Aluminum Alloys

Light Weight / High Strength / Corrosion Resistant

With applications in virtually all industries, a wide array of Aluminum alloys supports many design parameters.

Common Sheet Alloys:

  • 1100 aluminum (H14 - most common temper)
    • High ductility and forms very well, allowing extensive cold working.
    • Easily welded.
    • Strongest aluminum alloy in the 1000 series.
    • Can not be heat treated.
  • 3003 aluminum (H14 - most common temper)
    • Good ductility - forms well.
    • Easily welded.
    • Moderate strength, superior to 1100 alloy.
    • Can not be heat treated.
  • 5052 aluminum (H32 - most common temper) 
    • Good ductility - forms well.
    • Easily welded.
    • Moderate strength, superior to 3003 alloy.
    • Can not be heat treated.
  • 6061 aluminum
    • Forms well in lowest temper T0, with progressively less ductility in tempers T3, T4 and T6.
    • Alloy 6061 can be heat treated after forming.
    • 6061 T6 temper provides the highest strength of all alloys listed, but it can only be formed on a limited basis.  Most part configurations will warp during heat treating, making heat treating a high cost option.
      • Specify 6061 T651 if heat treating after forming is required.  

Common surface finishing options for aluminum alloys:

  • Anodizing - cosmetic and surface hardening (clear, black and many custom colors)
  • Hard Anodizing - cosmetic and extra hard surface (also available in clear and black - custom colors are limited)
  • Chromate Conversion - corrosion protection and conductivity (clear and yellow or gold)
  • Electroless Nickel - cosmetic, surface hardening and conductivity
  • Paint and Powder Coating