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Old 08-26-2012, 10:07 PM #1
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G'day,

So im getting more interested in machining parts for this hobby, so i went and bought a whole bunch of rounds of metals for machining.

I have aluminum, copper, brass and bronze which machine pretty easily.

Now i found a cheaper piece of titanium, it was $60 for a 1" x 12" piece which they claim is grade 5.

Does anyone have any experience with titanium?

If you do can you give me some tips on how to machine it successfully?

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I turned a host that supposedly was titanium it caked up really bad on the tool. Check some YouTube vids on machining titanium.
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I know someone who did. He did a lot of titanium machining. Check my build and you will see how good he is. The material is TC4(Grade 5) Titanium. Here is the link Titanium 638nm red build
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Just PM me about any question you have. I'll try to answer. Or get answer from my friend.
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1. what speed should i be doing with a 1" diameter work piece?
2. what cutting tip material do i use? HSS? Tungsten Carbide?
3. what type of lube do i use?
4. do i take bigger cutts or smaller?
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well i made my first adapter today




polished up real nice, looks like it is chrome plated!
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Nice adapter!

You could also machine it so you can put glow rings (GITD) around it.
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1. what speed should i be doing with a 1" diameter work piece?
2. what cutting tip material do i use? HSS? Tungsten Carbide?
3. what type of lube do i use?
4. do i take bigger cutts or smaller?
5. should i use a high feed rate or slow?
6. what speed/formula for drilling?

The first one I need to ask my friend about it. I don't know the answer.
2. The answer is Tungsten carbide.
3. Just general type of lube, the main reason of using lube on titanium is to cool the piece down, not to lube it.
For the rest of the questions, refer to this thread. Here
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polished up real nice, looks like it is chrome plated!
Looks like you got it!! It looks pretty sweet.
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