The Advantages of Extruded Aluminum Bar Stock and Custom Manufacturing...

Aluminum is one of the most common elements found on the planet and is also frequently mined. Aluminum itself isn’t particularly strong, but in the form of an alloy, it can match strength with steel. Alloys are also easy to process and come in the form of multiple products and shapes, including extruded bar stock. What is Aluminum Bar? Similar to children’s play clay, aluminum bar stock is manufactured by pushing heated billet through a die in a specified shape, resulting in long bars of aluminum. Die shapes can produce multiple bar profiles, including aluminum square bar or rectangle bar or complex heat sinks and multi-hollow extrusions. The Benefits of Extruded Aluminum The term bar stock isn’t limited to aluminum square bar or rectangle bar. It also covers aluminum hex, round stock, tubing, custom shapes and other lineal products. The process of extrusion has the potential to simplify the manufacture of a wide variety of product sizes and shapes while cutting down on material costs, machining time, tooling wear and production time. When to Use Custom Shapes While aluminum extrusion is an optimal way of producing parts in general, it’s also an ideal way to obtain shapes that aren’t frequently stocked. Any common shape at non-standard sizes, such as 3.80″ aluminum square bar, or hollow shapes with complex interiors, can be produced with custom extrusion while saving money and time. Leading Providers of Aluminum Bar By paying attention to customer needs and changes in the market and keeping abreast of current technology, a family-owned and leading distributor of aluminum products with more than 80 years in business can promptly provide finished quality goods from top suppliers while also offering precision sawing equipment, sawing services and outside processing along with top-level customer service. Be the...

Options In Aluminum Mold Blocks...

For small to large molds, aluminum is considered a superior alloy over many others on the market. There are different properties to the various series and alloys and choosing the right one for the specific use requirements of the mold will be important. 5083 Aluminum One of the most commonly used alloys for aluminum mold blocks is 5083 aluminum. This is very durable and strong while also being highly weldable and machinable. The grain structure allows for a stress-free interior of the alloy as well as a low internal porosity. This is a good choice of alloys when there is the need to limit any additional surfacing requirements for the mold. This alloy can be precision cut for a smooth surface without machining. However, when machined, there is an extremely limited deformation of the metal, making it a simple process. Additionally, this is an aluminum alloys with a very high recycling value compared to other alloys. While this won’t be a primary reason to choose this material for the mold block, it is a factor to consider. These types of aluminum mold blocks can be used for injection molding, thermoforming molds and for structural foam molds among others. 2xxx Series For large aluminum mold blocks, the 2000 series of aluminum alloy is often the best choice. This alloy can stand up to machining after the process without losing any strength or requiring re-working. Typically, this type of alloy is used for rubber molds, low pressure type of injection molds and for automotive component molds. It has a high hardness level of 81 on the Brinell hardness test. Why Use Aluminum? There are several reasons why aluminum mold blocks have become the option over steel and other options. Even with the large sizes of molds,...

Slatwall Panels – Instantly Upgrade Your Home or Retail Space...

We may not realize it, but Slatwall panels appear in our everyday lives and have been around for many years. They are often found as wall coverings and product displays in the retail industry, can make be used in a home garage to organize tools, gear, and equipment or in commercial showrooms to exhibit items. Metal panels are used for holding heavy items while designer panels can add elegance and style to a panel display. Features of Slatwall Panels They are typically made of medium density fiber board or particle board and may be either 4 feet wide by 8 feet in size or 8 feet wide by 4 feet in height. They feature horizontal grooves or slots machined into them or are fitted with plastic or aluminum inserts, which allow for quick and easy movement of slat wall display hooks and shelves, slat wall fixtures, and displays. Standard groove spacing is 3 inches on center although custom grooves can be made. You can choose from several types of finishes for your slat wall panels. One of them is paint, which can be done in a color to match the specific requirements of space. Another is a high-pressure laminate finish, which makes for an extremely durable panel, and is available in hundreds of colors. A melamine pressure laminate has the look of high priced laminate and is available in a variety of solid colors and wood grain finishes. Less expensive than a high-pressure laminate finish, it is the most cost effective of these types of panels. Another type of finish is a real wood veneer of birch, red oak or maple which may be finished with stain, lacquer or varnish. Finally, a laminated acrylic finish can be applied to give a mirror-like feel while...

Common Alloys and Quality Indicators of Aluminum Bar...

High quality aluminum bar, whether flat, round or square, is in high demand from milling center and machining experts around the world. It’s because they are able to produce mechanical designs that are very lightweight, strong, with corrosion-resistant finishes and an overall attractive appearance. About 6061 Alloy 6061 is one of the most common aluminum alloys for general-purpose use. It is an age-hardening aluminum alloy, with magnesium and silicon as the major alloying elements. Developed in 1935 (when it was Alloy 61S) it has high weld-ability and good mechanical properties. It can be welded using either tungsten inert gas welding or metal inert gas welding. Strength post-weld can be restored through natural aging. 6061 alloy aluminum bar is used to make homebuilt aircraft fuselages and wings, yachts and utility boats, aluminum cans, scuba tanks and automotive parts. It is also the alloy used in many bicycle frames, firearm sound suppressors and even fly fishing reels. About 6082 Alloy 6082 aluminum alloy, along with 6061, is one of the most popular alloys. American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM) doesn’t feature 6082 as strongly as 6061 and some others in the series. 6082 is usually formed through extrusion and rolling, and is often heat-treated for tempers with greater strength and lower ductility. Manifold Quality Bar You will often see “manifold quality” in relation to some aluminum bar products. Don’t be confused by what this is about. “Manifold” simply means “many”, “varied”, “in many ways”. So a manifold quality aluminum bar will have a variety of applicable uses. Acc-u-bar Aluminum Bar One high quality brand is Sapa’s Acc-u-bar. It is an extruded aluminum product designed for high-speed machining. It offers improved straightness, very tight tolerances, and high minimum mechanical properties for a superior quality product. Typical...