Hello everyone,
I have been reading the board for the last few days and I gotta say that there are a lot of very smart people on here.  I had no idea this resource was available up till the website went down last weekend.  Its great to see.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.  On the subject of manufacturing lots of small spacers at relatively low complexity, may i suggest plastic casting?
There is a company I have been looking at for a while for some projects of mine
called smooth-on (http://www.smooth-on.com/).  I would say that you could manufacture that part with no machining at all now that you have a sample.  Probably in large quantity say 100 or 1000 at a time.  It would take a while to get set up, maybe a few hours to build the mold and such but once you are done you could make them in any color and any hardness you wanted.
Just another idea to add to the pile.

--Tim

Dave Hylands <dhylands@gmail.com>
wrote:
Hi Cliff,

On 6/26/06, Cliff L. Biffle wrote:
> On Jun 26, 2006, at 9:00 PM, Dave Hylands wrote:
> > A couple of things. I installed the spacer I designed over here:
> > http://www.DaveHylands.com/Machinist/Projects/Gumstix-Spacer/
> > so the board spacing is optimal.
>
> For those of us without machine shops, do you sell those spacers?
> I've been trying to track down a source of nylon 2/3mm washers, but
> having little luck.

I've thought about making a bunch and selling them. The real trick is
figuring out a way to make them efficiently. Its a real bear making
stuff that small, and right now its quite time consuming.

So when I figure out a good way to manufacture a bunch at a time, I'll
definitely make a posting to the list.

> I know there's a link to a washer supplier somewhere in the Wiki, but
> I can't find it for the life of me. (I've been noting the Wiki
> search engine's 'relevance' scores for humor purposes. Try searching
> for [robostix-programming] and note how far down the first relevant
> page, much less the Robostix-Programming page, falls.)

There was a post in the archives:
http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/message.php?msg_id=14766259

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Dave Hylands
Vancouver, BC, Canada
http://www.DaveHylands.com/

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