Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

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    Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    hi all

    well ive got some blueprints drawn up to make to armour and wanted to do it aluminiumn. But ive not worked with alu before and wondered how easy it is to cut and what tools i need to cut it

    cheers

    neil
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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    Hi Neil.

    I'm guessing that what you need to cut it depends on the thickness of the aluminium.

    I've worked with sheet aluminium very briefly once before and used tin snips. They were fine for the purpose.

    MMM, Metalboy or Hand Schaub are your boys for the definitive answer, however.

    Good luck.

    Si

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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    Yeah, get yourself a pair of small shears, with the little teeth on the blades. This will keep the aluminum from slipping as you cut it. Then get yourself a plumber's deburring tool to clean up the edges.

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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    MMM showed me and bh-7603 how to cut our armor out of aluminum. It was tough at times, but overall fairly easy...and I'm incompetent with tools.

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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    A plain ol' pair of aviation snips is all you really need. These are "double jointed", for lack of a better term, and provide added leverage when cutting.

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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    hi guys

    thanks for your help with this as i starting my second costume

    cheers

    neil
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    CBT Fett
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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    Hey neil

    Fancy seeing you here

    Tin snips are good and cheaper but if you want nice straight lines and ease then pick up a cheap jigsaw and a metal cutting blade. I had to when I was making alu armor for everyone to speed things up but I would never go back to snips .

    If your after alu try getting 1.2mm stuff or if you'd like me to cut it for ya drop me a PM. Just got a new 9x4 sheet in

    Cheers


    Steve AKA Chewie from UKPB

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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    Well, yes, that's correct. If you are cutting plate, a powered saw and blade are a HUGE help. Cutting sheet, however, would be easier with snips. An electric saw will bounce, vibrate, distort, and generally beat heck out of a thin piece of aluminum unless you keep a tight grip on the whole shebang. Thin sheet works very well for armor, and keeps the weight way down, as well. Doesn't seem to tug on the vest.

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    CBT Fett
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    Re: Suggestions on cutting Aluminiumn for armour

    Hehe thanks MMM forgot to mention a large work surface and good set of clamps would be helpful

    Steve

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