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Tips and Tricks for Turning Mixed Material Blanks

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With the release of my new Yankee Pinstripe pen blanks that combine resin casting and 3D printed ABS plastic, I wanted to put together a video that covers my methods of preparing and turning mixed material blanks. Because mixed material blanks can be challenging due to delicate materials and the bonds between the resin and embedments, taking a few precautions and avoiding certain methods can help stack the cards in your favor when it comes time to turn the blank up. Although these methods should help out, there’s no guarantees when it comes to turning.

In this video I go through some of the causes of problems and how to avoid them or take steps to minimize problems. Taking a few precautionary steps and avoiding applying undue stresses and heat on the blanks will help avoid most of the problems you might encounter. At the end of the video, I also share my “bullet proof” method of ensuring no blowouts occur even on the most delicate blanks.

Don’t forget to check out my video on glueing tubes in acrylic blanks. This method applies for mixed material blanks as well.

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  • Ronald Ainaire November 6, 2017, 6:22 AM

    Great bunch of suggestions.
    Thanks Zac!

    • Zac Higgins November 6, 2017, 9:13 AM

      Thanks for checking it out Ron! Hope you can use some of the ideas =D

  • Steven Jack March 18, 2018, 5:55 PM

    Thanks Zac for all of the great tips! My son-in-law loved the pen I turned for him using Da Bears blank. Great colors and turned like a charm. As much as it pained me to turn a Bears pen, I’m glad he enjoyed it!

    • Zac Higgins March 19, 2018, 12:46 AM

      Haha! Well the colors may not have been your favorite, but I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed turning the blank! Glad to share some tips and tricks, hope that they will come in handy for you =D

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