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Messing with bismuth. Can it be done easily? Answered

Is there any inexpensive (eg. <$100 US) way to make complex shapes with bismuth? I'm hoping something along the lines electroplating will work.

I'm kind of hoping for input from Lemonie

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

Well that, IMHO, is the easy way out.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

What do you want to make.

Steve

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

Very fine structures that would be almost impossible via casting.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

Try me.

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

I'm not in an industrial setting, I'm pretty sure I couldn't make something as fine as I want from hand carved positive. Now if I had a nice small 5-axis mill with <0.01" tolerance, I might be able to if I knew how to make an effective negative from it.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

You've still not defined 'em ! Define 'em and I might agree with you, otherwise, until I know I can't suggest how you might do it can I ? Electroforming bismuth is extremely unlikely.

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

I wanted something like little roses out of bismuth.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

Use a wooden mould. Carve them in that. Bismuths melting point is so low you'll hardly get any burn.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 9 years ago

Nothing wrong with easy.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

9 years ago

I presume you've already PM'ed Lemonie to give him a heads up about this Question, eh?

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The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 9 years ago

No I haven't, I just hope he has some idea about how to do this.