Previously we have discussed some of the more practical (if not prosaic) uses of aluminum in our everyday lives, from car manufacturing to building construction to solar panels, and even in robotics. One delightful area we have not touched on yet is the use of aluminum for purely aesthetic purposes: in the making of art.
It’s hard to imagine an elemental metal more suited than aluminum for creating beautiful objects. For one thing, there’s plenty of it: aluminum is the third most abundant element on Earth and the most abundant metal, making up some 8% of the planet’s crust. This durable metal is strong yet light, has a pleasing silvery-white appearance, can be polished to a highly reflective sheen, and is resistant to oxidation and corrosion. Though sometimes a “finicky” metal to work with (due to its relatively low melting point and high heat-conductiveness), it is also a versatile one: it is both ductile and malleable and can easily be molded, extruded, bent, stamped, cut, riveted, and welded. It can even be successfully painted and glued, since finishes and adhesives retain 100% of their strength when bonded to aluminum, thanks to its unique chemical properties.
Given all this, the world should be fairly bursting with astonishing artworks made from aluminum. And yet such treasures are few and far between compared to artworks made with other materials. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Art”
A lot goes into building a robot. You have to choose the right schematic, choose how you’re going to build it, as well as the materials you’re going to use. It may come as a surprise to some, but building a robot is a tad more complicated than going out to the garage and throwing together spare parts. You also have to plan it out and answer questions to know how to approach it. Do you build it from scratch? Or instead, do you build it by adapting ready-made products to serve as the base of your robot? Finally, what materials are you going to use to build it. For some, the base materials consist of wood and plastic, but for the discerning robotics hobbyist, the metal of choice is aluminum. To robotics hobbyists, aluminum is one of the most important materials you will use. It’s strong, lightweight, resistant to corrosion, affordable, and most importantly, easy to manipulate. Continue reading “Aluminum: Robotics Metal of Choice”
In the past, we’ve talked about how Aluminum has shaped our lives and continues to be part of the cutting edge of future technology. However, it is also helping push green and sustainable technologies further. Here are a few products currently in research that could help replace the existing technologies with sustainable products. Continue reading “Aluminum: Helping Push Green Technologies Further”
Smartphones, electric cars, wearable devices; what do all three of these things have in common? At one time they were considered to be a fantasy, to only be imagined in the realm of science fiction. With the constant progress of technology, these fantasies have become reality. Not only that, aluminum has helped play a part in bringing these previously science fiction items to life, and it has no plans of stopping its part in helping technology progress into the future. Here are some glimpses into the future of technology that are being helped along by aluminum. Continue reading “Aluminum: Powering Today and The Future”
Aluminum impacts our lives in more ways than we realize. Of course, there are the obvious ones that we use and interact with in our daily lives; the soda can you drink from is made of aluminum, we use aluminum foil as a cooking aid, the keyboard I’m typing this blog post with is made mostly of aluminum, however, aluminum is impacting our lives in ways we don’t see or sometimes even realize, and as we slowly march into the future, it will have an even bigger impact than it does now. Continue reading “Aluminum: A Cornerstone of Future Technology”
With fossil fuels quickly becoming harder and harder to come by, we must begin looking for alternatives to continue our high necessity for energy. One such method is using solar energy to help create a clean, limitless alternative to our current energy dependence. Up until now, most of these frames have been created using pressed steel, a long and very expensive process, especially for the costs associated with creating the necessary frameworks for the photovoltaic cells. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Solar Power”
Last time, we spoke about how extruded aluminum has brought a new level of innovation and safety to the automotive industry. This time, we’re going to explore how aluminum has helped provide savings and improved the integration and strength of the construction industry.
Aluminum extrusions have quickly become an important feature in the construction industry because of the cost benefits and structural integrity. From aesthetics to complex shapes to be able to support the weight of the construction, extruded aluminum can be exploited for numerous construction materials. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Construction”
Extruded aluminum is helping the automotive industry build lighter vehicles that increase efficiency, safety, and sustainability. Aluminum is now second only to steel as the most used material for frames, bumpers, suspension, powertrain, HVAC components, among many other parts of the vehicle. Analysts predict that aluminum use is predicted to double by 2025. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Extruded Aluminum In Cars”
There are many benefits to using T-slotted aluminum extrusions over welded steel. In addition to being cost effective, aluminum extrusion is much easier to work with and offers engineers flexibility, even after the initial design. Aluminum is also strong enough to handle most manufacturing and assembly applications. Here are some other advantages to using T-slotted aluminum extrusion over welded steel: Continue reading “Advantages of Choosing Framing Tech’s T-slotted Aluminum Extrusion Over Welded Steel”
If you ever stop to admire the structure of a building, the design of a car, or even just examine the pipes in your house, you can bet on one thing. There was welding involved. Welding is a fairly simple concept: joining two metal objects to become one strong, final piece. Welding aluminum, however, is an often tricky and frustrating process. So why learn? Well, aluminum has many advantages, including its light weight, ductility, corrosion resistance, and more. And at the end of the day, practice makes perfect. Anyone can weld aluminum if they’re dedicated. Take a look at these five tips to help you through the beginning of the aluminum welding process. Continue reading “5 Simple Tips for Welding Aluminum”