Metals

Ok first... i wasnt really sure where to post this but Science topic seemed the closes so i need to know whats the strongest metal(s) but still can be bent.. shaped, and cut, im trying to make 4 blades equal in length and height maybe 1foot tall each but could also be made to have room towards the middle to add some kind of gears or something to make it 'bend' back and forth (i'll attach a picture to give an idea what i mean) also, how much would it cost?

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Metal Question Answered

I saw this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aVxB9oXcEc, And I am wondering what type of metal he shows you.  THANKS!!

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METAL LATHE?

HOW CAN I MAKE A SIMPLE METAL LATHE TO DO HOBBY WORK IN MY SHOP PS. I DONT OWN A BANK AND CAN PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING WITH TOOLS ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED CHEERS!

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3D Printing - Metal

Is it true that there are 3d printers that print in metal? If so what kind of 3D Printer is this and about how much do they cost? Oh also how exactly does that work when 3D Printing is supposed to be additive manufacturing and metal isnt a liquid or even flexible at solid states?

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Copper Crystal Metal

Hi, Please assist. I am looking for ways to create copper crystals from copper sulfate liquid by using chemicals only. I found a company in South Africa that's doing exactly that.

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what this metal ring called? Answered

These collars are found in a variety of applications large and small, this particular one came out of a broken flatbed scanner. I've seen variants with bearings on the inside ring allowing full rotation in industrial settings and small hobby ones used for axles. So, is there a name for these?

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plastic/metal tube branding?

I am looking to brand my own products for my store. The products are small tube batteries about the size of a sharpie's body. They come in two materials, a plastic/rubber material that is difficult to scratch/dent but has a soft feel and the other is a stainless or anodized metal. I see two possibilities for branding but need help figuring out how to accomplish the desired effect. 2) I transfer my logo onto the tube by rolling it over a stamp with an ink/epoxy of some sort ( *magic ink* product unknown)\ 3) I get decals printed/made and transfer them onto the material. I don't know much about decals or permanent printing liquids, and would like to hear from you what you think! Please check out the attached picture as well

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Microwave oven metal foundry?

Can you melt steel scraps in a heat resistant pot hot enough to mold or pour with a rewired MOT? What if you put multiple MOTs in series/parallel? how could you make into three phase (i want to know weather this works or not)?

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photo on metal by laser macine

I have laser machine of evlaser, Italy  working with windows 98 and evedit software how i can make the photo on any metal like steel, brass. I think this machine before year 2000. The software of this machine is support only BMP and PLT files. Please help me .

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whats the most indestructible metal?

As in indestructible I mean indestructible to impact, like it can stop a speeding bullet and it wont make a dent, and it's strong enough to block a jack hammer, basically very strong.

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How do I make a shaped metal punch for sheet metal?

I need to cut some 1-inch metal shapes.  They will also have holes inside them, so I might need two punches.  So, how do I make punches to cut out these shapes?

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i want to make a inductor coil for heat metals e.t.c.?

I want to build a inductor coil for heating metals  i want schematics and how build this thank you

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How to join metal to metal to create a T shape, no welding, no soldering?

Hi, i've been working on a spring loaded arm mechanism and ran into a problem. i need to join metal(1mm thick) onto another sheet in a sort of T shape. Gorilla glue brand epoxy has failed me. Any suggestions? 

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Can't epoxy metal, help appreciated. Answered

I'm trying to epoxy two pieces of metal together, I'm mixing the epoxy the right way but once it hardens the piece breaks off, any suggestions? I'm gluing this flat piece of metal to the nut that's glued on the viewfinder.  The nut stays on the viewfinder with the same epoxy so I'm confused about why the other metals won't adhere, should I sand the pieces first? By the way I photographed the wrong side of the flat piece, the side showing has prongs, the other side is flat, the flat side gets glued to the nut. This is a viewfinder from an old Mamiya press camera, not sure what kind of metal it is.

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Should I pick up this old metal lathe? Answered

There's an older metal lathe that's going to the scrap yard, a reed-prentice co., looks to be from the 40's, and I could probably get it for scrap price. Would it be worth fixing up and using? I don't need to hit super-tight tolearances with it, just turning parts as a hobbyist / beginner. What questions should I ask about it? What should be there for it to be complete?

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Where can I find the metal fittings of the Twin Carbo System well of the Mozilla Factory?

