573Views12Replies

Author Options:

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

Comments

The forums are retiring in 2021 and are now closed for new topics and comments.
0
The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 10 years ago

Well that, IMHO, is the easy way out.

0
steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

What do you want to make.

Steve

0
The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 10 years ago

Very fine structures that would be almost impossible via casting.

0
The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 10 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.

0
steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 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.

0
The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 10 years ago

I wanted something like little roses out of bismuth.

0
steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 10 years ago

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

0
orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 10 years ago

Nothing wrong with easy.

0
kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

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

0
The Ideanator
The Ideanator

Answer 10 years ago

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