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Kryten602

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Not sure if there is a quick way to determine this but if I have an irregular shaped, small solid object made in plastic that weighs 8g, what will it weigh if made in steel?
 

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I think it’s time for an Archimedes Eureka moment, Fill a jar with water and immerse the object – or 10 of them if it’s small, the water that overflows is the volume, then look online for the weight of steel for that volume, Ian
 

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I would do exactly as Cabinetman suggests, but I would also do a sanity check via arithmetic. There are all kinds of density tables on the internet. The ones below seem straightforward, especially if you know what the plastic is.



Most plastics are around 1.2 gm/ccm, most steels are around 8 gm/ccm: your 8 gram plastic item would be around 50 to 55 grams in steel (8x8/1.2).

The volume in water method will be more accurate, but I'm a pessimist, I like to do things 2 ways of I can to avoid silly errors on my part.
 

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If you know what plastic it’s made from, you can skip the water play, just use a calculator. 8g of water is a very small volume, your error will be large
 

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Is your object solid plastic or 3d printed with voids? If the latter, then 7x will be an underestimation.
 
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