• 21 April 2024

Aluminum structural profile has a wide range of applications. With their help you can assemble and create partitions and guides for 3D printers, components useful in mechanical engineering and manufacturing. The construction of such profiles is rigid, strong and reliable.

Aluminum structural profile

There are many options for joining structural profiles: at an angle, perpendicularly, at the joint. Connectors of different shapes (T-shaped, L-shaped) are used for connections, so it is very easy and fast to assemble a structure of profiles. There are also structural aluminum profiles " v-slot " with grooves of different sizes ( 6 mm , 8 mm , 10 mm ), where the edges of the groove are made at an angle so that the roll can be placed in it.

How is an aluminum profile made?

The production of profiles uses aluminum, which is melted at 1000°C, and then structural aluminum profiles with a diameter of 120 or 190 mm are cast from the liquid metal. The components are then "baked" at 580°C, so that the surface of the raw material becomes uniform. Then the elements are heated to 350°C and are cut with a special knife, in lengths of 3 to 7 meters. After cutting, the raw material is conveyed via a conveyor to a forming machine, and the press extrudes the parts in the desired shape.

The produced profiles are then cooled. The profile is then leveled and cut by machine, before being loaded back into the furnace to give it the proper strength. An optional but useful process is anodizing, which increases the strength of structural aluminum profiles. To anodize aluminum, the surfaces must first be degreased. Then it is washed with clean water, and the top layer of the material is removed by the action of chemical elements. The profile is immersed in a liquid through which a current of 8,000A is passed. Some profiles are also painted, but before that chrome plating, a type of grinding, must be done.

Advantages of using structural aluminum profile

The use of structural aluminum profiles is huge, and this is a direct result of its advantages:

- The weight of a device made from machine-made aluminum profiles is reduced by 30-33% compared to the use of standard profiles. This is used, for example, in the automotive industry, furniture manufacturing.

- There is little assembly time for the structure. In addition, each structural profile can be cut at any angle.

- No welding is needed during assembly.

- The strength of structural aluminum profiles is well known. It does not differ significantly from the strength of steel products.

After assembling the product, any change can be easily made, such as attaching another shelf to the stand, putting wheels to the table legs, etc.

What are structural aluminum profiles used for

The use of structural aluminum profiles is very wide. Structural aluminum profile is the most popular solution for the manufacture of machines and all kinds of parts for them, such as supports or frames. Structural profiles are also used for assembling workstations and various buffer rack components. They are also used to build various types of conveyor belts.

Most often, suppliers offer a wide range of structural profiles in sizes 20x20, 20x40, 20x60, 2080. These profiles have special T-slots, which are used to connect different structural components. Very often suppliers provide the possibility of cutting the profile to the size specified by the customer.

A huge number of components for building profiles work on the same principle. It doesn't matter whether you want to build a simple machine skeleton or a fully automated mechanism - thanks to the consistency of form and workmanship, all kinds of projects can be realized without the need for a number of other systems. By choosing structured profiles, you can complete a project using exactly the same components, properly matched with profiles, keyways and joints. The huge number of parts that work together ensures that projects are maximized in terms of actual weight, dead weight or built-up area.