I love MetalMart (southeast Michigan). We purchased 24 ft of 6061 2x1x.065 for around $57 this season. I don’t know if they do shipping or what they would charge. They are familiar with FRC though, so there is that (the first time I wandered in this season they had the tax exempt forms all set and ready for the influx of school associated purchases).
Thanks for the info Nate! Do you have a price per piece or lb? I know that the market price varies over time, but we placed an order for 6063 a few times this year and could compare the price difference vs our needs.
The minimum order size I was quoted from a local supplier for this ‘specialty’ metal was $5000. Given the types of mechanisms and drive trains I saw at our events, I don’t know the local teams would want to do that big of a purchase. So if there’s a way to get smaller order quantities, then yep - 100%.
Depending on shipping, 2826 is good for 128’ (assuming 16 @ 8’ea)
We used this as our new “Wonder material” this year, allowing us to do some awesome structures for very little weight.
We pretty much bought this from:
Online metals - Big ripoff. They sourced from Alcoa directly but their finishing (cut to length) and packaging was awful. Literally 13 of the 25 @ 4’ I ordered was severely scratched, dented or downright mauled.
Amazon - Small parts substore has it, but they are pretty pricey. I needed 2 quickly and it’s hard to beat Prime shipping
973 will set this up as a fundraiser, and will be ready to start shipping by July 1st. We will likely commit to something along the lines of shipping every two weeks during offseason (or sooner), and a tighter schedule during season.
Shipping would be UPS.
Most convenient would be buying per 20’. So 4x 5’ or 2x 8’ and a 4’ remnant. +/- .125 cut tolerance.
That might actually be a decent size since I’m guessing a lot of teams want to use them on WCD, it would allow a front and back extend the full length (assuming historical rules and that a team would want a 28"x28" robot and their design uses a full length front bar structure).