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titanium backplate

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by Linemandiver, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Linemandiver

    Linemandiver Registered

    Nothing against helium dive backplates but I just couldn't spend that much for a titanium backplate and to ship it from Russia, so I decided to make my own. Its amazing what one can do with a sheet of titanium, a father in-law with a machine shop company, with a lazar cutting table, hydraulic bender, and about everything else imaginable. Had a successful day finishing my 2 titanium backplates (one standard and one ultra light), and adding weight pocket slots to my hollis backplate. Thoughts? Possible changes if I did it again? backplates.jpg
  2. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    So what do they weigh?

    I've been seriously looking at making an ultralight BPW setup.
  3. Yellowdog

    Yellowdog Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maryland
    Pretty cool. How much do they weigh? How much $ do you have in the titanium? How did you attach the weight pocket? This is what I did to add weight pockets to my new Halcyon Carbon Fiber plate ( piece of old webbing, 2 ss grommets, 2 sex bolts ). Plate weighs 1lb.
    IMG_1474.jpg IMG_1472.jpg
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  4. Linemandiver

    Linemandiver Registered

    130ish with shipping. regular one weighs 2 pounds, lightweight one weighs 1.5 pounds. I also had enough titanium to make a single tank adapter I didn't weigh it though. Weight pockets are dive rite Velcro, the straps slip through the slots in the backplate and Velcro together. Very nice idea how you attached your weight pockets, kind of wish I'd though of that.
  5. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    Same as aluminum, which I expected.
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  6. saxman242

    saxman242 Contributor

    Now grab some 9v batteries, a few wires, and some steel wool soaked in white vinegar and you can anodize it all kinds of pretty colors
  7. couv

    couv Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: 13th floor of the Ivory Tower
    This ^^^ sounds like an interesting idea for a new thread. Could you indulge us? Pictures and a list of components are always a good touch. :)
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  8. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoFlo
    You can also heat treat the titanium and get some nice color blends.
    NothingClever and Frogkicker like this.
  9. Midwesterndvr

    Midwesterndvr Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Chicago
  10. Linemandiver

    Linemandiver Registered

    Interesting I going to have to look up what they look like afterwards, might be something worth trying.

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