For the longest time I have been nursing a couple of ideas.
Drew up some stuff in illustrator, photoshop, etc…
Then I remembered about 3d printing.
And what do you know, there are free CAD programs that will let you make 3d models of your ideas.
And then there are companies that will 3d print those prototypes pretty cheap. This new set of parts are being printed in steel (not really anything that will come near the bar stock milled part, but stronger than plastic)
This post is simply to remind everyone that if you are keeping something in your head because you may not have the tools/machinery/etc… dont wait. Prototype them in plastic.
The company I am using is shapeways.com.