is a very versatile metal that is easily machinable with a high
strength, corrosion resistance, as well as great thermal conductivity.
other metals takes care of itself. Exposed to air, it combines with
oxygen to form a tough, transparent protective oxide coating.
comes in many finishes not available in other metals.
Painted, Plated, Laminated to Wood or Plastic,
Aluminum also comes in many extruded shapes and alloys:
Alloy 2011: Highest machinability
Alloy 2014: High yield strength, low elongation,
and good weldability
Alloy 2017: Better strength and wear resistance
Alloy 2024: Aircraft Alloy
Highest tensile strength and fatigue strength
Alloy 6061: Highly versatile medium strength,
exceptional corrosion resistance and weldability. Available in sheet
1100: Aluminum is the most weldable and responds well to
decorative finish. Good for giftware. Ideal for jobs requiring intricate
forming. Excellent corrosion resistance.
3003: Most widely used , has manganese
which increase its strength about 20% over 1100 aluminum.
5052: Highest strength of more common
alloy sheets, excellent finishing characteristics and can be anodized
bright and clear.