View Full Version : Will the openbuilds ox cut aluminium?

14-08-2015, 08:50 AM
Does anyone think this will be able to cut aluminium? That's between 2 to 4 mm thick??


14-08-2015, 09:40 AM
Yes I would think so just but taking light shallow cuts....


14-08-2015, 10:02 AM
do you think if i added some extra reinforcement it may work a bit better

Robin Hewitt
14-08-2015, 11:06 AM
Nothing cuts aluminium nicely, but given the right aluminium alloy the right tool bit and the patience of a saint you could succeed, but, you might wonder if more orthodox linear bearings could have saved your hair :thumsup:

19-05-2019, 01:47 PM
Hi, What is the rating of your spindle" I have a 500 Watt example on order and I am hoping to use it for aluminium...

19-05-2019, 07:12 PM
The cut in that video would have sounded better and smoked less if the "builder" (I use the term lightly) had
Used air to clear chips
Added a regular squirt of WD40 or similar
Used a decent spindle clamp

As daft as it sounds, adding mass to the spindle mount wouldn't hurt, as a general rule of thumb you can never have too much mass or rigidity in a machining system, especially in areas subject to vibration.