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Old 5th May 2003, 05:48 PM   #1
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does anyone know where i can buy small pieces, about 30cm by 30cm (1' by 1') of sheet aluminium about 6mm (1/4") in thickness? preferably in bristol.
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Old 5th May 2003, 07:56 PM   #2
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I'm not trying to be smart but have you looked in yellow pages under 'Aluminium'. You should find some ally fabricators one of who I'm sure could offer you some off-cuts. If you can be slightly flexible on thickness i.e. 5mm-8mm you should have a good chance. Also depending on your intended use some of them may well carry 'chequer plate' (used for stair treads & lorry steps & floors etc.
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Old 5th May 2003, 08:09 PM   #3
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looking under aluminum will not revil much, best idea is to look under steal fabricators - they usally carry aluminum

failting that i belive www.rswww.com may carry aluminum around the same size... it should be under mechanical - non ferious stock
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Old 5th May 2003, 08:25 PM   #4
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I don't know if it varies from area to area but my Manchester yellow pages lists 'Aluminium Fabricator's' + 'Aluminium Welders' & 'Aluminium Stockholders' although I suspect that stockholders will charge a fortune for small quantities. If I remember rightly their is a fair bit of aerospace work in Bristol area & so probably quite a number of companies messing around with Aluminium.
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You could also try mail order metals .
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Folkstone Engineering are a good company, the're not set up to do huge amounts of sheet metals yet, but the're worth a call to see what they have lying around. They also do other stuff like brass, copper and bronze.
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Hi, did u know any workshop do prototype chassis ?
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Default Match the grade to the purpose...

Hi,

I got some 300mm x 500mm x 6mm from RS components.
The problem was that it is a very soft grade. Normal twist drills sieze if not cleaned after each hole.
I had wanted to blind tap into it for 3mm screws (I have done that successfully for years on the normal 50mm x 6mm bar), but this stuff just has no strength.

My 2p...

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Old 7th May 2003, 07:05 AM   #9
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im going to use it for a heatsink. i only need one piece. i can be flexible, 3-10mm is ok ill have a look in the yellow pages. thanks for the help.
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Hi TJ,

You should be able to get an engineering/machining workshop to produce a prototype chassis if you produce some drawings for them. Be prepared to pay for good work though. That's the route I took.

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