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Old May 14th, 2014, 06:29 PM   #1
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Anyone one on here either work at or work for a company that has tube laser cut? I'm looking at a shitload of holes in 2x3 rectangle tubing cut for me. A quick search has me on to a place in Allendale and a place in Troy.
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Contact @Skooter_Built He's the authority on anything to do with shitload/holes.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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We can do it at my work, Electrolabs in Fraser. http://elabsmetalfab.com/. I will pm you my boss's number
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Prepare to pay out of one of your holes if you're less than 100 pcs.
It's just not fair.
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Cost is of little concern once you compare it to drilling a couple hundred holes with a drill press or a mill and the many, many, hours it would take me to do and what my time is worth.
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I have more money than time. Especially when it comes to drilling about 800 holes that all have to line up with each other side to side.
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I dont see why any laser shop should have an issue. A quick fixture and they could run a few at a time, flip, repeat. We do stuff like that all the time. We're running square holes in some aluminum 8' lengths on the cnc now if you haven't considered that option....
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I dont see why any laser shop should have an issue. A quick fixture and they could run a few at a time, flip, repeat. We do stuff like that all the time. We're running square holes in some aluminum 8' lengths on the cnc now if you haven't considered that option....
True, but with a laser tube set up, there is no fixturing, sawing tubes to length, and it's faster.
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True, but with a laser tube set up, there is no fixturing, sawing tubes to length, and it's faster.
But there could be a premium to use it for simple holes, round tubing with irregular cuts on the other hand...
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We can do it at my work, Electrolabs in Fraser. http://elabsmetalfab.com/. I will pm you my boss's number
Just talked to Scott, I'll be in there next week it sounds. Thanks
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You couldn't have been more wrong.
Obviously, where you went the laser operator didn't waste all day surfing the interwebs.
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Obviously, where you went the laser operator didn't waste all day surfing the interwebs.
Apparently not. I've had a bunch of flat plate laser cut for me when my cnc plasma wasn't accurate enough and I was always surprised at the cost. Instead of taking the time to buy my plate, drive it home, load the machine, do the cutting, and do the clean up, I could just stop by the laser place and pick up finished parts for not much more than I would have into it. By time you figure a few hours of my work into the deal (time I can spend either doing my real job or getting more side work) it was cheaper for me to have the work farmed out.
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Just talked to Scott, I'll be in there next week it sounds. Thanks

You couldn't have been more wrong.

Good. Some places are outrageous. Why? I have no clue.
Laser cutting only shops are cheaper than a full fabrication shop with laser cutting.

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Apparently not. I've had a bunch of flat plate laser cut for me when my cnc plasma wasn't accurate enough and I was always surprised at the cost. Instead of taking the time to buy my plate, drive it home, load the machine, do the cutting, and do the clean up, I could just stop by the laser place and pick up finished parts for not much more than I would have into it. By time you figure a few hours of my work into the deal (time I can spend either doing my real job or getting more side work) it was cheaper for me to have the work farmed out.
I had some very fine letters cut from acrylic this winter, I was really surprised how cheap it was to have it laser cut. I used a place out west that specialized in making robot and hobby parts. They also supplied the acrylic material. It was cheaper to get ths material+laser cutting + shipping from them, that it would have cost me to buy the acrylic alone from most places.
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I had some very fine letters cut from acrylic this winter, I was really surprised how cheap it was to have it laser cut. I used a place out west that specialized in making robot and hobby parts. They also supplied the acrylic material. It was cheaper to get ths material+laser cutting + shipping from them, that it would have cost me to buy the acrylic alone from most places.
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I always had stainless sheet metal laser cut and formed for specialized wash trays when I was working in diesel fuel systems remanufacturing.

Always impressed with the quality and accuracy of work, and the price vs. plasma cnc.

I know of one place in GR, might not help you since you're on the other side of the state.

http://www.laseraccess.com/

I always worked with Al Hartl there, good guy to work with.
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Thanks, I'll look into them too if this doesn't pan out. I travel the whole state on a regular basis so location isn't too big of a deal.
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Thanks, I'll look into them too if this doesn't pan out. I travel the whole state on a regular basis so location isn't too big of a deal.
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