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Where to source your parts for Precious Plastic machines – Sorted by Country

Olivier xxxolivierxxx

Where to source your parts for Precious Plastic machines – Sorted by Country

29/11/2016 at 20:35

UPDATE: With Precious Plastic 3.0, now we have an awesome online Bazar were you can find the parts you need for most of the Precious Plastic machines. I encourage you to take a look around the bazar before sourcing your parts on other places 😀

The reason of this topic is to keep a record of recommended places and websites to buy the parts required for the shredder or any of the precious plastic machines. Some people have brought to our attention that they don’t know where to source their laser cut parts, hex bar or motors, so we though it would be a good idea to start a thread with a list of good places to buy your parts categorized by Country.

Feel free to post your suggestions down below and we will update the main topic daily with all the info you provide.
Along with this topic, we want to keep our “Materials worldmap” updated with all the locations you provide, so feel free to update our map by following Dave’s instructions or post your info down below and we will take care of updating it for you.




*Plasma Cut:
One of the companies I found that provides this service at a reasonable price is http://plasmacut.cr/. Just send them an email at [email protected] attaching the .DXF files (either the original files with 27mm hex holes, or the 1″ modified files from keesdeligt), the cost is around 200.000 colones (around $360) and it will take about 1 week for the parts to be ready. Also, note that they only provide plasma cut service, no waterjet, so the cuts won’t be really pretty, you will have to do a lot of cleanup with an angle grinder and sand paper afterwards. The 200.000 colones include Cut + Metal (black metal)

Another company that offers Plasma cutting is BROCAR. They are located in La Uruca and can be contacted through their Facebook site

*Water Jet:
The only company I know in the country that provides this service is SISA. They charge around 270.000 colones just for cutting the shredder parts (no metal included). You can bring your own metal sheets, or they can sell you stainless steel sheets (they don’t have black steel) but the stainless sheets will cost you around 660.000 colones plus the 270.000 of the cutting service plus 100.000 colones of the sales tax (pretty much 1 millón de colones).
Contact: http://www.sisacr.com/producto-destacado/water-jet

*Hex Bar:
In Costa Rica, finding a 27mm is almost impossible (at least it was for me), but 1 inch bars are easier to find.
http://www.cetransa.com/ will make you a inch bar for approximately $60 and will have it ready in less than 3 days. If you decide to get a 1 inch bar for your shredder, make sure that you cut your laser parts with 1 inch hex holes as well, otherwise the knives will fix loose on the bar and will cause the hex bar to lose its shape with time (trust me, I tried it). @keesdeligt uploaded some modified .dxf files with the hex holes reduced to 1″ so you won’t have to complicate yourself 😉
Location: Uruca, San José

Another option is to buy your bar online from United States and ship it to a Courier service (SmartCourier, Webbox, Aerocasillas, La terminal Express, Red Logistics, etc…)



*Hex bar:
I found an awesome website named https://www.onlinemetals.com that sells both 1 inch and 27mm hex bars, so you can chose the one you need according to your needs. Just choose the “One Ft. (12″) Length” option (see *** disclaimer at the bottom of this post), then enter your shipping address, and the site will let you pay either with card or Paypal. 1 ft of 1″ bar is currently priced at $8.74 and 27mm bar (26.99mm) is $9.07.

Also, this website accept coupons, so before placing your order go to https://www.retailmenot.com/view/onlinemetals.com and see if there are any coupons available. I was lucky enough to find a “$50 off from shipping” coupon, so I only had to pay $9 in total for the bar… a total bargain 🙂

Another option is https://www.mcmaster.com/#steel-hex-bars/=1588abp but it’s way more expensive, and they don’t accept purchases made with international card, so it will only work if you are a US resident.

Laser cutting:


recommends the company “BBC Steel”. On his own words: “very nice people and easy to work with”
For prices, please check Andre’s topic at: http://onearmy.world/community/forums/topic/usa-new-price-for-shredder-parts/
Site: http://www.bbcsteel.com/
Direct contact: [email protected]


*Lasercutting: Quick and reliable company. The longer you can wait for it the cheaper it gets. (Nowadays for registered companies only 🙁 ) http://247tailorsteel.com/
*Temperature controllers: You can get a set on Ebay for about 20 dollars. Personally I like to get higher quality so occasionally we go to TC-Direct .They sell heating elements, controllers and thermocouples. A bit pricy but good quality
*Scrapyard: Teunissen is a great scrapyard with motors, cables, Hex bar, metal and a lot of other cool stuff. This is also the place where I go in the videos, love it there! Another option would be van Mortel, but this is more focussed on steel material, not so much on parts and motors.



