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Old Apr 01, 2012, 09:45 PM
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Rogue, it makes a difference what the wire composition is to what the required voltage is, but (I believe) NOT the wattage per unit length. That is the figure I'm actually trying to get by asking for V, A, and heated length.

This is hard to explain.

If you switch from say stainless to nichrome wire, using the same diameter and same power supply, you would need to adjust the voltage higher. BUT, I believe, the amperage would drop, and the actual wattage would stay the same -- that's my theory, anyway, and I'd like to verify that.

If it's true I can build a calculator that can indeed give you results for different compositions, different wire thicknesses, different power supplies, and bow lengths. A unified wire cutting calculator. No more guessing.

But I need the data....
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