Aluminum hand plate processing | Aluminum hand plate | Aluminum hand plate factory
by：Vowin Rapid Prototyping2023-02-05
Aluminum is the most commonly used material for prototyping. Industries ranging from aerospace to medical to automotive require durable mechanical and structural components. Aluminum prototypes are strong, have excellent weldability, and are corrosion resistant. Manufacturers use different techniques to make aluminum prototypes. Depending on the part, quantity or geometry, they can choose to use 3D printing, CNC machining, aluminum casting, extrusion or sheet metal fabrication. Let's take a look at these process techniques to help you choose the best aluminum prototyping method. 3D printing can use selective laser melting (SLM) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to make prototypes. Most aluminum prototypes have complex designs, and 3D printing is built layer by layer, so it can meet geometric flexibility and come in handy. CNC machining Most prototype factories use CNC to process aluminum prototypes. CNC machining can produce prototypes very precisely in the shortest possible time. Meanwhile, CNC machining uses 4- and 5-axis CNC machines to create complex parts with detailed features. Sheet metal This type of fabrication involves the process of deforming, cutting and assembling aluminum sheets. It is used to make functional prototypes, such as housings and industrial parts. When creating functional metal prototypes, manufacturers use laser cutting, stamping, bending and welding procedures. The downside of this technique is that it can be more expensive than other processes. For example, a single part might require a laser cutter and punch press, whereas with CNC machining, it requires only one machine. Aluminum casting casting involves pouring molten aluminum into molds to make prototypes. The process of making molds is expensive as it requires specialized equipment. Because of this, it is more suitable for mass production. Manufacturers can incorporate 3D printing and CNC machining into the casting process to reduce the cost of producing metal prototypes. Aluminum Extrusion In the extrusion process, material is forced through a shaped open die to produce an elongated part. Aluminum prototypes that manufacturers can create through this process include metal rods, brackets, and joints. However, due to the high cost, most extrusion companies focus on high-volume orders. Summary Due to the superior quality of aluminum, prototype factories use aluminum in most of their processes. The need for these parts in most industries makes aluminum prototyping one of the most popular processes in manufacturing. Depending on the parts you need and your budget, you can choose between the above aluminum prototyping techniques. You can contact Shenzhen Woneng, an ISO9001 certified prototype company with more than 20 years of experience. We will supply quality parts according to your specifications and designs.