28 01, 2024

A Year in Review: Best Aluminum Extrusion Blogs by Taber Extrusions

2024-02-28T16:21:36+00:00January 28th, 2024|

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Taber Extrusions goes beyond being a premiere aluminum extruder; but serves as a comprehensive resource, offering valuable insights and practical solutions to common industry challenges through providing the best aluminum extrusion blogs possible. Covering everything from news and trends to tips for enhancing extrusion capabilities, Taber ensures that you stay well-informed.

Here’s some of our favorite aluminum extrusion blogs of 2023:

1. Large Aluminum Extrusion Design

Are you ready to go BIG? This blog talks about how Taber elevates aluminum extrusion capabilities to new heights. With an exclusive rectangular container, they lead the industry in producing some of the widest and most complex multi-void hollows. Their large press capability, exemplified by the 8600-ton press, ensures the transformation of big dreams into reality. Explore the advantages of partnering with Taber, from reduced assembly time to streamlined design possibilities. Go BIG with Taber— where innovation meets excellence.

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2. Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

Welding joins two or more metal pieces, creating a permanent and robust bond. Various welding techniques, including GTAW, GMAW, FSW, and laser welding, can be used for welding aluminum metals. However, welding aluminum can be challenging because of the oxide layer on its surface and its high thermal conductivity. The aluminum must be appropriately cleaned and decreased beforehand for a successful welding. Furthermore, you should use the appropriate welding technique and filler material.

If you’re curious about welding aluminum and want to know more about the different techniques and materials, you should check out this helpful blog post. It’s written in an easy-to-understand manner that’s perfect for anyone who interested in learning about welding, aluminum alloys, and metals joining.

3. Aluminum Extrusions for Military & Defense

Aluminum extrusions offer a lightweight yet sturdy framework, enabling easy customization into diverse shapes. In this blog by Taber, the focus is on the extensive application of aluminum extrusion in the aerospace industry, where it plays a pivotal role in reducing the weight of aircraft, enhancing fuel efficiency, and ensuring structural strength. Armored vehicles similarly leverage aluminum extrusions to fashion lightweight armor capable of withstanding gunfire, explosions, and fire.

: A collage of five applications of aluminum extrusions in the military and defense sector.

This article also underscores Taber’s steadfast commitment and continuous supply of aluminum extrusions to the military and defense sectors.

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Read the full blog here.

4. BABA-Certified: Aluminum Extrusions Manufacturer Sourced in the USA

The Build America, Buy America (BABA) Act is a set of rules that requires the government to buy things made in the USA for government-funded projects. Taber Extrusions is a company that proudly manufactures aluminum parts to supply America’s military and defense sectors – committed to sourcing all parts in the USA responsibly and with top quality in mind. Aluminum is a versatile metal that offers benefits such as resistance to rust, good strength-to-weight ratio, and malleability for shaping. Taber offers many kinds of traditional aluminum extrusions and related processes, such as aluminum casting, fabrication, friction stir welding, and precision extruding.

5. Aluminum Extrusions: Material Comparisons

This blog post centers on the revolutionary impact of aluminum extrusions in modern construction, emphasizing Taber’s ability to intricately shape structures with precision. It underscores how aluminum outperforms alternative materials like wood, plastic, steel, and other metals. The article further highlights the diverse variations in aluminum materials, showcasing aluminum is a wise choice across various applications in the extrusion process.

If you’d like to explore more of Taber Extrusion’s aluminum extrusion blogs, visit taberextrusions.com and follow them on social media so you can receive new blog alerts!

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More about Taber Extrusions

Taber specializes in creating aluminum products in unique shapes and sizes to various industries such as aerospace, automotive, marine, infrastructure, and sporting goods.

Founded in 1973, Taber Extrusions has expanded its markets beyond the military and has become a leader in the industry. Working with various tools and capabilities to create custom solutions for their customers, Taber features micro-extrusions in precise shapes and sizes, friction stir welding services, and offers a wide array of aluminum alloy options. Taber also has a CNC machining line that allows them to create custom aluminum components serving a diverse range of industries. Taber offers value-added machining services and can provide raw materials to customers throughout North America.

Interested in becoming a part of the Taber team? Submit your resume to careers@taberextrusions.com. You can also visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.

31 08, 2023

Which Aluminum Alloys are Best for Welding?

2023-08-31T20:18:45+00:00August 31st, 2023|

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When it comes to welding, aluminum might not be the first material that comes to mind. However, this versatile metal can be welded with the right approach. Due to its lower melting point and higher thermal conductivity, welding aluminum requires a different technique than welding steel. If you’re planning a welding project with aluminum, choosing the right material is crucial for achieving successful results. So, how do you choose the best aluminum alloy for welding? Look no further, Taber Extrusions, has you covered!

To get a better understanding of which aluminum alloys are best for welding, let’s first define objectives and whether it’s necessary that the material is alloyed for the welding process.


