Durafix Easy Weld

March 23, 2019 Nigel 0

If you want to weld aluminium then you really need a TIG welder… Some jobs are not suitable for TIG welding and a soldering or brazing would be more useful where you can flood a [more…]

Phosphor Bronze

September 3, 2018 Nigel 0

Phosphor bronze is an alloy of copper with 3.5 to 10% of tin and a significant phosphorus content of up to 1%. PB1 is a continuously cast product used for machined components washers and bushes. [more…]

EN8 steel round rods

EN8 Steel

August 26, 2018 Nigel 0

I needed to make some long double ended bolts for a friend who’s restoring a motorbike. After some searching we decided on EN8 Steel: EN8 Engineering Steel is an unalloyed carbon steel with reasonable tensile [more…]

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Steel and it's Application

August 11, 2018 Nigel 0

A page around the subject of steel and it’s application allows me to bring information together and help to build on a knowledge base. Steel is an iron-based alloy containing carbon, and other alloying elements [more…]

high speed steels

High Speed Steel

January 14, 2018 Nigel 0

High Speed Steel, abbreviated HSS and commonly just listed or described as HSS. A hard steel, about 6 times harder than carbon steel, used for metal cutting tools as it remains hard even at dull red [more…]

Pewter

May 28, 2017 Nigel 0

The image shows a pewter flywheel on a solenoid engine. The outer surface has a hammered finish. Traditionally pewter is an alloy containing 80% tin and 20% lead. Modern pewter is 85 to 95% tin with [more…]

Parting Aluminium on the Lathe

April 2, 2017 Nigel 0

Parting off aluminium in the lathe can be nerve racking and especially if you’ve got it wrong in the past and either the work piece has come out of the chuck or the tool has [more…]

Machining Cast Iron

March 18, 2017 Nigel 0

Machining cast iron can be quite easy with the right tools, but you do have to be careful with cast iron that might have sand still in the surface and so I thought a page [more…]

Cast Iron

March 18, 2017 Nigel 0

Cast iron is a ferrous alloy; the carbon content is greater than the maximum solubility in austenite at the eutectic temperature. It tends to be brittle, except for malleable cast irons. With its low melting [more…]

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Silver Steel Cutting Speeds

February 5, 2017 Nigel 0

The recommended cutting speed for silver steel is 15 to 25m/min Using this speed I’ve created the following table of cutting speeds: Diameter of material [mm] Spindle speed [rpm] Roughing Spindle speed [rpm] Finishing 3 [more…]