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Nickel Silver so is it softer than 316L SS?
« on: July 14, 2011, 04:37:38 PM »
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Nickel Silver so is it generally softer than 316L SS?

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Re: Nickel Silver so is it softer than 316L SS?
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 11:31:27 PM »
Yes, a lot softer.  Known as an engraving material for cheaper jewelery.  Mainly a copper/nickel alloy.
Look up "German Silver" on a google search for more info.
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Re: Nickel Silver so is it softer than 316L SS?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2011, 02:03:50 AM »
Thanks Dean,

I'm hoping the 2mm rod ordered has got enough stiffness for the non marking tool I'm making.

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Re: Nickel Silver so is it softer than 316L SS?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2011, 02:16:54 AM »
Brass works great for non marking tools, Bry.  You might already have some of that laying around?

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Re: Nickel Silver so is it softer than 316L SS?
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2011, 09:39:29 AM »
Biggest worry is the pin diameter can't be over 2mm diameter and will be 4-5mm long supported like a cantilever, so looking for a high stiffness/young's modulus metal probably go for nickel silver or phosphor bronze 5% hard.

I'm more theory than practical with design so will be interesting if the tool works satisfactory. :(