Aluminium Fabrication: The Pros and Cons

Aluminium fabrication is one of the best methods and processes to draw out the brilliant benefits that aluminium can offer. 

The process also offers opportunities for innovative products to be produced, supporting many different sectors and industry types. 

Renowned for being incredibly lightweight, making it ideal for working with, aluminium is also durable, robust, and much stronger than steel. It can also withstand harsh external elements and is corrosion-free. 

Today, aluminium fabrication, carried out by professionals, like Crucial Engineering, is a growing business. Offering a wealth of innovation and benefits, aluminium is vast becoming the material of choice for hundreds, if not thousands, of products. 

In this post, we take a brief glimpse at some of the specific advantages and disadvantages of aluminium fabrication, and if this process could benefit you. 

Pros 

  • Much more competitively priced. Aluminium today is much more cost-effective than what it was ten or even 15 years ago. This makes it much more accessible for both small- and large-scale projects, as well as small and large products. 
  • Requires very little maintenance. The great thing about aluminium is that it tends to look after itself. Quality is not lost over time; it won’t suffer from wear and tear sooner due to lack of maintenance, and it is extremely adaptable to a variety of situations. 
  • Robust. Aluminium provides all the strength you could look for in metal, without the heavyweight behind it. Ideal for window frames and door frames, holding up to even triple glazing in some cases, aluminium is strong enough to take any additional weight (within reason). 
  • Aluminium is non-magnetic so ideal for electrical applications where some components may be sensitive to magnetic forces. 
  • Is 100% recyclable. Helping to reduce our carbon footprint and lower household energy bills if aluminium windows and doors are fitted.  
  • Doesn’t produce any toxins, making it a preferred choice in the pharmaceutical and food and drinks industries. 
  • Can be fabricated to suit any specification required. Aluminium is flexible and versatile enough that it can be customised to suit any requirement as well as being finished to any spec too. 
  • Resistant to corrosion. Aluminium can take on the harshest of external elements and still not rust! A key feature of the metal. 
  • Found in air conditioners, condensers, and nuclear reactors, due to its ability to be able to withstand low temperatures

Cons  

  • Can be messy. Due to the melting process of the fabrication of aluminium, it can be a messy affair, especially if everything becomes clogged during the grinding process! Of course, for professional fabricators, this problem is easily fixed by adding additional ingredients into the mix. 
  • Unfortunately, aluminium is not a good conductor of heat. This is where precision engineering during the process is vital to avoid any breaks etc. when welding. 
  • For all aluminium is a conductor of both heat and electricity; this is not always a good thing and can in some instances, restrict how and what it can be used in. 

Working with a professional aluminium fabricator is key. A team who can answer your questions, demonstrate perfect and exceptional results on every project, and have precision engineering down to a “t.” 

You need the team at Crucial Engineering. 

With the advantages that far outweigh the disadvantages, aluminium fabrication can offer comprehensive benefits to provide you with the ideal solution. 

At Crucial Engineering, we’re on hand to work with your specifications and requirements to provide you with the perfect end product. 

If you want to know more about aluminium fabrication and how we can help you, call us on 03451 930 420, we’d be happy to help. 

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