etching steel?

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etching steel?

Postby metis » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:44 pm

so i've come upon a brilliant idea for a project, however i'm a little unsure about some technical bits.

long story short i'll need to ~precision etch some thin stainless steel (feeler gauge). (needs straight thin lines in locations i want, and can define in CAD software) how doable is that?

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Re: etching steel?

Postby medios » Fri Feb 06, 2009 4:46 pm

A laser etcher will do wonders for the project, just make sure to keep the output power low to keep it from curling (their precision is unbeatable). Also, another cool approach with a bit different result would be to do a chemical etch on it. Either way, pretty doable!

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Re: etching steel?

Postby metis » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:04 pm

k. i figured chemical would do it, just a lil unsure as to if it'd muck with the stainless factor too much.

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Re: etching steel?

Postby Theo » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:12 pm

metis wrote:just a lil unsure as to if it'd muck with the stainless factor too much.

This much I can answer... that won't be a problem. Stainless steel is stainless all the way through; it's not like you'd be stripping the chrome off. And you wash the etching compound off when you're done.

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Re: etching steel?

Postby metis » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:25 pm

shiny. now to build templates......

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Re: etching steel?

Postby Theo » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:36 pm

metis wrote:shiny

Except, y'know, the etched parts. ;)

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Re: etching steel?

Postby hootenanny » Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:09 pm

m-
wanna go in on etching supplies? i've been dying to give it a go!

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Re: etching steel?

Postby metis » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:42 am

sure! it'll be a few weeks out at a minimum, i've got a few anvils in the fire at the moment (long past irons in the fire, much easier to just toss the whole shebang in)

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Re: etching steel?

Postby Theo » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:46 am

:? Wait -- you're etching anvils?

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Re: etching steel?

Postby metis » Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:16 pm

no. actually i cant' find my anvil. :/ i'm starting to think it got lost in one of the two moves last year.

i'll be etching shim stock.


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