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Strong Case Aluminum gauge/thickness

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Post by SmoothBore870 7/16/2021, 9:03 am

Ok Does anyone know off the top of their head what the aluminum thickness is on the strong cases? I’m thinking of trying to bend one up on my brother in laws sheet metal brake.

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Post by troystaten 7/16/2021, 5:57 pm

I just measured mine and the metal used for the body seems to be 1.6 millimeters thick.  

Good luck, it is too bad they stopped making these boxes they are really nice.

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Post by SmoothBore870 7/16/2021, 5:58 pm

Thanks. Yeah, they are nice boxes.

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Post by Wobbley 7/16/2021, 6:34 pm

FWIW, 1.6mm is about .063 so anything .060 or so.  I’d use 6061-T6 but be generous with the bend radius.
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Post by troystaten 7/16/2021, 8:24 pm

I was using some calipers that are used for measuring wood items being turned on a lathe so not a mic or micrometer plus the paint added some thickness.  I am sure Wobbley is correct.

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Post by BEA 7/16/2021, 8:39 pm

The one I have is .068 thick including the powder coat.  My guess is it starts out .0625 (1/16th).

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Post by 10sandxs 7/16/2021, 9:21 pm

3000 series aluminium is much more formable. Thin sheet is often 3000 series.

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Post by DA/SA 7/16/2021, 9:52 pm

I don't have a Strong Case, but my bet would be on 5052-H32.
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Post by Wes Lorenz 7/17/2021, 12:42 am

SmoothBore870 wrote:Ok Does anyone know off the top of their head what the aluminum thickness is on the strong cases? I’m thinking of trying to bend one up on my brother in laws sheet metal brake.
I agree with DA/SA on 5052-H32 as it is easy to work with. I made this box a long time ago out of .063 which may be overkill.
I'm designing another and am going to use .050 to get a little lighter box.

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