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Aluminium grades available

Aluminium GradesDescriptionProcessAdvantages
6061A versatile and easy-to-machine metal. It is corrosion-resistant, non-magnetic, and heat treatable.CNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
60636063 Aluminum is more corrosion resistant and formable than 6061 Aluminum. It is not ideal for high strength applications, but can be used for exterior railings and decorative trimCNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
6082A medium strength alloy with excellent corrosion resistance. It has the highest strength of the 6000 series alloysCNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
50525052 Aluminum is the easiest aluminum to weld and is exceptionally corrosion resistant against salt spray and salt water. It is easy to form, heat treatable, and non-magnetic.CNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
5083Alloy with magnesium and traces of manganese and chromium. It is highly resistant to attack by seawater and industrial chemicals. Alloy 5083 retains exceptional strength after welding.CNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
70757075 Aluminum is a hard, high strength alternative to 6061 Aluminum . It is often used for parts in high-stress applications, and is also corrosion-resistant, non-magnetic and heat treatableCNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
2014It is easily machined in certain tempers, and among the strongest available aluminium alloys, as well as having high hardness. However, it is difficult to weld, as it is subject to crackingCNC MachiningElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
Alsi10mgAlSi10Mg is a widely used alloy in LBPF that combines light weight and good mechanical properties3D PrintingElectronic hardware, prototypes, aircraft fittings, camera lens mounts, couplings, marines fittings and hardware
Materials

Quick Overview

ProcessesLead TimeGradesTolerancePriceApplications
CNC MachiningAs fast as 3 days6061-T6, 7075-T6, 7050, 2024, 5052, 6063, MIC6 With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 mediumQty & Precision dependentImpact-resistant applications, production-like parts (pre-injection molding)
3D Printing2-4 Days based on sizeAlsi10mgDMLS/SLM - 0.150 mmLowest in marketStrength & complex geometries
Materials

Design Recommendations

Services NameMax SizeMin SizeMin ThicknessUndercutsRadii Depth
For CNC MachiningMax Part Size: 600 mmMin End Mill Size: 0.8 mmMin Wall Thickness: 0.5 mmUndercuts: Square profile, full radius, dovetail profilesRadii: Depth: Depth must not exceed 12x drill bit diameter. For end mills, depth must not exceed 10x tool diameter.
For 3D PrintingMax Part Size: 500x500x500 mmMin Hole size : 1 mmMin Wall Thickness: 1 mmMin Feature Size : 3 mmRecommended fillet & Chamfer angles : > 45 Deg
FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Aluminum 6061 is one of the most common aluminum alloys for machining in the 6xxx series. It is also one of the most versatile of all machinable alloys making it a top choice in CNC machining. Aluminum machining uses aluminum 6061 to make a wide range of products. This includes electronic and aircraft parts

Aluminum melts easily, and if you were to try to grind down aluminum, it would start to melt and the aluminum would coat the wheel. … But this will only cause more friction and heat up the wheel faster. If the wheel heats up enough, it can explode.

No.

Only casting grade alloys like Alsi10mg & Alsi7mg are currently available.

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Production In-Charge, Molbio

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Dr. Karthik Chetan V
Asst. Professor, BITS Pilani

We found issue with one part at the time of assembly and needed a quick replacement. think3D team has quickly responded to our request, redesigned the part and printed it using metal 3D Printing and delivered in 3 days time. The part came out really well and the design was better than that of the actual one.


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Senior Manager (IMM), BDL

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