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Create Your Own Tubular Pipe Bells

When I was in high school I joined the school band as a member of the percussion section. I enjoyed the freedom of being in the percussion section. I could walk around in back, and play a number of different instruments as opposed to being contained to one. Most percussionists prefer playing the snare drum and a few the marimbas or xylophone. I however, favored the tubular pipe bells and tympanis. I liked the low boom and ring both instruments produced. Tubular pipe bells have been popularized from the Christmas classic, Carol of the Bells. The vertical bells are also used in the theme of The Exorcist and Futurama. The noise these bells produce sounds similar to church bells.

To Sharpen a Wheeled Cutter

Pipe cutters use strong and sharp wheel blades to get better leverage to slice through pipes made out of PVC, copper, Steel, cast iron and many other materials. The blades are easily sharpened by using a common sharpening stone but one must take precautions in order to prevent getting cut. Tube cutting is a processed used to cut tubes to specific lengths depending on the tube’s application.

Tools and Methods of the Pipe Bending Trade

There are many different factors to consider when selecting the right method and corresponding tools to bend pipes. Pipe bending works on straight cylindrical, rectangular or square tubes. The particular tools that should be utilized while bending pipes depends on the size and wall thickness of the tubes as well as the radius of the bend. Common bends include 2-90 degree elbow bends and U-bends such as on a trombone slide. Your budget and quality of bend you’re looking for should also be considered when selecting your bending method.

4 Types of Aluminum Angles

Aluminum angles are a sharp angle made from aluminum metal. The angle itself varies on the type of bend created by the manufacturer. Each type of metal bend has its own uses in a variety of industries, including construction, automotive manufacturing, and parts manufacturing. Most aluminum angles are named after letters, while a few others have a different naming system based on their finished shape. The following is a list of some of the most common forms of angles made from aluminum:

How to Make Sheet Metal Rings at Home

Sheet metal rings are exactly what they sound like- rings made from sheet metal. Many home-based jewelry makers create rings out of sheet metal that they can polish and embellish to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations. If you are interested in making your own inexpensive jewelry, starting with sheet metal rings is a good place to start. You can also use metal rings for a variety of other uses, such as for curtain hangers, 3D art pieces, napkin rings, earrings, necklaces, and anything else you can think of. Experiment with larger and smaller rings for a variety of uses.

Splines on a Bike

The teeth or ridges on a driveshaft are referred to as splines. The splined driveshaft connects and transfers torque to a mating component of the drive train that cannot directly connect. This is either due to distance, or the need for relative movement between the two parts. These splined parts are produced by spline cutters that manufacture parts for a variety of industries. Apart from automobiles, a common application that splines can be found on is bicycles.

How Hollow Extrusions are Made

Aluminum extrusion is the process of creating unique aluminum shapes through the use of machining and metal dies. Most manufacturers choose the extrusion process over other metal forming processes because it is easier to make complex or unique shapes through the use of aluminum extrusion. The aluminum extrusion process also makes it possible to create hollow extruded aluminum shapes, which are ideal for creating unique machine parts and other hollow pieces for a variety of uses.

Hot vs. Cold Extrusions

The metal extrusion process is a popular process in the metal fabrication world because it can produce long, strong pieces of metal formed from one solid piece of metal. In both hot and cold extrusion processes, a piece of metal is pressed through a die under enormous pressure. The pressure from the die shapes the metal into the desired finished shape. The pressure and lengthening of the metal gives the metal extrusions remarkable strength, even if they are thin and narrow pieces when the process is complete. The extrusion process is used to create a variety of shapes, including the t shape aluminum extrusion, c shaped extrusions, l extrusions, and h extrusions.

Applications and Benefits of Electrochemical Etching

Most people might be familiar with metal etching as an artistic method, but it is widely used in the industrial setting as well. Electrochemical etching is used in several different industries for a variety of applications. It is especially advantageous for parts that are hard to produce, for small prototype production lots, when it is difficult to obtain required accuracies, and for cost intensive parts due to expensive mold requirements.

Understanding Abrasive Flow Machining

Abrasive flow machining is a finishing process for a variety of materials including tough metals such as titanium. Abrasive flow machining can be utilized in a number of industries including: aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, food processing, medical, electronics. Although this operation is ideal for many applications there a different types of abrasive flow machining. Regardless of the type, a hydraulic cylinder pushes an abrasive substance through a channel which is known as the work piece resulting in shaping, deburring and polishing. One major benefit of this process is the ability to control the specific output of the machining by using different grit sizes and types of media. By understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each type of media and abrasive flow machining styles the most cost effective results can be achieved.

Tubing Roller Techniques

Tubing rollers are industrial machines used to roll tubes of a variety of materials and shapes. Most are equipped with LED digital displays, which monitor the bending roll and help to achieve precise positioning for greater rolling accuracy. With interchangeable dies, the machines are able to work with a variety of tube shapes such as round tubing, round pipe, channel, square, as well as other profiles. The machines are commonly able to bend tubing anywhere from ¾” to 2”, but other sizes may also be accommodated depending on the tubing roller. Often times, these machines use incremental bending to achieve the precise desired curvature. Tube rollers are used to bend tubes of several different materials from brass and aluminum to stainless steel and titanium.

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