[hackerspaces] Forming relationships with local material suppliers for cut-offs and the like

Will Bradley will at heatsynclabs.org
Sun Sep 18 05:19:43 CEST 2011

I don't think formal relationships for that have been made, but for example
one member is an employee of a laser fabricating shop and has offered
members a tour and free time on the laser. Or when we needed LN2 for a day,
the welding supply place waived the weekly dewar rental fee. That kind of
adhoc or individual stuff seems more genuine and valuable than our attempts
so far at establishing some kind of agreement. Friendly, in-person queries
and working on a relationship with an employee seem to work better than just
phoning up the manager.
On Sep 17, 2011 5:52 AM, "Lokkju Brennr" <lokkju at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm curious if any of you have tried forming on-going relations with
> local companies that might generate essentially "scrap" sizes of
> plastic, metal, and glass sheeting/pipe/billet/etc? I'm considering
> reaching out to a few companies, and any input from people who've done
> it would be welcome. I'm mostly just looking to get raw materials,
> since most of our projects are small enough that they can use
> short/small pieces, which I know are commonly cut off and thrown
> away...
> The two places I'm looking at a right now are a plastic
> machining/extruding company, and a metal extruding company.
> Obviously, espeically with the metal, we'd need to pay them at least
> the recycling weight value, but that would be massively cheaper then
> the cost of, say, extruded aluminum - and when we can easily use their
> 1'-2' cut off lengths just fine...
> input welcome, obviously,
> Loki // BrainSilo.org
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