Materials Sources/Purchasing/Sellers

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Dustin Hawkinson
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Materials Sources/Purchasing/Sellers

Post by Dustin Hawkinson » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:22 pm

In the forum re-organization, the old Forum dealing only in sourcing materials has been merged with this one. This sticky thread will serve as a repository for any sources of materials forum members want to add. Any moderator can edit this first post and add sources to the list.

LIST:
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***Various wood from Ocooch

***Americans Only - Organizing Boxes

***Anodized Aluminium Business Cards

***45 12x12" sheets of 1/8 BB ply for $55

***Amazon USA - Aluminum Channel for Edge Lit Signs.

*** Aluminum Mounting Channel for Edge Lit Signs & Plastic (S.L.C. Utah).

***KITRONIK in UK - PMMA under the Perspex brand (60cm*40cm*3mm sheets), MDF and HIPS http://Kitronik.co.uk

***US companies for Microplastic (laser engravable multi(color) layer plastics- commonly .020; .060; and .125):
-Rowmark now owns Johnson Plastics which I believe is their main outlet now, altho a lot of companies sell it.
-Gemini's Duets is now marketed (I think exclusively) thru JSD Industries

***Acetal Homopolymer (aka: Delrin) - $9 for an eighth-inch (3.175mm) plate from OnlineMetals.

***In the UK - Hindleys - They are a materials supplier for schools, so you can get acrylic,mdf,ply and laser laminate in a wide range of sizes. (and a lot of other stuff, like metal sheet.) https://hindleys.com/

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Re: Materials Sources/Purchasing/Sellers

Post by sebastien laforet » Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:17 am

i want to add KITRONIK in UK. Kitronik.co.uk

i have purchased from them some PMMA under the Perspex brand (60cm*40cm*3mm sheets). Good stuff, and not to pricey relatively to most suppliers.

they ship to france, i had my command delivered in no more than 3 days. shipping fees (to mainland europa) are ok if you purchase more than 2-3 items, and for 10+ sheets it is cheaper to buy at kitronik and pays shipping than buy in france with less shipping.

they also sell MDF (which i have not purchased), and now HIPS (high impact polystyrene, same stuff as "plasticard" or "evergreen") which i will purchase soon (i'll relate this)

please note that they DO NOT cut sheets at your measure... they sell A4 size, 60*40, ... so you have to pick the size closests to your needs.



you can probably find sellers locally at better gross price for PMMA, but for pre-cut sheets of small size, they are a bargain. not everybody has usage for 24'x48' sheets!
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Post by Gene Uselman » Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:55 am

Hi Dustin- nice to meet you- you are doing a great job.

I would add some US companies for Microplastic (laser engravable multi(color) layer plastics- commonly .020; .060; and .125.

Rowmark now owns Johnson Plastics which I believe is their main outlet now, altho a lot of companies sell it.

Gemini's Duets is now marketed (I think exclusively) thru JSD Industries

Both of these companies have a full line of laser (and mechanically) engravable products and have catalogs available.

thanks Gene

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Post by Dustin Hawkinson » Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:26 am

Hi Gene. You might remember my posts prior to the name policy change, I posted under astral.

My vision for these sticky posts is that anyone in the moderator team can edit the first post as the community makes more suggestions. This way we can keep some important stuff in sticky threads without having additional forums cluttering things up just for simple things like materials sourcing. A member can come here and just browse the first sticky post and then click on a supplier for more info (they are linked to the original posts suggesting them).

So any moderators should feel free to edit these sticky threads to keep them up to date with suggestions.
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Post by Simon Morris » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:59 am

In the UK, I'd add Hindleys https://hindleys.com/

They are a materials supplier for schools, so you can get acrylic,mdf,ply and laser laminate in a wide range of sizes. (and a lot of other stuff, like metal sheet.)

They also have acrylic blocks and cemets.

Delivery is about £5, so not too extorionate
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Re: Materials Sources/Purchasing/Sellers

Post by Hans Nieborg » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:08 pm

In the eastern side of the US, there is ALRO Plastics. I have used them for most of my sheet (4 feet x 8 feet) needs. They have quite a bit of variety in thicknesses, coloring and material types. They are more of a bulk supply facility, but they will sell you cut pieces (with a per-cut charge), especially if they have it in stock.

Now I go to a local shop in the Tampa Bay Area called American Plastics that is family run. Their prices are a little better than ALRO and since it is a production / supply facility, they let me go through their 'drops' to find material I need and price it by the square foot. They even cut the pieces down to sizes that fit in my laser machine for free!

I prefer to work with suppliers that treat you as a valued customer, rather than a body with a dollar sign for a head.

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Re: Materials Sources/Purchasing/Sellers

Post by Willy Ivy » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:41 pm

Here are a few more that I use

For acrylic and glue
http://www.delviesplastics.com/

For low tack transfer tape, various widths
http://www.specialty-graphics.com/rtape ... _tape.html

For wholesale knives, pens and other stuff to engrave
http://www.mitechtrading.com/sport-knives

For various wallets, knives and other engraveable wholesale products
http://www.ckbproducts.com/index.php?route=common/home

For various glassware at $1 each, mason jar sku# 196305, beer mug sku# 874758, pub glass sku#121334
https://www.dollartree.com/
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