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Post  markf on Fri Sep 26, 2008 3:10 pm

While this is not of an entirely steampunk nature, it could be a boon to anyone who contributes to 'Tactile'. For folks who may not be aware of this type of machine, a CNC ('computer numerical control') is a computer controller that reads your building instructions and drives a powered mechanical device to cut components. CNC products are typically made of metal, wood, foam, or plastics.

Similar in concept to having a contract with a local CNC machine shop, you use free software create an on-line design that is either a single piece or multiple pieces (which you later assemble) and email it to Ponoko. They cut it for you with the materials you select and ship it to your home. There are many of us who have neither the mechanical skills, nor the machinery or workspace, to do such work so to me this sounds like a painless way to create gears, customer ray gun parts, or other steamy designs if the price is right. markf

http://www.redferret.net/?p=11193
http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/make-overview

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- Oops, sorry, left off the samples link of what folks have made.
http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/products
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Post  Zwack on Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:10 pm

Cool, Not sure I have anything that needs machining at the moment, but additional resources are always handy.

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Re: Machining Your Dreams

Post  CaptZaphod on Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:32 pm

Well...I want one of these:

So...I'll have to check this place out.

Thank you for sharing!
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