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2001\07\10@182944 by John Waters

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Hi All,

I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure. The
dimension, as well as the material that made up this metal plate is not
critical. As I'm not a mechanist, I have no idea where to buy the metal
plate. I want to know if there is any suppliers that will sell small
quantity of metal material or parts to home mechanist, like what digikey,
Jameco, etc., does in selling electronic components to electronic hobbist.

Thanks in advance!

John



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2001\07\10@183630 by Dale Botkin

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On Tue, 10 Jul 2001, John Waters wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
> device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure. The
> dimension, as well as the material that made up this metal plate is not
> critical. As I'm not a mechanist, I have no idea where to buy the metal
> plate. I want to know if there is any suppliers that will sell small
> quantity of metal material or parts to home mechanist, like what digikey,
> Jameco, etc., does in selling electronic components to electronic hobbist.

Check a local hobby shop, especially one that caters to the R/C airplane
or boat crowds.  Hobby Lobby, Tower Hobby, etc. are also good sources for
small sheets of brass, stainless, aluminum, etc.

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2001\07\10@185704 by Dave King

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At 05:42 PM 7/10/01 -0500, you wrote:
>On Tue, 10 Jul 2001, John Waters wrote:
>
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
> > device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure. The
> > dimension, as well as the material that made up this metal plate is not
> > critical. As I'm not a mechanist, I have no idea where to buy the metal
> > plate. I want to know if there is any suppliers that will sell small
> > quantity of metal material or parts to home mechanist, like what digikey,
> > Jameco, etc., does in selling electronic components to electronic hobbist.
>
>Check a local hobby shop, especially one that caters to the R/C airplane
>or boat crowds.  Hobby Lobby, Tower Hobby, etc. are also good sources for
>small sheets of brass, stainless, aluminum, etc.
>
>Dale
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The hobby shop stuff is expensive compared to other sources but sometimes
easier to find.
Try hardware stores, look for metal door skins, or heating ductwork, some
will have small
pieces of sheet metal for just about what you need. Other
sources  automotive ie body shops
 or steel  fab shops. If you get one of the fab shops to sell it to you
they might even cut it
up fairly cheap or let you do it if your lucky.

Dave

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2001\07\10@190100 by O'Reilly John E NORC

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You might want to check out a hardware store.  There is a chain called
Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) that has this type of stuff.

John

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2001\07\10@190313 by Brian Kraut

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try http://www.smallparts.com, http://www.use-enco.com, http://www.asapsource.com,
http://www.campbelltools.com, http://www.machinist-materials.com, or http://www.midlandalum.com

Dale Botkin wrote:

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2001\07\10@190926 by Bob Barr

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John Waters wrote:

>
>I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
>device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure. The
>dimension, as well as the material that made up this metal plate is not
>critical. As I'm not a mechanist, I have no idea where to buy the metal
>plate. I want to know if there is any suppliers that will sell small
>quantity of metal material or parts to home mechanist, like what digikey,
>Jameco, etc., does in selling electronic components to electronic hobbist.
>

Your best bet may be to look locally. With no indication as to where you
live by your address, it's kind of hard to offer specific advice.

Here in central California, Orchard Supply Hardware carries sheet aluminum,
brass, steel, and stainless in various sizes and thicknesses. (They also
carry sheet plexiglass and lexan as well. Very handy at times.)

If and when your quantities grow, a good working relationship with a small
local machine/sheet metal shop can be an invaluable asset.

Regards, Bob

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2001\07\10@203425 by victor Faria

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look at the mcmaster  carr catalog,also msc.
if all else fails go to your local welding shop.
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> You might want to check out a hardware store.  There is a chain called
> Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) that has this type of stuff.
>
> John
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2001\07\10@204510 by Scott M. Thomas

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www.onlinemetals.com

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look at the mcmaster  carr catalog,also msc.
if all else fails go to your local welding shop.
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2001\07\10@221323 by William Jacobs

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John,
       You might consider a piece of PC board.  It would be cheaper than
metal.   Also lighter, and easier to work.

bill Jacobs

John Waters wrote:
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> Hi All,
>
> I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
> device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure.

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2001\07\11@004222 by Spehro Pefhany

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At 08:44 PM 7/10/01 -0400, you wrote:
>http://www.onlinemetals.com

Sometimes these places can be so expensive that they suck all your
profit away. There may be no alternative at some point to making a
minimum $500 or whatever purchase from an industrial supplier, if
you'd use it in a reasonable time period (a year or two), otherwise
it might cost you $300 per month to buy the exact same material.

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2001\07\11@004255 by Roman Black

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John Waters wrote:
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> Hi All,
>
> I'm producing a device in small quantity (just around 10 - 20 pieces). This
> device has a 3"x3" touch sensing metal plate attached to the enclosure. The
> dimension, as well as the material that made up this metal plate is not
> critical. As I'm not a mechanist, I have no idea where to buy the metal
> plate. I want to know if there is any suppliers that will sell small
> quantity of metal material or parts to home mechanist, like what digikey,
> Jameco, etc., does in selling electronic components to electronic hobbist.
>

Hi John, maybe try contacting the CAD CAM DRO
mailing list, lots of guys there with small
hobby CNC mills that need projects to make! :o)
-Roman

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2001\07\12@140621 by Peter L. Peres

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For some projects I spend some time in hardware stores and places like
Office Depot eyeballing some sort of ready made item (like shelve brackets
etc), that suits the needs when modified. Usually if I buy these in bulk
it comes out cheaper than the raw material. This seems to be the situation
in all 'post industrial' countries (post industrial means that everyone is
unemployed and they don't produce anything except candy, ice cream and hot
air in the form of politics and TV shows). I happen to know that this is
not the case in producing countries, where you can walk into a hardware
store and order a couple of sq. meters of galvanized steel sheet without
troubles and double-talk.

Peter

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2001\07\12@164447 by tims800

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if you are in the usa i think i can give up some of my scrap metal..
just taking up good basement space..
e-mail me off list.....tim

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2001\07\13@133921 by John Waters

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Yes, I agreed!


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