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Acrylic Machine Shops in the Bay Area?

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Posted Dec 10 2009 01:34 PM

Hi everyone,
Over the past 6 months, I've had the great learning experience of working with a local acrylic shop in Sacramento, in order to manufacture our acrylic gel electrophoresis boxes (blueprints available at http://www.pearlbiotech.com/hardware).

I'm now looking for other acrylic machine shops shops in the Bay area that could build this: http://www.pearlbiotech.com/, given a CAD and demo of the device. I've found one other shop called Acrylic Art in Emryville, but their price estimate was suprisingly 10x what we're paying currently! We also got a quote from Tri City Plastics which is in the right ballpark, but still higher than we're comfortable with. Do you know any other local shops? (specifically, looking for 1/32" tolerances, so more than just the 1/16" of saw cuts).

On the flip side, building these by hand is just one option. Does anyone have expertise in creating molds and would be interested in a joint project? Open to options, we're looking to keep the price down so that we can make these accessible to hobbyists in the $200 price range, rather than the $2,000 these are sold for currently by other companies.

Thank you!

Founder, Pearl Biotech

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  martinhaeberli's Photo
Posted Dec 10 2009 02:01 PM


This probably does not directly answer your question, but:

1) Tap Plastics

312 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041-1206
(650) 962-8430

in my experience can and does machine acrylic, as well as supplying the material.

2) TechShop

120 Independence Drive
Menlo Park, CA 94026
(800) 640-1975

is a membership machine shop where you can machine your own stuff once you are checked out on equipment; they also have a number of nice laser cutters that might be well-suited for your needs.

I hope this helps.


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Posted Nov 15 2012 09:31 PM

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744 West Nyack Rd
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United States
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  plasticcraft's Photo
Posted Sep 17 2013 01:40 AM

hi everyone..
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