Positioning itself as the most popular metals across a range of different industry types, Aluminium, fabricated in the right way can offer a host of benefits and uses too many products and sectors.
Stronger than steel, yet lightweight to work with and manoeuvre, aluminium is fast becoming the metal of choice for many individuals and businesses. The aluminium fabrication process has also allowed for further innovation and uses of this material, as we also find it to be robust and durable as well as excellent at withstanding external elements, such as salt water, as aluminium experiences no corrosion.
Of course, like anything, there are advantages and disadvantages when it comes to aluminium fabrication, and for all it has many benefits it does sometimes throw up the occasional challenge (most of which can be sorted and fixed by using a professional aluminium fabricator who has years of experience and knows how).
Below, we’ve provided some of the advantages and disadvantages that you may find when working with aluminium fabrication.
- Cost-effective. Aluminium is thought of as a cost-effective material, making it the ideal fit for a wide range of applications, both on a small scale and in heavy industrial situations.
- Little maintenance. This is a big bonus for both end users and suppliers, as aluminium will not lose its quality or succumb to wear and tear sooner due to a lack of maintenance, making it an extremely adaptable material which can be used alongside other expensive products/equipment.
- Strong. Aluminium is unbelievably strong, and even when it comes to things such as window frames, slimline frames can still be used even when a heavier glazing option is chosen, as the material is sturdy enough to withstand the pressure and additional weight.
- Non-magnetic – making it very handy when used in some electrical applications. Where system components are sensitive to magnetic forces aluminium will often be employed.
- Recyclable. Aluminium is not only 100% recyclable; it also uses less energy when going through the fabrication recycling process (especially when the alternative is extracting aluminium from raw materials), helping to reduce our carbon footprint in today’s world.
- Non-toxic – making it the perfect, and preferred choice for the food and drink, and pharmaceutical industries.
- Can be customised. Aluminium can be fabricated to suit many different shapes and styles, and it can also be polished and powder-coated to any finish necessary. Offering a great and robust alternative for homes and businesses.
- Corrosion free. Being able to withstand and avoid rust is a key element of aluminium, and by adding the perfect finish (such as polishing or powder coating) alongside ongoing maintenance, aluminium can withstand even the harshest of elements.
- Can withstand low temperatures, making it an excellent element for condensers, air conditioners, and nuclear reactors.
- Can create a mess! Aluminium fabrication isn’t for the faint-hearted, as using low melting heat and melting process means that aluminium does tend to create a mess as it can build up in the wheels during the grinding process. This problem is easily fixed by adding other ingredients into the mix, for example, paste or wax can provide a layer around the wheels, stopping the aluminium from developing and sticking to them.
- Sensitive to heat. Aluminium is not a good conductor of heat, so when welding, a break could occur if precision and care are not taking throughout the entire process. A welding breakthrough often happens if when applying the voltage, it is not applied to the right spot; however, it can be overcome by following best practice procedures and using careful planning techniques.
- Conductor of heat and electricity. Now, for all this is seen as a good thing for the majority of applications aluminium is used for, it is also a disadvantage to others, putting certain restrictions on what and how it can be used. Speaking and working with professional aluminium fabricators will help answer your questions, working with you to find the right solution and options to meet your requirements.
As you can see from our lists, the advantages of aluminium fabrication far outweigh the disadvantages. Plus, working with the right aluminium fabricator, many of these disadvantages can be overcome and worked through to reach the perfect solution.
At Crucial Engineering, we work with you and your specifications to provide you with the perfect aluminium solutions. Offering you all of the benefits aluminium has to offer and more. To find out more about products and aluminium fabrication, call us on 03451 930 420.