In my seemingly endless quest to sort out a solution for the machining aspect of the new project, I think I finally have the answer. And it is AWESOME!
Turns out the local community college has a “prototyping lab” that includes an absolute beast of a CNC mill. A Hurco VM20i model. No idea what that thing cost, but it’s got to be $250k+
As a testament to the general stupidity of public institutions, they paid for it a few years ago with some Federal grant money, and it more or less just sits there. No one there knows how to use it.
So, for the low, low price of $200/year, I am now formally signed up as a student at Metro Community College, and have essentially unlimited access to the machine.
All I need to do is figure out how to run it. But hell, that’s what operations manuals are for.