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 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I've heard that pop/beer tabs are higher grade aluminum than the cans? Answered

Is it true?  If so, can they be separated and recycled at a higher value than the cans?

Question by yokozuna 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Melting aluminium help!?

So I tryed melting some cans with a propane torch and they didn't exactly melt, been told they aren't the best for melting. I think I have some think aluminium wire lying around so I will try melting that , Anything else/ideas. I don't really know what i'm doing with aluminium. I have inkots trays steel ladels ect from my dad. We have done lead plenty of times but never aluminium.

Question by tom10122 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 12 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Aluminum Slugs for coilguns?

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

Question by tom10122 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 10 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how can I make aluminum battery??

I need a kind of high energy aluminum battery.help ...

Question by manatan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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!

Topic by papirkopi 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Are canned food cans made of steel?

By canned food cans, I don't mean soda cans, I mean the cans that pineapple and corn and other stuff come in, just to be clear. From what I know, it's probably not aluminum because it is magnetic. So what metal is it? Is it combined with different metals?

Question by Orange robot 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Where can i get square aluminum tubing? Answered

I would prefer not to order off of the internet unless free shipping was available.?

Question by Herbal_T 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


can I make an RFID blocking wallet using aluminum foil instead of cans?

If aluminum cans can block RFID signals, how many layers of laminated aluminum foil (or, alternatively aluminum tape) would be needed to effectively shield a wallet?

Question by Mr.Fancypants 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can you solder aluminum with home depot soft lead/tin solder?

Question by gmdownes 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I soften aluminum sheeting? Answered

Hi,    I have some aluminum sheeting that I bought in a roll from a hardware store. It is aluminum flashing, and although it has no rating, I assume it is about 26 gauge (.019") because if I remember right thats the standard. I cut the roll into 4x14" strips. Right now they behave like sheet metal, kind of springy and difficult to mould. What I need is more like thick aluminum foil, where it can be bent all around, multiple times without breaking and retain shape incredibly well. I've tried to cold work the aluminum by bending it and running it over an edge but its not very effective. Is it possible to easily anneal the aluminum in a conventional oven or using a propane blowtorch? I don't want to exert too much effort on each piece because they're going to have a short life before I hand them off and they get thrown away. In case you're wondering or need more details: I'm trying to make moldable aluminum splints, like the SAM splint. Pre-made SAM splints cost $4 each but this sheeting would work out to under $.11 each. In case you aren't familiar with them, SAM splints are essentially a plate of thick aluminum "foil," about 4"x36" wrapped in foam. The cool thing about them is that you can bend them very easily to any shape or body part, but when you mold them into a curve they have incredible strength to support an injury. 

Question by SeniorShizzle 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Are cans made of steel?? Answered

By cans, I mean canned food cans, not soda cans. From what I know, they are not aluminum because  a magnet stuck to one. And I don't think they are tin either. So what metal are they?

Question by Orange robot 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


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 7 years ago


soldring question. can i solder steel to aluminium?

is it possible to solder a round 8 mm aluminium tube to a 1,5mm steel plate. i tried using glue but did not holde...? see picture,. are there some weld that may woork??

Question by sabladask 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Where can I buy aluminum powder?

I don't want to buy 1 Ib. of this stuff and everyone on Ebay sells in 1 Ib. increments or more. Help??

Question by chemguy 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 months ago


How to make soda pop aluminum look worn out? Answered

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 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Where can I find old aluminum road signs?

Looking to do some water-jet cutting for some kids toys and want to upcycle old aluminum signs... but I don't know where to find the signs.

Question by bellinghammakerspace 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Why do schools still collect aluminum tabs? Answered

So I found all the dialysis time pull tabs can "purchase" is not true. I also found it is the same aluminum as the can. Thus rendering a milk jug full @ well under $5 US.  Whats the point in schools spending all this effort to collect them? Thanks

Question by onrust 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What kind of life hacks can you make out of aluminum cans?

I am looking for craft project ideas and such made from aluminum cans?

Question by KyleT23 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Where can I find aluminum honeycomb panels?

I want to paint some art on aluminum honeycomb panels. Is there a source for them in my hometown?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how i make an info desk? Answered

How i can make a flexible info desk (for small events) that i can hold it any where in a simple way ?

Question by medozz1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Does anyone have a plan for a motor driven aluminum can crusher that can crush multiple cans at once?

My family collects a large amount of aluminum pop cans each year and takes them in for scrap every few months. The problem is that it takes so long to crush them all by foot. I've done some looking and have seen can crushers (mostly mechanical) that crush one at a time, but I'm looking for something with a electric motor and some sort of small hopper where I could dump cans in to be crushed and dropped into a bucket. Any ideas? Thanks!

Question by cougarboy04 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how can I drill into Ikea aluminum frame to add knobs without breaking tempered glass?