*Lasercutting, Hex Bars: @andredeqc can get you laser cut parts and hex bars, or fully assembled shredders. Contact: 4182628101

Ebay Store: http://www.ebay.ca/sch/andredemtl/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=


*Full Shredder Kit: @mr-hirn is currently selling complete shredder kits in 2 versions: Stainless Steel and regular Steel. Ships to all Europe for free. You can find his store here:


*Full Shredder Kit: @katharinaelleke is currently organizing groups of people who want to get a shredder build. Current costs:

Ordering 10 Sets or more every now and then (from a company in Braunschweig):
1 MIXED Set for 110€
(including VAT + small processing fee + contribution for Precious Plastic)
MIXED means:
– 5mm parts in stainless steel
– 3mm + 6mm parts in normal steel

Feel free to reach out to her on this topic if you’re interested



*Shredders: @javierrivera

Javier builds machines and parts in the UK and sells/ships them to all Europe, happy to organize group lasercut orders.. 🙂

You can send him a PM or find him in his Precious Plastic Bazar Store


is building a great list of different places to source your parts for each Precious Plastic machines and the costs of each part.
You can find more info here:



can make you a mild steel or stainless steel shredder, feel free to contact him for more info

***Quick note on hex bars: The original blueprint suggests to use a 320mm long Hex Bar, but it doesn’t really need to be that long. The suggested hex bar length is intended to allow you to attach a motor on either side of the bar, but for any Precious plastic project you will actually use only one end of the bar, meaning that you can use a shorter bar. The reason I add this disclaimer is because most metal shops will charge you more if you ask them for a custom cut, while you can just purchase the standard 1 foot bar they offer which is 304.8mm (just 15.2mm less) and pay less (you won’t miss that 1.2cm, trust me).

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15/08/2017 at 03:37

I’m stil on project, searching the pieces, the laser cuts and motor. The money to start is been a great problem :/

28/08/2017 at 12:51

Hey @katharinaelleke,

don’t know if you’re still waiting to order those parts, but I would like to join if possible.

16/09/2017 at 18:51

hi all. we just got a hexagon axe made in Belgrade for 32eur.
this is the link for the place – http://www.kosinox.co.rs/

25/09/2017 at 17:06

Hello Oliver and others,

Do you know of any UK company’s that will supply the laser cut elements ? I’ve contacted a few that I’ve found with a Google search but either will not do it or said the files I sent them were in work able

Any help help will be very much appricated


25/10/2017 at 01:55

I can make parts kits for SE Asia and ship DHL internationally. In the Philippines I use JRS or LBC. I am located in Metro Manila.

I have heaters and temperature controllers as well.

I have not calculated exact pricing yet as I still need to hear back from a couple suppliers this week, and there is a big holiday coming which makes things a bit hectic.

easiest way to contact me is via my facebook page in my profile.

26/10/2017 at 10:18


I can machine the 27mm hex axe for 42 Eur (in 304 Inox) or 24 Eur (in C45 / 080m46 mild steel).
Shipping @cost worldwide (I’m in France, so may be expensive if shipping out of EU)


27/10/2017 at 01:50

@gobliins @btmetz
I encourage you to add your products to the precious plastic bazar at https://bazar.preciousplastic.com/


You can find some sellers in the precious plastic bazar who have already posted their laser cutted part kits for sale 🙂

16/11/2017 at 17:01

All hello. Kind people who can will share drawings for 3D cutting of details? there is an old dream to utilize plastic. Grinder piece excellent and processing of waste noble cause.
Thanks in advance [email protected]

16/11/2017 at 21:51

Welcome to Precious Plastic @slavik
You can find the original shredder files here: http://onearmy.world/community/forums/topic/shredder-dxf-laserfiles/

And here’s the 1″ hex bar version: http://onearmy.world/community/forums/topic/shredder-modifications/

28/11/2017 at 22:44


I’m Jack from Poland and I can make all parts of the shredder from stainless steel.
I can also make a hexagonal bar.

Just go to the PP bazar and find my auctions or leave a message.

Best regards
Jacek Leśnierowski

05/12/2017 at 05:56

Hi All,

will be adding pics to Bazaar also but after all the research and sourcing im now ready to make all laser cut parts and axle for the shredder, more machine parts to follow.

We are based in Thailand so if anyone wants to pool in for parts please contact me, its cheaper in bulk!

12/12/2017 at 14:55


I live in France and I started to build the extrusion machin,
I didn’t foud any companies wo sells 26/34 tubes for the barel (oly some with soldering inside). Does someone have an idea where I could find this?

