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Tooling fixture material

Tooling fixture material

Tooling fixture material

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I am about to start the redesign of some QC gages for a steel department.  I measure mostly different variations of bends, cuts and forms of stainless steel tubing, from 1/2" to 3/4". The current material of all of my gages is 6061 Aluminum. Some of my gages weight about 70 lbs., and all of my gages start from a plate, that must maintain flatness of +/-0.001 through the life of the tool. Before I start removing material from the gage, I was wondering if there are other grades of aluminum I should consider, or if there is a web site that could help. I need descriptions and clasifications of aluminum grades by weigth per cubic inch, yield strength and load capacity, or some other clasification so I can find the numbers from there. I know there are some experienced toolmakers out there, please help.

RE: Tooling fixture material

You can try the www.matweb.com to find required info.

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