custom the aluminum extrusion in 6 steps
Aluminum is one of the most versatile and lightweight materials in the world. It is ideal for aviation, construction, transportation, and other industries. With various uses and benefits, you must know how to customize your aluminum extrusion parts.
To learn how to custom the aluminum extrusion parts for your industrial application, follow these six steps in the manufacturing process.
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1. Evaluate the Aluminum part design
To create the perfect aluminum parts design, engineers or designers in your company need to consider both the functionality and feasibility of the initial setup. But most don’t have the specialized knowledge to evaluate the initial design fully.
As a result, the design is far from perfect, and you can not see what cost is needed from ground-up to fulfillment.
Stop wasting your time and money. Just go to an expert with complete know-how in aluminum extrusion material and manufacturing process to get help for professional evaluations.
What mainly be evaluated in the aluminum parts drawing?
The experienced supplier of aluminum parts will determine the methods of post-processing for the parts manufacturing, and if sometimes you don’t have the CAD drawing for the extrusion cross-section of the features, he will make the new drawing which is based on the original one but with additional thickness added to the original design for post-processing.
2. Develop extrusion toolings
To custom the aluminum parts, extrusion tooling is required to produce the material of extruded aluminum profile.
Professional aluminum extrusion parts manufacturers would make it the most cost-effective way to create custom toolings that could stand the most complicated extrusion process.
It will take about 15 days or over a month to develop the custom tooling for the production.
Charges for the tools
Most of the time, the manufacturer will charge for the extrusion toolings, especially for complicated designs and broad sections. We should evaluate charges case by case.
property of the tooling
You will always own the toolings until the manufacturer refunds you the charges. But your design will never go public to your competitors.
3.make Part samples for prototyping test
With the aluminum part sample, you could require the manufacturer to present the material certificate to show you if the mechanical property of the material is as needed.
With the sample, you can testify if the part design is successful in your prototype. You can also tell if there is still room for improvement or optimization.
Aluphant will always handle the sampling to fit your tight turnaround time of the ongoing projects quickly.
salt spray test
In some industries, the salt spray test is necessary to tell if the finish of the parts– anodizing mostly- could fulfill the specific needs of the project.
Custom aluminum parts design requires specific tolerances for its application. The complete dimensional report will help you see the full picture of its performance during the prototyping phase.
4.mass production Of Aluminum extrusion
The manufacturer will conduct effective production management to order the production of aluminum extrusion efficiently to ensure that all workers are in the position to implement the production plan.
5.Precision machining of aluminum extrusion
By removing the additional material from the custom-made aluminum extrusion, CNC-machining could create perfect parts that fit your specification.
The Machining capability includes milling, turning, and drilling.
6.Add surface treatments to the custom aluminum parts
The industrial-used aluminum parts require high-end surface treatment to fulfill their application in extreme environments.
Your aluminum parts will be handled during the surface treatment process when machined.