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Discussion in 'Product Creation, Inventing, Importing, Sourcing' started by pranaman, Apr 7, 2019.

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    I've created a product that uses a telescoping rod. There are 2 pieces, about 1 inch/2.5 cm diameter, each about 14 inches/30 cm, and it has a 'flip lock'.

    I found a Chinese vendor on alibaba, and they've made me a carbon fiber one. It's light, and works great, but I wanted to find a cheaper version, so I thought aluminum.

    Having a hard time finding a vendor who will make one, though it's a simple concept. Anyone know where I can find one?
     

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    Way over my head, and I'm probably missing the whole point, but I'm getting a ton of results for extruded aluminum cylinder prototyping. I found these guys first: Custom Aluminum Extrusions | Extrude-A-Trim
     
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    Think outside the square. You don't want aluminum tubing, you want a manufacturer that already uses it to make telescoping products out of aluminum tubing.

    Think walking sticks.

    Walter
     
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    Thanks, I have that in mind. I've seen these at REI:

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    and have found Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs | REI Co-op and these.

    I'll see if I can find a vendor who can modify some of those.
     
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    I suggest looking for walking sticks for disabled or elderly people. They are much lower in cost than hiking sticks. They retail at less than $20, so I think you could probably have your product manufactured by a company that produces sticks used by people with arthritis, bad hips, or after surgery.

    Walter
     
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    I'll message you a supplier. See if they're a good fit. Good luck.
     
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    Thank you. I just emailed them.
     
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