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Printing Aluminum

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mark tomlinson, Oct 25, 2017.

  1. mark tomlinson

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    Damn straight. We were out scouting stock and ... even though we went to a salvage yard, it is still not cheap.
     
  2. Geof

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    yep, even getting direct from the steel supplier, stainless is a wallet breaker. hard to machine, expensive to get. screw ups (set up pieces) are always a nightmare and expensive lol. sometimes the traditional way isn't the most effective :D Sometimes it is :D
     
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    Sounds like the same kinda $$$ milling Titanium.

    I had a bike frame that needed 2 mm shaved off the bottom of the head tube. Only place I could find to do it was a NASCAR machine shop. Everyone else said it was too expensive, it dulled their tools, it overheated their tools, etc. Mind you it was a 1.25" OD 1" ID 6-4 Ti tube and all I needed was 2 mm off one end. Took that shop about 4 days (I wanted it cheap so I told them to do it in their spare time) and $150. Ti frame was only $500 to begin with. They took on the job as a challenge and cut me a break on the pricing.

    I am sure SS is almost as nasty as Ti to machine.

    I should also mention that the price I posted was like 10 years ago. I am sure the same job would be much more now.
     
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  4. Geof

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    Indeed. It is hard on tooling, the machine, the operator, checkbook lol. It just ....owch lol. Titanium is worse by far, but not by much IMO :D
     

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