How to get the most out of your profile.

When you are spending your time and money on a project you need to be sure that you are getting the most out of your resources.

How to get the most out of your profile. - aluminium extrusion

Avoid wastage being a problem

Unintentional wastage can end up costing you a lot.  So, you need to plan carefully to avoid blowing your budget.  The last thing you want to see at the end of a job is a big pile of unused material.  Material that some how wasn’t quiet long enough to be useful.  Nevertheless it ended up being a lot of material.

T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profile
Sample of extruded aluminium off-cuts

The Alusic aluminium extrusions come in nominal 6m lengths.  In reality they are usually between 6.020mm and 6.050mm in length.  Some of that extra length is needed because they come as finished from the extruding machine, not accurately cut square with a saw.   It is also useful since a certain amount is lost with every cut due to the blade kerf.   

Optimise your cutting list

When you have a large number of pieces to cut, it can become very complicated calculating an optimised cutting list it.  Fortunately there are a few free, and online resources available to help you out. 

For example, a quick web search found Cut list optimiser which is suitable for 1D bar optimisation.  The web site requires that you sign up to a free account so that you can save your projects for later review.  Before deciding to sign up, you can look at one of their demo’s or go straight to their offline project page.

Obligatory disclaimer:  Please note that we do not recommend any particular solution in preference to any other.  You are free to choose what suits you.  You can even create your own spreadsheet to assist you in your calculations.

If your cutting list is relatively simple, then our freely downloadable cutting list template might be your best option.  Don’t forget to allow for saw blade kerf in your cutting list.  For example, the blade in our saw has a kerf of 3.7mm, so we allow 4mm in our cutting lists.

Cutting and delivery

Once you have your cutting list, you can send us a copy so that we can accurately cut it for you.  We can also arrange delivery if you need.  Please note that delivery costs vary considerably depending on size, weight, and delivery address.  The most expensive being full 6m lengths.

T-Slot profile saw
T-Slot aluminium profile saw

In addition to cutting, we can also drill and tap each piece of profile as needed if you require.

For more information on how to join our profiles please see these resources: Standard connection and Creating a strong join