Aluminum Extrusion BlogArticles on Topics Such as Finishing, Alloys, and More
Category: Aluminum Finishing
Extrusions can be finished in a variety of ways, including by anodization, powder coating, painting, sublimation, and so on. This series of articles takes a look at the different options available as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
There are many great reasons to choose aluminum extrusions for your project. Aluminum is versatile and relatively low-cost. It has a high strength-to-weight ratio and possesses non-corrosive properties. It is environmentally friendly and can accept...read more
Aluminum can serve as a replacement for wood in a variety of different projects. Doors, windows, cabinets, and building exteriors can all be given the appearance of wood. So how do extrusion manufacturers create this pleasant wood effect on their aluminum profiles?read more
When you're deciding on a finish for your aluminum extrusions, it's natural to consider various options. Painting, anodizing, and powder coating all have their own unique advantages. So, which one should you choose? And why might you consider one over the other? ...read more
Category: Aluminum Alloys
Profiles can be produced in a variety of alloys and some of the most common include 6061, 6063, 2024, and 7075. This series of articles takes a look at some different alloys, focusing on their properties and applications.
One of the important decisions you have to make when working on an extrusion project is alloy selection. You may be considering 6061 aluminum, as it is one of the most commonly extruded alloys. It’s an alloy with a long history. Developed in 1935, it was originally...read more
Alloy selection plays an important role in your aluminum extrusion project. 6063 aluminum is the most popular alloy for extrusion and so it is a natural consideration. This alloy is widely used in architectural applications. Because of this, it is often referred to as...read more
When considering different alloys for an extrusion project, it is important to understand the properties of each alloy and how it compares to the alternatives. 2024 aluminum is an alloy that is often used in the aerospace industry. It is a high-strength alloy suitable...read more
Category: Aluminum Heatsinks
Heatsinks are important in electronics manufacturing because they dissipate the high heat that is sometimes generated. Extrusion is the most common method of heatsink manufacturing. Here are some important considerations.
Whether you’re designing computers, LED lighting, or other electronics, you need to think about heat sinks. Heat sinks absorb and dissipate the heat from these devices, helping to keep them cool. Today we'll talk about some different types of heat sinks, how...read more
Electronic devices can generate a lot of heat. So, heatsinks play an important role in helping to cool them. You may be aware that aluminum is the most popular metal for heatsinks, but that copper is also sometimes used. You may also realize that copper has...read more
Heat sinks play an important role in electronic and mechanical devices. They act as passive heat exchangers, transferring heat from hot components to a fluid medium (usually air). There are different types of heat sinks. Some are made from copper and some are...read more
Category: Why Aluminum Extrusions?
Extrusions have played an increasingly important role in modern product design. These articles explore some of the reasons why and provide tips for designers who may be considering their use.
When you’re working on a new architectural project or developing electronic devices, good material selection is always key. You need materials that are cost-effective, have a high lifespan and minimize product weight. But researching different materials can be...read more
Should you incorporate aluminum into your green building design? Aluminum has many properties that make it a good choice for design. It has two attributes in particular that make it green: It's highly recyclable: Any aluminum you use in your project has...read more
Materials selection is an important part of designing your project. You’ll want to consider a number of different materials. Each one has benefits and drawbacks. Maybe you’re creating transportation products or consumer durables. Perhaps you’re designing...read more