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Map of technical services we can offer?

charliebruce

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I'm not sure what people think of this idea, but here goes:

I know that on the forum we have a huge range of people, with access to different useful machinery and tools, through work, school or home, and I was wondering if people would find it useful to have a searchable list of people who are willing to do or volunteer their stock and services, from machinework to powdercoating, to LPM testing and soldering. If done right, the list could include location (so you can find someone local), prices applicable if any, times accessible, whether or not you could visit, what they'd need to build/work from, and contact information (protected from spammers, obviously). From there, if I, say, wanted to find someone with access to a laser engraver, I could use a Google map and see an overlay of my local area, or I could search the entire map for people with the more exotic services such as CNC high-precision machines, then email them for more information.

With some work I think that we could all benefit from this (especially ambitious builders), but as with anything, there are going to be some flaws and people who may abuse the system. Of course, the main flaw is that it's probably just easier to contact existing companies in your area, but in some cases, this may be too expensive, especially for building single prototypes on a low budget, whereas it's much easier for a student or machine-shop employee to put together a prototype. One is that people may just "leech" off the service and avoid putting anything back into the community effort. The last I can see is the potential legal ramifications.

What do people think of the idea? Any issues I may have missed here?
 



toogoofy

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This seems like the sort of thing that would go into the Vet section (3 posts for you!) or maybe a lower post requirment (like 500?) because I'd imagine most of them have invested in different specialized tools for the hobby and can all contribute, where as us noobs would have almost nothing to offer and would just be "leeches".
other than that it sounds like a pretty sound system :wave:
cool idea!
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Pontiacg5

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I have access to many Mazak turning cnc machines. It would have to be somewhat profitable though to convince the owner to take the down time for a laser pointer :D :D
I might be able to "borrow" the machines after hours though...

I also have a old craftsman powder coating system, I don't think they sell them anymore but it is perfect for little things like housings etc. Especially because I can fit the parts in a standard oven to cook them!

It would be cool to get together, but overall I don't really see it working. I would love to be proven wrong though. It truly would be a laser community then.
 

toogoofy

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I think this thread should be moved to the general section because this section seems to be where people like to look at funnier stuff (pastaferians etc.) Where as the general section has a lot of viewers and seems to discuss more serious Ideas imo :bumpit:
Seems like a good idea though
 




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