Well it has been a journey of fun, learning and reward. I started the process of developing both bars in early February. I have been working on practicing my CAD skills using Autodesk Fusion 360. These bars are fairly straight forward to design. I shopped the drawings around to my primary fabricator and a couple of other machine shops. It turns out my fabricator had the best price and time frame. My fabricator is a growing company and has just begun the move to CNC milling. They will be expanding their CNC milling and lathe work over the next year. This is good news for me. I am investing in them as they invest in their future. I like being a small business owner and I like working with other small business owners.
I have a long time friend who has spent his career in the metal plating industry in various roles. I trust him and his judgement for my well being as a business owner and somebody that knows nothing about the plating industry. His guidance was valuable in adding Nickel plating to the tool bars.