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I used to work at a place where we machined depleted uranium.
 

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Oh Boy! Let the sparks fly!!!

You aren't kidding! The cuttings fell in to a tank of coolant. If you didn't clean it out often enough it would catch on fire. We made the penetrators for the A10 Warthog ammo.
 

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You aren't kidding! The cuttings fell in to a tank of coolant. If you didn't clean it out often enough it would catch on fire. We made the penetrators for the A10 Warthog ammo.
Right on, I know them well from my time in the Air Force. Those things made quite the light show when hitting the target!
 

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You aren't kidding! The cuttings fell in to a tank of coolant. If you didn't clean it out often enough it would catch on fire. We made the penetrators for the A10 Warthog ammo.
Wow, I heard that stuff was very dangerous to be around, a lot of health issues for vets from it.
 

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Right on, I know them well from my time in the Air Force. Those things made quite the light show when hitting the target!


They showed us a video of what it does to a tank...not pretty, goes through the armor like tissue paper then keeps burning while inside. We had a prototype in the shop that was meant to go through 16" of honeycomb steel. It was huge. The stuff I cut weighed about 3/4lb and was maybe 4" long when I finished it. This prototype was over a foot long.
 

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Wow, I heard that stuff was very dangerous to be around, a lot of health issues for vets from it.

We had to do urine samples every week to see if it glowed in the dark. :eek:
 

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Wow, I heard that stuff was very dangerous to be around, a lot of health issues for vets from it.
Extremely dangerous! Besides being a low level "alpha" radiation emitter, you can suffer heavy metal poisoning from touching it. So you can imagine the inhalation hazard from it in a battle field environment. Bad Stuff.
 

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WE are swamped with work, but it's almost impossible to find any skilled help!
A familiar lament in most of the skilled trades anymore seems like...
Comes a time when any of us in such trades has to make the decision to take a chance
and hire unskilled and train them ourselves, with all the risks that entails.
The alternative is to go without - or to pay through the nose.
 

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A familiar lament in most of the skilled trades anymore seems like...
Comes a time when any of us in such trades has to make the decision to take a chance
and hire unskilled and train them ourselves, with all the risks that entails.
The alternative is to go without - or to pay through the nose.
Or another option is to design systems that unskilled people can use.
 

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