Anyone with a CNC mill taking paying/exchange jobs?
February 1, 2010
I'm looking around to see if anyone's got a 3-axis CNC mill they'd concider doing a job on? I'm trying to address the lack of parts for making the current RepRap "Mendel".
I've been using silicone moulds and PU fast-casts for a couple of years, so if I can get someone to make a single version of each part on a mill (without undercuts/crossways holes) I can make multi-part moulds to cast replicas.
There's 41 parts, so I'd probably be looking at £800 to over £1.5k at even a small engineering company by my estimates. Way out of possibility without getting a bank loan, atm. I could build a CNC mill for about £450 myself, but I'd be scraping the bottom of my barrel, including using credit cards.
The parts would only need doing in something solid. Plastic or even a dense wood. I can fix up surface appearence later.
So I'm looking for someone who could do this for me either for a lot less than the CNC mill build cost (since if I went that route, it would cost more but I'd have a CNC mill and the parts at the end of it), or in exchange for a full set of Mendel parts in reinforced PU a couple of months later.
I've got mixable PU dyes if custom colour would sweeten the deal. :)
I hope this is in a suitable area of the forum.
Spent the last 24 hours pawing over the STL files. The design is flexible enough I can probably modify a lot of the parts to be hand made. There's still 7 though which may be too complex because of very specific angles involved.
I'm also in England if that affects any offers.