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How to order your cutting and tapping service online

If you don’t have the equipment to process your profile accurately, take advantage of our T Slot Aluminium cutting, drilling and tapping service. Just follow the steps in this article to get your project underway. Check out this blog on how to get the most out of your profile  

Design your project carefully

This is the most important step and will make or break your project before you make your first cut.

You don’t need an expensive CAD system, many of our customers have built amazing projects using a hand-drawn sketch. Just take your time and do this properly

If you find that your project is more complicated than you expected or even if you don’t have the time, we can take care of your design requirements.

We use Solidworks and can provide 3D models, bill of materials and IFC drawings.

Contact us for a free consultation.  

Cut your material.

Before you cut anything, make sure that you fully understand how to join T Slot Extrusions (did I mention that its important to design your project carefully)

Professional T Slot Aluminium cutting saw

Once you are confident that your cut list is correct you need to work out how much aluminium you are going to need. We strongly recommend that you use a cut list optimiser.

This will help you eliminate unnecessary wastage.

Use a new optimiser page for each size of the profile if you are ordering multiple sizes.

This will help you eliminate unnecessary wastage.

 

You can email a pdf copy of this list to us or just enter your requirements directly into the cut list form on our website.

Remember that the longer the profile the more expensive it is to transport. Usually, it is more cost-effective to cut the profile before delivering it. Once we know the delivery address and the length of the parcel we can provide a quote for delivery.  

 

Drill and tap your profile.

Machining T Slot Aluminium Profile

Drilling and tapping is the most time-consuming part of the project and requires the correct equipment in order to produce a high quality end product. In order to get this right we need as much accurate information as possible.if you have access to a CAD system we can use Solidworks models or step files to work out where you need the profile drilled or tapped. A simple hand-drawn sketch is usually all we need as long as it contains all the relevant dimensions we need. You can upload your drawings here on our tapping and drilling page.

If you need more information please see these useful pages for information about Extrusion taps, Fixing plates, Linear joints, Angular joints, Cube joints, Pawl clamps

 We provide a T Slot Aluminium cutting, drilling and tapping service.

 

 

T Slot Aluminium Profiles

Aluminium T-Slot Extrusions for the Film Industry.

T-Slot Aluminium extrusions can be used to make a diverse range of equipment for the film industry.  From prop and camera support equipment to sound and electrical gear.  You will be hard-pressed finding a more versatile and practical solution for your needs.

    

Here at GAP Engineering, we can design and manufacture the equipment you need to keep your project running smoothly.

We supply T-slot aluminium extrusions in a range of sizes.  Also, we supply all the joining hardware and other accessories that may be needed for your project.  As a result, these parts can be used to manufacture a huge variety of different equipment.

Aluminium extrusions are suitable for:

  • Trolleys and carts for electrical, sound, lighting and other crew 
  • Robotics
  • Linear systems
  • Lighting displays
  • Movie sets and props 
  • Camera mounting equipment
  • Display units
  • Screens such as green screens and photography booths
  • Point of sale structures
  • Machine frames
  • Safety guards and fencing
  • Industrial workstations
  • Workbenches 
  • Clean rooms 
  • Conveyors 
  • Cabinets 

Regardless of what you need to build, t-slot extruded aluminium profiles and accessories can help you save time and money on your project.

How can we help you?

Consulting and Design

Using our 3D CAD modelling software, we can analyse your design and check it against your requirements.  This can be done before cutting any material and before fabrication begins.  This helps to minimise the potential for material waste and other unnecessary costs.

T Slot Aluminium Profile

If you can’t find what you are looking for here, then you are welcome to contact us for further information.  We even have a full catalogue of the range of t-slot aluminium profiles and accessories.  We can make that available as a PDF file.  

You can find a wealth of resources here to help you get started.

If you don’t have time, or facilities, to do your own design work then we can design the project for you.  Just tell us all your requirements then we can design a solution.

Aluminium Extrusions and Accessories 

Because we stock an extensive range of t-slot aluminium profiles and accessories, we are able to solve a multitude of challenges with minimal delay.  Having more than 60 different profiles ranging from 20mm to 140mm, the range of options is huge.

Manufacturing 

You can focus on your core business while we take care of your project.  With experienced staff and a well equipped manufacturing facility we have the capacity to manufacture just about anything.  This includes custom parts as may be required for your project.

We design and manufacture unique equipment perfectly suited to your individual requirements.

T-Slot Aluminium extrusions and components for your next project

Are you looking for a better way to build just about anything you can think of?

