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I'm considering buying an XRF gun to identify alloy steels on my various jaunts around the countryside. I keep finding high carbon steels but have no proper identification for them. It's a considerable amount of money so I'm wondering what other uses aside from my own I could apply it to in order offset the cost? Lord knows I've got a few local friends that would love to get an analysis printout of their steels and maybe even their damascus billets in order to give customers some technical information etc.. plus i know a few scrap yards that dont have one either that could probably benefit from sorting alloys. What can you guys think up? $20 mystery metal analysis by mail, etc?


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I googled it a bit and found a couple of applications beyond what you're looking at.  Art / historic appraisal.  Enviornmental analysis.


I suspect to market those abilities you'd need to know what thresholds of what substances indicate a pass or a fail.


Beyond that, I wonder if local motorsport racing has guidelines for material standards on critical parts.

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