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    Someday I bet you will ;)
     
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    thanks I am getting some from them but NOOOOO they are out of hex mesh!
     
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    Mark, I see you bend alum like it's nothing, but how would you get proper results?
    I saw your little tutorial on bending Acrilyc/Plexi, so I think using some proper (wooden) clamping will do to prevent damaging.
    Problem is my alum plate is rather thick (1-1.5mm) and has structure on one side. I think I'll make tear marks by just bending it. Would heating up help?
     
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    The panels I use are .032 to .060 thick.(similar to 1 to 1.5mm) I have a 36" metal brake now as well as a 18" bench model.
    It is not a box brake so it can be a challenge doing several bends and for them I clamp blocks of hardwood and bent it like the plastic over the edge of my desk.
    Heating may be a possibility but I have never tried it, I would be afraid of warping the metal.

    see if you can track down one of these
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=39103
     
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    Well that was a quick one!
    I think my biggest concern is the structure on the plate will tear or damage:
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    I also saw this pic:
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    And found out you put a slimline drive in there. I couldn't find a worklog though. Can you share with me how you fastened that drive? :D
     
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    Not to hijack but I have found that you can heat the metal with a torch then let it cool and it will be annealed (softer) and almost too easy to bend. Heating it again all over and quenching it with wet rags or a bucket of water will harden it somewhat again.
     
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    Thanks CD for the tip.

    LOL because the hole in the faceplate was very snug all I needed to do was place a piece of Velcro on the top of the DVD drive and Velcro it to the alum plate.

    One other thing about the alum bending, try it on a small (scrap ) piece first to see how it works.
     
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    Velcro! That didn't even cross my mind! Brilliant solution :D
     
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    And thanks again for the bending lesson, I just tried a small piece.
    I totally forgot about the curve you bend in somehow :D so no damage at all to the structure.

    We've got one of these in the shed, dunno what the english word is:
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    but that works like a charm! 90 degrees bends are a piece of cake!

    Now I've got even more ways to work out the several bracket types I need.
     
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    bench top vise, and congrats.
     
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    I'm sorry I just read through the metal bending conversation and I might of missed it but how do you got nice round bends? It seems like a vise would make them pointed
     
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    I got a nice curvy bend... I guess the material will do that for you if you bend it nicely :)

    Pointed bent metal = broken metal I guess.
     
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    oh ok sweet, thanks
     
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    True...the material itself deteremines the radius of your curve up to a point. If you round the edge of a piece of scrap wood first and clamp the metal to that it will sort of follow the curve in the scrap.
     
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    right good thinking thanks for all these helpful tips :D
     

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