The Benefits of Aluminum Fabrication for Your Project
Few materials in the world are as versatile and widely-used as aluminum. While this metal saw relatively little industrial use prior to the 20th Century, the development of aluminum electrolysis and extrusion techniques quickly turned it into the next “wonder material.” Today, you can find this metal in nearly any industrial or large-scale application you can think of, from cars to bridges to petroleum processing.
Aluminum fabrication is one of the cornerstones of our processes here at King Fabrication. While we work with a wide variety of materials, we often find ourselves coming back to aluminum time and time again for the benefits it brings.
What Makes Aluminum Fabrication Different from Other Metalwork?
Aluminum is extremely easy to work with, compared to many other various kinds of metal. As an obvious example, it can be extruded – pushed through molds to create designs. This simply cannot be done with heavier metals. On top of that, it is flexible enough that it can be worked with either hot or at room temperatures. Extrusion also helps aluminum retain its strength, preventing it from becoming brittle.
Aluminum can also be cut, crushed, pressed, drilled, and worked with in a variety of other ways. This flexibility allows those skilled to put it to a wide variety of uses, including those one might not necessarily think it was strong enough to handle.
What Are the Benefits of Aluminum Fabrication and Structures?
While certainly not a magic-bullet material, aluminum brings several distinct advantages in situations where its usage is appropriate.
- High Strength-to-Weight Ratio
While not the strongest material available, aluminum is exceptionally strong relative to its weight. A pedestrian bridge made primarily of this metal, for example, would weigh roughly one third what a comparable steel bridge would and with higher pound-for-pound load bearing capacity. This means lower transportation and installation costs.
- Low Maintenance
Aluminum is non-corrosive and non-conductive. Construction can last for years -even decades- with minimal maintenance, greatly lowering the TCO on aluminum projects.
Aluminum is a metal which is 100% recyclable, and can be used over and over. This means less waste (and associated expense) during manufacturing projects, and easier methods to dispose of once their lifespan is over.
King Fabrication are experts with aluminum fabrication and design. Contact us today to discuss your next project.