Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Dremel/Multi-tool tips

I got a Dremel (well, the Draper version of it) for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd give a test run with something I'm converting (actually an objective marker for my Witch Hunters). However, I really struggled to get anything done, at least with the attachments I got with it as there's no explanation with it of what the bits can be used for or anything.

I sanded some milliput, no problems there.

Next, I decided to try and cut some metal with a cutting wheel. Epic fail. The thing wouldn't cut and the mini heated up so hot I couldn't touch it so I ended up having to cut with a saw instead.

Finally, I thought I'd grind some excess metal off which I hadn't been able to cut. Tried a grinding point, that didn't work, tried a diamond grinding point, seemed a tiny bit better.

Anyone got any tips as to where I'm going wrong, or what attachments are best for miniature work? I have one of the flexible drive shaft attachment which is designed for detail work


Tools4U said...

You might want to try the Gyros Fiberglass Reinforced Cut Off Wheels - they come in three different formulations, material specific and come in diameters from 1" to 2-1/2". Or, their Miniature Circular Saw Blades are wonderful for wood and soft metals. For more detailed engraving work with your flex shaft, try the little Engraving Burrs.

Jonathan said...

I have a Dremel, but unless I'm sawing off an extremity or something that I'm sure won't damage another part of the mini, I stay away from the cutoff wheels or mini sawblades. For taking off stuff that's closer to the body, you're going to need the cutters (no, not the crazy emo kids).