Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Machinist Help Needed

Time to harness the collective power of the internet! After the initial release of the Thermoplast Extruder kit, I've been swamped with orders and have exhausted my supply of machined parts. The person who originally did them has not responded to my emails, so I'd like to ask the community for help.

Basically, I need to find a machinist, or someone who is willing to spend 10-20 hours every few weeks to make me the parts I need. Since the response on the extruder kits was so good, I'd like to do an order of 50 sets of machined parts, and if that goes well, many future orders to follow.

Here's what I need, specifically:

50 x PTFE thermal barrier
50 x Drive Screw Assembly (ideally, already soldered)
50 x Heater Barrel (made from 3/8" aluminum studding. i only need it cut + drilled, no assembly required)

What I do not need suppliers for are:

* nozzles
* half-bearings

although, feel free to get quotes on those as well. i sure wouldn't mind having someone else make those instead of me.

More details are on the mechanical parts wiki page.

What I'm hoping the community can do is go out, scour the internet, and solicit quotes from people and then either post them back here, or email them to me directly at One of the awesome, new things about open source hardware is that with many eyes, we can find the best prices and then pass that on to everyone else!

If you ask for a quote, feel free to mention that it is for the RRRF, send them the website, and just generally be honest and up front. Ideally, I would like to find a company that is interested in making these for us, but I'd be willing to get them from the right person, so long as they will be reliable and prompt.

Thanks, and good luck!

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