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NC Solutions located in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been supporting local area FRC teams for a number of years. They specialize in wire EDM burning and CNC machining operations. I met the owner at the 2008 West Michigan Regional (before it became a District), one of his employees has been a volunteer announcer there since 2001. They currently are set up to make PG71 round and hex adapters to fit AM hubs and 1/2 to 3/8 hex shaft adapters to use AM output gears as counter gears.
Contact them at: http://www.ncsolutionsincorporated.com
06-13-2012 01:58 PMBrandon Holley
Nice! I can see quite a few uses for these types of adapters. I've made the one on the right quite a few times in the past.
Is NC setup right now so I can call and just order a few of these and expect them in a week?
Thanks for posting!
06-13-2012 04:00 PMGDG 2337
I talked with the owner Brian, he doesn't have any more pre-made. He thought a week turnaround time would be reasonable. I picked up like 6 or 8 of each from him over the Memorial Day weekend.
Normally, he makes a few in the unused portions of stock during regular production runs. Give him a call, he always making something that has a unused tail.
He started making the ½ to 3/8 hex adapters for us two years ago and there's at least one on '10, '11 and '12 somewhere.
06-14-2012 08:03 AMPeter Matteson
Do you have the ball park pricing on these?
I could definitely see my team using some of these if they were readily available because they fit into our "just buy it" philosophy.
06-14-2012 09:20 AMGDG 2337
I’ve told Brian that he would need to be competitive with AM to sell in quantity. The adapters in the picture are going with me to IRI, I hope to convince Andy these would be a welcome addition to his line of parts.
I’m also a firm believer in the “just buy it” philosophy. Why spend time and resources designing and building unique parts, when you can buy a COTS part, put it on the shelf and use it when needed. This is reason I posted the picture and information.
06-14-2012 11:13 AMAkash Rastogi
Depending on how many EDM machines and what models the place has, a single one could run you about $40 if its 1/2" stock with about 20 minutes of time on the machine, not including setup. That's just based on our shop's machines and quoting though. But yeah I might estimate $30-$35 if manufactured in bulk. (note: we quote about $100 an hour on our machines due to tolerances we hold so it might be quite different).
Do you guys inspect these for concentricity?