This office is constructed by using common products such as corner modules or plastic pallets, exploring the concept of “Open Source Furniture.” http://nosigner.com/case/mozilla-factory/ ... and I'm searching for the metal fittings of the Twin Carbo System: blob:http://nosigner.com/1305e817-a31d-47fc-bf03-1dbc68b679fd Can I buy it somewhere?

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I WANT TO JOIN TWO METAL COMPONENT WITHOUT NOT AND BOLT. I WANT TO JOIN THEM BY SOME SOLUTION?

TWO METAL SURFACES ARE ALUMINIUM AND STAINLESS STEEL. I WANI TO JOIN THEM WITHIN 1-2 MIN. OR SOLUTION CAN BE SOLIDIFY BY HEATING.IS THERE AY SOLUTION WHICH SOLIDIFY QUICKLY AFTER HEATING??

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Any thoughts on what I can do with 30 (approx) 12"x12" stamped metal tiles(different colors, styles)? Answered

There aren't enough to use them as ceiling tiles on my back porch, and they are very difficult to cut.

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extracting....

Can anyone tell me how to extract platinum from catalyc converters? (pardon my spelling)

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Is there a specific rod to be used for welding aluminum together?

I need to weld a 3/8 inch thick piece of aluminum together. I was wondering if there was a specific rod to be used. I have 2011 1/8 rods. Just putting it out there. I never had to work with aluminum.

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What to do with old window counter weights?

My house was built in 1915 and we are replacing the windows to get better efficiency. Now I have all these weights. I can have them thrown into a landfill but that seems like a bad idea. I've seen people doing things with homemade forges but I don't have one. Would these be useful? Could they be melted down? Or could they be toxic?

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Best dark metal for solar absorbance.

What's the best metal for absorbing sunlight? ie, darkest. It needs to be immersed in ethanol, which will dissolve pretty much any paint etc. I've tried steel with some kind of enamel or anodised layer, but the eths started eating that too. Also whatever it was seemed to reduce the heat getting into the ethanol. And are there ways of making metal darker, chemically or through heating? I've been recommended getting something rusty and using a rust converter, which turns the oxidised layer into a phosphate, which is dark and might work well. Also.. are there other characteristics I should be paying attention to in order to maximise the amount of heat transferred to the fluid, like conductivity, emissivity, etc? Cheers.

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Will metal salad tongs conduct electricity? Answered

Alright, so a group I belong to throws a themed party every year, and this year it's boardgames. I'm in charge of wiring up a life-size game of Operation, and I was trying to think of things to use as the tweezers for the bigger version. I'm trying to keep the whole thing fairly low voltage (12v), since kids will be using it and won't know better than to touch something conductive. My question is, will the salad tongs conduct well enough to complete the circuit for a buzzer and light to come on? If not, does anyone have a better suggestion? Thank you very much.

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SemiFlex filament on Printrbot simple metal

 I just wanted to start a thread to check if anyone has had experience using SemiFlex on a Printrbot simple metal .. Basically there are a couple of  hacks to modify extrusion, something similar to the ones implemented to print NinjaFlex(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EAOJjQMxFE)..Thanks Also suggest a semiflex filament brand if you have had experience with any ..

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Sparklers as heat source for work with metal?

Forgive my ignorance but I was wondering if a sparkler could be used as a heat source for something like soldering or melting small quantities of aluminum? I could use something to bead up the end of a brass rod too. Any idea if that could work?

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Removing a metal object from wood?

Hello! Somehow a small 9mm steel BB found it's way into a piece of wooden outdoor furniture. I know how to repair wood, but I can't seem to get the BB out. I've tried digging it out with a small knife, but that only resulted in me damaging the piece further. Do any of you have any experience with this, or ideas on further courses of action? Anything is appreciated.

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How to put a design on a metal mug?

So, i just put this in the forums (and i can't see it..) So i thought i'd put it here too. I want to put my designs on traveller's mugs and other metal mugs and i was thinking, what are the different way i can do this?  I've seen someone do it with a vinyl and powder coating...but the tools needed to do that are pretty expensive to get here, so that's my last resort. So i was wondering what are the other ways that i can do this?  I hope you guys can help me out with this. Thanks :) P.S I'm new to this.... so can anyone tell me why my forum post isn't showing up? :P

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Will my metal welder work ok?

