My, my, amazing stories you have to wonder where these ideas come
from. A sliver of metal I guess could do that.? Any metal could do
that. Why just the mystical titanium. It is not invisible, even to
x-ray. Now, remember this is the same stuff they are going to use to
replace your hip, screw into your jaw for a dental implant, screw
your skull fracture back together and pin that broken bone. The
oxide, you know, that titanium white pigment you can buy, is in
powdered instant drinks, makeup, sunscreen, toothpaste, ceramic
glaze the list goes on and on.
Two caveats: Ok, so if you are grinding titanium or any other metal
for that matter and you have smoke and sparks. DO NOT BREATH THE
FUMES. That’s the rule. Does anyone mask up every time they go to
the grinder? Noooo… well, yes, maybe, not… gee I never think of
it. Yeah, so think about it.
Titanium will burn. Now, you probably won’t ever light a piece of
sheet metal on fire. It does not even melt until 3038=B0F(1668=B0C).
The danger is with piles of very fine filings or turnings in a
factory type setting. I have filed up a pile of dust and taken it
outside and lite it up with a torch. Behold just like a sparkler. In
fact titanium powders are used in fireworks. If a small fire starts:
Do not put water on it. It could explode. Use a dry fire
extinguisher or salt, or just let it burn out.
If you are going to turn it there are some guides about tools,
cutting angles, speeds and lubricants. Check your references and
know what you are doing or tool life will be short. Bill