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Hey, i was just wondering if anybody here knows how to identify aluminum as a metal? i am in the process of making thermite and dont know what aluminum would look like, please help! thanks in advance! :D

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Soldering Aluminum to aluminum

I'm building an aluminum bridge for my railroad.  I need to solder the side braces rather than using screws and nuts.  I've ordered a 150 watt chisel soldering iron and need to know what items (solder etc) I need to perform this project.  Any assistance greatly appreciated.  I would rather not use a torch on this project unless absolutely necessary.

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Aluminum from aluminum hydroxide?

I have some aluminum hydroxide and I have been trying to find a way to strip the Al(OH)3 of it's hydroxide ions to form an aluminum precipitate. It's nonsoluble so a reaction in an aqueous solution does not seem to be an option, also considering that the only other more reactive metals than it would ignite upon contact with water anyhow. Does anyone have any ideas how to accomplish this?

Question by pyrorower    |  last reply


Aluminum Extrusions?

Does one of you guys know the best place i can buy aluminum extrusions? I need some for an upcoming project.

Question by cooldude01    |  last reply


Joining aluminum

Hey everybody, I was wondering how, if possible, you would go about joining sheets of aluminum recycled from empty soda/beer cans.

Topic by smkoberg    |  last reply


Aluminum Cans

What can I do with 55 aluminum cans? I was thinking of makings something with then that my mom wouldn't throw out. Any ideas? Maybe a wallet? lol

Topic by Mepain    |  last reply


Ammonia + Aluminum?

I was reading all of the labels on things in my house, mostly spray-able things like spray paint, spray adhesive, spray enamel, etc., etc., to see what's flammable, and on the bottle of ammonia we have it says "Do NOT use to soak aluminum utensils in...." or something like that. What does ammonia + aluminum equal or do? Is it flammable? Thanks all you chemistry-buffs!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


ALUMINUM CASES

I'm looking for a website that sells cheap aluminum/plastic cases and i just need a generic kind, no branding needed. i know they cannot be that expensive if you can buy a $15 pokerchip set that comes with one. or a kid's board game that comes in one for $10. i've done alot of searching and all i come up with are the expensive designer ones that start at $200. i will be cutting holes in this case making modifactions to make a mobile workstation for my laptop so i dont want to spend $200 on a case that i'm going to cut up. it doesnt have to be aluminum and doesnt need a lock, but something like a briefcase (with a handle) is ideal. here are some images, anyone have any ideas? btw: the case i'm looking for has to be at least – 6" thick, 18"wide and 14.5"tall, must be a hard case (made of anything), must have a handle and open like a brief case.

Topic by psychotic    |  last reply


Turn Aluminum ingots into Aluminum Oxide powder?

I've been smelting for quite a while and now want to make some flash powder, all tutorials use a blender or rock tumbler and aluminum foil, which I do not have(I have aluminum ingots, much more aluminum then just foil.) Can I smelt it out thin and file it finely?Or is there a better way

Question by tom10122    |  last reply


getting aluminum for thermite?

OK so I know you can get aluminum from an etch a sceh, or you can grind up a chunk of aluminum. i dont have an etch a sceh or a chunck of aluminum handy so, I was wondering if I could use chaff from a B-52 it is very fine aluminum. is almost looks like shiney hair but its aluminum... could I use that effectively or is it too thin, its like aluminum hair?

Question by vince 09  


cheapest welder for aluminum?

I need to weld 3/16" sheet aluminum for a boat i'm making and want to do it at the cheapest cost. this welder (http://www.harborfreight.com/90-amp-flux-wire-welder-68887.html) says it won't do aluminum (and i'm not sure 90 amps would be enough anyway). Is that true? What if i bought the 180 amp model? Any suggestions for other welders?

Question by ridecruz88    |  last reply


Aluminum Slugs for coilguns?

Throwing around the Idea of a Coilgun , can I cast some aluminum slugs to use with it ?

Question by tom10122    |  last reply


Drawings on aluminum for cutting

I have some parts that i need to cut from aluminum. Unfortunately I don't have access to any CNC machine, so I'm thinking of cutting them myself by hand... Is there an easy way that I can get my drawings on the aluminum? Perhaps printing on photo paper (using my ink printer) and an iron? Plan B is to use some sort of glue and glue the drawings on the sheet... Any suggestions are welcome!

