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Steel Worm/Steel Wheel vs Steel Worm/Bronze Wheel

I have a question regarding worm drives, specifically double-enveloping types: Do steel worm/steel wheel combinations last longer than steel worm/bronze wheel or steel worm/brass wheel combinations? ...
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What are these metal cylinders often found in the streets of London?

I often find these metal cylinders in the streets of London: a silver-colored tube with a sphere tapering at one end and a hole with no thread at the other. What are they?
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Best way to dent a pipe from the inside?

I am currently trying to redesign a pipe with 2 dents from the inside. What is the best way to manufacture something like this, also how would i go about describing this process in a drawing? In the ...
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What's the best material to use for my project

I need to get a piece of stiff material cut and drilled for a project I'm working on. It has the following requirements: 1.6mm thick should be stiff (similar to PCB material, aluminum, fiberglass) ...
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Why not build container ships from plastic?

This may sound crazy but bear with me. I was thinking about why cargo ships are built from such heavy material as steel, while smaller boats are often made of plastics. I know cargo ships carry a lot ...
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What metal thickness and/or type is needed to support 100kg load?

I'm making a prototype that will have some load cells mounted approximately where the arrows are pointed in the image. The prototype will hold up to 100kg of load/force in the marked location thus I ...
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Calculating diameter of steel rod required to not bend over a given length

I want to use steel (or other material) rods to support weight over a 900mm cavity. The weight that needs to be supported is technically unknown, but I'd specify some rough guidelines as: 100KG (max) ...
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How to increase maximum rotational speed limit of a reduction gearbox?

Reduction gearboxes made of machine steel gear have a maximum limit to prevent changing their physical properties (softening). They change their properties as a result of the temperature increase ...
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Glue metal bolt to nylon hole [closed]

What type of glue is best used to glue stainless steel bolt (not screw) used as self tapping to a hole (no thread) in a 3d printed nylon (polyamide) part? It will be an M2 metric bolt.
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Galvanized Steel (Zinc Plated Steel) vs Stainless Steel

Zinc Plating is known for its ability to prevent most corrosion, and it is done by just dipping a metal in hot pool of zinc and letting it cooldown. Meanwhile, stainless steel, an alloy that is ...
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What grade of titanium are “memory titanium” glasses made of?

I've worked with different grades of titanium. Mostly with grade 5, and also grade 1 which is ductile. I know that some glasses are made of titanium and are called "memory titanium", I guess because ...
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With which parameter can you specify whether a metal is ductile or brittle

I have to do a durability approval of feather key (shaft-hub connection) and the formulas are dependent if the shaft respectively the hub is ductile or brittle. But what is the decision about to say ...
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What is the most corrosion resistant 55HRC stainless steel?

55 HRC is a very high hardness, even for steels. Ideally the corrosion resistance of the steel would have to match AISI 316L or be even better. Qenched stainless steel can go to 55HRC. Even to 65 ...
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How to calculate the bending resistance of a square metal bar?

I have an old bend/twisted wooden door. It has some character to it so I want to keep it and add square metal bars to straighten it. I have provided a sample drawing of the door and where it is ...
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Can chemical vapor deposition chambers be used to lay down thick layers of metal?

Can CVD Chambers be used to lay down thick (~1 mm) layers of metal?
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Which materials we can use for storing liquid nitrogen?

What are the materials we can use for the long-term storage of 30~liters of liquid nitrogen with composition and grade, along with the thickness of the sheet and storage capacity? Can we use any ...
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How to create an airtight connection between Stainless Steel and PTFE?

I have these two parts shown below, the bottom cylindrical part is stainless steel, the rectangular upper piece is PTFE (Teflon). The SS prongs from the lower part need to insert into the holes of the ...
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What's the difference between tempering and aging?

The processes sound really similar; I'm asking with respect to Martensite processing. Essentially the difference between Tempered martensite and Aged martensite for Steels
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What is strain hardening exponent?

Hardening leads to a material being more brittle.However I can't understand what is strain hardening or strain hardening exponent.Please explain why hardening leads to brittleness also in this answer ...
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38CrNiMoAlA: Does it even exist?

I have some plungers made of 38CrNiMoAlA. Their required hardness to be achieved via quenching/tempering is 51 HRC. I've scoured our technical order for heat treatment of steel alloys but the material ...
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Find electronics in wilderness; or, “I dropped my cell phone in the woods!”

Imagine I was working in the woods and dropped my cell phone somewhere in a large area where it is now hidden beneath dense vegetation. By calling it I confirm that either it has powered off or its ...
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How Can I do punching of 0.22mm in stainless steel sheet (Sheet thickness 0.5mm)

Wanted to press punching of 0.22mm dia (Bottom) and on (top) 0.6mm dia Please suggest how can I make such die?
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Optimal size and shape for a steel target?

Problem I'm building a steel target for long-range rifle shooting. For those unfamiliar, the purpose of the steel is to produce a loud "PING" when the bullet strikes the target. It's very fun. Since ...
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Support columns inside metal tubing

Does structural metal tubing (e.g., either as HSS, or in space frames, or even motorcycle/bicycle frames) ever come with any small metal rods or columns inside of the tubing itself? While it might ...
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Coating gold on to sunglasses lenses?