Help! I need to drill into an Ikea aluminum door frame to add a knob. I don't want to break the tempered glass. Thanks

Topic by judyb52 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Building a Foundry?

So I've been experimenting with building a mini foundry made out of steel cans. I've experimented with several different fuels, fuel injection systems, oxygen injection systems, crucibles, and different metals. However, the only metal I've ever been able to melt with it is zinc. (if you don't know, zinc doesn't take alot to melt; only about 700F) My target metals are aluminum and copper, but despite over a year of experimenting, I've never been able to melt either. I would like to know what I'm doing wrong, or what I could do better. Here's the rundown of the furnace's construction: The fuel I'm currently using is propane. The foundry isn't big, (you could fit it in a backpack) so I just use propane canisters for torches with a normal output line on the end. The line runs to a small piece of glass laboratory tubing with a tiny nozzle on the end which is about 1 mm in diameter. The propane shoots out as a stream and mixes with air utilizing the venturi effect. The propane mix then shoots into a large metal pipe about 2 cm in diameter. It then bends up at a 90 degree angle and enters the furnace, which is in essence, a steel can with a hole in the bottom. inside this is a steel can cut in half with a thick wire through it to suspend it above the burner.  So what could be improved? When I run it at full blast, the whole furnace glows orange, but no metal melting happens...

Question by tylervitale 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can I weld aluminum with a mig welder if I have flux core wire? Answered

My parents got me and my younger brother a mig welder for Christmas they also got flux core wire because gas is expensive. But my brother keeps saying that we cant weld aluminum with it I have heard of aluminium flux core wire but he still says it wont work. Dose the aluminum flux core wire work any good or is there something else we need to get?

Question by Dalen Brewer 4 years ago  |  last reply 10 months ago


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 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


anyone know the lifetime of aluminum cans exposed to the elements?

I'd like to use old aluminum food cans that were pressed flat instead of asphalt shingles for my roof. Does anyone know the lifetime of cans exposed to the elements in northern Ohio?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago


Can anyone help me with metal casting?

I have been working with my friend, setting up a small IT business in our local area providing some software but mainly hardware. Now that I have a furnace and it can melt aluminium my friend has asked me to cast a case for his computers. He said that he will produce a wooden copy of what he would like it to look like, then give it to me to cast. I am wondering how I can convert the wooden copy into a wax copy so that I can continue from my own knowledge. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thomas

Question by thomas9666 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Need someone to etch and cut a piece of aluminum for me

Hi all, I have a DIY boombox project made from a train case where I need a badge made to cover up a "mistake". I can provide an Adobe Illustrator, EPS, DWG, or DXF for the logo and shape of the badge. The finished piece will be 3.25" wide by 1.5" tall. As much as I'd like to do this on my own, I'm not keen on working with acid and don't have the time or work to build my own CNC or laser cutter. I will be happy to pay for time and materials as long as it's reasonable. Also, I'm in Northeast Ohio, if that matters to anyone. Thanks!

Topic by mnmitch57 7 years ago


HELP ASAP! building aluminum trunk with ROUNDED EDGES?

I'm going for the same look as the trunk in the picture but the biggest question I have is how do I get rounded edges. I want the entire piece to be aluminum panels with all the edges and corners rounded, with a wood frame for support. needed advice: -best tools for cutting the aluminum -cheapest source for aluminum sheeting (and best size) -best advice for putting the aluminum panels in (use steel screws, rivets?) -any other advice for getting the best rounded edges and corners (links also appreciated) I would like to make this a gift for someone and need to get started ASAP so any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated! thanks!

Topic by nizzo 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How can I prevent aluminum jewelry from oxidizing?

In my instructable about making an aluminum ring, I made two aluminum rings, one for my girlfriend and one for myself. Mine is still fine; however, hers keeps turning black (oxidizing). I understand this is because she is a girl and her skin pH is different than mine (more basic); but I am curious if there are any techniques on how to prevent this from happening. The ring needs to be polished using aluminum cleaner every other week, but if there was a way to keep its mirror finish, that would be fantastic. Thank you!

Question by kreationism 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Can I fit a 10W heatsink in a zippo? Answered

I want to put a cree XM-L LED in an old zippo, and I want to know if anyone knows how to fit a big heatsink in the top part of a zippo lighter, not in the base, and preferably able to buy everything from a hardware store, not ordered online.  Also, does anyone know how to anodize aluminum for added heat dissipation?

Question by jduffy54 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


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 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


I am trying to build a table like this. How could I go about getting a piece of aluminum shaped to fit my table?

Here is a picture of the table -  http://drp.ly/1D0bcb? I don't think I would be able to shape it myself.  Is a machine shop my only option?  Do they have online sites that can make something like this? Thanks.

Question by twin8885 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago