Follow all their tips for cutting costs. Use slightly looser tolerances, try and aviod certain cuts that will cost more (see their guide), choose a different machine to do the cutting. Most likely you have one or two cuts that are very difficult for a simple machine. I also didn't do any finishing, anodizing, or anything like that. Start simple and add as you go, then you'll see where the big price hit is.
That's the great thing about this software, you can get a quote at any point in time. Try starting with just a block of metal, then make a few cuts and price it, and so on.
Very cool service. I learned a bit of autocad and autodesk inventor in my high school drafting class (2nd level drafting), but the emachineshop software confused me a whole lot when I tried it on my own. But If I recall, the best part of emachineshop was the ability to tell you how to make the part cheaper, what material would be good, and if your design is even possible to make.
wow, i never thought of going online for this stuff. here i am charging 1/10 of what they charge. but then i don't have a water jet or a laser cutter. but i do have 11 mazak lathes and 5 hurco vertical turning centers.
I'm having trouble getting costs down for a simple set of dowel pins. I played with the materials, I played with the tolerances. Since these are simple round parts that are cylinder shaped, the lathe is the only tool i can use.
Ok, I am looking around for another machine shop. My local ones are not very good. Anyone have any advice for an online shop?
Also, I need to make an engine to trans adaptor plate soon, which is a pretty large part, approx 16in x 16in x .50inches thick aluminum. Anyone have any advice on a machine shop--does not have to be local. I am not in a hurry, but I want someone that is reasonable.
depends on where you are. and what machines are being used. In Alberta, unless you are going to a mom and pop shop, you are looking at $100-$150 canadian per hour. Some machines such as multitasking machines, may charge up to $800+ per hour, that being said, I made myself a gen 2 throttle body inlet out of billet 6061T6 aluminum on a 9 axis multitasking machine mill-turned complete in less than 3 1/2 minutes. For a one off part, wouldnt be worth the cost, but on 1000 of them, it would be a different story. and yes, waterjet is cheaper than laser, due to operating expenses mostly. however laser is faster and more accurate with less overcut. in manufacturing, the first part off the machine is by far the most expensive part
No this program does have spyware, only program to download it on my computer and it disabled it (this was a while back though). Traced the virus to the program. Why don't we just use a mathematics based program? Maybe too hard for some.
Um? This was a sticky so I didn't bump it up too far then where it was and I some viruses are actually implanted by a third party and can get into legit programs. I guess I was unlucky but as I said when I downloaded it it was the reason for destroying my computer, no questions asked.
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