-2013, 10:26 AM
That is correct man. 3d file would be good i prefer sat or step. email me at jsmith@qigage.com

Thanks dude!

drumballer
01-02-2013, 11:37 AM
Kawijake has a plan! I would go that route. I was just gonna throw the DXF into a nesting program and it would take all of 5 seconds to cut out on the new fiber laser! I figured you just wanted sheet metal processed.I just couldn't guarantee a time like he could and thats a great price for a machined part! Also you get to help a fellow CCer buy chopper parts! let me know if you hit any snags as we aren't going anywhere soon.

NGH450
01-02-2013, 12:07 PM
Last company i worked for had a set of mazak lasers and they were freakin awesome. I am CAD Drafter/Designer and at the previous job we could run stuff for the cost of the steel which was cheap. I made aluminum skid plats for the quad i used to have.The company I'm with now has a plasma table that can only cut circles and squares...but works for the company just not for anything cool.

I use SolidWorks, AutoCad, Draftsight if someone needed something maybe i could help out also.

I'm interested to see the part when done! :cheersmate:

kawijake
01-02-2013, 12:37 PM
Hell yeah! Sounds like you guys have some sweet equipment. Im sure he will post pics. Looks like it will be made of 6061-T6 aluminum that will be tossed in a vibratory tumbler to give it a dull grey look. Im stoked to help anyone on here with cnc or manual machining!

Evidence
01-02-2013, 12:54 PM
Ive had all kinds of ideas drawn up, but never really did anything with them because I always figured having the stuff machined was expensive. I work as a mechanical designer doing power plants, so I can draw just about anything but I don't work around actual machinery or anything so its hard to get stuff off the ground. Ill post some pics once we are all finished.

drumballer
01-02-2013, 12:59 PM
http://www.facebook.com/amadaamerica?fref=ts#!/photo.php?v=236173806510843&set=vb.130410723753819&type=3&theater

This is the video for our newest Fiber Optic Laser! It's a beast and scary fast! I love being around all of the machinery and getting to play with the latest and greatest without going broke!LOL

NGH450
01-02-2013, 1:07 PM
http://www.facebook.com/amadaamerica?fref=ts#!/photo.php?v=236173806510843&set=vb.130410723753819&type=3&theater

This is the video for our newest Fiber Optic Laser! It's a beast and scary fast! I love being around all of the machinery and getting to play with the latest and greatest without going broke!LOL

Thats :eek: just :eek: fast! holy crap. the lasers we had 3-4 years ago were fast but you could keep your eye on what they were cutting. and that there was just insane....and sooooooo cool. :killerjob:

drumballer
01-02-2013, 1:23 PM
It was like learning programming all over just to deal with the speed! It's traverse while not cutting is 13,500 inches per minute and it will cut thin guage materials at 6000 inches per minute. I used to think 300 was smokin fast!LOL We got some servo drive turrets punches that are crazy too as well as a press brake that will change it's own tools, do its own setup and pick up and bend a full sheet of 7 ga and throw it around like a piece of paper! It blows my mind what people can do if they apply themselves to something. The showroom is in Schaumburg and Maazak is 2 doors down. Lots of cool toys around you!

kawijake
01-02-2013, 2:37 PM
Jesus christ! Bad ass. Our 4 axis mills rapid at 1500 ipm lol not even the same ballpark. Cool stuff

kawijake
01-03-2013, 9:26 AM
Would really appreciate everyone following this to kind of keep an eye on this thread. Once the product is done i will post pics of some other things i have machined. I would appreciate you guys maybe passing on good feedback to where it is needed so i can get a spot on the chopmarket. I am calling my setup The J.Smith Machine Co. I will be servicing certain machining as far as motor work, one off parts, etc on manual and cnc mills and lathes as well as grinding and saw cutting work. So please pass on the word! Thanks

Minimalist
01-03-2013, 9:40 AM
Oh come on Evidence, you can't gain skill without trying. You don't need a cnc machine for this. You just have to exercise that patience!

You can do it!


Get kawijake to do something more complicated haha.

Evidence
01-03-2013, 11:51 AM
LoL. If I had more than just my 4" grinder I could make it look a lot better...the one I have right now looks like hammered dog shit. It works for a temporary placeholder while I finish the build, but I want something that doesnt look like a 6 year with a playskool tool set made it.

CaviMike
01-03-2013, 2:29 PM
Jesus christ! Bad ass. Our 4 axis mills rapid at 1500 ipm lol not even the same ballpark. Cool stuff

Mills have nothing in common with a laser cutter. For starters - there's no contact between the work and the tooling. Other than both being CNC controlled, there really isn't any similarity.

MercuryMoto67
01-03-2013, 3:35 PM
So where's the pics?

drumballer
01-03-2013, 3:40 PM
Except the lasers are starting to get even better edge quality than maching! LOL Which is why you want to select the right tool for the job. If its a sheet metal bracket then the laser can be done with it in less time than you can put a tool in the mill. You also might have to form it with a brake or something so always think that through. It's 2 totally different trains of thought though. Both of witch are badass in my opinion!

kawijake
01-03-2013, 7:21 PM
Rene he sent me the 2d drawing today I will post the pic upon completion saturday . Its a pretty slick part he drew up.

Evidence
01-03-2013, 8:16 PM
That was drawn as 3D, it must have come through as 2D for some reason...might have messed up when you opened it because we use CADWorx, which opens goofy in regular AutoCAD sometimes...I was wondering why you asked me about the thickness lol

AROK
01-04-2013, 6:52 PM
I work at a machine shop, I might be able to give you a hand. PM me a drawing and I'll get back to you with a quote