If you are unfamiliar with the process used for custom aluminum extrusion design, it is a very simple procedure, yet it can be a game-changer for many different industries. Working with a team of experts at our one stop shop fabrication and extrusion facility can help you to achieve your goals in ways that you might not have thought possible. Designing your own custom extrusion dies can be done with the assistance of our engineers and technicians, who have many years of experience working with extrusions to help make it as cost-effective and successful as possible.
How Extrusion Works
The basic process of extrusion involves the use of aluminum billets, which are made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. The billets are heated up to a precise temperature to make the metal more malleable for manufacturing. The metal is pressed through a steel die or profile, either a standard shape or custom design, at over a million pounds of pressure. It is similar to squeezing toothpaste from a tube or from pushing children’s play dough through a shape.
While there are other specifics required with regard to heating, cooling, stretching, shaping, and cutting the aluminum to create custom aluminum products, parts and components, this is pretty much the basic process involved in extrusion. The steel die or profile can be used over and over again multiple times to create consistent results. Additional custom extrusion dies can be created to fulfill multiple orders for the same client. Our one stop shop fabrication facility helps clients to create top quality, consistent parts and products for their customers.
Why Choose Aluminum
The extrusion process can be used to create parts with many different metals and materials, but aluminum is by far the most popular choice because of its many inherent qualities and advantages. Superior structural strength can be achieved through aluminum extrusion design, while maintaining aluminum’s light weight and resistance to corrosion, which are also very beneficial to most industries. In fact, the use of aluminum extrusion has become even more popular in recent years, comprising as much as 50 percent of the market for metal extrusion.
Aluminum is also very cost-effective and can be designed to your unique specifications through the use of custom extrusion dies. When applied correctly, aluminum extrusion design can help to increase the advantages of aluminum, designing to further minimize the opportunity for corrosion to increase the life of the finished product, and even decrease the amount of secondary operations required to complete the piece. Aluminum can also be blended with other metals to form alloys, which can increase the potential of this amazing material.
Where Aluminum is Used
There are lots of industries that depend on custom aluminum products that have benefited from aluminum extrusion design. The automotive industry has benefited greatly in recent years, using custom extrusion dies to create parts that are lighter in weight than steel, yet provide all of the strength and durability required to meet the most stringent safety tests. Transportation as a whole has benefited as well, particularly the trucking, railway, and aerospace industries.
One stop shop fabrication through a dependable, top quality provider helps to reduce the cost of aluminum parts and products, but it also helps to create pieces that exceed expectations. The low weight to high strength ratio of aluminum helps it to be a beneficial material that can be used in the telecommunications, electronics, technology, HVAC, spacecraft, and marine industries across the board. Even our nation’s military relies on custom aluminum products, taking advantage of aluminum’s resistance to rust and corrosion for long-lasting, durable parts and components.
What You Need to Do
If you are in the market for custom parts, pieces, products or components for your business or industry, consider designing your own custom extrusion dies to take advantage of all the benefits associated with aluminum extrusion design. Silver City Aluminum is a one stop shop fabrication facility, which can help you from the development of the initial design with our team of engineers, extrusion and secondary operations with our team of highly trained and experienced technicians, and finishing services with our painting and coating crews. We provide inspections of your order throughout the process to ensure top quality results. Our team will load up your order and transport it to you to ensure that it arrives in perfect condition. To learn more about Silver City Aluminum and all of the services we provide, give us a call at 508-542-7200.