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    Quote Originally Posted by awright View Post
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    The Curie point is the temperature of the alloy at which the material loses its magnetic properties.
    This is not a soldering tip magnastat. Thermocouple sensor and electronics regulate temperature. There will also be a video of a complete soldering iron soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinner View Post
    Soldering tips need the iron jacket for the tinning process. With out that jacket, the frequent need to "re tin" the copper is necessary.
    No need for re-tin, durability is the same as for originals because the nickel layer is thick. Maybe iron is needed if it's a copper bar but mine are made of brass that is harder.

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    I agree with you about the tinning of the tip/iron jacket (or core). If you constantly need to re-tin the tip it will degrade pretty quickly as if there is an acid eating into the tip.

    The iron doesn't need to be PLATED ONTO a solid copper core.....You can build it another way.... An iron cap (jacket) shaped like the copper core you wish to use can be plated inside and out with a thin layer of copper. Then slip the iron cap over your copper core and plate the two together with copper /nickle/chrome.

    for the iron cap ... think WWII Japanese bullets made with soft iron cartridge instead of brass cartridges

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