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Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:28 am

When we sell our 3D milling machines we make sure you know where to buy some cutters etc, however as time goes on you the users source your own cutters and materials to make your parts.

Please share your suppliers details with other if you think they offer a good service and are worth a mention.

Here are a few helpful contacts, plus there are many more, so add your recommendations:-

Alchemie Ltd - Warickshire
01926 641600
http://www.alchemie.com
Modelling boards (NECURON), casting and RP resins. Very helpful company.

Drill Services Horley
Tel: 01293 774911
http://www.drill-service.co.uk
Specialise in small Mills and Drills.

Pantograph Services
Tel: 0113 249 6161
http://www.pantograph.co.uk/
The best double sided tape (DST25LA) for modelmaking and engraving that we found as it sticks well and removes easily, plus they make engraving tools to order.

Tekwani Applications Limited
Tel: 0117 9501710
http://www.tekwani.co.uk/
Machinable and recycleable WAX for jewellers and dental technicians.

Warren Insulation Coventry
Tel: 024 7664 4373
http://www.warren.co.uk
Modelling Styrene Foam Materials
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:35 am

Just a couple more:-

Crownhill Associates Ltd
Tel 01353 749990
http://www.crownhill.co.uk
FR4 PCB Material


Direct Plastics Online Limited
Tel: 0845 838 3318
http://www.directplasticsonline.co.uk
Next day plastics like Acetal, Delrin, Nylon etc in affordable pieces.


The Plastic Shop
http://www.theplasticshop.co.uk/
Tel: 024 76 588 383
Perspex, polycarbonate
Free Perspex User Manual, well worth a read.
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:36 pm

Impressive selection.

From the USA for small cutters, especially if you order a selection to cover the delivery, these tools can be very affordable.
Bits & Bits Company
http://bitsbits.com/
Note usually on INCH size shafts so you will need to buy either a 1/8" or 1/4" collet or spindle for your machine, or on our large MDX540 you can use the 4-3mm collet or the 7-6mm collet respectively.
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:33 pm

Compressors for MDX540 and our DWX dental machines.

Nick Clark at Rheological Limited (Twickenham) is really helpful at specifying the right compressor for your application and sensible prices
Phone: 020 7837 1289
Compressor site is http://www.aircomps.co.uk/

For the MDX540 user with ATC (ZAT540) the BB24D has been popular. For DWX machines there are a dental range of compressors. Also ask about the range of filters you can have to get clean, oil and moisture free air, not to stain your zirconia.
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by PeterGrant » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:19 pm

For 3D printed materials, I order bulk at 3d2print. They have various colors of ABS and PLA filaments. Nylon & PET, Support Material and Special effects filaments are also available at their webshop. My recent favourite is their Elastic Rubber-like filament which is the in-demand and latest 3D printing material in the market.

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Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Aug 28, 2014 3:56 pm

Another supplier recommended by a customer for cutters.
Sussex Tools
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:50 am

Centre Edge Finder.jpg
Do you need and Edge finder tool (Click Here) for your your MDX540, MDX500, MDX650.

Try Amazon, Ebay and many other fine resellers.
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Wed May 27, 2015 10:18 pm

Another customer mentioned that "Davis Industrial Plastics Ltd" offer a good service for plastics.
It seems easier to order via their Ebay Shop and delivery was next day.
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:34 pm

Roland MDX-540 Bench
Was just doing MDX-540 install training at the University of Lincoln.
The guys there purchased a really nice custom made bench for their machine.

The spec is 1050mm long x 1050mm deep x 840mm high blue powder coated heavy duty workbench with galvanised steel top, cupboard and bottom shelf. 1000kg UDL. If it was mine I may have had it made a bit longer to sit the PC screen and keyboard on.
It is really well made and a good price, about £300 ish + VAT, and the Benchmaster team were really helpful.

The supplier is:-
Benchmaster Ltd
Riverside Estate, Egmont St. Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs, OL5 9PY
Tel: 01457 837146 Fax: 01457 837981 Web: http://www.benchmaster.co.uk
MDX540 Bench.jpg
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Re: Where do you source your materials and tools

Post by Patrick Thorn » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:20 am

Quite a lot of 3D users have purchased our print and cut printers and vinyl cutters for packaging with their 3D machines.
For Print and Cut vinyls, papers, banners etc., there are may suppliers, however, a good friend of mine, Adam Reece, works for www.metamark.co.uk so you could give them a try as they are alway helpful.
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