14/12/2017 at 19:30

In india only 60 euro for laser cutting …..

27/12/2017 at 18:40

I am looking you get me all the components for shredder. I can assemble everything myself. Please how much can this be?

27/12/2017 at 19:10

I saw the pictures of the kits you posted. Please it seems that is not the complete items needed to build a shredder?. Please can you send me complete pictures and any needed detail. I will localy het my hopper, gear, stand, motor. Can you get me overload detector and VDF also?

17/01/2018 at 00:20

Hello all
Next sat jan 20th i have my nephew who owns a CNC machining company inclusive lazer cutting … if someone has a dxf file or any format that can be used on a lazer cutting machine of the pieces needed for a shredder i can ask him a special deal ( part support for the project ) for eventual group orders
Glad to hear from someone here who has CAD/CAM drawings of the parts to be made
Grimbergen – Belgium

19/01/2018 at 22:37

@xxxolivierxxx, can you update the information for my lasercut sets:

Ordering 10 Sets or more every now and then (from a company in Braunschweig):
1 MIXED Set for 110€
(including VAT + small processing fee + contribution for Precious Plastic)
MIXED means:
– 5mm parts in stainless steel
– 3mm + 6mm parts in normal steel

And selling it on the Precious Plastic Bazar
(No more fully stainless steel sets, because there are many on the Bazar with better prices :))

More information in this topic.


19/01/2018 at 22:53

@katharinaelleke Doing it now 🙂
By the way, did you upload those sets to the bazar already? I couldn’t find them

19/01/2018 at 23:00

@xxxolivierxxx nice, thanks! 🙂
Yep, the set is on the Bazar, but currently the listing is closed, as I am “out of stock” and won’t order again before mid february.
Will let everyone know in here as soon as the listing is open again.

(Oh, and can you remove the link to the company – too many people are contacting them directly and making it kind of chaotic :D)

19/01/2018 at 23:08

Link removed

25/01/2018 at 23:20

Here is a list with providers and prices for parts of the machines we are building in Belgrade (Serbia):
We are updating it as we are advancing with the work..

26/01/2018 at 12:22

@xxxolivierxxx if you could please add me, I build machines from the UK and can sell machine and parts to the UK, happy to organize group lasercut orders.. 🙂
thanks for the good work !

26/01/2018 at 18:29

@emokratia Sounds great, but I can’t seem to access the file. I can include your post in the main topic but if possible, please give read permissions to “everyone” so that forum members (me included) can read the contents 🙂

Certainly, added 😉

26/01/2018 at 20:43

@xxxolivierxxx i hope the link is accesible now.. thanks for the notice!

26/01/2018 at 21:32

@emokratia looks great now, thank you 🙂

06/02/2018 at 15:58

Hi guys, I already posted this as a topic on the forum. But since this a desperate cry for help, I’m gonna ask here too:

We are multidisciplinary student team from Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland) and Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda). Our team is working under the project of Problem-Based Learning East Africa which brings multidisciplinary teams from four universities (University of Dar es Salaam, University of Nairobi, Makerere University and Aalto University) to develop sustainable solutions to community challenges. The project is organized by Aalto Global Impact. (http://aaltoglobalimpact.org/pbl-east-africa/)
We are planning to establish Precious Plastic workspace in Kampala, Uganda and we need some help. We (team Aalto) are flying to Uganda this Saturday (10.02.2018). Today we found out that the lasercutter we were depending on to get the parts ready in Finland cannot deliver until that day.

IS THERE ANYONE IN FINLAND WHO CAN HELP US WITH SHREDDER PARTS? We would appreciate that a lot! Or is there anyone who can deliver the parts in Kampala, Uganda?


13/02/2018 at 01:41

Just replied on your other topic

22/02/2018 at 16:51


I have such tubes and extrusion drills for extrusion machine. This pipe is also identical for injection machine and for injection machine I have pullrod as well.

Just contact with me.

Best regards
Jacek Leśnierowski

27/02/2018 at 08:17

@jaceklesnierowski would you mind posting them in the Precious Plastic Bazar? That would make it easier to find your items since your post will get buried here

23/03/2018 at 15:42

Please add to this list and me)
There is an experience of shredder assembly (I dismantled it and collected it 5 times) and I collect a shredder for friends from Minsk, Belarus and Ingushetia, Russia. I can also help with the assembly of any installation in Russia. It is possible to make both of ferrous metal and stainless steel. The shaft is not the same)
I will be happy to help you!

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