View Full Version : aluminum extrusion source?
08-16-2005, 11:54 PM
you know, the stuff with the t-slots in it. mcmaster has some, but they don't provide any guarantee of straightness and/or give any real dimensions...
any sources for good stuff?
08-17-2005, 03:33 AM
Reid Tool carries the 80/20. They used to also carry a guide/design book for it that was free and offer a disk of CAD files of everthing in their catalog for $ 5
08-17-2005, 05:10 AM
At work when we fabricate tables, carts, etc using extrusion, we use the 80/20 previously mentioned. Though it may be a bit pricey, it is great stuff to work with. They can do any cut to length or custom maching you require, or you can do it yourself. Many structural shapes, panels, doors, accessories and fastening options. Get yourself a copy of the catalog for the dimensions and specifics. It is availiable in inch and metric sizes.
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08-17-2005, 10:13 AM
You might also try B-Line Systems. They carry a large line of pieces like this.Try:
We used a lot of their stuff when we refitted our machine shop in Dallas.
08-17-2005, 11:34 AM
Three brands that I know of are 80/20, Bosch, and Ideal. One thing to know is that this stuff is not always interchangeable between mfg's. So once you decide on a brand plan to stick with it. Personally I like the 80/20 products though you will find that they have both english and metric strut. Most of the hardware and brackets will interchange between metric and english. In your area check with some of the industrial recycle yards and you may come up with some used stuff.
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08-17-2005, 04:50 PM
I was just getting ready to post a question about what you all's opinions were about 80/20 extrusions.
I'm planning on using it to build a portable arena to fight small robots in. I like the way it can be put together with a minimum of tools. Most connectors use an Allen wrench.
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