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I want to cut aluminum and do it right the first time. Can anyone inform me as to what i need to prepare and what type of blade to use? It's 7075 Airplane grade aluminum if that helps. Thanks!

EDIT: I realize that i wasn't that specific. It's the aluminum found here. i got 3 sheets of the 24x24 option: http://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant...=916&top_cat=0

I'm using it for the central chassis of my scratch case, just one sheet to hang everything off of with two acrylic "wings" supporting it from both sides. The components will be sandwiched between.
Looks like it's 1/16 in thick sheet metal, you could use a table saw no prob.

Interesting link, couple of different ways to go about it:

http://www.ch601.org/tools/cutting_a...heet_metal.htm



i would also use a pair of snips if you have them handy for the details.

http://www.wahkoo.com/html/sawing/sn...?jdfwkey=6eykn
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Uh you do notice it says 0.063" right?
Ah my bad. That was a typo
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I'm sorry... its an easy mistake... still hahaha
haha no prob i'm mistaken a lot and so are my friends. I forgive you <3
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Take it to a welding shop and get them water jet cut it. You can draw a blueprint and take it to them. They will use autodesk or a dfx file to render it. Worth the money if it something you want to keep.
Edited by ice_owl - 1/31/11 at 7:13pm
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Take it to a welding shop and get them water jet cut it. You can draw a blueprint and take it to them. They will use autodesk or a dfx file to render it. Worth the money if it something you want to keep.
I'm on kind of a budget and i don't have anything near me and mountainmods had too high rates

Thanks for the suggestion though!
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So it is over a half inch thick plate you are trying to cut? A jig saw with a metal blade would work but be painfully slow and you would have to clean up the cuts. A router would clean up the cts but would also be slow and you might need to make a jig. Unfortunately some things are not easily achieved but don't give up. I am sure you will find a solution eventually. Probably wouldn't hurt to phone a welding shop and get a price.
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So it is over a half inch thick plate you are trying to cut? A jig saw with a metal blade would work but be painfully slow and you would have to clean up the cuts. A router would clean up the cts but would also be slow and you might need to make a jig. Unfortunately some things are not easily achieved but don't give up. I am sure you will find a solution eventually. Probably wouldn't hurt to phone a welding shop and get a price.
It's not half an inch, it's .06"

and i have phoned a metalworks shop, but there isn't one near me except this industrial thingy and their rates are exorbitant. around $1,500 for one panel and i have to order 4 of them to get this price
Mountainmods was a little better at $1,300 but i still have to order 4. I mean if some people would like to buy the other three before i even make the first one then sure but i don't think that'll happen somehow

tl;dr i'd much rather do it myself...
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post #29 of 37
I was bored so I thought how I would do it, and here are your choices.

Band saw: they have them in every metal shop, fast and easy to do a rough contour. Not good for pockets or holes.

Dremel: use a cutting disc (basically a mini grinder). Great for details, but it's slow and bad for long cuts. Functions as a drill also if you need it. (small diameters only though)

Jigsaw: using a blade that has a lot of teeth will make it easier to control and make some nice cuts. It can also take care of pockets and bigger holes.Make sure the blade is new and to use some oil to lubricate the blade or it might jam and twist the sheet metal.


Jigsaw is probably your best bet, but you know trial and error is usually the best way to find out for real.

Whatever you're going to use just test it out on a piece of the sheet you know you won't use.
Edited by wupah - 2/2/11 at 9:02am
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post #30 of 37
A jig saw and router will work fine for 0.06".
Here is some of my workings with aluminum
http://www.overclock.net/case-mod-wo...iquid-ice.html
Edited by ice_owl - 2/1/11 at 9:45pm
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