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Aluminum casting on the cheap?

For my woodshop class I am making a cane/"pimpstick" and I am making a custom head for it. I want to cast it in aluminum using the lost wax technique. would normal plaster of paris be a good material to use for the mold? the peice is about 3 cubic inches. I was thinking about having two "fires" one to heat my aluminum and another to heat  the mold so it doesnt shatter. Is that workable? P.S. It would be a one use thing so no need for anything expensive. I have literally 10 dollars to spend on this. Thankyou,   bud

Question by budhaztm    |  last reply


3d Printing aluminum? Answered

I was thinking about 3d printing aluminum and was wondering if you could do something like this. You have a stainless steel air tight cylinder, surrounded with some refreactory, then nichrome wire, then insulating refreactory. The first layer of refractory is to prevent an electric short between the wire and the stainless steel cylinder. Stainless steel so it will take longer to oxidize. You would fill the cylinder with aluminum, close it, turn on the heater, t would heat up the stainelss steel and aluminum and melt the aluminum. Temperature could be regulated. Air would go to a hole in the top of it, the air would be regulated by a solenoid valve and a a pressure release valve. A needle with come out of the bottom, however it would be bent into a upside down U shape and one side would poke out the bottom, this would preven the aluminum from running out when there wasn't pressure. When the solenoid is open, aluminum comes out, when the solenoid is closed the release valve is opened to get rid of any excess pressure and stop the aluminum flow. This would be put in the place of the the traditional extruder, would this work?

Question by snowluck2345    |  last reply


Aluminum bronzing powder

Ok, i need aluminum bronzing powder, no not for thermite, there are more fun things to do with it, but along the same lines. The only problem is at all my local crafts stores, hardware stores and paint stores, no one sells it. I thought about using an etch-e-sketch but big ones are hard to find, kinda expensive if i wanna buy 5+ and also, half the powder is not fine at all. Grinding up aluminum foil isn't gonna work for me becasue i can't find a ball mill under $100 (not even a crap one), and i sure as sh-- ain't gonna sit there filing it off a bar. Parents aren't going to let me buy it off the internet (i wouldn't any way the prices are outrageous and they limit how much u can buy a year), electrolysis maybe? But what would i use? A battery charger? Or are their secret code names that they sell it under at hardware/paint stores? HELP

Topic by demonfox3    |  last reply


what holds to aluminum

I'm working on a movie prop a futuristic shotgun for a police officer.but I need help. I'm using two arms from a crutch. I have the design worked out but there's a problem.im having trouble getting the card board to hold to the aluminium.any suggestions.

Topic by mudler    |  last reply


Help with Aluminum powder, please?

I went to home hardware today and asked the clerk in the paint department if they sold aluminum powder, and they said no, it has been banned in Canada. I am assuming its because of the use of aluminum for flash powder =PI was wondering if anybody knows some sort of store to get aluminum powder in Canada, becasue i dont want to have to order it over the internet. (i have had some mishaps with internet ordered things before)Any help/suggestions are appreciated, Thanks ! =)

Question by FunkNattidelic    |  last reply


how to glue aluminum cans?

How do you glue flattened aluminum cans? I know how to flatten them, I use them for papercraft(you trace the pieces from paper onto the cans), but how can you glue them? i there any special glue that anyone knows of for this? please help.

Question by the poodleo    |  last reply


Joining Aluminum Sheets in Layers?

I need to join aluminum sheets together. When I say sheet, all I mean is the body of a coke can. So, I would cut the top and bottom of the can off, then make a vertical cut to make the body into one long strip. I would do this again, and then I want to join these two strips together, end to end. Would 1/8" rivets work? I thought of solder, but I heard solder doesn't stick well to aluminum. I would prefer the aluminum to stay down. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply


Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

Topic by rexdino5    |  last reply


Good Respirator for melting aluminum? Answered

What kind of respirator would be good for filtering the fumes from melting aluminum? Would a regular paint one work?

