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I'm looking for laser printing services in the Tulsa area. Can anyone point me to someone that can cut something for me?

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What exactly are you trying to do?
Someone here might be able to fabricate and ship ... and at the very least we're interested in projects!
 

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What exactly are you trying to do?
Someone here might be able to fabricate and ship ... and at the very least we're interested in projects!
Making a dash from knifemakers plans. I've already made a rough prototype out of plywood.



It has a voltmeter, a USB charging port to keep my phone powered on rides and a switch to turn them both off when not needed. All parts purchased from Amazon.

The idea is to be able to walk up to the bike, flip the switch and see the charge on the battery.

Would like to make it out of aluminum plate but am short on skills for metal work.

I've designed it in solidworks if anyone wants the file.

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how about fiberglass?

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Best bet would be fiber glass because metal is expensive unless you already have the metal you want to use.



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Making a dash from knifemakers plans. I've already made a rough prototype out of plywood.



It has a voltmeter, a USB charging port to keep my phone powered on rides and a switch to turn them both off when not needed. All parts purchased from Amazon.

The idea is to be able to walk up to the bike, flip the switch and see the charge on the battery.

Would like to make it out of aluminum plate but am short on skills for metal work.

I've designed it in solidworks if anyone wants the file.

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You designed it in "solidworks"? I believe the plans are readily available here on this forum with all the measurements and other necessary information needed. All you would have to do is delete any mounting holes you don't want and print it out. Stop at any Home Depot or Lowe's and they should have aluminum of the proper gauge. Take the modified plans and stock material to a metal shop and they should be able to turn that out in short order and at a decent price. Using wood for something such as this is not a very good choice as it will splinter and chip without the use of the proper tools as the picture seems to prove. Good luck with your project.
 

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Nice adaptation of Knifemaker's design.
Can you post up the file? I'd be interested in taking a look.
What gauge aluminum were you thinking?
 

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Just go to one of Knifemaker's many postings and click on his Flicker photos. This thread has a posting from him as the first response (#2) after the initial post. There is a listing for the dash and one of the eleven photos is a diagram/blue print with all the measurements needed to make the unit. You can modify his plan or do an exact copy. It is there for anyone to look at. The wooden one does not seem to be too symmetrical plus the unit that Knifemaker has developed has been proven to be an excellent fit for the VN 750 over time by numerous members. JMHO in trying to save people from having to possibly make more than one unit due to a poor fit or measurement.
 

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I was hoping that there might be someone on the board that knew someone that could do it. The place you Google wants too much $$$ to do it.

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If you really want to do it super cheap then you can just use a jig saw and a low tooth count metal blade. but if you are looking for a CNC cause you want the smooth lines and accuracy, I know a couple of people that run a big CNC router for a big shop. They are constantly running the machine and its hard to get even small personal projects in line. The companies normally clock the hours that the machines run. BUT, if you bought the aluminum plate and shipped it to me, then my friend said he could probably make it the next time they ran maintenance on the the machine. Only things you would have to pay for are the bit, the aluminum, a small $25 dollar thanks here is some beer money, and shipping. He said that you'd have to buy the bit cause they do small detail work in wood and don't have a large enough bit to do the aluminum. All in you are looking at $12 for the plate (1'x1' x 1/8" at McMaster Carr), $30 for the bit, $25 for beer and shipping to and from NYC. So maybe $100. He also would want just a basic 2D CAD file. I am guessing he can import solidworks, but if not I draft in AutoCAD and can redraft your solidworks file. I'm not sure about your time line either, but they just ran through maintenance on the CNC so I dont know when they will reset it again.

I have to send things off for work all the time and in NYC having that done for under $100 is pretty cheap, but maybe not in Tulsa. Either way, depending on your time line and their schedule, you could Venmo me. I would of course Venmo you back every penny not used. Or you can keep looking. If I knew a place that worked metal it would be cheaper because they would already have the bit, but the only people I know with those machines work in a big union shop and nothing personal is getting done there.

Anyway, if it works out with your time line and you can't find a better price, then great. If not, sorry I couldn't help.
 

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You designed it in "solidworks"? I believe the plans are readily available here on this forum with all the measurements and other necessary information needed. All you would have to do is delete any mounting holes you don't want and print it out. Stop at any Home Depot or Lowe's and they should have aluminum of the proper gauge. Take the modified plans and stock material to a metal shop and they should be able to turn that out in short order and at a decent price. Using wood for something such as this is not a very good choice as it will splinter and chip without the use of the proper tools as the picture seems to prove. Good luck with your project.
The design is taken directly from Knifemaker's plans with a little modification of my own. The design is symmetrical. Me cutting it out, caused it to look the way it does. That is why I was asking about laser cutting services in the original post and stated that it was a "rough" prototype. The part about "Taking it to a metal shop..." is exactly what I want to do except I haven't found the "decent price" yet. That's why I was hoping someone in the Tulsa area could point me to someone that could do it. I made a second one today that came out a little better. Just trying to build a "proof of concept" before I commit the money to having something cut out of metal. Attached is the Solidworks file if anyone wants to look at it.
 

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The design is taken directly from Knifemaker's plans with a little modification of my own. The design is symmetrical. Me cutting it out, caused it to look the way it does. That is why I was asking about laser cutting services in the original post and stated that it was a "rough" prototype. The part about "Taking it to a metal shop..." is exactly what I want to do except I haven't found the "decent price" yet. That's why I was hoping someone in the Tulsa area could point me to someone that could do it. I made a second one today that came out a little better. Just trying to build a "proof of concept" before I commit the money to having something cut out of metal. Attached is the Solidworks file if anyone wants to look at it.
I looked at your first file and I do not see any measurement numbers but maybe I am missing something since my days as a tool maker are far in the past. As far as a "proof of concept" that has already been done if you used Knifemaker's original plans with your personal modifications for position and mounting of the charger outlet and meter. If you print your file onto paper and then attach some cardboard/posterboard (dollar store) to the back you can get a prototype that should serve the purpose of checking your setup. When you state that you were hoping for someone in the Tulsa area to point you to someone that could do it I am beginning to believe that you are looking for someone that can do this with their own personal tools rather than an actual production shop that has to charge for their overhead costs. If you ask more in a manner of if someone here could do it in their home shop they might just respond. I believe you are asking for a one piece production job which most shops try to avoid due to set up time and other costs. Decide on your actual budget and then see where you can cut costs without changing any of your original concepts? You are not wrong in your thinking as far as I am concerned but just a little timid in being more direct. I believe there are some members here that could do the job for you and with a minimal cost for shipping you can get exactly what you have in mind. They may even have some available aluminum on hand which would save on that initial shipping cost. The finished item should fit into a normal USPS box so that holds it down also. I wish you good luck with this project and hope it is just the beginning of making that VN 750 your personal ride.
 

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