5 Things To Consider When Designing An Aluminum Extrusion

By: Tom Gilluly, Profile Precision Extrusions 

Aluminum extrusions come in literally all shapes and sizes. From .100” OD micro tubing to massive wing spars for Boeing & Airbus jumbo jets. Some of the basics you’ll want to consider for your aluminum extrusion design are alloy & temper, wall thickness, tolerances, corner radii, and post extrusion finishing.

Aluminum alloys are like apples, there are many choices. Some of the most common are:

  • 3003 – Very easy to extrude. Low mechanical strength. Good for heat transfer applications.
  • 6063 – Easy to extrude and has a good surface finish. Low mechanical strength. Used in window, door & trim applications.
  • 6061 – Harder to extrude than 6063, has an acceptable surface finish. Moderate mechanical strength. Machines well and is used in a wide variety of industrial applications
  • 7075 – Hard to extrude and has poor surface finish. High mechanical strength. Used in aircraft structural components. Continue reading
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Extruding the Aluminum Market

 

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Japan Currently Seeking International Business for Aluminum Extrusion

The extruded aluminum parts market is not only an industry that is thriving in the Untied States. Other countries, like Japan,China, and Mexico also make extruded aluminum parts for sale throughout the world. The ability to purchase aluminum parts from anywhere  Continue reading

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How Hollow Extrusions are Made

 

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4 Advantages to a One-Site Extrusion Plant

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Hot vs. Cold Extrusions

The metal extrusion process is a popular process in the metal fabrication world because it can produce long, strong pieces of metal formed from one solid piece of metal. In both hot and cold extrusion processes, a piece of metal is pressed Continue reading

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Where to Find Aluminum Frames in Everyday Life

Aluminum frames are highly versatile and are used in industries from furniture manufacturing to automobile frames. A channeled aluminum frame is slightly different than a traditional aluminum frame, because the sides of the frame are curved or bent to make a “U” shape or “J” shape. These channeled frames provide extra strength to the frame Continue reading

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Aluminum Frames and the Automotive Industry

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require that every vehicle have a fuel economy of 54.5 MPG by 2025. This is a much higher fuel economy than today’s vehicles, which rarely reach above 30 MPG. Due to these new standards, car manufactures are forced to come up with new ways to make cars lighter and Continue reading

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Aluminum In Your Shower

Extruded aluminum is a very popular type of metal used in multiple applications. A particularly common use for extruded aluminum is the u channel. The extruded aluminum u channel is one of those types of aluminum that often hides in plain sight. Until I saw Continue reading

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