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Old 03-25-2010, 10:56 AM   #1
Chris_Lee
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Default Metal plate and shapes

There are many places on the internet to find information about plate and shapes. The most complete catalog I found that I like to use is Pierce Aluminum. It is a great resource for reference information. Their catalog is very complete and has enough dimensional information for you to design around.

http://www.piercealuminum.com/products.php

As far as sourcing materials for your build, you can scavenge your local scrap yards, Lowe's and Home Depot carry a very limited supply, or a very good online source to order from is:

http://www.mcmaster.com

(McMaster-Carr will have about 90% of everything you will need to do your fabrication work. Everything from metal stock, rubber, fasteners, carbon fiber, etc...)

Note: If you are planning on bending plate to make your part, you will want to use aluminum alloy 5052-H32. 5052-H32 alloy aluminum can be welded but if your plate is thick enough and you are planning on drilling and tapping holes you should reinforce the treads with non-locking helical inserts. Locking helical inserts sound good by definition but they have a tendency to catch on the fasteners threads and come out when removing your fastener.

If you are not planning on using any bends when making your part use aluminum alloy 6061-T6. It is stronger and is great for welding but has a tendency to crack when bent.
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