eMachine Shop

By on August 24, 2004

Designing something in two dimensions and printing it out has always been a fairly easy task, and recently getting something “imaged” in three dimensions has become reality. But only if you don’t care how durable that something ends up being.

Now there is a better alternative; eMachine Shop will do it for you. Download and use their free software to draw your design (or import a dxf file from a CAD drawing), it will tell you if your doodad can be made or not, then it will give you a cost estimate for the work. You then send your drawing to eMachine Shop, and they will build it and ship it out to you.

They do injection molding, milling, turning, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, wire EDM, tapping, bending, blanking, punching, plastic extrusion, and thermoforming. Turnaround time is generally about 30 days; considering the fact that it’s one-off work, that’s not unreasonable. The cost is pretty reasonable too. An article on cnews listed 10 brass doorknobs custom milled for about $150. That includings labor.

seen first on Gizmodo



  1. The CAD software is real nice, but if you need a single piece ( or just a few ) their service is very expensive compared to a machine shop down the road. I made a few parts with their software and in the end I used a software tool called ems2obj ( Google it ) to export my designs. I took those designs to a local machine shop and got my parts for a fraction of the price…

  2. I found the software easy to use and made a rough CAD of my part in 10 minutes.

    The rough part was 6″ x 10″ and I chose steel as the material to use.

    The software will give you an instant price and I dropped my jaw when I saw the cost of my simple drawing. Almost 400 dollars to laser cut the piece.

    Great concept, outrageous pricing….

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