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Old 09-26-2016, 01:38 AM   #1
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Hello everyone,
I am pleased to be one of the vendors on the MiataTurbo.net and hoping that my services can help some of you. As I had mentioned in my intro thread I have been around here since 2005 (as bcrx7). I have been racing, wrenching, tuning, wiring, and doing fabrication/design for over 15 years both as hubby and work. I decided to start my own company over a year and a half ago to combine all of the above to provide a great and unique service to customers. I have electrical and mechanical engineering background which is really beneficial to my hands-on work. This is starting to sound like a cover letter for a job; now to the fun stuff!

The following is the services that Laman Designs is currently providing that could potentially be beneficial to some of you:
- Design: Be it a simple bracket or a bespoke (fancy word) spindle, if it can be thought, we can put it in CAD (2D and 3D). I am proficient in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, and Fusion 360, oh and of course pen and paper!
- 3D Printing: We can provide in-house 3D printing of ABS, Nylon, PLA, and similar at sizes of about 10x10x10 (inches). In addition if you want to really get fancy, we do have partners that can do much bigger pieces in everything including metals (PRICEY).
- 3D Scanning: This will most likely not going to be as popular here as we are not currently in a position to travel for this service (well unless there is much mule involved!) However if there is something that you like to have a 3D Cad file of that is very difficult to get accurate or a broken one-off that need replicated, you can always send it through a courier!
- Fabrication: General fabrication of products in all sorts of metals, wood, paper mache, crayons!
- Welding: In-house capability of welding metals using MIG and TIG processes.
- CNC: In-house capability of milling and routing all sorts of metals, wood, composites, plastics (two CNC mills, the bigger has travel of 40"x26" and one CNC router with 30"x30" travel). In the next month or so getting a CNC plasma @ 10ft x 5ft.

We are not a high production shop at the moment. So the best would be either one-off/prototype parts and/or smaller group-buys. However if anyone wants a larger run of the same product (say over 25 pcs.), we do have many local partners that can help.

One of the current designs related to the BP engine is a CNC milled dry-sump oil pan with external pump mount. We are moving a larger shop at the beginning of November and expecting to have the first prototype of the dry-sump pan ready by Christmas!

Looking forward to helping the fellow Miata and car enthusiasts and hoping to make some cool parts together!
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I am going to need a stronger transmission then the 6 speed, but feels as good as the 5 speed, with perfect gear ratios, for less then $1000. Think you guys can make it happen?


Awesome for signing up. I might get you to price out some small things for me in the near future.
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Old 09-26-2016, 11:07 AM   #3
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I am going to need a stronger transmission then the 6 speed, but feels as good as the 5 speed, with perfect gear ratios, for less then $100. Think you guys can make it happen?


Awesome for signing up. I might get you to price out some small things for me in the near future.
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I am going to need a stronger transmission then the 6 speed, but feels as good as the 5 speed, with perfect gear ratios, for less then $1000. Think you guys can make it happen?


Awesome for signing up. I might get you to price out some small things for me in the near future.
Some sort of American transmission swap could be done, not sure about that good shifting feel though! And not sure about the RPM as most of those guys need work to shift good above 6,500rpm. Now the issue with the 5speed, are the gears the first weak point or the aluminum housing holding the bearings. A fix can be done if the issue is the second by machining a metal bearing carrier so the shafts don't walk away from each other.
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You mean $99.99!
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I think it's both.
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I think it's both.
Right! Are there photos of the carnage of 5 speeds? I guess I will look for them. The shafts walking away from each other usually cause the gear failures. I am not saying the steel plate would fix it all, but potentially it is the cheapest way to give additional strength to the transmission. It would require rebuilding the transmission, so might get close to the price of a 6-speed (not sure where those sit these days).
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6speed ~$600 all day long
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6speed ~$600 all day long
You running 6-speed these days, right?
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What's your setup/hourly cost on the cnc mill?
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yup!
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What's your setup/hourly cost on the cnc mill?
It is highly dependent on the part and what we receive. Aside from having to fix many issues with the files we receive, how the item is held and if it requires multiple setup's will dictate the cost. If you have something you like milled, send a file and I can give you an idea. Otherwise it is way to broad for me to put a generic price to! We don't charge $100/hr (much less). However that doesn't really help you guesstimate how much a part can be. There could be a part that needs an hour of machining, but it's on a single setup and no fixture is required for it beside the vise. However there could be a part that take 20minutes worth of machining, but hours of setup and fixture building. We are a small shop and like to help design and prototype parts, so that is definitely a positive for most people that are looking for such thing. Some of the bigger shops will just give you a very high price to drive you away as they can make their machines make money doing simple and repetitive work.

This is perhaps a good read to understand the idea: http://cncmachinisttraining.com/2013...e-hourly-rate/
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yup!
Have you had any issues? Last I saw, you are in the 300wheel HP and TQ numbers, right? I wonder if something (fairly simple/straight forward for installation) can be done to make the transmission shift nicer and even convert it to 5-speed to minimize the constant shifting on a turbo car. Last time I was tuning a 2001, there was way too much shifting happening for a turbo car.
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Shift nicer in 10 minutes:
http://miataroadster.com/miataroadster/miataroadster-shifter-kits/mrssknb16tabr/i-412197.aspx


Shift less frequently if you build/rebuild a diff:
http://miataroadster.com/mazda/mazda-ring-pinion-sets/mzma0227110/i-411148.aspx



Haven't had problems yet, but I don't drag race.
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One recent project for a customer's triathlon bike!


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