Aluminum

At a Glance

Process

Lead Time

Finish Options

Tolerance

Price

Applications

3 days
Sanding, hand-polishing, bead-blasting. Anodization available in a variety of colors.
ISO 2768
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Light & economic, used from prototyping to production

About the Material

Aluminum is one of the most commonly used metals in the world because of its excellent strength-to-weight ratio, low cost, and recyclability. Fictiv offers multiple aluminum alloys.

Our standard alloy on platform is 6061, a versatile and easy-to-machine metal. It is corrosion-resistant, non-magnetic, and heat treatable.  

7075 Aluminum is a hard, high strength alternative to 6061 Aluminum . It is often used for parts in high-stress applications, and is also corrosion-resistant, non-magnetic and heat treatable.

If you need a different alloy, make sure to chat or email us!

Material Properties

Aluminum - 6061-T6

Yield Strength

Elongation at Break

Hardness

Density

Maximum
Temp

McMaster Part Number

35,000 PSI
12.50%
Brinell 95
2.768 g/㎤
0.1 lbs / cu. in.
1080° F

Aluminum - 7075-T6

Tensile Strength

Elongation at Break

Hardness

Density

Maximum
Temp

McMaster Part Number

61,000 psi
11%
Brinell 150
2.768 g/㎤
0.1 lbs / cu. in.
890° F

Material Finish

Design Recommendations

Min Wall Thickness

Min End Mill Size

Min Drill Size

Max Part Size

Undercuts

Radii : Depth

0.5 mm
0.8 mm
(0.03 in)
0.5 mm
(0.02 in)
1200 x 500 x 152 mm [x,y,z] (mill) 

152 x 394 mm 
[d,h] (lathe)
Square profile, full radius, dovetail profiles
Depth must not exceed 12x drill bit diameter.
For end mills, depth must not exceed 10x tool diameter.

Cost Saving Tip

To reduce costs, limit the number of part setups, the number of inspection dimensions or tight tolerances, and deep pockets with small radii.

Related Resources

Engineer's Guide to CNC Machining for Prototyping Hardware
9 Tips for Better Engineering Drawings That Save Time & Money
Fictiv CNC Material Datasheet