“I am a master machinist and prototype engineer. I teach at Texas State Technical College in Marshall Texas and am a Nikolai Tesla worshiper. In many of my machining classes from intermediate through advanced CNC we have made many of Nikolai Tesla's machines including many variations of the Tesla turbine/pump run both with steam and air, and in the case of the pump, on home made DC and AC voltage coil motors.”
“I have a mini lathe (7x12 variety) and experience enough to manufacture some of the smaller components. Has anyone considered the possibility of a distributed manufacturing effort where capable members could produce one or several components and then trade other members for components needed?
For example, I could produce a batch of one component (say 10 or 20 of a kind) and then trade this material/time for 2 components of a more difficult to manufacture part (say a disc or bearing housing etc.).”
“I welcome discussion from other turbine builders and will do design reviews and hook them up with my machine shop. It will probably not be free, but it will be the best price you'll ever get ( and often free if I'm involved). Bring it on!”
“I am a machinist and I would be willing to donate my time to making parts for those who need prototypes. Mass quantities would have to go through the shop like anything else. Any piece parts I can make on my own time and the only cost would be for stock material.”