Cutting Aluminum Extrusion


#1

Hi all.

I have some 20x20mm aluminum t-slot extrusion that I need to cut into pieces. This is the structural stuff used in a lot of 3D printers and other CNC type designs and I know some of you have worked with it more than I have.

I was going to use the horizontal band saw in the metal shop to cut it, but I thought maybe I should ask here in case someone has a better suggestion. Just need simple square cuts, Nothing fancy. Accuracy of length and squareness of cut are the primary concerns.

Thanks!

Steve


#2

I have used a table saw and miter saw in the past, but both require special blades, and we can’t use the sawstop.


#3

I have a carbide tipped blade in a chop saw that does a pretty nice job of that.
I could cut those for you this weekend if you plan to be around.

Curt


#4

I was planning to be there Sunday. We could try both tools and see which
is better. Thanks.

Steve


#5

Steve, Give me some warning when you’ll be there Sunday and I’ll swing by. - Curt


#6

Curt, I’m planning to be there for a while this afternoon, probably
after 1:00. If for some reason today no longer works, it isn’t critical.

Steve


#7

Ok, I’ll try to swing by between 1:30 and 2pm.

Or if you’re not certain you will be there then, you could email again once you are there.

Curt


#8

I’m here

Steve


#9

I just logged in to ask the very same question. so what did you end up using, and also are there any blades and/or same equipment currently present and available to members at the space?


#10

what types of blades would you say would be needed for cutting 10S aluminum extrusion? also, does the makerspace have anything like that, or do I need to bring my own?

Let me rephrase that, what size blade should I buy and which tool would I use in the metalshop to use said blade in order to cut Series 10 aluminum extrusion?


#11

I saw this when you posted it, but didn’t have time to reply then and forgot about it… sorry.

I did end up borrowing @curt.gridley chop saw and it worked pretty well. I don’t know if it worked any better than the band saw in the metal should would have though.

Steve