I was browsing 80/20’s website today and came across a free sample offer.
The sample kit includes 2 small sections of aluminum profiles, an end fastener, an anchor fastener, and a hex wrench.
I love working with 80/20. I liked working with it when I bolted projects together using angle brackets and other external hardware, but I’m liking it a lot more now that I’m familiar with their custom cutting and machining services.
This is what one of my earlier cabinet designs looked like.
Here’s another iteration, after I moved to anchor fasteners and started prototyping a solution that would wrap around the corner of a room.
80/20 is pricey stuff to work with, but its versatility can make up for that. I’ve seen it used for simple tool enclosures, to elaborate CNC setups.
This is a good opportunity to see what 80/20 is all about.
Offer Details(via 80/20)
There might be a limited quantity of sample sets available.
What I’m wondering is whether you can actually build anything with the parts they send you. Two small aluminum profiles and two fasteners of different types? Depending on the length they provide, if you have access to a miter saw with non-ferrous aluminum-cutting blade, a drill bit, and tap, you might be able to make… I really don’t know. Something? Still, it’s a chance to check out how it works, and for free.
Update: I placed a small order with 80/20 yesterday, and should point out – they will very likely share your contact information with a regional partner of theirs. I found this to be annoying at first, but after a few orders though a regional distributor, I’m actually glad they did. They give me a discount on large orders, and sometimes get back to me faster than 80/20 can. So for large orders I go with the dealer, and for small ones I order from 80/20 directly, for expediency.