I want to make the molds for my mailbox out of aluminum. How do I change the material to aluminum? I know how to change the material, but I can only find aluminum alloys. Where is just plain aluminum? Or is an alloy a better option?
6061-T6 is the most common, and probably the least $$.
I don't think you can find "pure aluminum" in the market since it has low tensile strength and is useless for most applications
it needs to be mixed with other element to create alloys that why matweb or SW material database only list alu alloys
However, you can create a custom material called aluminum and assign your part to it
According to Clinton Aluminum:
6061 for low volume injection molds.
7075 for production injection molds.
2024 for low volume blow molds.
Is this a school project or real production?
I'd recommend using steel for tooling if this is a long run for production
I'm not actually making the mailbox. Only in solidworks. So I can just use steal because that's what would be used in a shop.
Steel can be used up to 300,000 shots; however, for a short run, aluminum should be ok
Keep in mind that using steel for tooling is more expensive than alu
Pure aluminum is very soft, completely useless for just about anything/everything. This is why everything made from aluminum is actually made from an aluminum alloy. Use 6061-T6. Another very commonly used aluminum alloy for molds is M1, but you will not find it in Solidworks materials database.
Tubing we use 304 and 316 a lot.
David Nelson wrote: Tubing we use 304 and 316 a lot.
David Nelson wrote:
That's stainless steel.
Yep Brain fart.
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