Surface Finishes: Anodizing

“Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish.” -Aluminum Anodizers Council Anodizing is one of the most environmentally friendly processes in the coating industry. Since it is not a metal ...

The Technique of Losing Weight: Part Two

Strength and Shape Design Considerations After looking at ways to use different plastics instead of metal in last week’s post, we will examine shape and material in this week’s post. Weight reduction is a design task assigned to many engineers, ...

An Introduction to Aluminum Extrusion and Profiles

The aluminum extrusion (also known by ‘aluminum frames’) forming process is a bulk plastic deformation process. First, a billet of aluminum is preheated to a specified temperature that is still comfortably below the material melting point in order to facilitate ...

Florida Tech Motorsports is Racing for the Cure

Each Spring, university students are building projects for design courses, or for competitions as a part of student groups such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). These students are motivated by their ...

DIY Project Using Aluminum Extrusions

Despite being available for around thirty years, structural aluminum extrusions have only recently been gaining widespread popularity. The main draw to using these shapes is the easy customization and connectivity that the system offers. Joining various shapes and configurations usually ...
Rusted Bolt Corrosion Metal

Corrosion Resistance Standards and How to Use Them

Everyone has experienced the pain and suffering of trying to remove a rusted bolt or nut. Unfortunately, the hardware store definition of “corrosion-resistant” and the actual definition can vary greatly. It’s common knowledge that most non-exotic materials will corrode with ...