Extruded Aluminum Profiles: Product Accessories Guide [Infographic]

FramingTech Product Accessories

As mentioned in our last blog article, by themselves our Extruded Inch and Metric T-slot Aluminum Profiles provide the perfect, versatile aluminum fabrication solutions to a host of customer needs, from shelves and aquarium stands, to carts and enclosures, to tables and workbenches, and more. But when our superior fabrications are customized with the just the right accessories, they go from great to extraordinary.

This infographic below provides in one place a handy guide to all the useful accessories available on our website for our inch and metric extruided aluminum profiles.

(Click on this image to download a printable PDF of our Product Accessories Guide infographic.) Continue reading “Extruded Aluminum Profiles: Product Accessories Guide [Infographic]”

FramingTech’s Secret Sauce: Accessories

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Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.

— Leonardo Da Vinci


Word to the Wise: Accessorize

Some things simply go together—they’re just right when paired. Think peanut butter and jelly. Bogey and Bacall. Bacon and eggs. Abbott and Costello. Fish and chips. Astaire and Rogers. Franks and beans.

The list goes on. Individually, each is wonderful in its own way. But when they pair up, the results are magical.

What is true of the kitchen and Hollywood is also true at FramingTech. By themselves, our Extruded Inch and Metric T-slot Aluminum Profiles provide the perfect, versatile aluminum fabrication solutions to a host of customer needs, from shelves and aquarium stands, to carts and enclosures, to tables and workbenches, and more. But when our superior fabrications are customized with the just the right accessories, they go from great to extraordinary.

In the art world they call adding those little extra details the pièce de résistance. Here at FramingTech we call it “attention to detail.” Here is just a sampling of the kinds of accessories available on our website. Continue reading “FramingTech’s Secret Sauce: Accessories”

Everyday Aluminum: Europe Edition

Aluminum building in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Guest Blog by Frank Weaver


It is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust—and, as it happens, one of the most useful to humans in our industrial age. I am referring, or course, to aluminum. Most people in the United States come in contact with aluminum every day, in one form or another, most typically in the kitchen. But beyond cooking utensils and aluminum foil, this metal has been put to use in myriad applications outside the home. Indeed, it is estimated that each year every single person in the U.S. uses more than 3,600 pounds of bauxite ore (from which aluminum is extracted) in their daily lives.

Aluminum is everywhere. Of course, we at FramingTech deal with it all the time, in the form of our T-slot aluminum extrusions and related structural framing productsAnd yet ironically, because it has become so commonplace, many of us tend to take it for granted. Nevertheless, the more you learn about this ubiquitous and versatile metal, the more you will notice and be fascinated by it.

On a recent trip to Europe, I made a conscious effort to “notice” and document the many ways that aluminum is put to use, often in ways we are not even aware of. Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Europe Edition”

Aluminum Aquarium Stand Selection Guide [Infographic]

Clownfish in an aquarium

Congratulations! After months of feverishly mulling it over, you have finally decided to dive head-first into the fun and rewarding hobby of Serious Aquarist. No little ornamental fish bowl for you, but a decent-sized, grown-up aquarium: not just something small and pretty to look at (and then ignore), but a full-fledged, complex, living ecosystem. Now all you need to do is take the leap. Continue reading “Aluminum Aquarium Stand Selection Guide [Infographic]”

Aquarium Stands: What Size Should I Get?

Aquarium fish

“I will go back to the great sweet mother,
Mother and lover of men, the sea.”

— Algernon Charles Swinburne (‘The Triumph of Time’)


All life on Earth ultimately rose from the sea. Is it any wonder, then, that people have always felt mysteriously drawn back to the ocean—or indeed to any fair to middling size body of water—as if a child back into the loving arms of its mother? Whether lounging beside a crystalline lake, on the banks of a flowing river, or at the wave-lapped ocean’s edge, humans always seem to feel most at peace. If we could, many of us would prefer not just to live near such soul-cleansing waters, but to live in them. As air-breathers, unfortunately, that is simply not possible. What is possible, however, is to invite a small part of that watery world into our homes—in the form of an aquarium. Continue reading “Aquarium Stands: What Size Should I Get?”

