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Offline wilfred

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Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« on: October 18, 2019, 04:31:06 am »
I am a member of a group that has a member trying to get replica keyboards made. For Aussies they are like the Dick Smith Super-80 kit Z80 computer and the Microbee.

Where can you get this sort of thing made? Is there a place like exists for PCBs? The frame is simply a sheet metal with folded down edges for rigidity and about 64 square holes for the keyswitches to clip into.
 

Offline Fire Doger

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Re: Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 09:32:00 am »
If the design is derived from a metal sheet it can be done by anyone who owns a laser or a punch.
I would search for refrigerator manufacturers because they provide custom refrigerator designs and other stainless steel structures made from sheets for anything related to food shops, cooking etc... You may be lucky and get a cheap one made from their scrap...
If it's derrived from a solid body then you have to look for someone who makes machined parts and mill it. Much more expensive.
 

Offline beanflying

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Re: Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 09:40:52 am »
Waterjet or Laser in Oz will be your normal options for small runs after that any competent metal fabricator could do the bending or welding needed.

You could get them milled but generally the first options will make more sense. The other option to consider is Fiberglass and resin depending on the look you want in the finished product.

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Offline SMTech

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Re: Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 10:52:50 am »
You might find some integrated EMS providers also do the sheet metal work. In the UK JJS would be an example of someone who can cut bend paint & print on metal and also make you a PCB.
 

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Re: Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 05:39:01 pm »
3D Hubs just added sheet metal to their capabilities.

I haven't tried that but found their website very helpful for learning about 3D printing and CNC and have had decent results with their 3D printing service.
 

Offline Geoff_S

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Re: Metalwork fabrication. Keyboard frame specifically
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 10:02:34 pm »
You could try Protolabs.  Not sure how they'd compare to a local Aus sheet metal fabricator, but they specialise in short run/prototypes and do sheet metal amongst other things.
 


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