Aluminum is the second most widely used metal in fabrication applications. Other than steel, there’s no more commonly or easily found metal in the marketplace. It’s interesting that at one point in recent history Aluminum was the rarest and most valuable of metals extracted from the Earth’s crust!
Thanks to advances in extraction methods and abundantly available electricity to accomplish the task, Aluminum is now cheap enough to wrap your PB&J or to contain a one-time use serving of soda for your lunch! In addition to these consumer uses, Aluminum is commonly found in automotive parts, wiring, housing materials and aircraft. It is valued for being light weight and durable, and Aluminum is also 100% recyclable, non-toxic and a great electrical conductor.
If you’re looking to use Aluminum in your next project, you’ll probably want a guide to Aluminum alloys, explaining what each is suited for. Since various production processes can influence the characteristics of the metal, such as corrosion resistance and strength, it’s important to consult an Aluminum guide when deciding which alloy is right for your project.
To help you understand more about the choices in Aluminum, we’ve created a short video guide to Aluminum that explains characteristics and uses for each alloy. With so many alloy options, we’re creating multiple video installments to make them easy to watch and refer back to. In our first guide, Part 1, (see the video below) we address Aluminum alloys 2011, 2024 and 5052.
Guide to Aluminum Reference Links
In our next video installations we’ll be covering Aluminum alloys 6061, 6063, 6101, 6262 and 7075. In addition to our video guide to Aluminum, the complete written Aluminum guides can be referenced at anytime in our materials product guides here, where you’ll also find each aluminum alloy’s properties and chemical make-up data.
If you’re looking to shop for aluminum for fabrication purposes, you have many choices! Aluminum can be made into shapes, sheets, tubes, rods and more! In addition to the basic form options, some aluminum products are further prepared, such as aluminum perforated sheets, aluminum expanded sheets and aluminum threaded rod.
Architectural shapes are also available in Aluminum. These shapes include I-beams in Aluminum Association and American Standard profiles, T-bars, Channel in Aluminium Association and American Standard, plus Architectural profiles, as well as Angle.
The uses for Aluminum in fabrication are only limited by the imagination of the producer! We’ve seen customers make everything from Aluminum musical instruments, to model trains and air craft!
If you’ve watched our video, read the Aluminum Product Guide, shopped our site and still have questions about the type of aluminum that’s right for you, call our helpful customer service team toll free at 800-704-2157. We’re live and in person Monday – Friday from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m PST.
Plus, don’t forget to check back for the next installation of the guide to Aluminum video! And for more videos including product guides and DIY project ideas, visit our Videos page 24/7! And if you’re interested in learning more about the history of Aluminum, check out the Aluminum Association’s in-depth information.