Steel vs. Aluminum Solar Panel Racking

Whether they’re high up on a roof or suspended above the ground in the backyard, solar panels are everywhere. But no matter where they are, they rarely sit flush with the surface. Instead, they’re … read more

Aluminum Extrusion Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Aluminum extrusion is a complex process—but, like any specialized operation, not everyone is familiar with the vernacular used to discuss the products, materials and techniques used. This guide i … read more

Square Tubing vs Round Tubing: Differences & Applications

Aside from appearance, you may not think there are many differences when comparing square tubing vs. round tubing (particularly when it comes to extruded aluminum tubing). Both are commonly used in co … read more

Tube vs. Pipe: How to Tell Them Apart

Pipes and tubes may look similar, but they are in fact quite different. Both are used in a variety of industries for various purposes. It’s important to know the difference between the two to choose t … read more

Decoding Temper Designations for Aluminum Alloys

Tempering enables metalworkers to increase toughness and reduce hardness in metals—such as aluminum—through heat treatment. Hardened metals are generally more brittle.Because processes are so specific … read more

Annealing Aluminum Explained: What It Is and How It Works

Like many metals, aluminum is subject to work hardening—also known as strain hardening. This means it becomes more challenging to work with the more it is deformed and shaped.Annealing is a heat-treat … read more

Aluminum 6061 vs. 6063: Understanding the Difference

Just like there’s a tool for every project, there’s a perfect material as well. In fact, one of the major benefits of choosing from different metals for your projects is matching material and chemi … read more

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