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Need to make a plate with several hundred holes from #4 to #10 sizes in aluminum 1/2" plate. I would also like to fly cut the surface so it is pretty flat. Is it better to drill all of the holes first or do the fly cut then drill. I'm guessing doing the fly cut last might cause smearing as the tool crosses the holes. Any comments?
 

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Need to make a plate with several hundred holes from #4 to #10 sizes in aluminum 1/2" plate. I would also like to fly cut the surface so it is pretty flat. Is it better to drill all of the holes first or do the fly cut then drill. I'm guessing doing the fly cut last might cause smearing as the tool crosses the holes. Any comments?
Personally, I would fly cut first so I have a clean flat surface to work with. If you use a spotting drill first I suppose it doesn't really matter. I assume you plan to chamfer every hole so smearing isn't an issue if you decide to drill first.
 

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Fly cut first , spot drill a little OS then you don't have to go back and chamfer .
 

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If strength is not a concern use a material intended for this purpose such as Alcoa MIC 6 jig plate, it has already been milled flat before you buy it. It will also stay that way after drilling hundreds of holes in it.

A piece of easily available 6061 aluminum stock may behave in ways that you are not expecting after facing and drilling many holes in it.

Had to straighten 4 parts made from 1 1/2" X 1/4" aluminum bar stock last week, they had 85 6-32 holes off center on a single 1/4" face, one part held in 3 Kurt vices in a Fadal 4020 VMC, they warped badly in 2 planes. Relieving the stress from one side is often bad news.

https://www.onlinemetals.com/merchant.cfm?pid=7805&step=4&showunits=inches&id=309&top_cat=0
 

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Thanks all. Looks like the consensus is fly cut first. Sounded right but I just needed some input from more experienced folks.
 
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