Processing of Aluminium
Between the production of Aluminium from Bauxite to well-known end products like buildings, car parts and beverage containers lies processing. The processing of Aluminium - using Castings, Extrusions, Forgings and more allows the industry to support end-users to become more innovative with their designs. Aluminium is lightweight, durable, and infinitely recyclable and value-added Aluminium products can lower energy costs and carbon emissions in dozens of applications.
Here is a quick overview of the three main processing methods of Aluminium.
Casting is a simple, inexpensive, and versatile way of forming Aluminium into a wide array of products. Such items as power transmissions and car engines were all produced through the Aluminium casting process. Castings are formed by pouring molten Aluminium into a form that is then set. Many castings, especially large Aluminium products, are usually made in sand moulds. Smaller castings are usually made using permanent moulds and are often pressure cast.
Extrusion is a widely used Aluminium forming process that delivers almost unlimited possibilities in product design. The extrusion process is like the childhood pastime of creating long strands of playdough by forcing the product through a plastic-shaped die. The Aluminium extrusion process has the added benefit of enabling fast product development cycles due to its low-cost and flexible tooling. All our Aluminium materials are processed using this method and you can find out more about this here.
Forging is a manufacturing process where metal is pressed, pounded, or squeezed under great pressure to produce high-strength parts. Forged Aluminium is ideal for applications where performance and safety are critical, but a lighter-weight metal is needed for speed or energy efficiency.