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tibberous 05-05-2013 09:44 PM

Where can I buy a 3" x 1" x 1/4" copper / magnesium block?
 
I need a rectangular copper / magnesium block 3" x 1" x 1/4".

Anyone know where I could buy this, short of finding a machine shop? If I found 1/4" copper plate, I might be able to make one with a router / angle grinder, but even that seems like it'd be harder than just finding a place to buy one.

danpik 05-06-2013 06:00 AM

Are you looking for copper, or magnesium? Two entirely different materials.

MSCdirect.com carries copper sheet that thick but, the smallest piece is 12"x12" in 101 alloy. They also have 72" x 1" x 1/4" bars in 110 alloy

md2lgyk 05-06-2013 06:39 AM

Copper is soft. You could make what you want in short order with an angle grinder. May I ask what this item is for?

tibberous 05-06-2013 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 1173593)
Copper is soft. You could make what you want in short order with an angle grinder. May I ask what this item is for?

Just a die blank. I'd like to stay away from magnesium, since it's flammable.

user1007 05-06-2013 08:43 PM

I am confused. You do or do not want magnesium. You are looking for an alloy perhaps with percentages like ______fil in blank________? Any purity requirements?

Do you need this machined? You might try a turnkey online machine shop like emachineshop.com, etc. A laser cutting and drilling place should be able to help to depending on what it is for.

http://www.emachineshop.com

I like using local guys but have been known to use these folks. Prices are good. Their software is decent for basics or I use DraftSight, which is free/opensource.

SPS-1 05-06-2013 08:54 PM

Check out if Metals Supermarket http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/ has a store near you. They will sell you small pieces.
Copper/Magnesium alloy sounds like an odd ball that you are not going to find readily (i.e. cheaply), but perhaps you can use Copper or Bronze (or steel, if its a die).

tibberous 05-06-2013 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by SPS-1 (Post 1174054)
Check out if Metals Supermarket http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/ has a store near you. They will sell you small pieces.
Copper/Magnesium alloy sounds like an odd ball that you are not going to find readily (i.e. cheaply), but perhaps you can use Copper or Bronze (or steel, if its a die).

Magnesium will work if I can find it cut, I don't want to have to take an angle grinder to it.

I found a custom metals site that sells copper ones for like $20, but the shipping is coming up as like $24, so I emailed them to see if they'll ship it for less (I'm not sure you couldn't mail it in an envelope for $1)

r0ckstarr 05-06-2013 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by SPS-1 (Post 1174054)
Check out if Metals Supermarket http://www.metalsupermarkets.com/

Thank you for that link. :thumbsup:

tibberous 05-06-2013 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by r0ckstarr (Post 1174102)
Thank you for that link. :thumbsup:

I put in a request for quote - would be kind of nice if they had prices listed

r0ckstarr 05-06-2013 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by tibberous (Post 1174107)
I put in a request for quote - would be kind of nice if they had prices listed

Some things you can add to the cart to see the price. I just priced a sheet of stainless steel, and it showed the price in the cart.

Then when I did a sheet of aluminum, it told me price varies by location, asked me to choose a location, and request a quote.

tibberous 05-07-2013 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by tibberous (Post 1174107)
I put in a request for quote - would be kind of nice if they had prices listed

Ended up being like $20 with shipping. Not too bad imo.


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