I'm totally new to metal welding but am going to give it a try. My oven/range has a power outlet that reads on it: 125/250V, 50Amps. It has four prongs, three vertically oriented flat ones aligned as a triangle with the center one lower than the other two, and a fourth one top center that's round. My breaker box shows a 50Amp breaker for it. The welder says it's a MIG 170, 240V AC, 20Amps,single phase, 60Hz (Harbor Freight). I think the power I have is actually 220V but I'm not sure. If I do only have 220V will the welder only draw as much voltage as is asked by it - that is, if I only crank it up, say 3/4 of the way, will it draw less than its rated 240V? Or is that 240V just a maximum rating and it should run ok with 220V? It would seem odd that they would sell a welder that won't work for the power their customers would have by default without modifications. Also, where can I get a double socket for that outlet with one having an extension so I don't have to pull out my oven every time I need to weld something? Thank you. Bretina

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how do i get manganese metal from manganese dioxide? Answered

Hello, I have a very large amount of manganese dioxide, which i wish to turn into manganese metal, however, i have a problem with reducing it with carbon, which is that i dont have a furnace, or even the materials for a makeshift one, as i found out all the bricks that are sold in this state, are all sand or cement, no clay, not even at the hardware store. I was wondering, if there is any way for me to get manganese metal other than reducing with carbon, such as electrolysis of manganese in some soluble form. thanks

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where can i get a spray can-like spray nozzle made from metal?

Hi, im currently doing a project which uses a high volume, low pressure water motor and needs to spray a mist, using little pressure. Essentially what im after is something with the same specs as a regular aerosol can spray nozzle, except it needs to be straight, and made of metal, so it wont dissolve in the petroleum oil, or slip . ive tried using a normal spray nozzle but the pressure is too great and no matter how i go about binding the tube to the nozzle it always pops out, either because it grows soft and warps from the petroleum oil in the spray mix, or from the overal lubricating effects. either way, using spray can spray nozzles is bad. For another project ill be doing at the same time, which is for watering my plants, i still also need a straight spray head, prefferbly made of metal, as this one will have a bit more pressure behind it, and i need to be able to absolutely permanently attach the nozzle to a pvc plastic hose. I dont want to vary at all from my design, or compromise with a plastic version. What im after is a straight spray nozzle, aka, not bent, that sprays a mist of roughly more or less the same size and directionality, and angle as a earosol spray canister. for all intents and purposes, my water motor will be putting out perhaps 2/3rds of the pressure of your typical spray can, a normal spray nozzle works fine, so all im after is a metal equivalent, or anything that wont dissolve in petroleum oils, acetone or paint laquer. does anyone know where i can find such a thing? thanks

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Cutting a square hole? Answered

This is a really basic question—I have managed to get to 66 years old and still be a complete handyman novice, I have tried but my best efforts are lamentable. I think it is because I have never had anyone to show me handy things and have never asked anyone so turning over a new leaf I am determined to start making a few things instead of spending a fortune buying them and paying people to do things for me. My first project is to make a simple slide carrier and I have bodged one up in cardboard but it really needs to be in something stronger so it is rigid, metal would be ideal but very stiff board would also do if I can not cut the metal. I do have a thin sheet of aluminium, (from the casing of an old laptop) that I would like to use buy am frightened of messing up & worse injuting myself! I now realize that I have no idea how to cut a square hole in a piece of metal or, for that matter, what tools I need to cut aluminium in the first place! My overiding consideration is to be safe so I don't want to try, (what to me is a daunting task but probably to you guys the simplest of things) not knowing what I am doing. So can someone please help me out and tell me what tools I need and how to go about cutting a square hole in a piece of metal? Rest assured I will not do it if I do not think I can safely. Thanks.  

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How to put my own doodle on a blank silver band ring?

How can I put my own simple image or text on a blank silver band ring?

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How can I bend a steel wire without a heat source?

I need to bend a steel wire that's about a little less than a half of a centimeter thick. The bend needs to be very clean, and I don't have a heat source. How can I do it?

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Casting a REALLY complex HOLLOW shape with metal!?

Exactly like casting a 3D print out of metal; I have a airsoft upper receiver which I want to cast out of aluminium cheaply. Made of polymer and quite complex. http://www.evike.com/images/large/Mbody_GP_M4AEGUpper_lg.jpg

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Best metric drill bit set for metal? Answered

I've switched over to everything metric, but one problem still remains: I can't find metric drill bits. Is there a good set of metric drill bits that are on par with Dewalt's Titanium or Cobalt Drill bits? I mainly work with stainless steel and 6061 aluminum. 

