Who says aluminum is not good for machining applications? For long, there has been a misconception amongst many operators that aluminum machining is not a feasible task. The main fear arises when people consider the fact that aluminum is a light weighted metal, henceforth it is not superior to steel. This is a very wrong notion! It is true that aluminum is not as strong as steel, nor can it be used for all machining operations. But there are instances where an aluminum machining process has far exceeded the expectations of the user. Let us glance at some of the major advantages of aluminum as a machining metal.
Some aluminum patterns can be used for more than million cycles, without affecting the quality of the product. It is much easier to cut, when compared to steel; hence it can be shaped without a lot of effort. Since aluminum does not take much time to cool, it can save a lot of money in terms of coolant charges and production cycle time. This feature is the main setback for the steel counterparts.
As aluminum has a uniform heat dissipation effect, it stabilizes the dimension of the product and creates fewer cracks in the product’s surface. On the whole, aluminum does have benefits in machining processes.