Files

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This page deals with the grinding hand tools known as files. If you are interested in digital files, see Help:Files for advice on embedding files into this wiki or file formats for documentation about file types commonly used with our machines.

Coarse "files" are called rasps.

Metal Files

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Metal Files

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Synonyms: DE: Metallfeilen, Werkstattfeilen
Type: hand tool
Material: metal, plastic, wood
Location: metal workshop
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): disc grinder, bench grinder, rasps

Although primarily intended for metalworking, these files can also help you smoothen sharp edges of wooden workpieces that would quickly wear down a piece of sandpaper.

Please clean the files with a brush when you are done using them.


Key Files

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Key Files

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Synonyms: DE: Schlüsselfeilen
Type: hand tool
Material: metal, plastic, wood
Location: Lukas' CoMaking bench
Access: upon request
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): metal files

Key files are basically smaller metal files and come in similar profiles.

Lukas has a set you may use, they're mounted on the wall over his workbench with this 3D printed holder.



Needle Files

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Needle Files

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Synonyms: DE: Nadelfeilen
Type: hand tool
Material: metal, plastic (not well)
Location: Luzian
Tutors:
Similar (More or Less): rotary tool, sandpaper

These diamond-coated needle files can be used to smoothen 3D prints, but PLA will turn white at the treated spots. Heat may restore the color if applied carefully.