I am of the type that I would just make one myself, but this idea I have in mind would be something others will be using as well. After that if a “part run” happens I really do not want to make all of them. I am trying to stay with on the self parts that I can buy and have schematics to CAD up.
I am looking for a magnet that will hold a platform in place without power. After applying power I need it to release so the platform can move away. This is all internal mechanisms for R2-D2 that I need secured some times until I use a linear slide to move them to another area.
I have another issue that I have been trying to solve, it involves very tight spaces and need to lock a “lever” that can have a strong load at the far end… basically the ankles of R2-D2. The area inside them is extremely limited.
I have used manufacturing in China and really haven’t had issues and they are MUCH cheaper than anything I can find to be done here in the states… and I have tried and keep trying as I would rather keep the business here. only thing is this is custom parts being milled from my own CAD designs, not parts already done. For those they usually want volume and I can’ seem to get test pieces before any run is done.
I have sent the guys you found earlier a message btu have not heard back from them.