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    Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    This is a repost from our Blog, but I wanted to share with you guys since I think this service is a 'must have' tool in any roboticist's tool belt.

    Creating custom parts for your bot can be a daunting task. That is, if you donít know about Pololuís Custom Laser Cutting Service. I recently needed some custom parts created for the upper torso of one of my bots for Mech Wars, and after look around a bit I decided to try out their service.


    I have to give my highest recommendation to this service provided by the great folks at Pololu. I personally canít afford a CNC or Laser Cutting machine, but now I donít need to. I sent in a 2D CAD file of my design (they can also create one for you from a drawing), selected what type of plastic I wanted it cut from, and they got back to me promptly with a price quote which made my jaw drop. Extremely affordable, prompt and courteous service, and the results were fantastic. Again, I canít recommend their service more, it should literally be considered another tool in your toolbox. If needing a custom part for your project ever held you back, look no further.


    Here are some pictures of the parts I ordered (Click to Enlarge):



    Hereís the assembled upper torso with Airsoft guns mounted.



    And hereís the frame of the Mech, Hagetaka, put together (for the most part, needs a lot of work and a paintjob):

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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    That bot looks cool. I purchased the same guns but I still haven't took to the time to mount them to anything or fire them.

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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    Since we are plugging laser cutting....

    I get my stuff laser cut at BC Laserworks. Sometimes he gets a little busy and the turnaround suffers a week or so, but he has outstanding prices and service.

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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    Thanks for the pics Tyberius, Awesome. Looks like a really professional job.I have to make my own parts here in NZ, The freight would kill it for me from the U.S
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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    I was just looking at this yesterday. Looks good, although lasercutting won't do what I need done.

    Do you know of any good 6-Axis CNC milling services?
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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    [originally posted by Enusi Malik]:

    Very helpful link, it is a very good service and the pricing is very reasonable, I would have never have that Pololu would offer such services. Beats the price for buying the equipment.

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    Re: Pololu Custom Lasercutting Service Rocks!

    How much do they charge? The parts looks really nice!

    edit: Never mind, I found their pricing and it looks very reasonable.
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