UK based builder looking for laser cutting


#1

Hi everyone,

Just joined after following the project on and off for a while now. I’m really inspired to have a try at building an OpenROV from scratch but would like to try tinkering with some of the “guts” of the system. Essentially, I want to start off with the acrylic parts and just substitute / modifying the internals.

Can anybody point me in the direction of a reputable cutting firm where I can get the CAD files translated into something physical? Or is there someone here in the UK with the equipment to help?

Cheers
Gareth


#2

Hi Gareth,

I’m in the UK and have just joined liked yourself. I’m interested in laser cutting services and I think I will be contacting these guys below at some point.

http://www.cut-tec.co.uk/materials/laser-cutting/plastics/other-plastic/#.U72ndTK9KSN
http://www.cut-tec.co.uk/materials/laser-cutting/plastics/acrylic/#.U72orjK9KSM

Please let me know if you have some success with these guys or elsewhere


#3

Hi David,

No worries - i have asked for a quote from someone and will let you know how that comes out. With the firm you are looking at, i did notice they had a minimum £150 order for cutting. OpenROV have now re-added the "shell-only" kit to the store - http://store.openrov.com/collections/components/products/openrov-2-6-shell-only-kit. At $245 plus shipping it may be a better option considering it also includes the E-Chassis and battery tubes, etc

regardless, I will keep you updated,


Cheers

Gareth


#4

Hi Dave,

Just for info I have got a quote from a firm in Northampton (http://thexlc.co.uk/). I have asked them to cut everything except the end caps for the e-tube as everything else can be done in 3mm acrylic (doubling up on a couple of chassis items so i can cement together to give 6mm). The change in different thickness material was making it expensive so i'm hoping to just order the v.2.6 end caps direct from OpenROV when i order the control board.


I have also specced Acrylic for the main shell rather than polypropylene because I can fit the e-chassis parts on to the same sheet so reducing cost - i will just deal with the increased density.

Overall I have fit all the components onto two 500mm x 300mm sheets, giving a total supply and cutting quote of £43 which i'm happy with.

Cheers

Gareth


#5

Hi Dave and Gareth,

Glad to hear you are getting somewhere with laser cutting at a sensible cost.

I am also embarking on a OpenRov build in the UK and have so far sourced most of the electronics and electrical bits.

I am interested in the laser cutting service from thexlc.co.uk that you mentioned but I am away on holiday at the moment and have only occasional internet access so have only just picked this up.

Have you already put in an order with them? If not, I was wondering if they might give a discount for a bulk order ?

Either way, it would great to hear how you get on.

Kev



#6

Hey Kev,

Yep, they have done my cutting and are sending it to me next week. I will let you know what the quality is like when it arrives, though I don’t envisage there being a problem.

Where did you source all the electronics?

Cheers
Gareth


#7

Hi Gareth,

That's great, I will be very interested to know how you get on.

I won't have access to the details of where I sourced the electronics until I am back in the UK on 7th August, I can let you know then.

I do know that I bought the controller board and topside interface board direct from OpenRov.

Kev


#8

Why don't you try and find a local hackspace and cut it yourself. That way you will be able to get new parts made if any get broken. I also purchased only the controller board from OpenROV and sourced everything else myself.