WeekendMiniaturist Posted August 15, 2018 Share Posted August 15, 2018 I literally picked up a piece of 6061 aluminium for my first scratch tool to make on my mill this morning from a local Steel company. I will post about it, if I can figure it out. Quote from Greenie, Watch out for the aluminium sticking to the milling cutter, it can stick real easy if you are using too little, or, too much revs and specially if your heavy handed on cranking the work-piece into the cutter. Use a spray bottle with Kerosene in it, as a misting spray, just give a small squirt every now and then, aiming directly at the cutter, the kerosene does NOT let the aluminium stick to the cutter AT ALL. You DO NOT have to flood the workpiece with Kerosene, only need to hit the cutter with the spray, that way there's no big mess to clean up, just a wipe over of the workpiece when you pull it out of the vice. Sometimes if you get the revs right and can use an even easy pressure on the cutter, then you might not need the spray, each bit of aluminium works a little differently, it's one of the "suck it and see" thingies. I used to be a machinst for the last 15 yrs before I retired, found out the hard way, that you have to be a bit carefull when working with aluminum, because of the way it can 'clog' up the cutter. Better to be forewarned on what to look out for ------ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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