Question by DELETED_MakerNinja    |  last reply


What are they doing with these aluminum cans? Answered

  OK.  I go to several different scrap yards.  I have noticed at this particular one, that they do not crush their cans.  I didn't give it much thought till today.    As you can see in the photo, they store their cans, in bags, in the back.  The people that came to get the cans are putting them into bigger bags and packing them into a huge box truck very tightly as if they are going to fill with as many as they can.  Not like it is just going across town.   If these cans are to go to another state for a higher redemption price,  don't machines read the bar codes to prevent that?   Also, the truck had a license plate from Sonora, Mexico.  Although that is pretty common around here, that may be part of the reason.   ??????

Question by onrust    |  last reply


Aluminum powder substitute in thermite?

Is there anything I can use as a sub for aluminum powder when making thermite? Or any good way without a mill, grinder, or blender to make powder?

Question by Dudemister1019    |  last reply


aluminum powder is conduct electricity??? Answered

 Dear All...  Please help me to know aluminum powder is conduct electricity ???  Because I have bough ALUMINUM metal POWDER  99.7% Lab Chemical 425 mesh µ35 on EBAY. for making conduct electricity paste But when measured with my digital meter at 20 meg ohm  with 1mm distant I don't see  any resistant .Thank you in advance for your time.                                                                Best regards                 HAPPY NEW YEAR  

Question by lam    |  last reply


Adhesives suitable for aluminum connections?

Due to lack of welding equipment now, I am looking for any adhesives that can be used to joining small bits of metal attached to one another, any suggestions?

Question by KyleofAsgard    |  last reply


Aluminum T-Slotted Framing?

Who is the most economical supplier of T-Slot framing, 80/20 The Industrial Erector Set, Faztek, TSlots, Bosch Rexroth, Parco, Inc, or Framing Technology. Framing Technology claims to be the manufacturer, but is there another out there?  I just want the best prices.

Question by cadams15    |  last reply


Laser power for thin aluminum? Answered

Here's a question for you laser cnc builders out there, how much laser wattage would you need to cut really thin aluminum? Like, only slightly thicker than grocery store aluminum foil. Very thin. This cnc machine would be used to cut custom theatrical gobos (GOes Before Optics) at home. Normally, when we need a new gobo design, we build one in Adobe Illustrator and send off the design to Rosco or some other professional cutting company. But this can get pricy, and can take up to a week, so if one gets messed up during tech week (they do sometimes) we have to cut a new one out by hand. The results are not spectacular. The gobo doesn't have to be mechanically strong, and they don't warp inside of a 525w fixture due to the cool beam. You could in fact use foil, but that's a little too thin to be useful. Any guidance would be appreciated.

Question by ModeLocker    |  last reply


Helium Tank Aluminum Foundry

I was looking through the internet, and was linked to this page. There they used a freon can for the foundry shell, but I thought those small helium tanks would work too. I kinda knew that a dremel wouldn't cut through it, but it is just what I put on there. I used Inkscape and GIMP to make it.Also, does anyone know a good source for fire clay? I've heard that masonry supply stores are a good bet. Another thing - does anyone know a good page on a cheap, simple, charcoal foundry? I made a .gif animation describing my ideas, below. In the animation, I meant to put the part about cutting the hole for the blower in the beginning, too (after I cut the top off).

Topic by John Smith    |  last reply


How do you purify aluminum? Answered

I want to know how to turn aluminum foil into aluminum powder. I have been told that aluminum foil is not pure aluminum, and I would like to know how to purify it.

Question by Tobor 2.0    |  last reply


Correctly identify Aluminum, smelting brass

 How can I correctly identify aluminum?  Aside from the weight, how do I find out if it is pure or some alloy that will make make even the vultures drop dead when smelted. Owing to a project I'm working on where I wish to cast letters in aluminum for a wind harp, I have been on a search here on the farm. Have found literally 200kg of scrap brass and and about 35g of aluminum! The letters have to be out of aluminum for rust reasons. 2nd Question Does zinc alloy aluminum rust in the same fashion? 3rd Question Brass. I haven't researched it yet, but could anyone give me a clue as to smelting the stuff? Thanks

Topic by Karroo Oakey    |  last reply


Aluminum powder from soda cans

I was wondering what would be a good way to obtain aluminum powder from soda cans  I have a ball mill  and why buy foil when cans are free any ideas? ive already tried cutting it in to small strips and blending it but that doesn't work 

