Saturday, November 10, 2012
III Arms needs an entry-level CNC set-up that will handle cutting frames and AR receivers, as well as general small parts production. With the coming crunch for firearms parts, both in terms of availability and pricing, I think it makes sense to begin with the ability to make some essential parts in-house from the beginning. Suppliers of these parts are already stressing since Tuesday.
Any III Patriots who can help with machine recommendations, please leave a comment. Remember that III Arms is beginning on a shoe-string budget. We'll also need to send key personnel for a training class, we'll probably have to get help loading the programs into the computer, tooling selection, and so on.
We would like a machine capable of taking us comfortably through a pace of 1,000 units or so each year - so a mega-industrial machine isn't needed, but the small hobbyist machines won't be sufficient, I think.
If anyone has a line on a used machine that will fit our needs, please let us know! Any Angels out there who may have one to donate would be giving III Arms a serious advantage in these early days.