Aluminum is a highly versatile metal that can be used for a wide range of applications. The benefits of aluminum-vs-steel are hard to match: it is light weight yet strong, and corrosion resistant yet highly formable. It has an attractive appearance and is very easy to recycle, making it environmentally friendly. Aluminum is also highly resilient and can flex under loads or reshape itself after the shock of an impact.
Learn How Aluminum Stacks up Against Steel
Weighs Less Than Steel
Aluminum is about one-third the weight of steel, yet it has the yield strength of 35,000 psi. Depending on the alloy and processing technique used, pound for pound, it’s possible to forge aluminum to be just as strong as steel.
No Welding Required
Aluminum T-Slot frames and designs do not require welding like steel does.
Costs Less Than Steel
80/20 aluminum framing systems could save you hundreds of dollars versus welding steel framing. When comparing the two alloys, the cost of steel-vs-aluminum is one of the most important factors in determining which materials to use for a job. Designing a custom aluminum extrusion shape or profile is surprising inexpensive because of the affordable tooling costs.
Strength Similar to Steel
Aluminum has a better strength-to-weight ratio and is almost 2X stronger at the same weight. Aluminum’s better strength-to-weight ratio makes aluminum a better solution for applications where lighter weight is important. Aluminum structures can be assembled on-site and are easier and less costly to move than steel structures.
Machining Not Required
A wide range of standard and custom machining services are available with 80/20, but unlike steel, they are not required. Steel requires the metal to be machined (cut, drilled, etc.) to remove material and shaped into the desired product.
When it comes to corrosion resistance of aluminum-vs-steel, aluminum is the clear winner. Aluminum is incredibly resistant to corrosion, without requiring the need of additional treatments after it has been extruded. In addition, aluminum requires less maintenance over time because it doesn’t rust and does not require any coatings or paint that will wear or scratch off. Aluminum is protected by its own naturally occurring oxide film and can be further enhanced with a variety of finishes such as anodizing, powder coating, brushed finish, media blasting, painting, polishing or chemical wash techniques.
What are the benefits of aluminum extrusion?
Aluminum extrusion is 100% recyclable and non-toxic. It comes with a wide range of finishing options, is resilient, highly reflective and has high electrical and thermal conductivity. Intricate shapes are possible and it is non-sparking, non-magnetic, non-combustible and virtually seamless. See additional benefits of using 80/20 framing systems.
What are 80/20 T-Slots?
T-slot aluminum profiles offer built-in modularity making it easy to assemble and reassemble to conform to evolving needs. The T-slot provides the ability to add connections and join profiles to closed ends. This allows you to change your design without having to start from scratch and enables easy expansion and retraction of your build for modifications down the road.
For a complete listing of 80/20 products, visit 80/20.net. For more information regarding 80/20 T-Slot extrusion or on complete custom solutions with 80/20 Aluminum Framing Systems, call us at 800.582.5162 or contact our team of design engineers. They can help create customized systems and offer services like design assistance, custom machining, kit packaging and support to build your application, and provide AutoCAD™ and Solidworks™ drawings of the application.