Originally Posted by Yavid
I'd like to get some parts laser cut and formed for making 3 stainless steel burner mounts/wind screens for a brew stand I am working on. Didn't expect them to be cheap but I was shocked at how much they are going to cost locally. Just wondering if anyone out there has access to this equipment and might be willing to do a small job on the side. I will of course pay for materials and kick in something for labor.
I'd really like to horse-trade some CAD work in exchange for the cutting and forming. I am a CADD Technologist with 6 years of experience. I am proficient in both AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor. I work in the industrial sector but I often design things on the side for friends. I can currently trade CAD work for welding and machining with people I know but so far have been unable to find anyone willing to trade CAD for laser cutting in forming. Thought I'd give this site a shot.
I'm curious, what kind of price were you quoted? I'm sure you already know, but a new laser cutting machine sells for between $600K up to 1M plus, not to mention the building and people. Even a small amount of access can cost serious $ as you found out.
That said, I'd like to help out a fellow home brewer, shoot me the cad files & I'll let you know what it takes.