aluminum

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

Topic by andy60 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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.

Topic by trainman707 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 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


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


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 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 months 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


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 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 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


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 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


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 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


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 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


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


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 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 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


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


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 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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 3 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


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


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 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


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 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 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


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


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 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to cut aluminum hard drive platters?

After determining that a hard drive platter is aluminum (I don't want to try to cut the glass ones), how could I cut it neatly?  I'd like to cut out neat rectangles for a small kaleidoscope.  I tried a hacksaw, but it was a messy cut, and I expect it bent the optical surface a bit.  I tried a rotary tool with cut-off discs, but the aluminum chewed up the discs really fast--I could see the discs shrinking before my eyes into tiny circles.  

Question by arpruss 7 years ago  |  last reply 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


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


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

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


i need to glue aluminum foil to presswood. ..what glue should i use?

I need to glue aluminum foil to presswood. ..what glue should i use?

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


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 6 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


Making a reuseable mold for an at home foundry and casting aluminum?

I've been really interested in at home aluminum casting and wanted to make a forge and try my hand at it. Before I started I've done a lot of research and video watching. It seems it is most popular to use the lost foam method. I was just wondering if it would be possible, and what materials to use to make a simple reusable mold. If I was to cast 10-12 of the same object it just seems easier to make a mold then forming and shaping 12 pieces of foam. Since I'm just getting started i wouldn't be casting anything too complicated or big. Thanks in advance!

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


Mold venting for lost foam metal casting

I've been casting small aluminum statues using the "lost Foam " technique. My success rate has been about 60%t070%because of the aluminum freezing in the long narrow parts of the mold. The statues are human figures so the outstretched arms and legs sometimes are not complete. Am now considering heating the mold to reduce this problem. Any suggestions will be appreciated

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


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 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 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


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


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


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


how do i make an aluminum electrolytic capacitor?

I want to make a capacitor bank with high capacitance and i saw a lot of instructables for high voltage, but the most i got out of one was with aluminum foil and plastic wrap and i only got 14nf. i saw on some sites that the aluminum was electrocoated with aluminum oxide, but i couldn't find any specifics and nothing i tried so far has worked (it just created higher resistance, not capacitance). also, what's a good electrolyte solution, i'm just using water, salt and baking soda.

Question by the judge 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


is it feasible to paint an aluminum bike by slightly sanding it and painting over it?

I'm looking to paint an aluminum bike and as i've read about it it seems that i need to chemically treat aluminum before painting.I would therefore like to ask if it's possible to just rough up the current paint and paint over it, as the current paint is in good shape. I have access to basic tools and possibly a compressor/spraypaint setup. thank you for your help

Question by matosmeister 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 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


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