Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by MKmods, Feb 26, 2008.
Someday I bet you will
thanks I am getting some from them but NOOOOO they are out of hex mesh!
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?
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
Well that was a quick one!
I think my biggest concern is the structure on the plate will tear or damage:
I also saw this pic:
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?
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.
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.
Velcro! That didn't even cross my mind! Brilliant solution
And thanks again for the bending lesson, I just tried a small piece.
I totally forgot about the curve you bend in somehow so no damage at all to the structure.
We've got one of these in the shed, dunno what the english word is:
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.
bench top vise, and congrats.
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
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.
oh ok sweet, thanks
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.
right good thinking thanks for all these helpful tips
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