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Drilling a hole in MM2 titanium


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I got an email asking if I knew how to drill a 9/64th inch hole in a piece of 3/8 round titanium MM2 steel. The hole is to be located on an already flat area on the round bar. The hole is to be located about 3/8 inched from the end of a 3 inch section of round bar and to go parallel to the diameter and completely through the stock.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Titanium can be drilled with ordinary HSS bits. It will overheat easily so use a drill press and adequate pressure to keep a steady curl coming. Of course the bit should be a sharp one. You should also use a cutting oil to keep the bit cool and biting properly. Because 9/64" is pretty small diameter it may require more than one bit for this project as bit breakage could be a factor and sharpness is essential. Here is a good video on drilling titanium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ktFcBSOhlo

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Ah the question was "titanium MM2 steel" not titanium. I'm a little worried that we don't have the correct designation: a M2 steel can be a bit of a pain, much harder than drilling titanium!

Or that it might be something like "Neiko 3-Piece Titanium Step Drill Bits Set M2 Steel" So a titanium nitride coating on a hardened M2 high speed steel...

I'd get more details before I pass on that info!

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