Custom Aluminum Machining – Benefits and Process

by | Jan 11, 2016 | Aluminum Supplier

There are many reasons to choose custom made parts that are crafted using aluminum machining. Due to its abundance, using aluminum is not only cost-effective it is also regularly used in a multitude of products. Moreover, since this particular material is lightweight, it is also idea for high-performance parts and projects.

Advantages of Custom-made Parts
In addition to being lightweight and malleable, other materials such as copper, zinc and magnesium can be added in small amounts to strengthen a particular product (aluminum has a high strength to weight ratio). Moreover, aluminum is also naturally resistant to corrosion, most chemicals and, of course, rusting. Thus, making this particular material idea for a multitude of products and projects. Similarly, aluminum has a wide range of use because it is also a good conductor of heat and electricity while still being non-magnetic.

Kinds of Aluminum
Aluminum machining can be used with some of the most popular alloys. For instance, custom made parts can be made out of Aluminum 2024, Aluminum 5052, Aluminum 6061, Aluminum 6063 and Aluminum 7075. Each of these aluminum has their features that make them idea for certain projects and products. Aluminum 2024, for example, can be used where there is a requirement of high strength to weight ratio or good fatigue resistance.

Aluminum 5052, on the other hand, is more commonly used in sheet metal fabrication, as it is easily malleable. Both Aluminum 6062 and 6063 have good mechanical properties that in general make them both good for weldability. Aluminum 7075 is less weldable and less resistance to corrosions that other aluminum, however, it is regard as one of the strongest aluminum.

Process to Choose
Depending on the design and overall desired features that your product must have will determine exactly which aluminum machining process will work best. Most machining shops offer a few different processes including bending, counter bending and sinking, drilling or laser cutting as well as the following:

* Electrochemical Machining and Photochemical Milling
* Knurling, Threading, and Tapping
* Drilling, Turret Punching, and Turning
* Waterjet Cutting and Wire EDM

Now that you know customizing your parts via aluminum machining is a so small feat, it’s highly recommended that you contact a custom machine shop you can trust.

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