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Extrusion Basics-Material Comparisons

Material Comparisons

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
Quick disconnect ladder
stabilizer bracket
Decking system
joist  
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: