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ive been wanting to design and make a case for years but l lack some of the design skills lol
pen to paper im not to bad but cad software whole diff ball game
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Steel is easier to cut with lasers. Also, most metal shops don't do anodizing in-house due to all the nasty chemicals. So you'll either be limited in your choice of fabricator or you'll have to juggle an external vendor for the anodizing.
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ive been wanting to design and make a case for years but l lack some of the design skills lol
pen to paper im not to bad but cad software whole diff ball game

CAD is pretty easy to get the hang of. It's pretty much like any 3D modeling program really.
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Steel is easier to cut with lasers. Also, most metal shops don't do anodizing in-house due to all the nasty chemicals. So you'll either be limited in your choice of fabricator or you'll have to juggle an external vendor for the anodizing.

I was going to have the case be punched out using the machine that cuts the different shapes (can't remember the name of the machine). Pros to this machine is very little variation from case to case. Should be cheaper as well.

I planned on having a few different places doing the required work. I want someone who only specializes in metal fabrication to do the case, and a place that only does powder coating or plating/anodizing. That way, I will get the best job since they specialize in the work I'm having them do.

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what bout acrylic with a metal frame. would it be easier n quicker
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I was going to have the case be punched out using the machine that cuts the different shapes (can't remember the name of the machine). Pros to this machine is very little variation from case to case. Should be cheaper as well.

It's a CNC punch press, simple enough tongue.gif
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I planned on having a few different places doing the required work. I want someone who only specializes in metal fabrication to do the case, and a place that only does powder coating or plating/anodizing. That way, I will get the best job since they specialize in the work I'm having them do.

I'd recommend against this. It makes sense for someone like Apple to get the best company for each step of the manufacturing process but for a small project like this it'd be much easier to keep it all under one roof if possible.

Each additional company involved means packing up and shipping the works in progress which gives more chance for things to go wrong. Powder coating isn't that complex and many sheet metal shops can do it. If you do anodization you probably won't have a choice though.

There should be plenty of precision sheet metal shops in Washington due to the aerospace industry.
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It's a CNC punch press, simple enough tongue.gif
I'd recommend against this. It makes sense for someone like Apple to get the best company for each step of the manufacturing process but for a small project like this it'd be much easier to keep it all under one roof if possible.

Each additional company involved means packing up and shipping the works in progress which gives more chance for things to go wrong. Powder coating isn't that complex and many sheet metal shops can do it. If you do anodization you probably won't have a choice though.

There should be plenty of precision sheet metal shops in Washington due to the aerospace industry.

Washington you say? what part? i reside just south of puyallup thumb.gif
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