Aluminum vs. Aluminum Alloy

 Both pure aluminum and aluminum alloys can be welded using a variety of welding techniques such as tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding and metal inert gas (MIG) welding. However, it is important to note that welding pure aluminum can be more challenging than welding aluminum alloys due to its lower melting point, and higher thermal conductivity — which can lead to warping, distortion, and burn-through during the welding process.

Unlike pure aluminum, aluminum alloys are materials made by combining aluminum with one or more other elements to improve its mechanical, physical, and chemical properties. Some common alloying elements include copper, magnesium, silicon, zinc, and manganese. Aluminum itself has good properties such as high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, and conductivity — but by alloying it with other elements — its properties can be further enhanced or customized to suit specific applications.


Weldability of Aluminum Alloys

Aluminum alloys are generally considered to be weldable, but the weldability can vary depending on the specific alloy and its composition. Some aluminum alloys are easier to weld than others due to their specific properties.

Here are some general factors that affect the weldability of aluminum alloys:

Alloy composition

  • Different alloying elements can significantly impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. For example, alloys with high levels of magnesium or zinc can be more difficult to weld due to their tendency to form brittle intermetallic phases during welding.


  • The thickness of the material being welded can affect the heat input required to produce a successful weld. Thicker materials require more heat input, which can make it more challenging to maintain a consistent welding temperature and can increase the risk of distortion and cracking.

Surface preparation

  • Proper surface preparation is critical for achieving a successful weld. Aluminum alloys should be cleaned and degreased before welding to remove any contaminants that could lead to porosity or other defects in the weld.

Welding technique

  • Welding technique can also impact the weldability of aluminum alloys. Tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding is generally considered the most suitable method for welding aluminum, but metal inert gas (MIG) welding can also be used.
Infographic showing the different types of aluminum alloys classified as numbered series with similar properties.

How Aluminum is Joined Through the Welding Process

There are several ways of joining aluminum, depending on the specific application and requirements of the joint. Some common methods of joining aluminum are adhesive bonding, mechanical fastening, and welding.

Adhesive bonding

  • This process involves using a specialized adhesive to join two or more pieces of metal together. Adhesive bonding can provide a strong and durable joint, but it requires careful surface preparation and may not be suitable for high-stress applications.

 Mechanical fastening

  • Mechanical fasteners such as bolts, screws, and rivets are used to hold two or more pieces of material together. Mechanical fastening is a simple and cost-effective way of joining aluminum, but it may not be suitable for applications that require airtight or watertight joints.


  • Welding is the process of melting and fusing two or more pieces of metal together to form a permanent joint. There are several welding processes used for aluminum alloys, including GTAW (gas tungsten arc welding), GMAW (gas metal arc welding), FSW (friction-stir welding), and laser welding.
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Welding Methods

  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW/TIG)

    is a popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a tungsten electrode to create an arc that melts the base metal, and a filler metal is added to create the joint. GTAW offers excellent control over the heat input, making it suitable for welding thin aluminum sections.

  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW/MIG)

    is another popular welding method for aluminum alloys. This method uses a consumable wire electrode that is fed through a welding gun. The wire melts to form the weld, and shielding gas is used to protect the weld from contamination. GMAW is a faster welding method than GTAW, but it may not provide the same level of control over the heat input.

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  • Friction-Stir Welding (FSW)

    is a solid-state welding method that uses a rotating tool to generate friction and heat, which softens the base material and allows for the creation of a weld. FSW can create strong, defect-free welds in aluminum alloys with minimal distortion.

  • Laser Welding

    is a high-precision welding method that uses a focused laser beam to melt the base material and create a weld. Laser welding can be used for welding thin aluminum sections with excellent precision, but it may not be suitable for thicker sections.

In conclusion, selecting the best aluminum and/or aluminum alloy for welding requires careful consideration of its properties and intended application. Today, aluminum alloys are widely used in a variety of industries and applications, including aerospace, automotive, construction, packaging, and consumer goods. They are often preferred over other materials because of their lightweight, durability, and versatility.

Leading aluminum extrusion manufacturer, Taber, offers expert capabilities – including advanced friction stir welding services – and employs a wide range of materials to help turn your vision into reality. Proud to be BABA Certified Compliant, Taber’s team of professionals will guide customers on the most fitting materials and manufacturing techniques for your builds and projects.

About Taber Extrusions

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Taber Extrusions is a leading US-based aluminum extrusion manufacturer, is based out of Russellville, AR and Gulfport, MS. The company caters to various industries such as aerospace, infrastructure, transportation, defense, and thermal management, providing an extensive range of aluminum extrusions. Their ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certifications testify to their commitment to providing superior quality products and services to their existing and prospective customers.

Since their inception in 1973, Taber has worked to earn a reputation for working closely with customers to problem-solve through innovation and collaboration. Taber has established notoriety for the highest levels of quality and responsiveness over four decades, and proudly holds the title of broadest capabilities in the aluminum extrusion industry.

If you have any questions, please visit taberextrusions.com or call Taber Extrusions directly at: 1-888-984-3795.


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