Analyzing Aluminum. The world needs such a wide range of products made out of aluminum that some metalworking companies concentrate their businesses solely on aluminum products. Yet even when narrowed down to this one metal, the production activities for said company can be numerous. There is the choice of assembling aluminum die cast parts, powder coating such parts, or perhaps plating them. There is the pressure testing of aluminum products, tooling, mold altering, machining, or casting. More decisions are to be made regarding the aluminum casting process, whether it should be die casting, sand casting, permanent mold casting, or plaster casting. The decision will depend on the design features of the product. Dimension, surface finish, how complex the shape, the mechanical properties and quality needed, and of course the cost factors all come into play. Finally, although a company chooses to exclusively work on aluminum part castings only, the brochure of said corporation would still be filled with hundreds of different products.
This is because the metal aluminum has properties that make it suitable to almost all metalworking applications. Aluminum is malleable, ductile, with good heat and electric conductivity, has a high strength to weight ratio, is non corrosive, and is cheap enough to manufacture. All these qualities make aluminum the #1 metal for industrial applications. Aluminum is found in die cast parts for electronic gadgets, machines, automotive engines, rocket mechanisms, marine products; as well as in day-to-day products like toys and CPU’s. It is also cast to make kitchen utensils like skillets, pots, and pans. High wire electricity uses aluminum. It’s a good thing the metal is abundant in our earth’s crust.
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