80/20 aluminum extrusion pieces are part of modular framing systems that can be customized and adapted for a variety of applications, including machine guarding, material handling, workstations, machine frames, and custom builds. An alternative to steel, these T-slot frames are easily assembled to create end projects both big and small, simple and advanced.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at 80/20 aluminum extrusion, its benefits, and why C&C is your one-stop provider for all of your material extrusion needs. Here’s a closer look:

What is 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion?

Let’s start by talking about just what 80/20 aluminum extrusion is. First, we should note that there’s really no significant detail or descriptive information in the “80/20” part of the name – it’s simply the brand name for the material, as it was created by 80/20 Inc. This brand name was actually inspired by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto’s Law, who claimed that 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts. In other words, the 80/20 part is symbolic and doesn’t have any bearing on the makeup of these parts.

Anyway, 80/20 aluminum extrusion is created by heating the aluminum material to extremely high temperatures and then pressing, or extruding it, through a mold to create the material stock that we described above. Specifically, these are long, straight pieces featuring cross-sections that make it easy to assemble to create a variety of different projects. It’s this flexibility, combined with various other key benefits, that people have come to know and favor 80/20 aluminum extrusion for. In the next section, we’ll get into more of its benefits.

Benefits of 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion

As noted in the previous section, one of the key advantages of 80/20 aluminum extrusion is its flexibility. The cross-sections with T-shaped slots make it easy to connect to assemble a custom building solution. And when they’re connected, the pieces are held snugly within the inside slot rail, so it’s durable after it is finished. There are other benefits of 80/20 aluminum extrusion worth noting as well, including:

  • Ease of assembly: You really only need one tool to assemble the cross-sections to create your end project. These cross-sections are easy to assemble and overall assembly can be carried out quickly. It can even make disassembly and reassembly easy should plans or objectives change.
  • Lightweight: Compared to steel, 80/20 aluminum extrusion is much lighter overall, and can make it easier to move end builds around after they’re completed. The lightweight nature of the materials also makes it easier to ship to your location, which can present savings on transportation costs.
  • Strength: We’ll get into more of this benefit in the next section, but 80/20 aluminum extrusion is known for its strength. This gives users confidence and peace of mind that their end build will adequately hold up over the long term.

How Much Weight Can 80/20 Aluminum Extrusion Hold?

80/20 aluminum extrusion is made with the 6105-T5 aluminum alloy, a strong material that features a tensile strength of about 35,000 pounds per square inch. That’s an exceptional strength, which should give users confidence in their project builds.

Contact C&C for All of Your Aluminum Extrusion Needs

For more information on 80/20 aluminum extrusion and how it can benefit your next project, contact C&C Manufacturing today. As trusted aluminum extrusion experts, we specialize in fabricating and manufacturing the material to meet the needs of your next project or application. Contact us today to learn more about our abilities and how we can help your business succeed.