Stickvise has a new distributor in Canada - Buyapi.ca. They are the largest distributor of Raspberry Pi merchandise in Canada and now they stock Stickvise!
This should be a more cost effective option than ordering from a US distributor for all interested Candians!
I am using a very inexpensive Shapeoko 3 to produce precision milled PTFE jaws for Stickvise from my basement!
Why don't I have the part molded or machined somewhere else? I project sales of about 200 pairs per year. Molding PTFE is a specialized process because of the very high temperatures, so it would only be warranted at higher volumes or if I could justify a much higher price point. Machining is more typical in this volume range, but outsourcing machining was still too expensive.
To hit the price point I wanted and not commit to large manufacturing runs, I chose to get a machine to make the parts myself. This also meant I could justify having my own CNC at home, which I had wanted for a while.
I'm happy to say the machine is working well and has already paid for itself. Most importantly, I have a new toy that I never would have bought otherwise.
let me know if you need beta testers for the jaws, my stickvises are all melted lol
Check these out!
This is exactly the kind of thing I had in mind for Stickvise - mod and hack to make custom fixtures for holding PCBs. These are a cool set of jaws by @bfesser that not only hold two RasPi zeros, but you can flip them around and hold any size PCB. There is actually a dual and a single jaw set available. Enjoy pics below, if interested in 3d printing these, head over to thingiverse to download.
Wow, Alex! Thank you very much for the mention. :)
I couldn't find anything on your pages regarding licensing for your STLs and OpenSCAD code, so for my designs I've chosen a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication from the options available on Thingiverse. I hope this matches your original intent, please let me know if you prefer another.
Hack the Planet!
No problem, thanks for sharing your design. I don't have any legalese for my OpenSCAD code, your license sounds fine. Cheers!
After over a year of selling through the Hackaday Store I have expanded to add a new distributor - Adafruit!
Super excited to expand the Stickvise audience, Adafruit is a really cool company. They did an amazing job on photographing Stickvise, check out some of the shots they took! Better than any I have taken for sure. Also on the Adafruit product page you can see a great video of Limor and Phil talking about it a little bit.
Awesome! I hope one day it ends up on AliExpress or similar so it can get free shipping worldwide. For some of us that aren't in USA, the postage from Adafruit is more than the price of the unit :-(
Thanks! And thanks for all of your cool spinoff designs!
Congratulations man! Awesome news!
Thanks Zach! Glad to hear you still use it a lot!
Are the PTFE jaws (https://www.adafruit.com/product/3198) also from you or are they made by the adafruit guys?
BTW - if you're interested I have a bunch of logs covering the design of a little production milling fixture for the PTFE jaws. First one here: https://hackaday.io/project/3287-stickvise-low-profile-soldering-vise/log/33407-jaw-plate-production
I make those, right now milled by me in Virginia