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Old 08-10-2007, 03:29 PM #1
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idea for a ion body

i would like to make a diamond plate ion body
has anyone done this?
your ideas would be very appreciated.



here is some pics of the plate 4 those of you who dont know what is









i was thinking i could heat it and wrap it around some pipe


or i could weld a box shape

can you weld titanium?

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Old 08-10-2007, 04:02 PM #2
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Sounds cool, good luck
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Old 08-10-2007, 04:18 PM #3
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you can get aluminum dianond plating here, then you could proly have it anno'd

http://www.metalsdepot.com/products/...LimAcc=$LimAcc

not very expensive either
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Old 08-10-2007, 04:19 PM #4
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You know it's made to stay flat, and you're trying to make it curved, correct? It wouldn't be smooth at all. It would not only take a lot of heat to get it to flex at all, but it wouldn't be a circle. Plus what do you plan on doing with the inside? The whole body wouldn't be touching the body, and you'd be able to see through the spaces from the front to back or visa versa. You're better off getting a regular aluminum body and getting it dust silver with gloss silver diamonds put in it to make it look kinda like diamond plate.
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Old 08-10-2007, 04:23 PM #5
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use the aluminum one it would be easier to work with and you could get it anno'd
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:32 PM #6
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I havent run into any Diamond plate thin enough to work with, that the proper grade to anodize. The best you could do if you intend to go the flat piece and wrap it is, go with the pressed stuff. Its sold in Home Depot and Lowes if you look in the Mill or building materials depts. It is thin and will get beat to hell and look it in no time. the only way youre going to get a good looking, rugged, piece that will take an ano job, is have a body milled with that pattern.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:27 AM #7
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You know it's made to stay flat, and you're trying to make it curved, correct? It wouldn't be smooth at all. It would not only take a lot of heat to get it to flex at all, but it wouldn't be a circle. Plus what do you plan on doing with the inside? The whole body wouldn't be touching the body, and you'd be able to see through the spaces from the front to back or visa versa. You're better off getting a regular aluminum body and getting it dust silver with gloss silver diamonds put in it to make it look kinda like diamond plate.
Exactly, we had a rosebud torch at school that got a piece so hot it was glowing white, and we could barely get it to bend around angle iron. You'd be better off buying the thin, sheetmetal stuff...or that Diamond plate tape
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:35 AM #8
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make it like a daimond shape, if you can weld that is. not like, the off square but the kinda kite shaped pentagon
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:29 AM #9
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i wouldnt bend it at all. i would put it in a angle maker for like sheet metal and make it into an octagon to get it to curve with creeses. but it might look weird with the dimonds on it or it may be really hard to get good folds with the diamonds in the plate. BTW lowes carries diamond plate
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:43 AM #10
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You're not going to be able to bend it well enough to make a body out of it. You don't seem to realize how strong that kind of thing is.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:22 PM #11
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exactly why i suggested welding it into a daimond sape, like, cut the pieces and weld them together.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:46 PM #12
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Instead of a circle just make it a box. It would definately be different.
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Old 08-11-2007, 03:47 PM #13
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^ It would be uggo. There'd be huge gaps everywhere. And getting one into a box shape isn't easy either.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:12 PM #14
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exactly why i suggested welding it into a daimond sape, like, cut the pieces and weld them together.
aluminum is hard to weld, alu welds hardly ever look good. if you're making it thin enough for a body, you cant mig weld it. you're best bet is wire welder, but aluminum wire is kinda expensive...

it would be easier to bend it.
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:33 PM #15
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^yeah i was thinking the same thing. just bend it
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:42 PM #16
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Cut it into thin strips and form it into an octagon around the body is a winning idea.
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:47 PM #17
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It would look bad because when you cut it, you remove the material connecting them, so not only would there be ugly welds everywhere, but you wouldn't be able to line up the diamonds.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:58 PM #18
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Just buy a body and have it laser engraved to look like diamond plate...
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Old 08-12-2007, 12:33 AM #19
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[quote=RabidHobo;38876885]aluminum is hard to weld, alu welds hardly ever look good. if you're making it thin enough for a body, you cant mig weld it. you're best bet is wire welder, but aluminum wire is kinda expensive...
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Tig(Tungsten Inert Gas) Welding is ALWAYS your best option when using aluminum. Aluminum welds are incredibly hard to make strong, or look good. Your best bet would be to just forget about this, or have someone custom mill a diamond plate "look" into it.
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Old 08-12-2007, 01:19 AM #20
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or i could weld a box shape

can you weld titanium?
you can weld aluminum and titanium, but it is VERY difficult. If you do this, make sure you find a very experienced welder.
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:14 AM #21
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Just use a 30mm bullet casing. That would be sweet. I would do it if I had an ion. Dont ask me where the 30mm shell came from.
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