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aluminum sawingAs Aluminum Costs Drop, the Material is Finding New Applications that Push the Envelope on How Much of This Metal Can Be Used in the Structural Makeup of a Vehicle — With No End in Sight.

In the fabrication industry, lightweighting has been a primary focus in the automotive sector to produce a final product that is as fuel efficient as possible. With research and development constantly enhancing the mechanical properties of aluminum alloys to produce the best possible strength-to-weight ratio, it’s easy to see why aluminum has become a go-to alloy in vehicle construction.

Beyond its lighter weight, which can enhance fuel efficiency and performance capabilities, aluminum is also easily recyclable and in the automotive industry, it can improve safety by absorbing more crash energy than steel. With the growing demand for aluminum parts in automotive and aerospace, metal fabricators are investigating how to best process aluminum alloys.

After aluminum is forged, cutting is one of the first stages done for fabrication. One important aspect to consider is cutting methodology. While aluminum is lightweight and comparatively easier to cut than exotic alloys, it still presents its share of challenges, such as gumminess, chip packing and deburring. However, with the right equipment, aluminum can be very efficiently sawn via two methods: circular sawing or band sawing.