Light rack

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Radiolunatic, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Radiolunatic

    Radiolunatic Guest

    Hi

    I am thinking to make or have someone make a light rack from aluminium. I have seen some of those in RC. I am not a handyman at all. Is it something that easy to built? Is there any place/company that can make this light rack?

    Roy
     
  2. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    YOU can build one using a drill, rivet gun and angle aluminum from HD. Very easy to make.

    For mine I am having a friends co-worker weld some SS tubing for mine, but mine is going to be used with a track actuator to lift and lower it so I'm going for greater strength.
     
  3. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Of if you have the budget, 8020.net
     
  4. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    www.8020.net

    best stuff ever. I wish I cold build my entire stand/canopy out of it and skin it with some nice veneer panels :)
     
  5. Radiolunatic

    Radiolunatic Guest

    8020 looks nice, I will study that one. Anybody here using it already. I would love to see it in person.
    Maybe even get some help in building it ... :)
     
  6. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    It's uber pricy.

    I know dozens that use it but no one locally that I know of. Hmm wait, there was a thread on here recently re: it. do a search.
     
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    It is used A LOT in labs. I built several things out of it at the University and at the lab I'm in now. Extremely nice stuff. Pricey though. One cool thing is that it is sorta modular. You can build for a 4 ft tank for example, and with only a partial change of parts, you can change the depth to whatever you want :-D

    I'm highly tempted to use it for a stand/light setup.
     
  8. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Oh wait, didn't Ian just use this for his latest project?

    Live Aquaria and several other companies use it on their trade show aquarium set-ups.
     
  9. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Eric might have.
     
  10. iani

    iani Guest

    Yeah not me. I only wish.
     
  11. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I've built an aluminum light rack, problem you have to remember though is to make EVERYTHING out of aluminum, the rivots, screws, everything. No stainless, otherwise you'll get rusty parts.
     
  12. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    Use 316L SS and rust is a virtual non issue :)
     
  13. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    doesn't matter what you use with the aluminum, you'll cause ion drift in a humid/salty environment with two separate metals.
     
  14. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    doh. forgot about the electrochemistry part.

    I guess that means you shouldn't get anything wet!

    You can get all the hardware at 8020 in Al except scews. You can get those in Al at McMaster though.
     

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