38913Re: [hobbicast] Aluminum question
- Aug 8, 2008You need to increase the thickness by 1/4 that is if the original is 4
quarters make it 5 quarters. Your finished product will mass less than a
comparable steel or cast iron product. It should work just fine.
Dan in Auburn
On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 8:05 AM, chucketn <chunk07@...> wrote:
> I am posting this to both the lath/machining groups and the casting
> groups to try to gather as much info/opinion as I can. As a computer
> tech, I often get dead hard drives which are a source for machineable
> aluminum. I am trying to make a milling attachment for my minilathe,
> patterned after Varmint Al's or GadgetBuilder's designs.
> That brings up 2 questions for those experienced in either machining or
> casting aluminum or both. If I go the angle plate route for the milling
> attachment, would an aluminum casting be strong enough? How about
> copying the topslide in aluminum? Would it be strong enough for milling
> small stuff, mostly aluminum? How much bigger in dimension would I have
> to make it for comparable strength?
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