Custom Aluminum Solutions: It’s All About Versatility

Large and small balls of aluminum

That word versatility is bandied about quite often nowadays, but what do we really mean by it? At least insofar as it relates to custom aluminum fabrications, the elemental properties of that abundant metal practically embody the concept of versatility—namely, its malleability, ductility, corrosion-resistance, strength-to-weight ratio, and so on. Add to that the countless configurations made possible by Framing Tech’s modular T-slot system of aluminum extrusions—not to mention the myriad optional attachments available (connectors, fasteners, doors, panels, accessories, etc.)—and you have a framing environment that is the very epitome of versatility. Taken together, these aforementioned factors equate to almost limitless customization possibilities.

This has not only enabled Framing Tech to offer a comprehensive set of popular pre-fab constructions, but more importantly it allows us to tailor custom aluminum solutions designed to meet the specifications of any conceivable project. In that way we practice the philosophy of providing the “right tool for the job.” The results are on display at our Custom Aluminum Solutions page.

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Custom Shelves: Another Win for Aluminum

It’s no secret that we at Framing Tech are great admirers of the utility of aluminum, not least of all when it comes to storage solutions. And that goes double for shelving. In a previous blog we explored the load-bearing and space-saving capabilities of aluminum shelves, not to mention the inherent qualities of aluminum itself. After all, it is…

  • lightweight (perfect for assembling and repositioning as needed);
  • sturdy (perfect for heavy-duty storage);
  • corrosion-resistant (perfect as a drying rack or for chemical storage); and
  • just plain classy (perfect for in-home book or trophy display).

While our standard shelving kits should meet most customers’ needs, don’t feel you are obligated to go that route. It pays to consider T-slot aluminum’s versatility in a custom shelf solution.

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Take Your Woodworking Skills to the Next Level with Framing Tech Router Sled Kits

Wood shaped with a router
Router bit profiles
Profiles made in wood by several common router bits (Source: Wikipedia/Fred the Oyster)

A surprising number of professional carpenters and woodworking hobbyists consider the router—with or without a router sled—their most useful and versatile electric tool. And with good reason! Best described as a hybrid combination of a planer, a power drill, and a collection of wood-carving gouges and chisels, routers are able to shape wood in an astonishing variety of ways. Depending on the type of router (plunge router, fixed-base, combo, variable-speed, laminate trimmer, CNC, etc.), they are capable of…

  • carving grooves and rabbets
  • chamfering and beveling
  • incising shallow reliefs
  • drilling clean holes
  • creating decorative flutings
  • recessing hinges
  • profiling edges
  • making screw threads
  • hollowing out adzed bowls
  • trimming wood flat
  • cutting dovetail, mortise-&-tenon, and other types of joints

…and generally shaping wood in ways that would often be difficult if not nearly impossible using just hand tools.

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The Surprising Benefits of Efficient Aluminum Shelving

Aluminum shelving with sneakers

In a previous blog that explored aluminum shelving as the next step in the evolution of storage solutions, we explored the history of—and numerous variations on—the humble shelf as a piece of furniture ideally suited to storing not just books but many other types of accumulated object. In this article we will explore a unique three-dimensional-space aspect of this particular piece of furniture.

Shelving: A Brilliant Breakthrough in Space-saving Utility

Shelves are so commonplace that one could easily go through life without ever contemplating what a nifty little invention they truly are. The downside there is that, given that we spend so little time thinking about them, we miss out on the not-always-intuitive ways something as seemingly mundane as aluminum shelving can enhance the space around us. So take a moment and reexamine the surprising utility of the common shelf.

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Choosing the Right T-slot Accessories

T-slot accessories

In a previous blog on T-slot fasteners—which generally are used to attach accessory items to framed T-slot fabrications—we compared those accessories to the kind of “extras” you might find on an automobile, such as rear-view mirrors or hubcaps. The car will still run fine without them; yet lacking them would diminish not just the aesthetics of the vehicle but also its overall functionality and even safety. By the same token, when it comes to adding T-slot accessories to any of Framing Tech’s standard or custom constructions, it’s important to choose the ones that fit properly and that will serve you best.

