The secret is in the mix
Aluminum is not just aluminum. There are hundreds of different alloys and your product needs one. We will help you find it.
Pure aluminum is relatively soft. To overcome this, other elements are added to pure aluminum – a process called alloying. Most of the aluminum reaching the marketplace has been alloyed with at least one other element.
Material science and strength
Most metals struggle to come back to their original shape after having been bent or dented. But aluminum can absorb much more energy elastically, per unit weight, than steel of the same strength. It tends to spring back to its original shape.
Aluminum gets different properties depending on which elements are mixed in the alloying process. This makes the choice of alloy an important matter. You need to consider the product's requirements, including:
- Production economics
- Surface finish
- Suitability for decorative finish
- Corrosion resistance
Sometimes it may be wise to choose an alloy with slightly lower strength and better formability to optimize costs.