Without grinding, welding or painting you can achieve amazing results with T Slot Aluminium extrusions and accessories supplied by GAP Engineering in Queensland

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Alusic T Slot Aluminium profile extrusion frame
Tank stand

When creating something new, you usually need to start with some sort of framework.  The more versatile the material you choose to build that framework, the easier it will be make any needed changes as the creative process flows.  T-Slot Aluminium extrusions and accessories are an exceptional example of an versatile material for building frames.  Frames that are strong, light weight, and easily adapted to different design needs.  The same applies for a multitude different uses and applications.

Imagine what you could build with this system.

We supply a large range of T-Slot Aluminium Profiles and accessories and all the material you need for your project.  We can cut and prepare the material for you so that you can assemble it on site.  Or, we can manufacture the entire project and assemble and commission on site for you.    

T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profile

Regardless of what you are trying to build, Alusic t-slot aluminium extruded profiles and accessories will save you time and money.


We can help you each step of the way.

Resources 

From CAD models to how to videos, and catalogues to informative blogs. We can provide all the information and resources that you might need to help you make informed decisions about using t-slot aluminium profile for your next project.  Contact us for more information.  

Consulting and design

We can help you to learn everything you need to know about using t-slot aluminium extrusions and accessories. So you can start your next project with the confidence you need to use t-slot extrusions.  Upon request, we can supply all the CAD models you need to easily design your own project.

Alternatively, you can get us to design the project for you. We have 3D CAD and experienced operators on hand to make the design process as easy as possible. Also, we have a highly skilled and experienced team of people who can build your project for you. Our people can also install your project on your site, if you need.

T Slot Aluminium Profile

Parts and Accessories 

We stock an extensive range of accessories including caps and covers, connectors, linear actuators and guides, supports, and hinges to help you create solutions to a great variety of challenges. 

Our range of aluminium profile ranges from 20 to 140 mm wide. We have over 60 different profiles available so there is something suitable for almost any use you can imagine.

You can see our full range at our Online store .

Accessories for extruded T slot Aluminium Profile
Low profile cap screw M8 x 16
Clamping angle connectors
Articulated joint Alusic T Slot Aluminium Profile

Manufacturing 

We can turn your imagination into reality and manufacture  what you need for you so that you can get on with your core business while we take care of your project.

T Slot profile machine
Sorter frame
Custom made workbench
Aluminium profile workstations T Slot

T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profile is suitable for:

  • Display units
  • Point of sale structures
  • Machine frames
  • Safety guards and fencing
  • Industrial work stations
  • Workbenches 
  • Clean rooms  
  • Cabinets 
  • Trolleys
  • Robotics
  • Linear systems
  • Conveyors 
  • Lighting displays
  • Movie sets and props 
  • Camera mounting equipment

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ?

Actually that question is probably a bit harder to answer than it would initially appear.

We are fortunate to work in an industry where we are exposed to a lot of highly creative and intelligent people.  As a result we constantly encounter people who are using our products in new and interesting ways.

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusionNo matter how complex or unusual your project, chances are that t-slot extruded aluminium profile will be able to play a role in helping you achieve a cost effective and practical solution.  This applies to a large range of projects.  From material handling to automation, packaging to prototyping, and everything in between.  It’s very common to see t-slot aluminium profiles being used in the modern industrial environment as well as in other areas.

The main motivation for using T-Slot is that it greatly reduces the amount of time required to build.  This is because you don’t need to prepare and weld joins.  You also don’t need to prepare and paint a whole structure once you have built it.  Both welding and painting are messy, expensive and time consuming.  If you need to weld or paint in a sensitive environment the noise, fumes, heat, or just plain dirt generated can become a considerable problem.

T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories

GAP Engineering T Slot Aluminium Extrusions and accessories

This list is a summary of the types of applications where we often choose to use T-Slot Extruded Aluminium Profiles over other methods of construction.

  • Camera mounting equipment
  • Audiovisual display equipment
  • Conveyors and elevators
  • Industrial workbenches
  • Clean rooms
  • Trade-show displays
  • High altitude training rooms
  • Display units
  • Machinery and equipment frames
  • Safety fencing
  • Lifting units
  • Trolleys, racks, and cabinets
  • Laboratory jigs and machine frames
  • CNC router beds and frames
  • Architectural features
  • Vehicle fit outs
  • Light boxes

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion        Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion        Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion        Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion

Accessories for extruded T slot Aluminium Profile      4040 T slot clamping plates extrusion accessories

Please contact us if you require more information

Do you know what Aluminium T-Slot extruded profiles and accessories can be used for ? - aluminium extrusion

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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 or incorrectly processed material.  spending some time planning your job and will vastly improve your chances of a great result.

