6 Uses of T-Slot Aluminum

May 25, 2021

What are the different uses of T-slot aluminum?

  1. Tables
  2. Utility carts
  3. Window frames
  4. Ladders
  5. Storage shelves
  6. Platforms

One of the most flexible building materials is the T-slot aluminum. This type of extruded aluminum can form the framing foundation for building three-dimensional structural assemblies with other extruded parts. It’s not surprising that the uses of T-slot aluminum have found their way into many industries — from building door frames, storage cabinets, shelves, or even platforms. Thanks to the T-slot’s modular design that features T-shaped indentations that allows other T-ended attachments to slide down and fit with ease, interconnecting the T-slot with other parts has never been easier.

The T-slot has provided ease of assembly and heightened functionality for a range of simple to complex object configurations. Whereas other materials like steel would have to be welded together, the T-slot design offers simplicity without requiring any welding needed. Combined with the benefits of aluminum, you’ll definitely be making the right choice when choosing this type of aluminum as part of your building or construction projects. Read on to learn more.

Tables

A simple, yet wholly functional use of the T-slot aluminum is a desk or a table that’s used in food & beverage facilities, healthcare, medicine, electronic manufacturing, and other production-intensive fields. T-Slotted legs and stretches provide stability to the top wide overhang and other parts of the table in order to support different objects and weights.

T-slot extruded aluminum parts can also be easily cut to accommodate different table sizes. If you want the table to have shorter legs or stretches, this can easily be done using a disc cutter or a carbide blade — cutting through the material shouldn’t be difficult, but ensure that you’re following the correct precautions when doing so.

Utility Carts
Utility carts

Utility carts or rolling carts as they’re sometimes called, have been used by everyday consumers and professional industries alike. At a residential home for example, utility carts can be used to store dry food in the pantry, or serve as a mobile storage cart for cleaning tools, workshop materials, and other implements.

Planning to build a utility cart of your own? Why not have it customized and constructed with T-slot aluminum extrusions instead? Compared to other materials like painted steel, wood, or plastic, the T-slot can provide a sturdier and more durable design. Aluminum utility carts can either be immobile or fitted with caster wheels or swivel wheels, depending on the design that you prefer.

Window Frames

Although purchasing off-the-shelf goods and materials from your local hardware or home improvement retail store may be convenient, they don’t really offer you much flexibility. These items are made to be general purpose structures that may not necessarily allow you to do what you want. Window frames, for example, are a great example of this. The next time you’re thinking about changing your existing window design, now might be the best time to turn to the T-slot alternative.

A custom T-slot window framing will allow you to reap a number of benefits. For one, you’re getting the best value when it comes to strength and weight. You’ll also have the cost advantage of using fewer building materials than you would have, with a ready-made window.

Aluminum window frames offer so much flexibility that you won’t find in similar materials. With the T-slot, they’ve also become much easier to build and easier to install with virtually zero drawbacks.

Ladders
Ladders

T-slots have also been popular in the construction of different aluminum ladder designs. If you’re someone who’s fond of engaging in DIY-home improvement projects, or looking to start hiring a contractor for a small project, the T-slot will greatly lower costs and lessen the use of other materials.

Aluminum-extruded ladders are nothing new, but they’ve endured decades and decades of popularity in private homes and even commercial construction projects. As discussed previously, aluminum is extremely lightweight, making the ladders weigh up 50% less than the typical wooden variety. Aluminum ladders can also easily be stored, made possible by its light framed and slim build.

Storage Shelves

Another popular use of the T-slot aluminum can be found in storage shelves. For businesses that are looking to lower operational cost on storing materials and equipment, these aluminum storage shelves prove to be advantageous.

The logistics and warehousing industry, for example, can make use of aluminum cabinets/shelves to house different types of inventory together. Since T-slot aluminum is corrosion-resistant, there’s no concern regarding object contamination or quality deterioration. The design can also be retrofitted with other materials, like a screen mesh, glass, or reinforced plastic for added display features.

Platforms
Platforms

For facilities that are looking to expand their storage space or scale up their operations, aluminum platforms made with T-slot extrusions are the perfect fit. To reiterate, these materials are exceptionally versatile and require no form of welding to join the extrusions together. Hence, they become much more cost-friendly and affordable, than having to build concrete platforms from the ground up.

With the right tools and materials, T-slot-made aluminum platforms can be set up in as fast as a few minutes. The design also fits well with other pre-fabricated metal parts, such as steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel, or even aluminum. The result is a well-built platform that can be used for easier storage of equipment and transport of materials.

Key Takeaway

Are you working with a T-slot extrusion? In this guide, we’ve covered just some of the most creative ways to assemble with this unique aluminum material. Some of the many uses of the T-slot aluminum can range from simple objects like tables, to more complicated and modular structures, like an aluminum platform. Whatever the use, guaranteed that the aluminum T-slot offers unique benefits that other materials can’t.

Acumaster Manufacturing Corp can help you find the right size and type of aluminum extrusions or profiles for your next project. Click here to get in touch with us now! You may also learn more about our other products and services here.


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