Why Choose Aluminum for CNC Machined Parts?
The excellent material properties of aluminum alloy have been widely recognized and extensively used in various industries. Our engineers have summarized the common characteristics of various types of aluminum materials, which we have listed below using tags:
- Good machinability
- High strength
- Corrosion resistance
- Good heat dissipation
- Low cost
- Low-temperature resistance
- Recyclable material
- Outstanding anodizing performance
What is CNC milling？
CNC milling is the latest manufacturing process that uses computer-controlled programs to follow predetermined paths. The process of CNC milling involves creating a 3D drawing by engineers and editing the machining code data through specialized CAM software to achieve the desired part through automated milling or turning.
CNC milling reduces the overall cycle time of the sample and enables new products to be brought to market more quickly. SINCO-CNC has various types of equipment, including three-axis CNC machining, five-axis CNC machining, CNC EDM, and CNC turning equipment. We match the machining process of your product quickly based on its structure.
Properties and Applications of Commonly Used Aluminum Alloys
Aluminum alloys are popular materials used in a variety of industries due to their excellent properties, such as high strength, lightweight, corrosion resistance, and good machinability. The properties of different aluminum alloys can be tailored to suit specific application requirements by adjusting the composition and processing techniques.
Aluminum 6060 has a moderate hardness level, excellent corrosion resistance, and outstanding welding performance.
Aluminum 6061 is the most commonly used aluminum alloy material in CNC machining. Its high strength, excellent machinability, and low cost are highly favored by engineers.
Aluminum 7075-T6 is a high-strength alloy primarily composed of zinc. It is commonly used in manufacturing aerospace components due to its excellent mechanical properties and outstanding anodizing performance.
Aluminum 7075-T651 and 7075 alloys have similar elemental compositions and properties, with the difference being that the 7075-T651 material has been relieved of internal stresses to achieve improved performance.
6082 contains Mn in its composition, which provides better corrosion resistance and welding properties. Therefore, it is more commonly used for ship plates and structural components.
6063 aluminum alloy is widely used for architectural aluminum doors and windows, and is most commonly used as extruded profiles.
The 5052 material has high strength, good bending performance, and excellent welding properties, making it typically used for sheet metal enclosures and bent parts.
2024 is a hard aluminum alloy with good machinability, high strength, heat resistance, and excellent welding properties, making it typically used for aerospace components.
7050 is a high-strength material that can have its properties improved by heat treatment to relieve internal stresses. It is typically used in industries that have high requirements for material performance.
Aluminum material diversity selection
Aluminum material diversity selection Depending on the structure of different aluminum parts, sheet metal, rod, and extruded profiles can be chosen for Aluminum CNC Machining Parts, which can effectively reduce material costs and processing speed.
- Aluminum Sheet Metal
Aluminum alloy materials with thicknesses ranging from 1 to 200mm can be chosen.
- Aluminum Rod
Aluminum rods with diameters ranging from 5 to 400mm can be chosen.
- Aluminum Profile
Extruded aluminum profiles in any custom shape can be chosen.
What are the manufacturing methods for Aluminum CNC Machining Parts?
Aluminum material is cut using a CNC milling machine to produce parts with various shapes, such as flat and curved surfaces.
A CNC drilling machine is used for hole machining, which can produce single, multiple, and deep holes in various shapes.
A CNC tapping machine is used for tapping, which can produce threaded holes of various specifications and precision requirements.
A CNC boring machine is used for precision hole machining, which can produce high-precision and high-surface-quality holes.
A CNC grinding machine is used for grinding machining of aluminum, which can produce high-precision and high-surface-quality parts.
A CNC punching machine is used for stamping aluminum sheets to produce thin sheet metal parts of various shapes.
A CNC welding machine is used for welding aluminum to produce parts with various shapes.
Sandblasting for CNC aluminum parts Sandblasting can clean up the burrs, oil stains, and oxide layers on the surface of CNC aluminum parts. It can also control the surface roughness to achieve the best tactile experience.
Aluminum alloy forms a specified color oxide film on the surface of CNC aluminum parts under the action of electrolyte and current. Through anodizing, the surface hardness and wear resistance of the CNC aluminum parts are greatly improved, and the most important thing is that different colors can be customized, making the product more vibrant.
Heat treatment is used on aluminum alloy materials prior to processing to improve the internal stress of the product, enhance cutting performance, and strengthen the mechanical properties of the product.
Our Experience with Aluminum CNC Machining Parts
Eliminating Material Internal Stress
By artificially releasing the internal stress of materials in advance, deformation during the machining process can be avoided, which prevents an increase in the scrap rate.
Optimizing Auxiliary Fixtures
For batch production of aluminum CNC machined parts, customized fixtures are necessary to achieve stable product dimensions. Before batch processing, the clamping structure of the fixtures must be optimized.
For different materials and surface requirements, process engineers must choose appropriate machining tools. This is crucially important.
Machining Process Evaluation
For different structures, engineers need to conduct a secondary inspection and analysis of each step of the product machining process to avoid wasting unnecessary machining processes.
Expansion Industries for Aluminum CNC Machining Service
Aluminum CNC machining parts are widely used in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including key components such as the fuselage, accessories, transmission system, and controllers. These parts typically require high-precision manufacturing and lightweight design to improve flight performance and operational efficiency. At the same time, the high strength and corrosion resistance of aluminum alloy materials make them an ideal choice.
Aluminum is commonly used for CNC machined automotive headlight parts because of its excellent heat dissipation properties, which effectively reduces headlight temperature and improves its lifespan. In addition, aluminum has excellent machining properties and is suitable for CNC machining processes, which can achieve fine machining and meet the high precision requirements of headlight parts manufacturing.
Aluminum materials are commonly used for CNC machining medical parts, as they have high strength and are lightweight, making them suitable for manufacturing components of medical instruments. The low density of aluminum materials can effectively reduce the overall weight of the equipment, improving its portability. In addition, aluminum materials have good anodizing performance, which can effectively enhance the corrosion resistance of medical equipment.
What are aluminum CNC machining parts?
Aluminum CNC machining parts are components that are milled from aluminum material into desired shapes through computer-programmed codes using CNC automation. This machining process uses computer programming to guide machines in milling and drilling operations on aluminum material to manufacture high-precision aluminum parts and components.
The advantages of aluminum CNC machining parts include high precision, high efficiency, high stability, and high repeatability. This machining technology can produce complex parts and components that meet various industry requirements. In addition, aluminum material has advantages such as lightweight, corrosion resistance, conductivity, and heat conductivity, making it suitable for various applications.
Aluminum CNC machining parts are suitable for multiple industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, machinery, medical, communication, and industrial fields. In these industries, aluminum CNC machining parts can be used to produce various parts and components, such as aircraft parts, automotive parts, electronic equipment housings, machine parts, and more.
The production cycle of aluminum CNC machining parts varies depending on different parts and components. Typically, it takes several hours to several days from design to complete production of aluminum CNC machining parts, depending on factors such as machining complexity, part size, batch size, and manufacturer workload.
The production cost of aluminum CNC machining parts varies depending on part size, complexity, and quantity. Smaller and simpler parts typically have lower costs, while larger and more complex parts have higher costs. Additionally, using different types of aluminum material can also affect production costs. Therefore, specific costs should be obtained by contacting the manufacturer for accurate pricing.
Choosing the right aluminum CNC machining parts manufacturer should consider multiple factors, such as the manufacturer’s experience, technical capabilities, production capacity, quality assurance, and delivery time. Additionally, the manufacturer’s equipment and facilities should also be considered to ensure they can produce high-quality parts.