Aluminum Extrusion ?A Revolution In The Aluminum Industry

Aluminum extrusion – A process by which aluminum is forced into a custom made die and results in a constant cross section that utilizes all the properties of the metal. Aluminum is used in many different industries as it is one of the most versatile and readily available metals on the planet. The benefits of using aluminum to create products are widespread – it is light weight yet very strong and durable, it is an excellent thermal conductor both to dissipate and reflect heat, it can conduct electricity, it is easily machinable and malleable, virtually impossible to corrode and costs incredibly low! All these aspects show the virtues of aluminum both for the manufacturer and the consumer.

Aluminum extrusion has revolutionized the aluminum industry for many reasons; it has taken away the restraints that held many designs back. Using a die means that any aluminum shape can be created to the designers exact specifications without any loss of constant cross section and tension in the metal. The dies used in aluminum extrusion are cheap to make and they have a long life, which makes them highly cost effective for the manufacturer. Using a die also means that there is no additional machining involved in the process which can result in additional waste and costs, similarly there is no need for fabrication through welding. Welding can create high additional costs that do not decrease significantly through the reproduction of the same part, not only does this take extra labor but also creates more expense as the welding jigs used are often more expensive than the aluminum extrusion die.

Aluminum extrusion means that a business no longer has to be restricted by what the traditional methods of fabricating aluminum presented them with, now the only limitations are a designer’s imagination, said the author who used to be a building inspector. He’s now opened his shop dealing with toilets and hot water cylinders.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on August 19, 2010

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