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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

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