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

design your project thoroughly before you start cutting

If your project is relatively complex and you don’t have access to a CAD drawing system consider employing the services of a CAD designer. Planning your project properly will greatly increase the quality of your project and reduce the overall cost. Planning includes drawing up an optimised cutting list

Optimise your cutting list

Failure to do a thorough optimised cutting list is almost guaranteed to result in excessive wastage.

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.

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.

Cutting, drilling and tapping

Ensure that you use a very good quality saw that is specifically configured to cut aluminium .

Cut lengths that are inaccurate or not completely square will prevent you from achieving the best possible results.

Use an extrusion tap to create the threaded ends as well as a quality tapping gel that is formulated to cut aluminium. An extrusion tap differs from a regular tap in that it does not remove any material in the process and also hardens the surface of the thread. this results in a stronger thread and consequently a more reliable end product . Also, ensure that your taps are perfectly aligned to the core centre of the extrusion.

When drilling through the centre of the extrusion use a drill press or drilling guide to ensure that your holes are accurate and that your drill does not damage the edge of the slot.

T-Slot profile saw
T-Slot aluminium profile saw

Ask for advice

There are several options when in comes to connecting T slot profiles and the cost varies considerably . Ask us to show you how the various connection methods work and to explain the pros and cons of each option.

There are also several pitfalls to be aware of when assembling projects and we can help you save time (money) by sharing our experience with you

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


We have produced this video tutorial to help explain the cutting drilling and taping process

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Conveyor systems

T-Slot Aluminium Profile Conveyor Systems Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

Conveyor systems - aluminium extrusion

When you require a conveyor system you need to consider a lot more than just the conveyor itself.

These are some of the factors you may need to take into consideration

    • How you are going to integrate a conveyor system into your current infrastructure
    • How can ensure that it is safe to operate
    • How can you minimise disruption to your production while it is installed.
    • How easily can you make modifications to it.

Our extensive range of t-slot extrusions and accessories will help you to overcome these and many other challenges.

Because our products are so versatile and adaptable you will be able to design and construct your conveyor system and any associated equipment such as work stations or guarding out of the same easily integrated components

We can supply you with the CAD files you need to help you design your conveyor system or if you don’t have the design capability we can design a system for you.

We can supply the components you need and assist you in getting your system constructed in the best methods.

The Alusic range of conveyor belts is divided into eight broad groups:

– Series 20: belt conveyor with 20 mm roller for 18.5 mm profiles
– Series 30: belt conveyor with 30 mm roller for 356.001.028 and 356.001.032 profiles
– Series 1000: belt conveyor with 50 mm rubberised roller for 356.001.032 profile
– Series 50: belt conveyor with 50 mm roller for 45 mm profiles
– Series 95: belt conveyor with 95 mm roller for 90 mm profiles
– Series 2000: tab chain conveyor, fixed width of 82.5 – 114.3 – 190.5 – 254.0 – 304.8 mm
– Series 3000: modular chain conveyor, fixed width of 152 – 250 mm
– Pallet series: conveyor belt for 112.101.001 profile

with the series 50 and 95 being the most popular

T Slot Aluminium conveyor system

Inclined Conveyor

You can access resources such as CAD files , parts catalogues and guides on how to use these products here  Aluminium Profile Resources

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – sliding clamp

Profile Joints – Part 6

Sliding clamp

In this, our sixth in a series of posts on aluminium profile joints, we talk about a sliding clamp. Although not strictly an Alusic product or a joint type, it is something we developed to use with the Alusic range of extruded aluminium profiles.

Imagine that you have machine frame constructed using aluminium extrusion, and you need a stop for some part of the machine’s function. Now imagine that you need to move that stop on a semi regular basis (eg: a number of times a day). It would be nice to be able to just grab a handle, release the stop, slide it to a new position, and clamp the stop in place. No need to go looking for a spanner or a hex key to undo clamping bolts, etc. etc..

Well, we have just the thing. At least we think we do. You’re free to decide for yourself.

sliding clamp

Sliding clamp

The concept works with any t-slot extruded aluminium profile. In this example we are using an M8x45* lobed knob (1077.36), an M8x25 rectangular nut (084.302.011), a length of 3 slot 40×40 extruded profile (084.102.005), and a piece of 50x50x5 square hollow section.

