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In my experience plasma leaves an incredibly rough cut on alum. It works, but it definitely needs serious cleanup afterward.

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I can think of a few reasons not to use plasma on aluminum, outside of not having a plasma cutter.

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In my experience plasma leaves an incredibly rough cut on alum. It works, but it definitely needs serious cleanup afterward.
Right. Like I said, plasma cut in to smaller chunks then finish cut at the bandsaw.
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Right. Like I said, plasma cut in to smaller chunks then finish cut at the bandsaw.
Wrong. I mean yeah, if you HAVE to, and have no other way, sure. But the point of this post was to save material, not waste it by having to cut it 3 times (oversize plasma, trim slaggy plasma edges, trim part net).

I have a background in material utilization projects, my main job for a time was nesting parts in sheets for waterjet cutting and minimizing waste. We used nibblers for some large oversize blank trim for hydro form, stretch form, and drop hammer operations but I never used the nibblers personally.

If I decide to go with thinner 1/16" sheet, I'll try out the HF unit for $28. Maybe I can use it over a garbage can or duct tape my shop vac hose to it to keep the mess down.

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Default Re: Nibbler pros/cons for cutting sheet?

I'm looking into a shear or nibbler for the same reasons. I've heard good things about the Eastwood shear but it won't do 16ga steel which is what I'll be cutting.
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Default Re: Nibbler pros/cons for cutting sheet?

For stuff that's as thick as 3mm I wouldn't think about using my nibbler, I'd go straight for the cutting disc in handheld grinder, especially if it's straight cuts. The nibbler is great for thin material that's curved edges, and deffo a tool to have in the cupboard for the time that you really need it. Although, having said that, I've not used my nibbler for at least 20 years...
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