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  1. #1
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    Default Looking to make dapping in quantity easier

    I have a successful process for dapping bottle caps into hemispheres and soldering them together, but I would like to make them in greater quantity than I can by hand. It currently takes me about 30 mins to make my :"steel marbles"

    Any advice on how to make some tools/machines that will help me automate this process a bit would be great. I'm mostly interested in the dapping step, like a powered stamping machine/hammer setup, but all I can find are either too little (stampers) or grossly overpowered (powered hammers for forging).

    I do love to work the metal by hand and continue to make art around this small scale, but if there's an opportunity to sell something that I can fabricate out of my creations I can't create what I have in mind and meet demand reasonably by hand.

    Thanks all!

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    What do you use now for dapping?
    The intermediateor appropriate stize step might be an arbour press. I suspect a small one would suffice. They are powerful and fast to use.
    Cheers, Joe
    again completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

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    I found this company who have a wide range of press's https://www.janesvilletool.com/C/137/ArborPresses

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    Lots on eBay and presumably on Craigslist as well... A 1ton press would probably do you.
    Cheers, Joe
    again completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

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