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Old 23rd August 2004, 12:26 AM   #1
batee is offline batee  United States
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I'm looking for a source or sources of aluminum for building some Aleph X chassis. I'm looking for some 1/2" - 3/4" bar stock, some ventilated sheet for top/bottom.

Probably going to do the frontpanelexpress.com thing for a clean front and back plate. My heatsink will be the sides.

Does anyone have a source (US / Midwest preferred for minimal shipping) for this sort of material?

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Old 23rd August 2004, 12:30 AM   #2
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I have used www.onlinemetals.com , they have a good selection
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Old 23rd August 2004, 12:32 AM   #3
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I usually start with McMaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com). You'll find it in the Raw Materials and Springs section -- the last section on their home page. Just click on the word "metals" in the list.

They’re a bit spendy but usually have what I need in stock.

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i like ebay. there are a few people on there that even sell it by the pound, or by the square foot for a cheap price, and will but to size too. just look under the category: business and industrial > metalworking > materials

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I could cast something like that +/- 1/8"...

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Old 27th August 2004, 12:53 PM   #6
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Have you checked for a metal dealer in your area? They usually will have a remnant area and will sell various pieces by the pound. I have done this at one of my local delaers and can really get aluminum cheap. I've also had good experiences with onlinemetals.com.

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Old 27th August 2004, 02:19 PM   #7
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You might look for Metal Supermarkets, as they have locations everywhere.
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Old 27th August 2004, 04:25 PM   #8
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I use IMS, Industrial Metal Supply. They have it all in almost any metal and prices are good too.
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Old 27th August 2004, 05:18 PM   #9
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Check the local surplus... they often have the same stuff for much less. You can often find other stuff like enclosures with interior scratches, etc.

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