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Can someone tell me what the German for "machine shop" is? I can't seem to get a hit. To be clear, I'm looking for a shop that will CNC/mill/lathe/etc metals...not a fabrication shop (welding and such).

On a related note, anyone here have a machine shop?
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Re: Machine Shop

I'm a CNC machinist (lathe & mill), don't have my own shop here yet but I'll have access to one over the summer. That's probably too long for you to wait though....

For machining as opposed to sheet metal fab, try "Präzisionsmechanik".
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I'm a CNC machinist (lathe & mill), don't have my own shop here yet but I'll have access to one over the summer. That's probably too long for you to wait though....

For machining as opposed to sheet metal fab, try "Präzisionsmechanik".
Thanks! Summer is actually not too far away at all, but I may not be around for a lot of it (graduate summer school, and then a visit home). I'm slowly working on putting a project together in my spare time (bicycle frame building jig), so I have no real time restrictions.

Out of curiosity, what goes into running a CNC lathe, or mill? I imagine there is a ton of setup.
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Re: Machine Shop

I won't be around either... I'll be back in the US, hence access to a machine shop. Subject to available machine time though: summer used to be the slow season when I worked there but that may have changed (there's no inherent reason it should be, it just happened that way with their particular mix of customers at the time.)

Actually, if you've got prints for the stuff you want made, I can put you in touch with the owner, drop me a PM.


Yeah, setup and programming are most of what drives the cost up for one-offs and small runs. People associate CNCs with precision and think they're automatically better and faster at everything, but to be honest unless a one-off job really needs a CNC (say for contour work), it's probably going to be cheaper/faster to make manually. Think Bridgeport and an engine lathe with readouts...

...which I don't have in my garage yet either unfortunately
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Nice. What part of the U.S. are you from? I'm a few hours southwest of D.C.

Parts models aren't finalized yet as I'm trying to work learning SolidWorks into my other educational obligations. All I have for now are sketches on graph paper. Turned parts could totally be done manually, but there will be some milling that will require CNC.

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