I’ve got an idea thats been proposed before but haven’t seen many examples of - upgrading my X-Carve with a fully water-submerged bed to improve cooling while cutting aluminum. Considering ordering a number of these expensive extrusions + T-nuts from Misumi to replace the wasteboard:
I came across some very affordable (about $6 each) USA-made end mills for aluminum, which sparked this idea. Currently spending $20 each on Kodiak end mills that only lasts a number of hours before dulling, making it nearly cost-prohibitive to cut aluminum.
Would keep the water level very close to the top of the material so the blower in the Dewalt 611 would hopefully move some chips out of the way of the end mill, and would use my X-Carve exclusively for aluminum.
Should I go for it? Any things I should take into consideration?