Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
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If cut from plate the heat of cutting can change its characteristics of the alloy depending how it is done. Also the edges may not be perfect and have machine marks which can lead to localized stresses. Bar stock, which is available in many sizes, comes from the foundry that way and requires no machining, only cutting to length.
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