Aluminium is used in a vast range of applications for several reasons including its corrosion resistance, durability and low weight, however, it’s also favoured as a result of being extremely easy to work with and fabricate.
Today, we’re going to look at the aluminium fabrication process and the different steps that go into each aluminium component.
Step-by-step insight: our aluminium fabrication procedure
What is aluminium fabrication? In short, it’s the process of forming aluminium into its final, desired shape. However, a few different steps are involved in that process, each as important as the last.
These include material preparation, machining using precision equipment and final assembly and finishing.
Material preparation: ensuring optimal quality
Before the fabrication process can begin, the surface of the aluminium must be inspected and, in some cases, prepared using specialist treatments. Ensuring a high-quality surface before fabrication is key to improving the outcome, especially when it comes to processes such as welding – where specific coatings such as welding primers are advisable to protect the surface of the metal as it’s worked.
Precision machining: crafting aluminium components
The heart of the aluminium fabrication process involves several different methods, including extrusion, drawing, forming, casting, forging, machining, waterjet cutting, welding and adhesive bonding, each with its pros and cons.
At LA Metals, we stock largely extruded aluminium, as it allows for the creation of bespoke, precision profiles with good strength properties, making them ideal for a broad range of applications.
Assembly and finishing: bringing your project to completion
Once your aluminium has been shaped to the required specifications, the components can then be finished using varioustechniques before assembly. These finishes include methods such as polishing, powder coating and anodising, each adding its own level of protection and aesthetics that lend them to different applications.
Precision in action: key techniques in aluminium fabrication
As we’ve mentioned, there’s a spectrum of aluminium fabrication processes, each suited to its own branch of applications. However, there is a core group among these, including cutting, drilling and slotting, countersinking and tapping and pressings, that account for much of the day-to-day fabrication of aluminium.
At LA Metals, we offer all these core precision services, meaning your aluminium profile can arrive ready to be used according to your specifications.
Quality control in aluminium fabrication: ensuring excellence
The final, and often unspoken, step in the aluminium fabrication process is quality control. Each fabrication method presents opportunities for errors, so a final inspection is required for every part used. It’s for this reason that all the extrusions that leave the LA Metal’s site are inspected for quality, to ensure that our customers receive only the highest standard of products.
Shop LA Metals: aluminium extrusions and more
LA Metals is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of precision-formed aluminium extrusions. From our base in the West Midlands, we’re within easy reach of anywhere in the UK, and provide high-tolerance components for some of the country’s most demanding industries.
Browse our range of aluminium profiles as well as our fabrication and finishing services, and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or bespoke requests.