Im planning on making either a male mold, or a full female mold (depending on how many takers I have) and wondered if I could get a block of foam CNC machined in 3d for a reasonable price. Are companies at all interested in such small one off jobs? and if so what files etc do they usually require?
Im in Australia so any information on anything locally would be particularly useful.
At one time I was quoted $475 (US) from a fellow in Michigan that builds “big” boats. A bit spendy for a one-off, although there are companies advertising on the net that will do prototype work. Depends on size and available table-top space. Mine was for a set of 48 inch long hulls for a multihull - so possible a single hull in/around a 1 meter size might be more reasonable.
From what I have seen Dick’s quote is “quite good” for what he ask for.
He must have had a good drawing in some CAD program that they could use.
If not be prepared to ADD programing time to the cost.
Some other things you should post that might help you get an answer would be :
Where you are at .
What size / Class the hull is you are looking for.
I have a CAD drawing in (X) format / I only have shadows in (X) format and need help putting together a 3D drawing.
I’m just doing this one for my self.
There may be more plugs to do in the future because I have a little home business doing RC boats.
Any luck finding a machine shop. I see not many jumped in here. (I’m the only one with time on a machine???) Price quotes would be interesting if you got any… I know I never charge enough for mine, the line is out the door.
You can try John Lindahl (design/builder of “A” Class catamarans) as I believe he may have a source to do 5 axis CNC machining. Just reference my name - and if he no longer has that source, please post here so I don’t give out info except for possible catamaran buyers. Be sure he understands it is for r/c sailboats - not full size ones.
No, Unfortunatley I was not able to locate a USA source who could do this work for us.
However, between then and now I did acquire the Moulds for the Terry Allen MAX, and Sweede Johnson ORCO '89 Skinny Marbleheads, and hope to produce boats out of them at rock-bottom prices to the customer…