Aluminium Structural Framing – Tools

Introduction to working with Aluminium Profiles

Cap1To cut profiles to the desired length virtually burr-free:

Cutting blade selection:

Use a metal 14-inch diameter circular saw blade that is 3.3mm or 2.8mm wide, and that has 92 carbide-tipped teeth.

Cutting speed:

1 For production cutting, the saw cutting rate should be approximately 28m per minute (maximum).

2 The saw blade rotation speed should be approximately 2500 RPM.

Selecting the Appropriate

Drill and Tap Sizes

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Metric Tap/Drill Specifications

NOTE: For best results, pre-tap 40×40, 45×45, 45×60, 50×50, and 60×60-series profiles.

DO NOT predrill or tap when using self-tapping screws.

Engineering Solutions & Automation do offer a measuring, cutting and pre-drilling service. This can be shipped in flat pack form, ready for personal assembly if required.

We also sell the tools and jigs to work with the material.

8mm Mitre Drilling Jig

Features:

  • Provides proper end spacing when drilling 11mm holes in 8mm T-slotted profiles with a 45° end mitre
  • Typically used when preparing profiles for use with end-to-end and end-to-side variable angle connectors
  • Built-in lock/release lever simplifies use.

10mm Mitre Drilling Jig

 

Features:

  • Provides proper end spacing when drilling 17mm holes in 10mm T-slotted profiles with a 45° end mitre
  • Typically used when preparing profiles for use with end-to-end and end-to-side variable angle connectors
  • Built-in lock/release lever simplifies use.

6mm Drill and Boring Jig

Features:

  • Built-in lock/release knob simplifies use
  • For use with profiles with 6mm T-slots, including 20×20, 20×40, etc.
  • Two versions are available:
  • Positions 5.8mm access holes for Torx head connection screws and 8mm holes for 20 series quick connectors.

8mm Drill and Boring Jig

Features:

  • Built-in lock/release handle simplifies use
  • For use with profiles with 8mm T-slots, including 30×30, 30×60, etc.
  • Two versions are available:
  • Positions 7.8mm access holes for Torx head connection screws and 11mm holes for bolt connectors

Features:

  • For use with 40-series and 50-series profiles ONLY
  • Fastens securely in place with a T-bolt and 13mm flange nut
  • Allows positioning of 9.8mm access holes for Torx head connection screws
  • Positions 17mm holes for bolt connectors and other fasteners

10mm Drill and Boring Jig for 45-/60-series Profiles

Features:

  • Fastens securely in place with a T-bolt and 13mm flange nut
  • For use with profiles with 45-series and 60-series profiles, including 45×45, 45×60, 60×60, 60×90, etc. • Two versions are available:
  • Positions 9.8mm access holes for Torx head connection screws, 17mm for bolt connectors, and 21mm holes for pneumatic port kits