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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

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Metal cutting blades in fine woodwork - is it common? Answered

My grandfather did a lot of very fine woodwork -- the man was an expert. We inherited a bandsaw and some blades a while back and we replaced the blade (a wood blade) with a blade that appears to be a metal blade. I'm certain it is a metal blade. Has anyone heard of a metal blade being used in fine woodwork?

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What is the best way to screen print on metal?

I need to print different colors on my products I make.  I powder coat them but I want to screen print a lable on them.  I've tried using another color or coating with stencils and high heat tape, but it did not turn out well.  Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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How can i focus a magnetron beam from a microwave , to make a small metal forge?

hello I have been looking for a number of ways to cast my zinc with, along with just melting other metals namely aluminium. I have come across the microwave method, however i feel that just using a microwave is a wasteful and hazardous means of meting metals like zinc , since the metal vapors are very flammable, even explosive, even as a dust I thought, since the microwave is basically just a box which the magnetron beams microwaves into, why not build a forge, which consist of a crucible laying in the center-point of a magnetron beam. all this would sit outside, done at a distance to avoid exposure to rouge microwaves. I dont wish to introduce anything new into the equation, just use prexisting things form the microwave, and probably some aluminium sheet. Anyone know if it will work better than just using a microwave? and how i should focus the beam? i want to keep the whole thing as compact as possible, probably which the crucible being no further than 10-20cm from the magnetron. Thanks

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What to do with scrap from a broken Trampoline?

I had a broken trampoline that i couldn't afford to fix so now i have a pile of scrap metal and like 60 trampoline springs. I was wondering if anyone has any project ideas that i could use my pile of scrap for.

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Best adhesive for attaching plywood to flashing? Edit?

The question pretty much says it all. I'm looking to attach plywood strips to a sheet of metal flashing. There is no place for screws or other physical methods of attachment. I have never used adhesives that much so I'm not really sure what would be the best for me to use. Thank you in advance!!!

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how to remove copper from motor?

I was wondering how to remove the copper from an air conditioning motor.  It is wound around the metal in several different places, and has a heavy papers inserted into each hole where the copper is looped/  The only way I have found is to take a screwdriver and pound each  hole with a hammer to push the copper out.  I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.  Trying to scrap several motors of there copper.

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What can I use to strip powder coating without sandblasting? Answered

I have some tins that I want to strip but they have powder coating. I've tried heavy duty strippers and a sander and a 9" wire wheel sander none of which work that well. Any suggestions? The 9" wire wheel did remove some of the paint but it also burnt or melted the metal faster then it removed the paint. Those cookie tins are thin.

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How does this furnace work?

I just bought a "custom crucible furnace" from a local university's surplus department and I have absolutely no idea how to get it working. It is roughly 4 feet in diameter and 4 1/2 feet tall, it has 6 'coils' of metal attached in series with thick ribbon-y cable at the top. The side has a 'band' that sticks out but as far as I can tell it is hollow.From what I can tell it might be an arc furnace that something blew up in and damaged a bunch of the components. I really want to get it working as I've been saving aluminum cans for a long time and scrap metal so my plan now is to just hook up the cables to my arc welder and see what happens :) but if anyone knows anything about it or where I can go to get more info that would be much appreciated!

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Is there any way to bond two small pieces of Aluminum together?

I have been told Epoxy, but i'm making a ring and I want to attach a small cross to it. It needs to be durable too.?

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Problem with heated aluminium.

I make balls of aluminium rings from chainmail technics and in a test phase i filled those balls with kevlar, which is being used by the jugglers round here. So, aim was to make burning juggling balls from chainmail. I used aluminium cos it conducts heat very well, so that ppl hardly would get burned from juggling with these balls. Problem is, that the aluminium became rough and prim and the rings started to split shortly after the ball was being set on fire. I dunno bout forging, but is there a way that i can keep the aluminium rings away from this effect (tempering?)? Is there a way to light up such balls without damaging the rings?

Question by Luziviech   |  last reply


What to use for a small crucible?

I want to make a small backyard aluminium foundry, but I don't know what to use as a crucible. I've seen soup cans, but it says they rust away, and ceramic shatters. I've also seen things like the bottom half of a propane/co2 canister, but I don't have thing like angle grinders to cut it open.  Also, how would I make the foundry? I was thinking of laying down fire bricks in a pattern like this: (from top, looking down) []==== []  O []===O < blower ====[] with mud to fill in the cracks. Would this work? Thanks, josh1324 PS. The two []'s and four ='s are just one brick.

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