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Up Your Creative Game with T-slot Fasteners

T-slot fasteners

The ability to modify and accessorize an object is often key to that object’s paramount usefulness. Imagine a car without hubcaps or rear-view mirrors. It would still be quite functional as a car; yet the lack of those accessories would likely diminish not just the aesthetics of the vehicle but also its overall functionality and even safety. The same is true of Framing Tech’s aluminum fabrications. Accessories add distinct practical advantages to our T-slot creations, and the best way to attach these optional accessories is with T-slot fasteners.

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From Alabaster to Aluminum: A Brief History of Tables

Wooden table

Though it may not seem so, the modern aluminum table is the culmination of thousands of years of technological development. For as long as there have been human beings—mammals notable for their ability to walk upright—there has been a need for a consolidated space for work, play, dining, storage, display, and other uses, away from the dirt and at a convenient height when one is either standing or sitting.

In prehistoric times, natural objects such as fallen trees and conveniently shaped boulders served as the primitive human’s table; further along in time, archaeological evidence of furniture constructed of wood, stone, and other materials dates back to the earliest written history of humanity…and before.

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When it Comes to Doors, Success “Hinges” on the Right Door Accessories

Framing Tech aluminum door accessories

They say that when one door closes, another door opens—but practically speaking, that would be true only if the room has a draft and the doors in question have shoddy latches. With door accessories made by Framing Tech, you won’t have that problem. Doors only open or close at your command.

Here at Framing Tech, we believe in finding just the right tool for the job. We apply this philosophy in all our products, no less in our selection of door accessories designed to fit the needs of any door you may wish to include with your project.

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PRESS RELEASE: Framing Technology Inc. Celebrates Its Twentieth Anniversary with Company Expansion


Framing Technology Inc.


Framing Technology Inc. Celebrates Its Twentieth Anniversary with Company Expansion

Framing Tech marks its twentieth anniversary as a leader in the aluminum framing industry with improvements to its manufacturing space and investment in its team.

July 19, 2022— Framing Technology’s journey as a business began in 2002 and the organization has come a long way since. The company is a manufacturer, designer, distributor, fabricator, and installer of modular aluminum extrusion and accessories. Framing Tech provides its products and services to both individuals and commercial enterprises and has seen steady growth since its inception.

Hitting its twentieth year in business is a major milestone, and the company’s success has led to more key expansions to mark the occasion. Manufacturing space is being expanded by 15,000 sq. ft. to a total of 40,000 sq ft. to keep up with an expanding workload and to better serve clients. There have also been a number of new additions to the team recently, as multiple new hires have been made across several departments to expand capabilities and expertise. The company has also invested in new equipment as part of this timely expansion, including a twin-head CNC panel router with multi-sheet capacity, a 5’ x 10’ CNC waterjet, an 8’ press brake w/ CNC back-gauge, a radial arm drill dress, and a hydraulic tapping arm with 1.5” capacity in steel. With expansions in staff, space, and equipment, Framing Tech is poised to maintain its position as a leader in the industry.

“The past twenty years have seen fantastic growth,” commented Chris Hill, co-founder of the company, “By partnering with our clients It’s really their success which has allowed our business to thrive. We will continue to expand these relationships & look forward to our next 20 years in business!

Framing Technology, Inc. is celebrating a successful first two decades by investing in its own success and preparing to serve customers for another twenty years.

Framing Technology Inc. is based in Rochester, NY and manufactures, fabricates and bulk sells t-slotted aluminum extrusions to commercial and individual clients. We offer structural aluminum framing in metric and inch sizes. Additionally, we stock a full range of profile component products that complete or accessorize your unique framing solution requirement.

Aluminum Enclosures: It’s All About Safety

Framing Tech Aluminum Enclosures

It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to anticipate every possible thing that could go wrong in an industrial or laboratory environment. And even after you have exhausted every conceivable manifestation of Murphy’s Law within those environments, there will be many “accidents-waiting-to-happen” that you’re bound to miss. And that’s where Framing Tech’s aluminum enclosures come in to save the day. By definition, they are guards. As such, they are expressly designed to guard against those unpredictable Murphy’s Law-types of events.

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