Topic by nlazenby    |  last reply


Looking For Extruded Aluminum Part Like This

I need to be able to source this part.  I've tried Google and can't find any Extruded Aluminum parts that come close to this.  I'm hoping someone out there has seen this and knows where I can get more of it. The part is 20mm x 20mm, 3 slots that are 10mm each.   Thanks. Mike

Topic by mhcollison    |  last reply


Dissolve Aluminum - Golden Book Chemistry

In the Golden Book of Chemistry, page 64, there're instructions for dissolving aluminum. The book states that HYDROGEN is released when aluminum strips are dissolved in hydrochloric acid and ALUMINUM CHLORIDE is formed. That's about all we get from the book concerning that particular experiment. Just wondering if this is correct, how to test it, what it should look like and what may we [the kids and myself] may do with it if it's actually aluminum chloride. It's a good book, but quite a bit of theory's lacking. Thanks all.

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Is there any reaction between aluminum an bronze? Answered

I would like to use some bronze bushings on an aluminum rod, but would like to know if some kind of reaction will happen (like the aluminum corroding or something bad). Thanks

Question by qwertyboy    |  last reply


hairdryer heatingcoils for small aluminum foundry?

Hey guys would it be possible to create a small foundry that is powerfull enough to smelt aluminium cans? i was thinking of building it in a YTONG stone

Question by timothy demaegdt    |  last reply


Power from a moving aluminum-part?

Hi I was playing with  some ideas and wonder if it is possible to get power from a moving piece of aluminum. I know, if you tab the alu, you can get the power because to the eddy-currents geenrated if you have a permanent-magnet near... But what if i wanted to get the power NOT from the aluminum, but from the "other" side like the magnet? If i hold a magnet near a moving piece of aluminum, can i get power from the magnet as well or are the eddys only generated in the alu and not in the magnet since it already has its magnetic field? So the basic question is: How to get power with the help of a moving piece of aluminum, but the tab-point in NOT the aluminum but something geometrically separated. Thanks a lot! :)

Topic by Orngrimm    |  last reply


How to grind or shred aluminum cans?

Greetings, I'm am looking for methods to grind or shred up aluminum cans enough to be put in a ball mill (rock tumbler with steel balls in it) to make aluminum powder. I read that a stone grinder will cause it to melt. I read that aluminum foil can be ground in a blender then put in a ball mill, but I think aluminum cans might be too thick? Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse    |  last reply


Who Here Has Melted Aluminum?

I had my dad weld up an ingot mold out of 1 1/2" angle steel, yesterday, and I started wondering. How many people have melted aluminum here? I have, but here its so hot (Florida...Southern Florida.), that its almost unbearable to melt it anymore. I'm getting into sand casting, and I was wondering if anyone had experience in that area. My .gifs are of my foundry, and how I made it. (they aren't exact)

Topic by John Smith    |  last reply


Help with Apple aluminum keyboard mod.

Ok so i need help with this new idea i had. i wanna mod the new imac keyboard. all aluminum n white keys so they are backlit almost like a MBP since they dont make/sell them anywhere or for that instance make them anywhere online i've checked other mod sites and no one knows how to go at this. anyway i was thinking it'd be cool to use the style they got on the caps lock and put lights where the letters would go. anyone up for this? if so please email me/pm me. thanks.

Topic by mightymac    |  last reply


how do i anodize aluminum?

Thinking of anodizing some aluminum parts im making. Does it matter what kind of aluminum? I want a durable finish, resistant to corroding.

Question by klunder_teach    |  last reply


Is aluminum mesh okay to use for composting?

Today I'm making a combination of 2 compost bins posted on this site-a rotating bin (bought a plastic garbage can) with wooden x frames at the ends-poll through it to spin it-I cut 6 rectangles lengthwise and want to cover them with aluminum mesh. Is aluminum okay to use for composting?

Question by ChrisnLaura    |  last reply


How do I etch aluminum?

I've been searching and reading on how to etch aluminum.  I've tried the photo paper toner transfer numerous times, but the toner does not stick to my aluminum plate.  I've gone over with my iron so many times while putting extreme amounts of pressure on it, but no matter what I cannot get the toner to stay on my aluminum plate.  Can someone please help me, or let me know a better way of doing this!! Thank you!

