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Extrusion Basics-Material Comparisons

Importance of Material Comparisons in Aluminum Extrusions

When searching for a product or component design solution, you'll likely consider both the properties of alternative materials and the manufacturing implications of material and process selection. In some cases, the complexity of the part may make the choice straightforward, but in others, you'll be faced with trade-offs and choices. This selection provides information comparing the properties of aluminum extrusions to commonly considered alternative materials, as well as comparative tooling costs and lead times.

Power transmission connector

Power transmission

Quick disconnect ladder stabilizer bracket

Quick disconnect ladder
stabilizer bracket

Decking system joist

Decking system joist

Pillow block - bearing housing

Pillow block -
bearing housing

Material comparison: Aluminum Extrusion vs Roll Formed Steel, Copper Extrusions

Material comparison: Aluminum Extrusion vs Molded Plastic, Wood, Vinyl

Comparative tooling costs and lead times:

Tooling costs and lead times

Typical Tooling Lead Time(weeks)