Category: Aluminum Extrusion

Making Sense of Aluminum Extrusion Tempers

Aluminum Billets

When considering the use of extruded aluminum to solve a design problem, you should be familiar with aluminum alloys and tempers. Aluminum alloys are identified primarily by a series number— a four-digit code describing its metallurgical composition. For extruded aluminum, the most common series are 6000’s and 7000’s. The 6000 (Al-Mg-Si) series is the most… Read More »

Six Tips for Aluminum Extrusion Dimensioning and Tolerance

Aluminum Extrusion Dimensioning

Many products must be manufactured to precise standards. Questions like: How straight is straight enough? How flat is flat enough? How uniform must a wall thickness be to be acceptable? are not abstract. The specified, acceptable range of deviation from a given dimension is known as a tolerance. For many applications, in which an aluminum… Read More »

Improve Product Design by Understanding Accuracy, Precision and Tolerance

Precision Tolerances for Aluminum Extrusions

CAD software is just about every designer’s go to tool for product design. These programs enable simpler and more accurate design iterations, and comprehensive documentation for the manufacturer to make the actual part. They are also capable of drawing dimensions that are far more accurate and exacting than can be actually manufactured. This results in… Read More »

Designing for Simplicity with Aluminum Extrusions

For product designers, KISS— “keep it simple, stupid”—is a well-known rule of thumb. As a design principal, it’s about making products simple and easy to understand to appeal to users. When it comes to designing for manufacturability, the simplicity principal still applies, particularly when designing aluminum extrusion profiles. Complicated product designs and configurations produce complex… Read More »

Keeping Costs in Check: Designing Aluminum Extrusions with Proper Tolerances

Designers must keep an eye on the bottom line in every project. Finding creative and practical solutions to accomplish cost control while also maintaining the integrity of the design is important, but it can consume engineering resources. One often overlooked way to keep costs down is to examine tolerance requirements. With unnecessarily tight tolerances parts… Read More »

Use of Aluminum in Product Design in the Sustainable Era

Sustainability is increasingly prioritized by product designers. Making sustainable and environmentally conscious choices during the design process has multiple benefits including reductions in waste, energy use, and production costs. Designing with aluminum is an excellent choice for sustainability. The primary reason is that aluminum can be recycled indefinitely without losing any of its high quality… Read More »