Like any other extrusion
process, the Aluminum extrusion technique is used to transform aluminum alloy
into different aluminum parts with fixed cross-sectional profiles for a wide
range of industrial use. As per the industrial requirements, a definitive
cross-sectional profile can be rectangular, solid round, L shapes, T shapes,
and Tubes, etc. The extrusion process is done by pushing the aluminum in
a die by using a hydraulic or mechanical press and then it emerges from the die
opening in the same shape as the die.
The extruded aluminum parts are used in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive industry, electronics, medical equipment manufacturing, telecommunication projects, construction, and many more. That is where an aluminum extrusion process comes into the picture to create custom aluminum profiles such as bars, hollow shapes, semi-hollow shapes, solids, tubes, and other custom shapes for different industrial use.
To achieve the high-quality objectives, industries prefer to go through the aluminum extrusion prototyping process first to set high-performance expectations from the end product. The prototyping process offers a lot of advantages to the industries if they are not familiar with the aluminum extrusion process. You should be aware of the functions and usage of the extruded aluminum parts and ask these basic questions to yourself before opting for an aluminum extrusion service:
What is the key purpose of your component?
· How will it appear in the end product?
· How will the extruded aluminum part fit?
· What function will it serve in your industry?
Typically, an Aluminum Extrusion process involves these steps:
· An extrusion die is designed and prepared based on the cross-section profiles and shapes for different industrial objectives. The extrusion die is then moved to the extrusion press.
· A cylindrical billet of aluminum alloy is heated to 400-500 degrees Celsius before extrusion. It makes aluminum alloy malleable enough, but not molten, for the extrusion process.
· A lubricant is added to the aluminum billet to prevent it from sticking to the machine and then transferred to the extrusion press.
· The extrusion machine ram pushes the aluminum billet into the container which then emerges through the pre-designed die.
· Then the extrusions are guided onto a run-out table in the same shape as the die opening as an elongated piece.
· Extruded parts are pulled to the cooling table where they are cooled to room temperature using the fans.
· Once the cooling process is completed, aluminum extrusions are moved to a stretcher for straightening and alignment work.
· After that, extruded aluminum parts are brought to the saw table and cut to length as per the requirements and then moved for finishing and fabrication works.
If you are looking for Aluminum extrusion prototyping and production services, search and find the right manufacture for your industrial requirements. Look for the kind of services they offer and how experienced they are in the industry. Consider consulting with professional manufacturers to find the best solution for your needs. You can check for the online reviews, and testimonials to get an idea about their professionalism and how good they are at their works.