Question by Tanman23    |  last reply


CNC Router for Aluminum mold creation? Answered

I know nothing about CNC routers, but I'm curious about aluminum mold fabrication.  Can anyone suggest a good instructable that would be useful in creating a CNC router that would be up for the job.  The aluminum block is 4"x3"x1".  It is completely blank so I need a router to remove the metal to create a mold.  I'm not sure how accurate these things are, but it needs to be very accurate.

Question by Spaceman Spiff    |  last reply


Molding Aluminum: With Gravity Die Casting

It's expensive, untested and dangerous.The idea goes like this. Start with a coffee can foundry, possibly powered with Biodiesel or Propane. Then design a mold for what you want to build using Autocad or some variant thereof. After it's finished, send the design to a machine shop to have it built out of steel. When you receive the permanent mold, melt the aluminum and pour into the mold repeatedly and often.The idea seems like a good one to me, I'll be testing it soon enough using common screw clamps to keep the mold tightly secure.Has anyone here done this? The closest I've come to doing it myself is pouring into a muffin tin.The photo below is a picture of the results which was taken from another board found here, you'll need a login, the photos are located in the forum under Machining and Tooling.Give me a shout if you dig the idea.UPDATE 5/24/07It works! Using my Harbor Freight Mini-Mill I cut out pockets in two pieces of 1018 steel, each about an inch deep, and four inches across. I then cut inlets in both pieces and welded some scrap steel U channel on the tops of both mold sections to form a pool enclosure for the excess aluminum to collect inside of and stay safely contained.Then I lit the candle on my foundry and melted the aluminum while at the same time pre-heating the molds, (connected using C-clamps) in the oven. When the aluminum melted, I poured it and it instantly solidified. After about 2 minutes of running around in a panic I cracked the mold open. The detail level is incredible. Impressions made in the mold with a fly-cutter can be seen in the casting. The casting is bright, shiny, and seemingly devoid of any burs usually associated with unfinished aluminum castings.I'll provide photos later of the test mold and casting.

Topic by Inspiracy    |  last reply


process for anodizing aluminum with limited equipment?

Recently I have learned the basics of anodizing aluminum, and from what I understand the basic process is to clean of the aluminum bit to be anodized, stick it in a bath of a dilute solution of sulfuric acid, and do some electrolysis with the anodizing bit connected to the anode or positive of a supply, then pulling it out some time later and cleaning it off with soapy water and rinsing, and coloring the metal in a thin runny die, then wiping off excess and boiling the part. So first of all, do I need sulfuric acid? Any substitutes? Will HCL work, or a weak acid like vinegar or even salty water?  If the purpose of the sulfuric acid is to allow free ions to flow in the water, I do not see why it would not work. However, I am not a chemist, and my experimentation with electrolysis is limited to 6th grade science and dropping 9V batteries in salty water. (My favorite experiment was at home when using copper  and coins as the electrodes and watching blue-green corrosion develop and sink until the copper wire was made brittle and thin. Caused some AA rechargeable batteries to explode in the process though lol!) Also, will any die work? For really small parts, will it be possible to evenly die them with sharpie, standard paper markers, and/or highlighters? What dies will work well? Should the dies be water based, or based on some other thinner?

Question by -max-    |  last reply


Aluminum Pipe Bed size Queen

After reading an instructables on how to make a bed frame that was industrial strength, my husband built me this bed frame. Six years later, our dear dog can no longer jump onto the bed. We're selling this bed to move to something larger and lower to the floor. The joint parts are pretty expensive, and he spent around $400 on the fittings and railing. We're asking $300 Cash only, you pick up. We are in the Mills, Oakland Hills area.  SO, all in all, you'd be buying a pre-cut kit for the canopy style bed that has a feature here on the instructables website. You're more than welcome to email me directly. gaytha dot watley at gmail dot com.

Topic by TattooedPirate1969    |  last reply


How do you make aluminum powder?

I dont have a blender, coffee mill, or ball mill or anything any1's said. Can some1 tell me how to make it?

Question by Langarulz  


How to make soda pop aluminum look worn out?

I've read that aluminum doesn't rust, and that it can be corroded but that it doesn't really make it look worn out/old but makes white blotches. I need a solution to make it look worn out, doesn't need to be a fast process though.

Question by Grujah    |  last reply


If you have aluminum foil and an aluminum block which would melt first at melting point? Answered

I want to know because I have always wondered this. May the electromagnetic force be with you lol.

Question by nerd7473    |  last reply