Posted on: May 7, 2018, | By Brian, WayKen Project Manager
Admitted or not, aluminum parts are widely adopted. Many of you may have not considered the question why aluminum parts are so well welcomed, leading the booming of related manufacturing business, such as automotive prototyping with the material.
Here, WayKen, one of the most specialized manufacturers in rapid prototyping and low-volume production, will share with you some knowledge about why aluminum prototyping is commonly welcomed nowadays.
The Advantages of Aluminum
- Weather Resistance
- Impact Resistance
- Solvent Resistance
- High-temperature Sterilization.
Aluminum has become the world's most widely used metal in addition to steel and is an important raw material for many industries of the national economy and the military and aerospace industries.
With the continued maturation and improvement of aluminum processing technology, it will be further accelerated for the development of lightweight aluminum-based steel and automobiles, and continue to be expanded for the application of aluminum products. WayKen processed aluminum parts have been involved in various industries.
Commonly Used Aluminum Processing Materials
Aluminum is light and has strong plasticity and recyclability, but its softness making it a poor choice for mechanical applications.
However, if aluminum is mixed with other elements, including magnesium, silicon, copper, and zinc, under heat treatment, it will form what we often call aluminum alloy.
Aluminum alloy has good strength. For super hard alloy, it can reach 600Mpa, and for common hard sort, 200-450Mpa. Therefore, it has been widely used in the machinery manufacturing industry.
The most commonly used aluminum alloys are 6061-T6 and 7075.
6061-T6 is a heat-treated corrosion-resistant alloy with good strength, corrosion resistance, and uniformity. The use of 6061-T6 material in the assembly of aluminum parts makes processing not prone to deformation and tolerance problems, and in the process of post-treatment, aluminum parts can also have excellent post-oxidation treatment.
7075 aluminum plate is a super hard aluminum alloy of Al-Zn-Mg-Cu with good mechanical properties, easy for processing with good wearing resistance. It is an alloy with great anti-corrosion and oxidation resistance. After the post-treatment, it can achieve a good anodizing effect.
At the same time, it is also a typical material used in aerospace manufacturing. It is suitable for assemblies with complex structures and high precision requirements.
Why Do Machine Aluminum Products with CNC?
CNC machined aluminum parts can be processed into pentahedron at one time. The complex surface of them can be handled with high precision and the five-axis machining center can be used for the processing of modern molds, such as automobile parts and aircraft structural parts.
CNC aluminum machining is one of the most important and mature businesses of WayKen. We have experienced design teams and programmers who can review each project efficiently and assess costs, plasticity, and complexity accurately to ensure that we are perfectly aligned with your design.
Aluminum Industry in China
China is a big country in the. Aluminum processing output and consumption have ranked first in the world for many years. There are a large number of small and medium-sized aluminum enterprises in China, but they have poor performance in industrial concentration.
Besides, there are also obvious problems of redundant construction and irrational structures within the industry. The vicious competition in the market is relatively prominent, which affects the sound development of the aluminum processing factories.
In recent years, with the government's efforts to rectify and standardize the market order and the further application of survival of the fittest in market competition, the aluminum products has experienced rapid growth in the total market volume, while the industrial structure has also been gradually optimized.
At present, China’s aluminum industry has already crossed the primary development stage characterized by quantitative growth. It has initially entered a new period of improving product intrinsic quality, enriching product categories, and developing comprehensive strength for market competition, well welcomed by the worldwide.