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Extrusion Design Resources - Design Tips

Extrusion Design Resources - Design Tips

Simply replacing a steel part with an aluminum extrusion will not typically yield an optimal solution. Rather, careful design is the way to gain maximum benefit from the many valuable characteristics of aluminum alloys and from the flexibility of the extrusion process.


Aluminum profiles (extrusions) offer a number of design advantages by virtue of the extrusion process itself. 


Aluminum extrusions offer outstanding design flexibility to…

  • Tailor component performance with alloy and temper choice
  • Inexpensively incorporate functional details that simplify assembly, reduce part counts, and enhance utility 


However, there are some limitations. Getting your extruder involved early in the design phase will yield advantages such as cost savings; your extruder will know how to optimize your design to take advantage of increased extrudability, alloy and temper choice, and other factors that may save time and cost.


Design Parameters

The following major factors should be considered in the detailed development of an aluminum extrusion design:

 For detailed information, view and download the Aluminum Extrusion Manual, an invaluable extrusion design resource.