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Mounting outdoors camera using aluminum 5052

I designed a simple U shape 2mm sheet metal bent mount for a 4kg outdoors CCTV camera. The mount was accidentally produced from 5052-H32 Aluminum instead of 6061-T6. Is it common to use 5052 ...
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What is the manufacturing method used to make aluminium C channel

I don't know how this is made and I don't know the name of the method to search for it to learn more.
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How to produce aluminium powder by E. J. Hall method

I have watched videos on YouTube producing Aluminum powder by mechanical methods. Like this one. It uses Aluminum foil and coffee grinder: There are similar videos which use the same basic method but ...
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Building bed out of 8020 aluminium extrusion

I want to build a rock and roll bed out of 8020 aluminium extrusion, in order to avoid the bother of welding steel pipe. However, I don't have much of a 'feel' for how strong this stuff is. Will ...
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Can I replace this steel hatch plate with an aluminium one?

I have a narrowboat with a 5mm thick steel deck. Into this deck is an opening 1140mm x 820mm edged with steel u channel, to provide a drain channel and to support two 5mm thick unbraced hatch plates ...
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small relatively inexpensive crack detection apparatus for bike shops

Is there a relatively inexpensive (let's say under $500US) crack-detection device and related mobile app that would be easy enough for a non-engineer/non-metallurgist to use to determine whether a ...
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Tapped thread maximum load

I am building a stair from aluminium to go to my basement, the stair sides-plates are made from 10mm thick aluminium AWS 5454. I am planning to tap M10 thread into this plate. To avoid the step ...
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How can I calculate “bendability” of aluminium tubes?

Disclaimer: sadly not an engineer (I hope this is the right place for such my question. Please let me know if it isn't). I'm designing a tent. I know most of the dimensions of the first prototype I ...
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Small scale aluminium tubes manufacturing

Our startup needs short aluminuim tubes (max. ~70 cm [~27.5 inches] long / less than 1 cm / 0.4 inch diameter) such as these: We'd prefer to manufacture them ourselves rather than buy them from a s ...
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Is it possible to replicate a motorcycle engine cylinder head?

Is it possible to create a mold of an aluminium motorcycle cylinder head so that you can create an exact replica with melted aluminium?
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deformation / bending problem with anodized aluminium panels

I recently had a machine shop machine some aluminium panels (3mm thickness) which I then sent to an anodizing shop where the panels were bead blasted and anodized. When they came back they were ...
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Benefits and disadvantages of aluminium alloys as a replacement for structural steels in ships

My Answer. Benefits: The major advantage of aluminum in ship building is its strength to density ratio. Aluminum has high tensile strength with less weight, which results in lowering the weight of ...
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How to straighten an aluminium extrusion?

The extrusion shape is a simple square tube. If I set it down on a perfectly flat surface with its curvature upwards, the middle raises up by around 5mm over the length of 1m. So far I tried to just ...
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Stresses in a camera mount

I'm building a mount for a small IR sensor which will look very similar to this, minus the large camera. I am wondering whether or not it would be necessary to do calculations to ensure that the ...
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Brake pad materials for use against an aluminium surface [closed]

For a project that I am a part of, we are in need of a brake pad material for use against an aluminum surface without causing any damage to it. So far through my research, the only safe alternative ...
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Aluminum sliding mechanism clamping

I have an O-shaped aluminum (7075) profile WxDxH - 40mm x 200mm x 25mm The inner channel is 20 mm wide and 10 mm deep - runs through the entire length of the bar. Inside, I have a 20 mm x 10 mm bar (...
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Can I mig weld to my skateboard truck? How can I test if it's weldable?

I have this skateboard truck for my off-road skateboard. I want to mig weld a piece of aluminum to it to mount a motor. How would I test if it is something I can weld to with a MIG welder? I think it ...
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How to duplicate measurements from one piece of material to another?

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this but. I have an offroad skateboard from MBS. I bought their brake system which comes with a circular piece of aluminum. Pictures attached. You can ...
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Fat hexagonal M3 nuts, with outer diameter greater than 6 mm

This is a follow on from my previous question, Will standard M5 T-slot nuts fit these different 2020 aluminium extrusions? The extrusion has this profile: and here is a more in-focus photo, of four, ...
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Pouring aluminum into another block of Aluminum

I have a 120mmx120mm brushless fan with an Aluminum frame, which as you can imagine, isn't very thick. I want to thread the base, so I can mount it with a fairly large screw. For that I need to add ...
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Why does the Ultimaker 3D Printer has a Heater + Heater transfer plate (aluminium) + Glass?

Why does the Ultimaker 3D Printer has a Heater + Heater transfer plate (aluminium) + Glass? I wonder why a glass plate, and if is possible to remove the glass and print directly in the aluminium ...
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Will standard M5 T-slot nuts fit these different 2020 aluminium extrusions?

I am trying to source the parts for a Wilson II 3D printer, and the recommended struts are made from 2020 aluminium extrusions, like so: However, in Bangkok, I can only find this type: Note that the ...
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Aluminium plate being used in an AUV

I am currently using a AI-6061-T6 plate measuring 750mmx370mmx6mm as a rack between two frames at about 3/4 meter above ground. The load on the plate would be about 8-12kg. How much load will be able ...
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Countertop Span/sag Calculations [closed]

I came upon enough 3"x3" structural aluminum square tubing to build a countertop over the washer, dryer, and sink. I wanted to double check the sag/deflection of the tubing but am having trouble ...
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Natural age hardening of aluminium 6082-t6

I've been looking at using Aluminium 6082-T6 structures in impact energy absorption mechanisms. I planned to do some material testing, made specimens for testing then was distracted with another ...
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Can steel be replaced with aluminum alloy in reinforced concrete?