Jetting into the Future…with the WARDJet E-1530 Waterjet

WARDJet E-1530 Waterjet

Introducing FramingTech’s Latest Equipment Acquisition

Last month we spotlighted the recent 12,000 sq. ft. expansion of our manufacturing facility in Rochester New York. A big part of the reason for this major expansion was to meet the growing demand of customers for our high-quality, made-in-America T-slot aluminum solutions.

Besides doubling our Shipping-and-Receiving Department—and generating new jobs in the process!—we used the opportunity of this significant growth spurt to move our panel-cutting and other fabrication stations out of the old space (yes, it was getting crowded in there) and into the new space. Relocating our welding and grinding centers into the new space will also promote a better, more efficient workflow overall.

Most exciting of all, we could now create a dedicated work area for our recently acquired waterjet cutter machine: a WARDJet Model E-1530. Among its many capabilities, this new, powerful precision cutting tool will allow us to meet many of the panel-fabrication needs of our customers. Whereas previously this work often had to be outsourced to third-party vendors, it can now be done cheaper, better, and faster in-house. Continue reading “Jetting into the Future…with the WARDJet E-1530 Waterjet”

The Growth Factor: FramingTech’s Expansion

T-slot Aluminum Extrusions

What do you get when you combine a durable, versatile product line of peerless quality with a production and sales team that is second to none? Answer: a successful American manufacturing company like Framing Technology, Inc.

Thanks to the growing demand for our extruded T-slot aluminum solutions, FramingTech is proud to announce a major expansion of our facility in Rochester, New York. Continue reading “The Growth Factor: FramingTech’s Expansion”

The B-52: America’s Aluminum Fortress in the Sky

U.S. Air Force Insignia

Guest blog by Frank Weaver


There’s a very good reason why FramingTech’s “go-to” material for its machine guard and workplace enclosures, aquarium stands, shelving, and other extruded T-slot solutions is aluminum. This abundant metal’s superior strength-to-weight ratio, workability, elasticity, corrosion-resistance, and low cost (relative to steel) makes it the ideal choice—structurally, aesthetically, and performance-wise—for a wide variety of demanding applications.

For that same reason it is safe to say that modern aviation—civilian and military—simply would not exist without aluminum. This fact cannot be more clearly illustrated than with the U.S. Air Force’s legendary Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber.

B-52H Static Display with Armaments at Barksdale AFB
A B-52H on display with armaments at Barksdale AFB, Shrevport, LA

Continue reading “The B-52: America’s Aluminum Fortress in the Sky”

Everyday Aluminum: Winter Fun with the Metal of Kings

Crumpled Aluminum Foil

By the end of February, most of us in the northern climes of the United States are suffering from a terminal case of cabin fever. We become desperate to chase away the Winter doldrums and somehow fill in the dragging hours with something—anything!—to do until Spring finally rolls around.

Aluminum to the rescue! In previous blogs we have written about the numerous elemental physical properties of aluminum, including its lightness, strength, malleability, corrosion-resistance, and so on. These properties are the reason we use this uniquely versatile metal for our T-slot extruded aluminum profiles, aquarium stands, workbenches, enclosures, and other products.

But “all work and no play…,” as they say. Those same unique properties can be applied to at-home activities that are sure to keep you occupied for the remainder of the Winter. Best of all—it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. While aluminum may be the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust, once upon it time it was also one of the most valuable (hence the moniker, “Metal of Kings”). It wasn’t until the discovery of the Hall-Heroult smelting process in 1886 that this abundant metal could be inexpensively produced on a large-scale basis for the general consumer market.

So break out the aluminum foil and let’s have some fun! Continue reading “Everyday Aluminum: Winter Fun with the Metal of Kings”

When the Weather Outside Is Frightful…

FramingTech 2018 Holiday Party

…White Elephants, Indoor Go-Carts,
and Pit BBQ are so delightful!

It’s not only the season to spend time with our families, but also a great time to enjoy our co-workers! For this year’s company Holiday Party we started off the festivities with a Pizza Party and a White Elephant gift event.

We then trudged through the snow-covered streets on our way over to “hit the fast track” at the RPM Raceway (formerly Pole Position) indoor racetrack. There’s nothing that brings a team closer together than screaming around a corner and leaving your co-worker in the dust! Continue reading “When the Weather Outside Is Frightful…”