Used to have an inner cover made from that re-cycled plastic. Was molded like you described the cutting. I loved it and it was great to use.
Interesting Idea this recycled plastic...I hadn't thought of that.
Being a machinist also, I would think that you might be able to make a few for your own use, but I don't see that you could cnc machine parts to be used in beehives and sell them for a price people would be willing to pay for them. Way too much time involved. Also, I think that sheets of plastic or pvc or whatever you are thinking of would be fairly expensive. If you wanted to mass produce them out of plastic, molding them would be the only way to go.
Ahhh.....a fellow machinist good to hear from you. (I hope your working...the trade has takin' quite a hit)
This was an idea that I had and just wanted to bounce it off some fellow beeks.
I have not researched the costs yet, first I needed to get some idea's.
Plastics I'm pretty sure are expensive these days because they are petroleum based.
Honestly, I'm not sure many folks would want plastics in the hive anyway. (just a hunch)
I've been considering a cnc router to get into sign making and such.
I think once programmed and running it would produce one in about 10 min's.
Your right on about molding them for mass producing, but I can't see that the demand would be that high.
Right now I have a 3 axis knee mill and I'm going to try making some for my own use as an experiment.
I'll post some pics when I do.
Take care and thanks for the input
Inner covers? I don't need no steenkin' inner covers!
a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with a hole in the middle works fine too.
But hey, it is sure fun to try the stuff out!! :)
I seriously busted out laughing when I read that.....I use that "I don't need no steenkin" line all the time! :-D
plywood sounds easy, but I'm confused about the ventilation and the bee space thing??