Recently I have been trying to find out more about the process that is used to coat glasses lenses with gold. I asked about it in another forum last night and I was directed here. I initially thought ...
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Purpose and name of fine pitch marks on a cast metal part

I have seen this kind of mark on various cast metal parts. This is an image of the base casting of a hard disk drive made by HGST. What are these marks for? What are they called?
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Which materials can be used to make permanent casting molds for cast iron?

I am interested in comparing the different materials that can be used to make castings of cast irons, and therefore was wondering which material is commonly used/which materials can be used to make ...
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Sheet Metal Bending: stuck on calculating the minimum radius required

I'm used to calculate the minimum radius required for bending operations on both aluminum and steel sheets, given the following parameters: https://imgur.com/a/7akHC Problem statement: For a sheet ...
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What considerations should I take when flame-hardening a wheel?

I'm currently trying to figure out whether or not we can flame-harden a steel wheel which was supplied with a lower hardness than expected. I'm worried, however, that flame-hardening can either deform ...
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I am looking for some basic mechanical parts to build structures(prototypes)?

I am looking for something like this to make my robot ideas as prototype. But I don't know it's name! Also if there are better options I will happy to know.
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Can a Plasma Cutter use for melt metals?

Can a Plasma Cutter use for melt metals like Iron, Brass, Stainless Steel ect, ?. Particularly for molding purposes. If can't, is there any other electric item that doesn't use gases (Acetylene, ...
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Is there a drill adaptor or attachment tool for cut a metal solid cylinder

I need to cut a 7mm solid Aluminium plug (Non-hollow and non-threaded) to replace a part in my car. Is there a simple drill adapter tool to cut a solid metal cylinder (Plug) from an Aluminium mass ? ...
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Should we use ELF or ULF for very deep metal detection and which specific frequency?

We are trying to design a metal mineral deposit detection system using low frequency radio waves. I am not sure on the physics of why the ultra low frequency electromagnetic radiation can penetrate ...
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Is a metal Prince Rupert's drop possible?

Can a Prince Rupert's drop be made of metal instead of glass?
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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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Can coating tungsten to stop oxidation?

A patent that I read that stated: " Coating tungsten with nickel then with aluminum, will stop oxidation in open air environments. And even pass the melting points of both the tungsten and nickel, ...
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What is the proper screwdriver for a M2 counter-sunk hex screw?

I have many M2 flush-mount, counter-sunk hex screws ordered from a variety of sources, including McMaster Carr, Ebay, etc. The Wiha 263 1.5x50 screwdriver I have does not drive any of these properly, ...
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Strechable object that can transfer current

Does some material/metal exist that can be stretched and still transfer current? For example: Say I have a rectangular item made of some metal or material(unknown to me at the time). On both ends, I ...
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How to create intersected conical copper coils?

I'm looking to create something like this: But the problem with solid copper wires is it tends to spring back into it's original shape and this construction will flatten. I've tried creating a ...
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Materion Bulk Metalic Glass

Materion sells 4 types of amorphous metal alloys,it cost huge amount of money,1000 dollar per kilogram.My question is,why would anybody choose it over lets say titanium 6al-4v?
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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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What is the rated tensile strength of 2000 kcmil stranded copper conductor?

All the documentations I could find goes upto only 1000 kcmil. Please direct to a reference for larger cables. Is there a method to extrapolate from smaller cable sizes?
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Hand-pressed metal stamping - fishing spinner blades [closed]

I want to stamp my own fishing spinner blades. They look like this: http://lurepartsonline.com/Online-Store/Colorado-Blades/Premium-Finish-Colorado-Blades.html Specs are usually 1mm thick, 3x2" ...
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No increase in temperature during bending?

Good day, I am a mechanical engineering student, we conducted three-point bending test for a metal specimen and I am wondering why the temperature of the specimen did not increase as the UTM certainly ...
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Difference between Precipitation Hardening and Tempered Martensite

The textbook "Materials Science and Engineering An Introduction" mentions that: "Precipitation hardening and the treating of steel to form tempered martensite are totally different phenomena, even ...
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Chamber Wall Thickness for Liquid Fuel Rocket

In, How to Design, Build, and Test Small Liquid-Fuel Rocket Engines, by Krzycki, page 18 has the following equation: $$t_w = \dfrac{PD}{16000}$$ Assuming the following: Pressure ($P$) in combustion ...
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Design a composite material with good wear resistance and electrical conductivity

For a electrical switching device which opens and closes frequently and forcefully. Would a combination of a soft polymer matrix and a conductive metal fibre be a good choice for this? While polymer ...
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Metal micro perforation

I'm trying to design a metal surface with micro-perforation for a product and light it from other side with LED, such that the perforated pattern appears only when lit. In my previous prototype, ...
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What paint/spray on material should I use to insulate a metal pole?

I am not entirely sure if this is the correct forum to ask this question so please refer me on if there is a better arena. I am creating a small weather station and I wish to measure soil ...
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How can I find the amount of force needed to bend and break a magnesium cylinder?

I want to determine how much force in Newtons will be need to bend a solid cylinder of magnesium. The cylinder is (x) cm in diameter, and it is (l) cm long. The density of normal magnesium alloy is ...