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    Looking to build a frame around my lathe, steel is cheaper than Alu. What thickness would suffice to make a cover of sorts for my Lathe? Trying to enclose it as much as possible to stop coolant spray / mess.

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    It'll depend on how much you want to brace it to stop vibrations.

    0.6/0.8mm would need a reasonable amount of bracing (or strategic folds/ribs/kinks) to give it strength on large flat areas and avoid it resonating.
    1mm shouldn't need much reinforcing except for large flat panels and around openings.
    1.2mm shouldn't need any reinforcing.

    Off course, the thicker you use, the more effort it takes to cut/bend, and weight can quickly add up, so it's a bit of a trade off.
    Ideally I'd probably use 0.8 for large simple panels with a few ribs to save weight, then 1/1.2 for any with openings/doors with suitable folds to provide a strong structure. In practice, I'd likely use whatever I have lying around at the time.
    Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July '13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_c View Post
    It'll depend on how much you want to brace it to stop vibrations.

    0.6/0.8mm would need a reasonable amount of bracing (or strategic folds/ribs/kinks) to give it strength on large flat areas and avoid it resonating.
    1mm shouldn't need much reinforcing except for large flat panels and around openings.
    1.2mm shouldn't need any reinforcing.

    Off course, the thicker you use, the more effort it takes to cut/bend, and weight can quickly add up, so it's a bit of a trade off.
    Ideally I'd probably use 0.8 for large simple panels with a few ribs to save weight, then 1/1.2 for any with openings/doors with suitable folds to provide a strong structure. In practice, I'd likely use whatever I have lying around at the time.
    Thanks. In steel or alu or dont mind (based on what you have)?

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    Steel.

    I've not got the equipment, or the motivation to deal with welding aluminium.
    Avoiding the rubbish customer service from AluminiumWarehouse since July '13.

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