The crux of the concept though, is the lobed knob and the rectangular nut in the t-slot.  The rectangular nut readily slides in the t-slot of the profile until the knob thread is tightened. Even hand tightening the knob provides enough grip to very effectively clamp the slider in place.

sliding clamp

Lobed knob and rectangular nut

sliding clamp

Sliding clamp assembly

Slider options

The slider component need not be a hollow section like we’ve used in this example. The hollow section is ideal if your application calls for something like a telescoping arm or leg.  The slider could just as easily be a piece of angle as shown below.

sliding clamp

Optional use of angle as slider

One example of an ideal use case for a sliding clamp is as a movable stop on our Portable Saw Bench.  If you already have a saw bench, retro-fitting a sliding stop could be as simple as bolting a length of t-slot profile to your bench.  For example, 18.5×32 (084.101.003) has a single 8mm slot perfect for a rectangular nut.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – sliding clamp - aluminium extrusionT-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – sliding clamp - aluminium extrusion

If you want a copy of the Alusic catalogue to view on your own PC, go to our site main page, fill in your name and email address and click the Send button. We will then send you an email with a download link for the PDF file.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – pawl clamp

Profile Joints – Part 5

Pawl clamp

In this post the focus is on the pawl clamping connector fastener, or ‘pawl clamp’ for short.  This is the fifth in our series of posts on aluminium profile joints.

pawl clamp

Pawl clamping connecting fastener

A joint constructed using a pawl clamp can have the relocatable advantage of a fixing plate, but via a single fixing screw rather than two. This means less stuffing about on those occasions when a joint needs to be moved.

Adaptable

The Alusic catalogue shows a pawl clamp for almost any joint type your application might require. The basic pawl clamp can be used in place of the standard connection to make a simple square joint, whether T or corner.

There are also pawl clamps that can be used to join profile pieces end-to-end, at an angle or straight, as shown in the diagram below.  This type of joint is stronger than the simpler linear joint or angular joint.  As a result, it can be used to construct a joint that can carry a bigger load, in tension, than a linear joint.

pawl clamp

Preparing the joint

Preparing the joint simply involves machining a hole of the correct diameter and depth in the first of the profiles to be joined.

pawl clamp

Ready for assembly

pawl clamp

Joint partly assembled

Assembling the joint

We can use two pawl clamps to join an 18.5×90 (084.101.006) to almost any profile with an 8mm t-slot. In this example we show it joined to an 18.5×32 , a 1 slot 40×40 , and a 6 slot 45×90

Start by putting the pawl(s) into the hole(s) machined in the first of the profiles to be joined.

The joint is completed simply by sliding the pawl clamp square nuts into the t-slot of the second of the profiles to be joined. When the required joint location is reached, simply use a hex key to tighten the fixing screws in place.

pawl clamp

18.5×90 joined to 18.5×32

pawl clamp

18.5×90 joined to 40×40

pawl clamp

18.5×90 joined to 45×90

So there you have it.  The pawl clamp; used to construct strong joints in extruded aluminium profiles, can be adapted to a variety of different joining requirements. The pawl clamp is so adaptable that it could readily be used in applications outside the realm of aluminium extrusions.  Use your imagination, almost any joint requirement can be fulfilled using pawl clamps.

If you want a copy of the Alusic catalogue to peruse on your PC, go to our site main page.  There is a place where you can enter your email address and click the Send button. We will then send you an email with a download link for the PDF file.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Cube joint

Cube Joint

In this post we focus on the cube joint or the 3-way body connection. 

In the example below we use a joint for round profile (084.310.001). This is just one of the range of different styles of cube joint that can be found in the Alusic catalogue. Pages 2.80 to 2.86 show different joint styles along with some of the many polyamide caps available to provide a neat smooth finish to joints.

Joint for round profile

cube joint

Joint for round profile ready for assembly

 Here we are joining three pieces of 32×32 round profile, Each piece is prepared by cutting the end square and tapping the profile core hole M8

Assembling the joint

To start assembling the joint, the studs are screwed into those tapped holes in the ends of the pieces to be joined.

cube joint

Screw the studs into the tapped holes

Now slide the cube joint block onto the stud in the first piece of profile to be joined.  Then do up the associated grub screw so that the block is held in place on the stud. The grub screw will engage with the groove around the stud to securely hold the profile piece to the block.

cube joint

Attach the first piece of profile to be joined

Continue the assembly by sliding the the block onto the stud in the second piece of profile in the same manner as for the first.

cube joint

Attaching the second piece

Attaching the last piece is the same as the first and second except that the hex key to do up the grub screw needs to be long enough to fit in the profile slot to get to the grub screw.

cube joint

Attaching the last piece

Finally, make sure the ends of the profile pieces are nicely aligned with the cube joint block and tighten the grub screws to complete the joint.

