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    Default Looking for Recommendations for a Machine Shop located in China

    Hi, first I should say "Hi" to everyone! I'm new to this website and I'm very excited about using it.

    Second, the reason I registered with "Practical Machinist" is I have a small 4"x 4" thin piece of metal I need stamped out and therefore I'm looking for an easy to deal with Machine Shop in China. This would be a small monthly order of possibly 30-40 pieces. Also, I would prefer to deal with a smaller machine shop if possible.

    Since, I've never use a Chinese Company before, I would appreciate any advice and/or recommendations you may have.

    Kind Regards,
    Bob in Spring, Texas

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    Oh Gawd, this is going to be fun to watch

    Regards.

    Mike

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    April 1st is still a few weeks away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antlerbob View Post
    Hi, first I should say "Hi" to everyone! I'm new to this website and I'm very excited about using it.

    Second, the reason I registered with "Practical Machinist" is I have a small 4"x 4" thin piece of metal I need stamped out and therefore I'm looking for an easy to deal with Machine Shop in China. This would be a small monthly order of possibly 30-40 pieces. Also, I would prefer to deal with a smaller machine shop if possible.

    Since, I've never use a Chinese Company before, I would appreciate any advice and/or recommendations you may have.

    Kind Regards,
    Bob in Spring, Texas
    Just out of curiosity, why do you want them to be made in China, as opposed to (wherever) Mexico for example? Why is your question directed to China?

    R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finegrain View Post
    Oh Gawd, this is going to be fun to watch

    Regards.

    Mike

    Talk about a sucker for punishment. I can't believe anyone would seek help from this forum, when 99% of it's members are against Chinese manufacturing.

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    If you are serious,I would contact someone in your State government that deals with trade.

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    Gee where to start ! Stamping infers dies being needed and 30-40 pieces per month ???? If dies need to be made the unit cost will be high in those quantities. Cheap from China ?? Wishful thinking ,try 3000-4000 pieces for reasonable cost.

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    Instead of stamping and china you should ask: where I can get 40 pieces of simple sheet metal pieces laser cut in Texas.

    China is alternative when you order 30 to 40 THOUSAND pieces per time..

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    To the OP: Just in case some of the meaning of the arcane commentary above is lost in translation, the gist of it is this: Nobody will have much of a recommendation for a shop in China to do the work you propose, as the Chinese manufacturing sector is the direct competition to many of the members of the Practical Machinist community. If you are dead-set on using a Chinese resource, you may be better served by seeking comment or guidance from the Practical Purchasing Agent community, if such exists.

    The members of this group are generally involved directly in actually making "stuff" on a day to day basis, as opposed to figuring out what OTHER person or persons can do the work for them. The Chinese manufacturers in many cases have taken work directly from many of the members' businesses, via the companies that are looking for the "lowest possible cost". So, not a lot of support here for "let's get it in China".

    That said, as others have noted your quantity requirements are far too low for economical stamping as an initial process. The start-up costs for stamping tooling would be huge relative to your volume, unless you have a part in mind that can somehow fetch a price of many hundreds of dollars per part. In any case, the likely payback for tooling investment for the typical stamped part is probably in the 10,000+ part volume range, depending on part complexity and what you can charge.

    I'll also note that, while doing business in China has gotten easier in the last few years, setting up a reliable supply chain with china as the source is another area where start-up costs can be high; often several trips to suppliers' locations are needed, a middleman may be required, and you need to be prepared to weather quality and delivery issues in the early going.

    YMMV -- my 2 cents' worth for today.

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    Mr thinketh the OP taketh the piss.

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    Why the specific request for a Chinese vendor? You appear to be from Texas, which makes this request somewhat more odd. Are you looking for a foreign vendor because you’ve burned all your local vendors? Or you just don’t believe it when they tell you the cost to set up a high volume production process to produce a small quantity run? Maybe you need to re-think what you are asking and explore other means of producing the parts you are trying to get made.

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    Has to be a troll...........no one could be that thick........

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    Being that you are in from Texas my recommendation would be to cut them out with tinsnips then stick them with duct tape to posts near a highway. The locals will shoot them full of holes for free. The size and location accuracy will be as good as ones made in China to your specs.
    Bill D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Being that you are in from Texas my recommendation would be to cut them out with tinsnips then stick them with duct tape to posts near a highway. The locals will shoot them full of holes for free. The size and location accuracy will be as good as ones made in China to your specs.
    Bill D
    lol!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by david n View Post
    Has to be a troll...........no one could be that thick........
    I wish my life were that boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litlerob1 View Post
    I wish my life were that boring.
    Why wish? Just move to Kolding, Denmark.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thermite View Post
    Why wish? Just move to Kolding, Denmark.

    Or Modesto, CA. home the the worlds largest winery and cannery. I wonder why they do not put the wine in cans? The movie set in Modesto was about teenagers who wanted to leave town.
    Bill D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    ...stick them with duct tape to posts near a highway. The locals will shoot them full of holes for free. The size and location accuracy will be as good as ones made in China to your specs...
    I near spit my teeth out when I read that. I'm sure that turn-around time would be real short too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill D View Post
    Or Modesto, CA. home the the worlds largest winery and cannery.
    What's the word ?

    Thunderbird !

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