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annihilator
10-23-2004, 01:32 AM
where do you all get your metal? do you buy it locally? what price is a good price? point me in the right direction please!

samualt
10-23-2004, 01:57 AM
What kind of metal? I bought my T-slots in a one time deal from a guy who sold his extras. I buy aluminum plates cut to size off of Ebay. Try Ebay section - Scrap Metal (http://search.ebay.com/_Raw-Materials-Scrap_W0QQsofocusZbsQQsbrftogZ1QQcatrefZC12QQsorecordsperpageZ50QQfromZR10QQsacategoryZ31488Q26catrefQ3DC6QQsotrZ2QQsosortpropertyZ11Q26sosortorderQ3D1QQcoactionZcompareQQcopagenumZ1QQcoentrypageZsearch). Sometimes you can find "cut to size" there. A friend of mine goes to junk yards that specialize in scrap metal, but I have nothing like that around me. For small pieces you can try a hardware store (Thin 1" or 2" square steal rods and tubes, 4" wide steal plates about 4' long, etc...) And then there is the retail route. Most cities have a company that will sell you 1/2" aluminum plate, but it will cost you bucks unless they let you have seconds which you should always ask about.

:cheers:

ger21
10-23-2004, 04:40 PM
http://www.metalsupermarkets.com

Not the cheapest, but convenient if there is one near you.

JFettig
10-23-2004, 05:20 PM
I usually get mine from onlinemetals.com and scrap from time to time from work.

Jon

BigDaddyG
10-23-2004, 05:31 PM
I use Enco! They have plenty of the 6061 which I use mostly. They have offers most months with free shipping if you spend 50 bucks or more. You cant beat the free shipping. I have a metal supplyer a few towns away that is a good second choice. But, like I said, I buy 6061-t6 at 6' lengths for a very reasonable price. I find Ebay is ok, but I like getting new stuff and not having to pay the shipping charges that kill ya.
Good Luck,
Glen

Swami
10-23-2004, 10:05 PM
DEFINITELY explore your local yellow pages.

I found a place in town that has cutoff "remnants" from machine shops. They sell that for $1/lb !! Every concievable size

Maybe they would mail it, dunno. Its called HiTemp Metals, and its in Tucson.

Swami

sendkeys
10-24-2004, 05:18 AM
anyone know of a good place around portland oregon? :)

Cold Fusion
10-24-2004, 04:23 PM
If you're in need of a particular size try these people out.
http://stores.ebay.com/Metal-Connections-Aluminum-Supply_W0QQsspagenameZl2QQtZkm

I just bought $200 worth of 6061 plate and I'm very happy with the quality of everything. Cuts were free and the shipping was fair;)

Redline
11-06-2004, 03:16 PM
Scrap yard, it is 17 cents a pound

caitolly
11-06-2004, 09:43 PM
www.yarde.com
Go to the "Drop Zone" you can usually get more metal than you need for less than the other guys minimum.

Harlow
11-06-2004, 10:02 PM
I use MetalExpress mostly. Quantity discounts show in thier shopping cart when you change the quantity. Nice feature. Fair prices and fast shipping.
http://www.metalexpress.net

Beezer
11-06-2004, 10:32 PM
I buy all my metal from "Metal Supermarket". At my work we buy most of our metals from them since they keep a good supply of off-cuts on their shelves which they usually sell by the pound, so you can get some good prices in most cases. They also have the ability to cut or shear the material to size for you. Of course there is a fee for this service. It doesn't hurt that they are a couple blocks away from the my work too. ;)
The owner gives me a better price on materials if they know it is for my own use rather then for my work. :cheers:

DAB_Design
11-07-2004, 08:43 AM
http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=DisplayAlluminum

Here's sample pictures of their material stock - http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=StockPhotos

If I remember right, this place is on something close to around 12 acres. And they're only a 45 minute drive from me. :)

cnc2k
11-07-2004, 09:49 AM
http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=DisplayAlluminum

Here's sample pictures of their material stock - http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=StockPhotos

If I remember right, this place is on something close to around 12 acres. And they're only a 45 minute drive from me. :)
do you know the price on the metal?

DAB_Design
11-08-2004, 08:31 AM
cnc2k, the price changes often and I haven't been up there in a while. But you can give them a call and they'll be able to give you a quote. (800) 888-8991

JavaDog
11-08-2004, 10:15 AM
http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=DisplayAlluminum

Here's sample pictures of their material stock - http://yardstore.com/index.cfm?action=StockPhotos

If I remember right, this place is on something close to around 12 acres. And they're only a 45 minute drive from me. :)


Is that.......is that, heaven? :p

DAB_Design
11-09-2004, 09:51 AM
cnc2k, I just gave them a call. I asked for the per lb. price, and they said that any extruded bar is $1.60 per lb. The lady I talked with also said that they have racks outside that are primarily drops that are $1.20 per lb. Anything over 16x20 is $1.60/lb.. And round stock is $2.20/lb. Guess I should mention that all prices are for aluminum (no specifical alloys were mentioned by me or them, but I doubt there would be any different prices)

There is also a saw charge if they have to saw something. Brace yourself......it's based on $125/hr. with a minimum of $12.50. So if you order from them, and need something sawed, make sure you figure that in also.

cnc2k
11-24-2004, 04:45 PM
Can anyone explain the number on the aluminum means.

DAB_Design
11-24-2004, 05:28 PM
Usually you will find alloy, size (thickness), heat lot number, manufacturer and any specifications that it conforms to. Can't think of anything else I've seen, but I'm sure there is more that is often marked on the material.