One day she brings me an antique electrical switch out of her old Victorian house. The thing is ancient and broken which is the reason for her visit. My requirement for a job like this is it must me interesting. This had all the elements of intriguing little diversion. Some forensic analysis, some tooling fabrication and some challenge.
Diacro shear. We save this shear for all the precision cuts on thin materials that we want to be burr free. I have cut one and a half thou tungsten foil on this shear perfectly. Its only problem is it lacks a decent back gage. I have had an idea in the back of my mind but no time to execute it. We guess what, this was the time. It was pretty easy to do since I had ninety percent of what was needed already squirreled away.
Dykem I had around the was pretty ancient. In fact it was so bad I had to dispose of it in our hazardous waste collection. The red cherry flavor was in better shape but not dark enough for my old eyes and the really light layout lines I wanted to use on this material. There were quite a few bends in thin material with no real bend radius. These bends combined with deep layout lines spells cracking. Good old Sharpie came to the rescue. I don't know why these guys don't make layout fluid. Its better than sliced bread and always in my pocket. Maybe I'll see if I can buy a pint of Sharpie juice to use as layout ink.Sanford, your missing a business opportunity here.
Be/Cu half hard condition.This material forms well and is commonly used for RF finger stock, electrical contacts and springs.
Looking forward to those oatmeal pecan chocolate chip cookies Anne. Thanks for the fun forming job.