How to write on aluminum

How to write on aluminum

Joined: December 25th, 2011, 9:31 am

March 2nd, 2012, 10:55 pm #1

I modified a Leaper side wheel to fit my scope. But I also got ride of the distance markings. Does anyone know a good way of marking distances on a shiny aluminum side wheel?
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Joined: March 1st, 2011, 8:18 pm

March 2nd, 2012, 11:06 pm #2

Consider using metal number stamps. They are available in different sizes. You will need to be very careful lining up the stamps, it would be a good idea to use a lineup jig of some sort.
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Joined: February 4th, 2005, 11:51 pm

March 2nd, 2012, 11:08 pm #3

I modified a Leaper side wheel to fit my scope. But I also got ride of the distance markings. Does anyone know a good way of marking distances on a shiny aluminum side wheel?
Cheers,
Yang
...use an industrial marking laser. That's what we do at work, we have two. It's also how Mag-Lite marks their flashlights.

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Joined: February 16th, 2009, 8:33 pm

March 2nd, 2012, 11:10 pm #4

I modified a Leaper side wheel to fit my scope. But I also got ride of the distance markings. Does anyone know a good way of marking distances on a shiny aluminum side wheel?
Cheers,
Yang
Easy to remove and change if you adjust your rifle.

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Joined: June 17th, 2009, 3:55 am

March 3rd, 2012, 1:15 am #5

...use an industrial marking laser. That's what we do at work, we have two. It's also how Mag-Lite marks their flashlights.
Are the industrial marking laser's expensive? and how do they work, do you write with your hand like a pen?
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March 3rd, 2012, 2:26 am #6

Easy to remove and change if you adjust your rifle.

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Joined: February 4th, 2005, 11:51 pm

March 3rd, 2012, 7:18 am #7

Are the industrial marking laser's expensive? and how do they work, do you write with your hand like a pen?
$25K will get you a great one. They are fixed and guarded since they are Class IV lasers, meaning they'll cut and burn flesh. A pen unit would be dangerous. You can sometimes see them on eBay or in the used laser markets. We have two 25W Fenix marking lasers, no water chillers needed, uses a PC and their excellent software.http://www.synrad.com/fenix/index.htm

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Joined: June 17th, 2009, 3:55 am

March 3rd, 2012, 2:30 pm #8


Ok thanks that is what I figured expensive! just curious there are so many types of machines out there it's hard to keep up with all the Tech! When I was working for a company, I got into running cnc work and used a very small carbide ball end mill to write on some pieces we made,worked pretty good but limited to the size of numbers or letters!
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Joined: February 4th, 2005, 11:51 pm

March 3rd, 2012, 4:42 pm #9

...are very versatile. You can load any typeface you want, resize and warp it, and import images, too. Resolution is about 200dpi. The durn things can even make a mark on part as it moves on a conveyor belt. We have used ours as a 2D CNC mill to make patterns by deep etching on a plastic part.
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Joined: December 9th, 2004, 10:14 pm

March 3rd, 2012, 5:13 pm #10

I modified a Leaper side wheel to fit my scope. But I also got ride of the distance markings. Does anyone know a good way of marking distances on a shiny aluminum side wheel?
Cheers,
Yang
What about a reverse stencil and an acid etch? You know, something like home-made circuit boards are done. Shouldn't be too expensive, although I don't know how you get the stencil attached to something other than a flat surface.
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