Can aluminum alloy be an alternative to steel for reinforcement in terms of the same forces encountered by reinforced concrete beams? Will it be economical and feasible? Are there organizations who ...
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What thickness of aluminium sheet do I need to achieve the same strength of a 1/8" steel sheet?

I want to use a boat with an aluminium hull. The authorities wants me to prove by calculation that the hull strength (longitudinal, lateral and local strength) equals at least the strength that would ...
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How is this aluminum heater mounted to the stainless plate?

I'm looking for a way to mount a 1000W electric heater to a stainless base. Electric kettle heaters could fit my requirements, but I'm wondering how the Aluminium heater is mounted to the stainless ...
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Heat Fit Aluminum Sleve onto Shaft

IANAE I want to make an 1/8" steel rotary switch shaft into 1/4" so that it will accept the much more common 1/4" shaft knobs. If I use McMaster-Carr 92510A422: which is an aluminum unthreaded ...
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How much weight can an aluminum tube beam support?

I'm building a set of monkey bars for my kids and want to use aluminum tubing (6061 T6) for the rungs. The tubes will be 3 feet long and 1 inch outside diameter. Supported on both ends with a circular ...
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Aluminum vs Steel rivets/fasteners in a high vibration environment

What are the relative pros and cons between aluminum and steel fasteners when riveting together sheet aluminum (50XX or 60XX) when high amounts of vibration are anticipated? Assuming that the usual ...
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Aluminium brazing instructions: heat thoroughly to “open the pores” before tinning with rod

I have instructions for using aluminium brazing rod "HTS-2000". It says: Clean the area to be worked with a wire brush. Heat the work surface until it is hot enough to melt the rod. Open the pores ...
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Standard parameters for machining aluminium?

Sorry for the weird question but I was wondering about the standard machining parameters for Aluminium (if there is even a standard). Particularly the values for a CNC process (preferably in SI) for a ...
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Strength of a Vertical Round Aluminum Tube with load cantilevered off it?

Can a vertical round tube safely support a cantilevered arm mounted near the top of the tube? ROUND VERTICAL TUBE: 6061 Aluminum 2 inch Outside diameter 0.25 inch wall thickness 3 feet height ...
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Rivet pattern management in Fusion 360

As a follow up to this question, I have a question about rivet hole management in Autodesk Fusion 360. I've got two pieces, a flat sheet of aluminum and an inverted hat channel that I want to rivet ...
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Aluminum for an Ejection Seat Replica

I love ejection seats and the flying contraptions they usually reside in. In fact, I like them so much that I want to make my own, despite my profound lack of training and inexperience with ...
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Calculate Weight Bearing Capacity [closed]

How can i calculate the weight bearing capacity of a section of aluminium box section? Known variables of section: Dimension, thickness, distance from load and supports. A pictorial example might ...
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Placing machine visions targets with high accuracy

My company is working on a machine vision application. One of our requirements is that the camera peer through a frame (like a picture frame - see here ), where the top and bottom border are etched ...
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What is the opposite of flaring a tube (pinching?) and is there a tool to do this with aluminum?

I'd like to make my own structure that will hold roughly 50-100lbs of equipment. Since I need this to be portable, I feel like aluminum tubing would be the most practical. My structure will ...
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How can dross/slag formation be reduced during aluminum recycling?

I have furnace for aluminum recycling wherein dross formation is a major issue. It reduces the yield by about 10-12%. I am looking for change in process parameters or other solutions through which I ...
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Cantilever Table Legs

I am building a table with four legs which must support a dead weight of 250 kg, and possible peak dynamic load of 1000 kg (A 200 kg person climbs onto and off of it). The legs come straight down ...
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Furnace for aluminum alloy creation

What kind of furnace is used to create alloys for aluminum die casting? I have only been able to find information about how to create alloys or how to process them afterwards in the die casting ...
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Why do manufacturers still make aluminum kitchen utensils?

I noticed many kitchen utensils or stand mixer attachments are made with injected aluminum. Aluminum (~\$20/kg) is usually more expensive than stainless steel (~\$10/kg) and is not compatible with ...
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Intuition vs software results

I've recently designed what is essentially an aluminium box. I've done the entire design process of CAD software SolidWorks and then done some simulations of loading of the box. Through iterations I'...
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What would happen if I tempered aluminum of aeronautical use (Al 2024)?

What would happen if I tempered aluminum of aeronautical use? Being more specific, an alloy of 96% of aluminum and 4% of copper, without modifications and 2% of impurities. (Al 2024)
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How to do gold plating on Anodized aluminum and stainless steel?

I have done some research and asked in a few forums for gold plating on anodized aluminum and stainless steel but haven't yet found the answer to my questions. What are the chemicals for pre-...
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Lightweight substitutes for machined aluminum parts

I have machined parts that are made of aluminum and anodized black. The reason that I chose aluminum is because: It can easily be machined and is low cost and is common, so easy to buy It is light ...
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Buffing/Polishing bulk Aluminum

I'm buffing the years of built up dirt off a aluminum grain tipper trailer, using a woolen buffing pad mounted on a angle grinder. I'm going in a upwards & downwards motion with great success, ...
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Is stress relieving by stretching necessary when performing a T751 heat treatment after a T651?

We have a 7075 Al pump housing that has currently undergone a T651 temper but requires a T751 treatment to alleviate stress corrosion cracking. Is it necessary to re-stretch a 7075 aluminum part to ...
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What method can I use to make a pivot point in an aluminum linkage?

I recently had a project where I made an aluminum linkage (similar to a scissor lift) operated by linear actuators. Aluminum pieces were fabricated from 6061 "standard" aluminum stock, 6mm (0.25 inch) ...