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machine / laser cut metal plates ?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:52 am
by johnlane
Hi, does anyone know of anywhere affordable in the UK that could cut metal plates ?

I have this old scsi drive case that contains a power supply. I'd like to stick a Pi in it with a hard drive. There's a removable plate on the back of the case with scsi ports on it. If I could replace this with another that has the relvant Pi connectors exposed that would be lovely.

I'd be looking at a small plate roughtly 90x60mm with cut-outs for HDMI, USB, LAN, Composite and Audio.

Sure I could get the hacksaw and dremel out but it's be nice to have a proper neat job if reasonably priced...

Re: machine / laser cut metal plates ?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:29 pm
by gordonendersby
If you use aluminium you can use the hacksaw and a dremmel to cut quite accurately and it wont take too long. It would cost a lot to get it cut commercially.
The most important bit is the template, you will need that anyway for the commercial cutters.
I use inkscape for making templates.
Once you have an accurate template the hole cutting is fairly straight forward.
A drill press or a press for the dremmel will help but free hand is do able.

If you want plastics you could try http://razorlab.ponoko.com/

Gordon

Re: machine / laser cut metal plates ?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:40 pm
by johnlane
Thanks for that. as I thought, really. I'd already found ponoko but not a uk site so thanks for the razorlab link. Also found lasercutz.co.uk. Nothing for metals though but I had considered using acrylic.

I tend to agree that hacksaw and drills would be the appropriate way forward here :)

Re: machine / laser cut metal plates ?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:24 pm
by thexman
i use lazercutz.co.uk theres no reason you cannot get the metal plate in Acrylic and to be honest for such a small piece less than A4 in size give Dave at lasercutz a call or email he is the most helpful of guys on the planet..

Re: machine / laser cut metal plates ?

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:18 pm
by Bencom
My first priority was to make a case with a hacksaw and my Arlec mini drill.
I guess about 4 hours to make two. I am lucky enough to have two machines so I can do Pi to Pi things.
Gate opener end points being the proof of concept on a 3 acre lifestyle block, 150m to gate 24v + cat5e.

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