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3D metal cutting service...
show user profile  Bolteon
So I bought this gigantic toy; and I've always thought about offering a service to cut out of raw metal any and all objects...

How much would you guys pay for; say for example- a solid titanium replica of a character model you made?

No shitty plastic 3D printing; solid fucking metal.

Video of what a 5-axis can cut:

Photo of my new toy:

-Marko Mandaric

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10/5/2016 8:42:39 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 8:45:08 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Price would obviously depend on scale. What sort of size objects are you proposing?

Is your new toy a five-axis one? Its looks like a standard vertical mill.

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10/5/2016 9:19:45 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 9:19:45 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
The mill itself is a standard 4 axis but that head sitting on the table is the 5th.

It can cut a pretty large area; the 5th axis head limits some sized but over a foot cubic should be easy.

-Marko Mandaric

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10/5/2016 10:09:52 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 10:09:52 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Damn.... That's a pretty epic new toy.

Can't wait to see what you make with it.

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10/5/2016 10:21:29 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 10:21:29 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Yeah, I'm very very excited.

You think a 12" tall character would be worth $400? Maybe $300 for a 6"?

-Marko Mandaric

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10/5/2016 10:23:53 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 10:23:53 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
That would be far less than you would pay with any of the printing services I've used. It might be worth you getting some idea of prices from 3D printing firms that you can compare with.

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10/5/2016 10:41:29 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 10:41:29 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
Good point... maybe I should just do 60% of what a 3D printing place would charge for the applicable sizes.

-Marko Mandaric

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10/5/2016 11:07:45 PM (last edit: 10/5/2016 11:07:45 PM)
show user profile  herfst1

As far as pricing, I assume metal costs more than plastic for raw materials. Factor that in (then double it) and you'll have a good idea of the pricing.
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10/6/2016 12:24:45 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 12:24:45 PM)
show user profile  chillywilson
I've been getting trained on a mill cnc at the maker spaces i belong to.

One thing I have to say is, I hope you have a lot of time to stand next to the machine, because your gonna break some bits.

Cool build though where did you get it.
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10/6/2016 1:46:43 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 1:46:43 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
"One thing I have to say is, I hope you have a lot of time to stand next to the machine, because your gonna break some bits. "

Huh? I'm not sure what you're talking about... you mean in ref to the titanium?


You'd be surprised how cheap shitty aluminum can be.

-Marko Mandaric

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10/6/2016 2:22:40 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 2:23:11 PM)
show user profile  del3d
wow pretty rad! Do you have to manually change out the drill bit sizes?
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10/6/2016 2:32:42 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 2:32:42 PM)
show user profile  npcph
that's pretty cool. In the video, they switch the helmet from the top to bottom. Does the CNC do that, or do you have to do that manually?

My only thought for you when figuring out the prices, make sure to take into account things such as electricity, space and tooling. Those can sink an idea once you factor in the extra expenses.

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10/6/2016 8:45:16 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 8:45:16 PM)
show user profile  Bolteon
"Do you have to manually change out the drill bit sizes?"

Automated head.

"take into account things such as electricity, space and tooling."

This isn't so much the purpose of the machine but rather extra fun to do on the side; the electricity is $5 an hour (which while expensive, is cheap).

Space and tooling are business expenses; so any money furnished outside of the raw material and the cost of electricity is profit in my eyes cause things like tooling/space are going to cost what they cost whether it runs or not in the long run.

-Marko Mandaric

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10/6/2016 9:00:47 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 9:00:47 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
Keep this thread alive so I don't forget about it, there might be a piece I'm currently working on that I would like to get cut.
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10/6/2016 10:39:43 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 10:39:43 PM)
show user profile  chillywilson
@ bolteon lol

No the milling bits, just some times if it's bad or the tool path isn't correct you can snap off the bits.

You know, the Bits.....

Sorry maybe we call them different from where you are.

edit: If your just learning you're gonna snap them so buy the cheap ones until you become a gcode master.

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10/6/2016 11:10:58 PM (last edit: 10/6/2016 11:12:57 PM)
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