In conclusion

So there you have it, a 3-way body connection (cube joint) using a joint for round profile.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – angular joint

Profile Joints – Part 4

Angular joint

In this post we focus on the angular joint; what it is and how to put one together.  This is the fourth in our series of posts on aluminium profile joints.

angular joint

Angular joint – 45°

Essentially, the angular joint is a variation of the linear joint. See our earlier blog post on linear joints.  While the linear joint could be said to have an angle of 0°, angular joints are available in 30°, 45°, 60°, and 90° fixed versions.

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Cutting the extrusion

One of the obvious issues with joints that are not linear or square, is that without both profile pieces mitre cut to the correct angle, the joint will look a bit ugly.

angular joint

Angular joint without mitre cuts

Fortunately these days, reasonable quality mitre saws are relatively inexpensive and easy to get. The only trick is getting a good quality blade and cutting lubricant.

To get a good tight joint you need really good clean cuts. A hacksaw just isn’t going to be good enough, no matter how good your skills. Even a powered hacksaw or band saw isn’t going to give you a great finish.

We use a 400mm diameter tungsten carbide tipped blade in a drop saw designed for cutting aluminium.  It can be used to cut extrusions off at almost any angle and produces very nice clean cuts.  We offer a modestly priced cutting service for any customer needing their extrusions cut to length.

Preparing a joint

As mentioned above, the key to getting a good tight joint is cutting the extrusion cleanly and at the correct angle. The correct angle usually being half the nominal angle of the joint. In this example, the nominal angle of the joint is 45° so we have mitre cut the pieces to be joined at 22.5°.  This joint type usually requires two angular joints to ensure sufficient joint strength and balanced load carrying ability.

angular joint

Angular joint ready for assembly

Putting it together

As you can see in the first diagram above, the angular joints fit neatly inside the t-slot in the extrusion. One of the advantages of this joint type is that there are no parts extending beyond the perimeter of the profile.

The first step is to slide the angular joints into the t-slots of one of the profile pieces and screw down the grub screws to take up all the play in the slot. Do not properly tighten the grub screws just yet.  Simply nipping up only one of the grub screws at this stage is enough.

angular joint

Angular joint partly assembled

The joint is completed by pushing the ends of the profile pieces firmly together then tightening the grub screws so that the grub screw flat ends bear down on the bottom of the t-slot.  This effectively clamps the angular joint into the t-slot of the extruded profile.  Before properly tightening the grub screws make sure the ends of the profile pieces are nicely aligned.

angular joint

Angular joint completed

Once the grub screws are properly tightened, you should have a rather tidy nice rigid joint.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints – Standard connection

Standard Connection

The standard connection is the simplest and most cost effective joint for Alusic aluminium T slot profiles.  It is a perpendicular (or square) joint using a single socket head screw (fixing screw) without the use of any fancy accessories.

In this simple joint the central hole in the first profile piece to be joined has a thread tapped into it.  The thread -diameter & depth- is to suit the fixing screw being used.  In the second profile piece, a hole is drilled perpendicularly through at the desired location of the joint.  The hole is to allow a hex key access to tighten the fixing screw.

T-Slot extruded aluminium profile joints - Standard connection - aluminium extrusion

Details of how to make one of these joints are at this blog post.

Since this joint type is the simplest and most cost effective, it is by far the most commonly used in light, medium, and many heavy duty applications.  For more heavy duty and not so simple applications, other solutions are available.

The standard connection joint type is not limited to use with square profiles either.  It can be used to join rectangular profiles to square profiles as well as rectangular profiles to rectangular profiles.

Probably the only drawback of this simple joint is that it is not readily re-located along the second profile piece should the need arise.  Another hole needs to be drilled to suit the hex key at the desired new location.  Admittedly, this situation doesn’t often crop up, but it does occasionally.  For details of one of many alternative solutions, see this blog post; what are clamping plates.

Full Body Joint

One variation of the standard connection is known as a full body joint.  A full body joint can be used where slightly heavier duty demands.  The main difference in this joint variation is that the drilled perpendicular hole is to suit the fixing screw rather than the hex key.  This adds a small amount of complexity, and hence time, to preparing the joint, but it remains a very cost effective joint.

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Diagrams from the Alusic catalogue showing two forms of a full body joint.

Joining the other size aluminium profiles

This basic type of T slot connection is not only cost effective it is also incredibly versatile. All of our profiles can be connected this way without the use of any accessories and different size profiles can be joined in this way.