custom the aluminum Parts 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 aluminum extrusion parts for your industrial application, follow these six steps in the manufacturing process.
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 the 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
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.Produce aluminum Part samples for prototyping test
After the aluminum profile mold is completed, the manufacturer will produce samples for you, so that you can test whether the samples are qualified and suitable for your end products. During the production of samples, you can request the manufacturer to provide some information about the samples, including material testing reports, salt spray testing reports, and dimension reports.
As different grades of aluminum alloy have different alloy compositions and mechanical properties, you can request the manufacturer to provide you with a complete material testing report. This way, you can visually understand whether the produced sample meets your usage requirements.
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 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 a position to implement the production plan.
5.Precision machining of aluminum extrusion
6.Add surface treatments to the custom aluminum parts
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