Mike Jeffries writes a Resource Review on MFG.com in the July 2013 article of Servo Magazine >
MFG.com has been around for a while, but I only recently got around to trying out their services. They have a few rivals in the market, but the ease of use and large number of member shops make it the leader in the market.
What MFG.com does is provide a location for users to post quote requests for custom fabrication. Once you’ve posted a quote request, shops from your specified search region (US, North America, Global, or specific national and international locations) will then be able to see your quote request and bid on it.
In this stage of the process, you can specify when the quote is needy by, what parts, how many you need, who handles shipping, and when you need the actual parts. After that, you wait to see what quotes have come in and make a decision by the award date. Once that is completed and a specific shop has been awarded the job, it’s down to you and them to handle payment and fabrication.
As a trial run of the site, I decided to have the somewhat complex weapon hub for the rebuild of my 1 lb robot Algos quoted.