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Old January 29th, 2008, 11:10   #35
Royal Paine
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Location: Grey/Bruce, ON
Rather than machining, there is a process called Selective Laser Sintering - basically, you send the company a 3D CAD file, or a stereo-lithograph file (STL) and they ship back your part made out of various materials - including a metal based material. We've used this company where I work - some of the materials, like the 'Duraform GF' is VERY tough - almost a fibreglass-like quality to it.

Still have to find someone to make the CAD file, but they're easier to come by - even a 3D modeler like for games, as long as they can output in the needed format could be used.

Prices seem to come in around $50 - $100 a part - so its not super cheap, but not horrible expensive either....

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