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    Online Machine Shop

    These guys were just featured on Gizmodo.com
    http://www.emachineshop.com
    They have a CADish style app that let's you build parts and have them machine them in a wide variety of materials. Looks really cool!

    If you try it, please post here and let me know how their work is.

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    I tried out the software, but couldn't get it to do what I wanted (though I am pretty sure it should be able to do it). One of these days I am going to get back to it and try to figure it out again.

    If you look at their website, they have a little demo showing a gear. The top of the gear is sunken in. I was able to do that, but I wanted it to be symmetrical (the bottom sunken in too) and I couldn't figure out how to do that (the options are there, but they were greyed out for some reason).

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    Quote Originally Posted by f150tech
    These guys were just featured on Gizmodo.com
    http://www.emachineshop.com
    They have a CADish style app that let's you build parts and have them machine them in a wide variety of materials. Looks really cool!

    If you try it, please post here and let me know how their work is.
    Thanks for posting this site. I have several parts I want to have mass produced for resale and local shops that can handle the work are quoting 6-8 weeks minimum turn arond time. If these guys can provide a faster turn around, they will get my business. I am sending an order today, and I will post updates as they become available.

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    I use it, it works well for simple stuff. Little pricey for one-offs though.
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    I'm going to be placing an order with them this week, however, its really only good for something being mass produced. There software is very good and you can create what you want real easy after learning how to use it.

    It costs about the same to do 1 piece as it does to do 25 on most parts. Don't expect to spend less then $200 at the place, so its not a very viable option to do for single part runs and I had to create fully working prototypes of all the parts I'm going to be ordering through them so I know they work before spending the $200+ dollars for the order.

    The turn around time depends on how complicated your part is and how many machines it requires. i.e. a cut and bent piece will take twice as long as a piece you just need to be cut. They seem to be quoting anywhere from 2-4 weeks for most of the parts I designed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zPilott
    If you look at their website, they have a little demo showing a gear. The top of the gear is sunken in. I was able to do that, but I wanted it to be symmetrical (the bottom sunken in too) and I couldn't figure out how to do that (the options are there, but they were greyed out for some reason).
    I'm not sure, but your problem was probably because of the material or the machine you selected. Try selecting a different material / machine first and you will probably get more options.
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