Extruded aluminum is one of the most cost-effective and popular metal manufacturing methods in use today. Aluminum extrusion, both standard and custom, shortens manufacturing times and reduces costs without sacrificing quality. Production companies and brands can benefit greatly from using aluminum industry solutions. Workstation and machinery components, as well as those for the automobile and aerospace industries, can all be produced with the use of extrusion dies, either made to order or available commercially.
Custom Extrusion Dies
Extruded aluminum is notable due to what is known as its high strength-to-weight ratio. Because of this, extruded aluminum has a strength far beyond its weight. Extruded aluminum has the same strength measurements as more expensive steel and iron but weighs only a third as much. All the strength, protection, and safety features of other metals may be incorporated into the final products, allowing the automobile industry, the aerospace industry, and the marine vessel industry to boost fuel efficiency and performance.
The extrusion technique contributes to this metal’s higher strength qualities. Before the extrusion process can begin, the raw aluminum billets must be heated to a specific temperature so that they are more pliable. After the metal has been heated, it is forced through either a custom or standard extrusion die at a pressure of about 10,000,000 pounds. The extruded metal is stretched by opposing stretchers while still hot, and then it is cut to the desired length. Aluminum extrusions, whether they’re stock or made to order, undergo heat treatment to maximize the metal’s strength.
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Parts, components, and finished goods made from extruded aluminum are used in a wide variety of sectors. Aluminum structural components in construction are manufactured using either custom or conventional die forms. The automotive, maritime, and industrial machining industries are not the only ones who use these structural materials. The industrial industry can reap various benefits from using an aluminum alloy. As one of the most recyclable metals, aluminum has a low initial cost but a high rate of recycling. Aluminum is also easily accessible due to its abundance, and it can be recycled again without degrading in quality.
With the use of both stock and custom aluminum extrusion, virtually any shape or size may be manufactured. Corrosion does not affect aluminum because it forms a protective oxide layer that can even repair minor scratches and dings. Aluminum is an excellent thermal and electrical conductor. When exposed to subzero temperatures, steel and iron become brittle, but aluminum actually strengthens. When you factor in its high strength-to-weight ratio, low cost, and low environmental impact, it is easy to see why so many sectors rely on aluminum in their manufacturing processes.
Custom Aluminum Products
Creating a one-of-a-kind aluminum extrusion profile from scratch instead of utilizing a stock extrusion die may seem like it would cost more up front, but that’s not always the case. When a conventional shape needs to be modified to meet the requirements of a specific project, this often results in an increase in the time, money, and effort required to complete the task. Long-term savings can be realized through the use of a custom design, which can assist firms in cutting down on labor expenses and increasing production profits. Silver City Aluminum’s engineers and technicians are among the most reliable in the business, and we take great satisfaction in maintaining a constant, high standard of quality for our customers. From initial concept and design to extrusion, manufacturing, secondary operations, finishing, and shipment, we manage the entire process in-house.
Inspections and constant monitoring of the extrusion process by our staff guarantee a high standard of output. To further ensure quality, we pull each item from the production line and inspect it by hand before sending it to the shipping department. Call us at 508-542-7200 to talk about creating a custom aluminum extrusion profile for your production needs or to learn more about our aluminum industry solutions. We offer comprehensive production assistance and can help you with any inquiries you have concerning extruded aluminum.