View Poll Results: Who would be interested in an investment cast stainless steel grate?

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    Stainless steel intake grates

    Well, i have given up on the billet grate idea. They will be entirely too expensive to be milled out of billet.

    I have a source that can investment cast grates out of stainless steel.

    The initial tooling expense is high, but the individual parts made from the mold are cheap in comparrison to billet.

    What i need to know is how many people would be interested in a stainless grate?
    Please cast your vote.

    Here is the link to pre-order!
    http://www.4-tecperformance.com/inde...roducts_id=819
    Last edited by Hydrotoys; 04-28-2008 at 05:22 PM.


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    I assume it is the special grate you would be making. The one you had put into a CAD drawing? If so yes! Hell even if it was the 800r R&D in the stainless I would be down.

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    I think everyone would be interested, but what price range are we talking?

    I mean 200 yes, 300 maybe, 500 no

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    Not sure of price yet, obviously the more we have on the initial order the cheaper it will be for everyone.

    The solidworks model (cad drawing) my CNC guy did for me wasn't cheap, but it's not a waste as it can be carried over into making the mold for the castings.

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    Just an idea, but I remember in the other thread people wanted more than one. Maybe if they want more than one they should post and say so. That way you can get a firm number for the first batch.

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    depends on price range

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    Jerry if you are going to go with casting I would suggest you find a shop that will make you some proptypes first and see how they fair prior to investing in the mold tooling. They will need the original piece to make the temporary casts from. I can send you info from work tomorrow of a company I recently worked with here in Cali if you want.

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    Jerry if you are going to go with casting I would suggest you find a shop that will make you some proptypes first and see how they fair prior to investing in the mold tooling. They will need the original piece to make the temporary casts from. I can send you info from work tomorrow of a company I recently worked with here in Cali if you want.
    Good point, and if you had a prototype and gave good results you would have a lot more people jump on board for the first batch. Nobody wants to get the first run and then have a new and improved version out in a month or so.

    You shouldnt get stuck with all the $$$ burden either though. Maybe we can take up a collection for you to get the prototype worked out. Then we can all buy the INTAKE GRATE 2.0 version.

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    In the casting world they can make temporary casts from an existing piece and use this to make their wax from. You can get several pieces from it near same quality as original. once design is perfected they make aluminum molds and inject the wax in them and use these for their production process. Small runs even a 100's of pieces can be done without investment in hard tooling. The advantage to the hard tooling is a better finish on your parts with less post processing.

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