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OpenBuilt projects and commercial production...

Discussion in 'General Talk' started by flysolo206, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. flysolo206


    Nov 4, 2017
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    Dear Makers of the Openbuilds forum, Im curious what your thoughts or experience is with using your builds in a commercial production setting. There are many hobbyist here but many of the builds I have seen can be used in high volume comercial production, just curious if anyone has tried or thought about it.

    For a use case, consider that a CNC Lathe (from a US machinery company) can cost around 50k. And you only use if for simple operations. You need a maintenance plan, insurance, etc. It seems you can build one for around 1k that does the job quite well...but could it handle high volume production? Running 5-6 hours a day. And even if it couldn't buying/making 6 machines that can run 1 hour a day could be especially effective.

    What do you think?
  2. GrayUK

    GrayUK Openbuilds Team Elder
    Staff Member Moderator Builder

    May 5, 2014
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    Depending on the type of work you have in mind, it is quite feasible. My old machine used to run generally 4 to 5 hours a day. :)
    Cutting patterns for model houses and such out of ply and similar. Is that commercial usage, well it was for me.
    I think you can expect many CNC jobs to take 2 or more hours to run to completion, this is the limitation of "Hobby" machines, small bites, many many times. And, yes, having two or more machines are a great asset simply because of the waiting time for each job. Most definitely a case of start work on the next machine whilst waiting for the other one, but it won't reduce the job run time. Or sit and read a book and chill!
    What you are paying for, with the industrial/ commercial machines, is size, speed and power of cut.
    crispin and flysolo206 like this.

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