One of the restaurants here in Seattle decided that they could entice passers by with fresh hot pizza!
So, they stocked up on OLM’s aluminum square tube, and perforated sheet, and built themselves a rack!
I’d describe it in further detail, but as you can see, that pizza looks GOOD and it’s almost 5!
Metal geekery found below:
As the name would imply, this material is cast (unlike the rest of our plate items, which are rolled). The problem with rolled plate is that as you machine it, you release the internal stresses that build up as a part of the rolling process, and you get parts that aren’t flat, or which you have to do additional machining in order to get them back to flat.
Cast plate doesn’t react this way. It starts flat, and now matter how much you machine, it stays that way. Typical uses are for jigs. One specific application was on the old dot matrix printers, where the internal housing would be made of cast plate because of its stability.
I hope this is ‘blog-worthy” for you. It was nice to meet you last week when I came in to pick up a length of 3/4″ square aluminum tubing. I build custom antennas to receive over-the-air (OTA) FREE high-definition television (HDTV)
In this economy, buying an antenna system rather than ‘renting’ one at $80 buck per month makes a lot of sense to a lot of people. Also, cable and satellite signals are compressed and they are not quite true HD — but OTA is true HDTV and even my old eyes can see the difference.
The attached are a couple shots of my “Project-48″ antenna, which I built using materials from ONLINEMETALS. I engineered this antenna specifically to capture our local (Seattle) KING TV channel 5, which will vanish from the VHF world and move to UHF channel 48 in about three weeks.
On its first test, not only did it capture “channel 5″ (5.1) but there is a 5.2 transmitted from “KING” as well. It also captured 8 more HDTV (new to me) channels, making my (personal) total viewable FREE HD channels 30 —– so far.
I am now designing “Project 38″ intended to capture KOMO-4 (moving to 38) and it should do double-duty, as KIRO-7 is moving to channel 39.
Thanks for the fast help. I will be back to order again very soon,
Jim, this is TOTALLY blog worthy! Any time a customer uses OLM products to improve their way of life, AND save money in the process…we want to know about it.
So….um… (John, look away.) Any chance you could install one of these in my office? How cool would that be!
MakerFaire is an excellent opportunity to meet new people. It’s also a great time to meet some of your current customers face to face.
There’s nothing cooler than hearing someone say “Hey, I know you guys! I used your materials to build ____________!”
Of course, we immediately ask for pictures.
This morning, I checked my inbox, and noticed this e-mail:
At the San Mateo Maker Faire on Saturday I briefly spoke with someone from OnlineMetals. They requested that I send some pictures of one of my projects, in which I used material from OnlineMetals. Attached are some image files of my project I made for my little digital camera to flip from landscape to portrait format.
I needed a barrel vise to remove the barrel from a rifle. I checked with a popular gunsmiths supply and found what I needed for $ 250.00. I bought 12 inches of 1.5″ X 3″ 1018 steel from OnlineMetals for $31.50.
The gunsmith supply sells the aluminum bushings for 30 dollars each. I bought 12 inches of 1.75″ aluminum extruded round bar from OnlineMetals for $ 15.41. I cut this into four 3 inch peices to make four bushings.
The machine work I did myself.
-Preston, Lewisville, AR
Thanks so much for your e-mail and your project. We’re really proud to have this example of OnlineMetals customers thinking outside the box, and building something for significantly less than you could buy it for.