Cutting stainless steel sheet: Any advice?

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I'm planning to make some more SS insulator shims for my caliper pistons. In the past I cut the shims out with my plasma cutter, but that method always required a lot of additional grinding to clean up the shape. Just looking for suggestions on any better method. The new shims will be out of .076" material.

Thanks for any help here.
Mike
 
I bet you want it fast?
Can't speak to price, or speed of this service, but you might check out:

Don't "do" CAD? Make an accurate drawing - tracing the outline of the cuts. Then Scan and use an online scan to DXF. I've not tried this sorce (either):

But it is a process I am familiar with. There are some free converters you can download - I've done that in the past. Sometimes easier to generate a DXF of a part and import.
[Not without its own challenges.]

I may need to do the same - I see I have one shim on the shelf - and might need another...

Cheers - Jim
 
I bet you want it fast?
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I may need to do the same - I see I have one shim on the shelf - and might need another...

Cheers - Jim
Actually, I always want it cheap. 😄

I have an older set of stainless shim insulators that I used with the stock calipers. I got those laser cut by my cousin who owns a proto shop that does that kind of work. He did me a (free) favor cutting those out, but I hate mooching too much so I did my latest shims for my Wilwood calipers using my plasma cutter. I'll probably do that same method again, as I'm trying to do it in my garage and on the cheap.
 
.076 SS could be roughed out with a cutoff disk on an angle grinder and cleaned up with a grinding stone. Would not be fun but doable.
 
.076 SS could be roughed out with a cutoff disk on an angle grinder and cleaned up with a grinding stone. Would not be fun but doable.

I might give that a try. When I've used my plasma cutter I always had to spend time cleaning up (grinding) and removing the slag material on the edges anyway, so using the cutoff disc probably won't be any more time intensive than what I've been doing.
 
if you were close enough, I have a shear that can cut the straight lines.... .076 could be cut in my jump shears, thus any HVAC shop who builds their own ductwork would be capable of chopping it out.
 
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