If you were to look up the definition of a miniature aluminum extrusion, you’d be hard-pressed to find it, even in the Aluminum Association Standards and Data, the extrusion industry’s largest and most comprehensive publication. Should one consult the publications’ section 5 Terminology, you would find the definitions of “Mike Mark” and “Mismatch” but no entry or definition of Miniature Aluminum Extrusion. Delving further into the publication, section 11 is titled “Wire, Rod, Bar, Profiles – Extruded.” The closest the publication comes to mentioning miniature extrusions is in Table 11.2 Cross Sectional Dimensional Tolerances, shown below.
One of the most common questions we are asked is “what is the thinnest wall thickness you can extrude?” The answer really depends on a few factors. For example, the extrusion wall thickness depends on factors like the <span
People ask us some great questions all the time: What is the thinnest wall you can extrude? I need ±.001" tolerances, can you hold that? What’s the largest part you can make? And one of our favorites; What are miniature extrusions?
The old adage “you get what you pay for” has been used and overused time and again. But like many cliches there’s an underlying truth. Every business has to provide more value to their customers just than the cost of the goods or services they provide. If they don’t, their customers will look for other suppliers who provide more value. Paying more for a precision miniature aluminum extrusion has its benefits and here are 3 reasons why you should do just that.
Why is it that 4 out of 5 of our customers choose to purchase a finished component rather than raw stock extrusion that is 10-20 feet long? 3 reasons are easier to manage vendors, shorter lead times, and lower overall cost.