6061 Aluminum Machined Parts

Aluminum 6061

Aluminum alloy 6061 is an extremely popular alloy, excellent for jobs that require forming or welding. It is the most commonly available aluminum alloy and provides a clean surface finish. Unlike other aluminum alloys, 6061 has a high corrosion resistance.

Aluminum 6061 has a machining cost factor of 0.8 when compared to steel 12L14. It can be forged, hot worked, and readily welded, as well as heat treated, annealed, and aged. It anodizes well and provides a bright, colorful finish.

Industries & Applications

  • Electronic hardware
  • Piping
  • Recreation equipment
  • Aircraft components

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Aluminum 6061 Characteristics

TEMPER

Yield Strength

Ultimate Tensile Strength

Modulus of Elasticity

Brinell Hardness (500kg/10mm)

Untempered

11

19

10,000

30

T6, T651, T6511

40

45

10,000

95

 

Aluminum Cost Comparison

Type General Characteristics Alloy Common Applications Tolerances for a 1/2" Dia. Bar Material Cost Factor Machining Cost Factor
Aluminum
Good formability, weldability, and corrosion resistance
6061
Electronic hardware
Cold finish
+/-.0015

Extruded
+/-.009
0.8 .75

Common Material Cost Comparison

Type General Characteristics Alloy Common Applications Tolerances for a 1/2" Dia. Bar Material Cost Factor Machining Cost Factor
Steel
Designed for excellent machinability. Case hard only
12L14
Endless commercial products; probably more pounds used in turned products than any other bar stock
Cold drawn
0
1 1
Stainless Steel
Designed for machining, non-magnetic
303
Electronic hardware, automotive, aerospace, medical instruments, and many applications requiring corrosion resistance
Cold finished
+/- .002
1.9 2.7
Brass
Strength, corrosion and wear resistance, and excellent machinability
C35300
Well suited for parts with knurling or threading
+0015 3.5 .07
Aluminum
Designed for machining
2011
Electronic hardware, endless commercial products
Cold finish
+/-.0015
3.8 .6
Titanium
High strength, light weight, good bio-compatibility
Ti-6Al-4VEli
Medical implants
Ground & polished
+/-.002
30.2 6

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