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Old 03-25-2014, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Machinists, ASSEMBLE!! I need a custom Spyder front block.

I'm working on a project Millennium and I need a custom front block made. I have a drawing ready and can send you the solid as well. PM me if you want/can take the work. Thanks all

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Old 03-25-2014, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I should have mentioned that I intend to pay for the work... if it wasn't already assumed.
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Old 03-26-2014, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Average quote should be about $200-250 for a one off. I cannot make it for ya but that's a reasonable price. I bet somebody here will do it for cheaper too!
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$250?!! That's pretty darn steep.
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Steep because of that squared off block. A simple tube would be much easyer.

Though what makes this block special? Appears there's no vtl threads for a reg but rather just a hole for hose maybe?
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$250?!! That's pretty darn steep.
you've never made a machined piece before, have ya?

that price is about right with anything being made that's a one off. and those are the key words, its a ONE OFF. you are going to pay for the machine time, the material, programming time, and the machinists time. after a few models are done and the machinist can move onto the finish product, which is what you get. since the machinist isn't looking at making money off multiple parts, he can't live off one offs.

do a test. ask to have a door handle made at a machine shop or whatever that is a complex design and see what they say. some will say they will only do production runs, others will say a higher price to make it worth their while.
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you've never made a machined piece before, have ya?
Just a heads up, that was a poor assumption. The rest of your statement is perfectly valid IMO. 1-part runs have to absorb every aspect of NRE that would typically be spread out over the run.

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I could understand that cost if he were asking a shop, such as the one that I work at. But considering he is asking people that are running lower scale and potentially out of their garage the over head is much less. I run a manual machine shop on the side and thus cost less to operate than a multimillion dollar die shop.

But alas, no I have never made a machined part before...
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But alas, no I have never made a machined part before...
I call BS..

Have a nice day..

Matt <-- who has also never made a machined part before...
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I could understand that cost if he were asking a shop, such as the one that I work at. But considering he is asking people that are running lower scale and potentially out of their garage the over head is much less. I run a manual machine shop on the side and thus cost less to operate than a multimillion dollar die shop.

But alas, no I have never made a machined part before...
scale can play into it, but from my experience, with some of the people here that DO use CNC machines, it takes time to program. it takes time to check the dimensions. you have the material costs. which at a smaller shop, they are dealing with not 1000lbs of aluminium, so the cost for material is going to be higher since its not in bulk. price is not in favor of the smaller shop, here. then, you have to figure in tooling, which its not one bit for all jobs. you might have to use 5 maybe 10 different pieces of tooling to make the part of the OP.

custom means money. its the 3 headed monster of: Quality, Cost and Speed. you get to pick 2. you want it now and quality work, it will cost you. you want quality and cost, it won't get to you anytime soon. you want it cheap and quick, then it won't be quality work.

so, to me, any time you want a one off piece, figure it would cost you $300+. anything less and it going to be considered cheap.
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