I will soon be placing an order with a plastic extrusion house for bulk 3mm
ABS filament. I would very much like to include Sector67, PS:1, and
Milwaukee Makerspace in on the deal, at cost. I will not be placing the
order for several weeks yet, but wanted to get the details to you guys about
pricing. If anyone wants filament for a personal reprap, I will be charging
a $5/spool markup, but you could still get your plastic delivered when we
arrange dropoff of the bulk order. I am in the Chicago area every few
weeks, and Im sure delivery to Milwaukee wouldnt be a big deal.
I am 99% sure that this plastic is the same plastic house that MakerGear
uses. (Rick said his plastic house is in ohio, and the red is a spot on
match for makergear red) Sector has had great results with the colors so
far. (except black, at the moment, cannot recommend black until they can
explain what dye they are using).
All plastic is delivered on 5lb cardboard spools. Minimum order is 2 spools
of any single color, which shouldn't be a problem with the group order.
Custom colors are available for $25/order fee, and a 2 week process of
sending a color sample (photo or object) to their lab. I am trying to find
out if they will color match with digital color data from one of those fancy
machines (ps:one has access to one). Since its an outsourced process, I can
provide contact information for you to send samples to before we place the
White and Natural 5lb spools are $44
Glow in the dark (white/cream) 5lb spools are $55
Red, Green, and Blue, or any other color 5lb spool are $49/ ( I have only
personally seen the "red" )
Custom colors (besides red, green, and blue) are $25 per order, any
quantity. and use the color spool rate.
Plastic for personal use has an additional $5/spool fee, So I can spend more
time doing this, and less time getting a "real job" :)
1.75mm filament is available for around $7/spool additional, and counts as a
separate product for all minimum orders. (this is why im focusing on 3mm at
Shipping cost is included in this price. Lead time is between 2-8 weeks,
depending on their resin supply.
If we can somehow get to a 200lb order, there is an additional $0.50/lb
discount, but i'm not counting on that.
I can take payment via check (preferred, damn credit card fees!) or via
google checkout, if you dont mind paying the 3% credit card fees.
I will set a tentative date to place the order of November 14th. Once your
space has finalized an order, please respond to me off list(s)
I hope to not cause too much mailing list spam by blasting this to four
lists, but what better way to bring Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago together
a little bit more than rallying around discount rate plastic? If this goes
well, I hope we will be able to band together to save a few bucks on similar
projects in the future.