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Mechanical prototyping options

  1. Nov 25, 2013 #1
    I have been looking for quite some time for a source of high quality prototyping parts that I can use to quickly make small to medium sized physical models without having to resort to making one-off parts which eat up time and materials. I think I have found the source here: http://www.servocity.com/html/actobotics.html.
    Quality looks good, prices look good, and they make a wide variety of interesting interconnection structures.
    Are there any similar products that are available for making reusable, robust structures that are currently in production?
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  3. Nov 26, 2013 #2


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    Looks like an adult version of an Erector Set! :smile:
  4. Nov 27, 2013 #3
    Yes it does!
    I went ahead and ordered a fair selection of it, so I shall report how it works.
    Some manufacturer in Germany or Sweden used to sell a prototyping kit that was packaged in a cabinet. I used one a long time back at an employer far, far, away but for the life of me I cannot remember the manufacturer.
    I just need a faster way to prototype mechanisms. I am, at best, a very slow machinist.
  5. Aug 31, 2014 #4
    A came across a really unique kit at an engineering tradeshow recently that I have been looking at getting. www.gridlinksinc.com

    I found it to kind of a cross between erector-set and t-slotted aluminum but it was made from a durable plastic.
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