Custom Aluminum Exutrsions

The two most popular grades of aluminum that Richardson Metals commonly extrude are:

  • ALUMINUM 6061 – Provides good strength, machinability, weldability, and formability making 6061 a popular choice for many aluminum extrusion applications.
  • ALUMINUM 6063 – Provides the best combination of strength and extrudability along with high surface finishing characteristics.


Aluminum extrusion is a highly versatile manufacturing process that creates many different parts and products. At Richardson Metals, our aluminum extrusions find application in a diverse set of industries, including the following:

  • Aerospace and Military Aluminum offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, suitability for use in low temperatures, and minimal maintenance requirements, all of which make it ideal for use in aerospace and military operations. Aluminum extrusions are used as components in many different devices, equipment, and systems, such as those found in aircraft, the International Space Station (ISS), and military and hospital field sites.
  • Construction Aluminum extrusions serve many functions in buildings. In addition to providing structural support in normal and extreme conditions, they can improve both functional and aesthetic qualities. For example, when designed and constructed carefully, they can decrease energy consumption or decorate interior and exterior areas.
  • Electronics Aluminum is commonly used for components in electronic devices due to its formability, thermal and electrical conductivity, and non-magnetic properties. Some of the electronic products in which aluminum extrusion are commonly found include cell phones, computers and laptops, electronic chassis, racks, and housings, motors, and power distribution systems.
  • Medical Aluminum is ideal for use in the manufacture of components for medical equipment, such as hospital beds and testing devices. Additionally, aluminum extrusions can be made to tight tolerances, which allows them to meet the industry’s strict standards.
  • Sports and Recreation Aluminum demonstrates a high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning it is sturdy without adding a significant amount of weight. It is also highly formability, accommodating a variety of complex and intricate part designs. These qualities make it suitable for sports and other recreational equipment, such as bicycle frames, skates and skateboard hardware, boats, and more.
  • Telecommunications Aluminum and aluminum alloys play an important role in creating the hardware and infrastructure for the telecommunications industry. The metal is light-which reduces transportation and installation costs—and conducts electricity well. Common applications for aluminum extrusions in the telecommunications industry include cables and satellite parts.

Richardson Metals Custom Aluminum Extrusion Capabilities

Click to EnlargeRichardson Metals Custom Aluminum Extrusion Capabilities

Since 1980, our team at Richardson Metals has built a reputation providing custom aluminum extrusions to a variety of industries. We believe in quality and focus on low to medium productions runs, with an emphasis on delivery and customer service.

Richardson Metals production capabilities are:

  • 4-1/2” diameter press – parts must fit within a 4” diameter circle and weigh less than 2.5 #/ft.
  • 550-ton RAM press
  • Thicknesses as low as 0.020” and tolerances as low as ± .005” if required

For special tolerances that require additional dimensional accuracy, ± .002” may be achieved.

Two popular grades of aluminum that Richardson Metals most commonly works with are:

  • Aluminum 6061 – Provides good strength, machinability, weldability and formability making 6061 a popular choice for many aluminum extrusion capabilities
  • Aluminum 6063 – Provides the best combination of strength and extrudability along with high surface finishing characteristics.

The wide variety of shapes Richardson Metals can extrude include:

  • Solid Shapes
  • Hollow Shapes
  • Semi-Hollow Shapes
  • Rod/Bar
  • Tubing
  • Custom Shapes

Our 14,400 sq. ft. facility will handle volume runs and prototype runs. As a member of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), committed to continually learning new information about the comprehensive information about extrusion’s characteristics, applications, environmental benefits, design and technology to users, product designers, engineers and the academic community. Our quality team will provide post-run optical comparisons, inspections, sampling and certificate of conformance with all of our extrusions if required.

Contact Us for Your Next Custom Aluminum Extrusion Project

From aerospace to telecommunications, Richardson Metals is a cutting-edge service shop well positioned for the future. For over 50 years, we use our expertise and knowledgeable customer service to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations and unique applications.

Contact Us to learn more about the custom aluminum extrusion solutions we can provide or request a quote for your project.

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Custom Aluminum Extrusions Capabilities

Extrusion Process

Ram Extrusion
Ultra Precision

Maximum Ram Pressure

550 tons

Maximum Extrusion Profile Diameter

Ø 4.5 in.

Minimum Wall Thickness

0.020 in. depending on total part size

Extrusion Length

20 ft.


0.020 lbs. / ft.

2.500 lbs. / ft.

Tolerance (+/-)

± 0.005 in. Typical
Can Achieve ± 0.002 in. on Special Profile Features

Aluminum Alloys

6061 Aluminum
Good strength, machinability, weldablity & formability.

6063 Aluminum
Best combination of strength & extrudability for difficult shapes and thin walled hollows. High surface finish aspects.

Extrusion Forms

Hollow Shapes

Semi-Hollow Shapes

Finishes Available-Provided by an outside processor

Clear Anodizing
Color Anodizing
Silk Screening

Coating ­ Electrostatic, Powder
Laser Etching

Quality Assurance

Optical Comparator
Quality Manual
First Article Inspections

Production Sampling
Certificate of Conformance

Additional Services Provided

Precision Sawing within ±0.005 in.
Heat Treating

Minor surface prep to include hand buffing & Time Saver

Production Volume

Specialty Production Shop

Low Volume
Medium Volume

Typical Lead Times

Varies based on part & current orders. Please call to discuss.

Additional Information

Industries Served

Medical Equipment

Sports & Recreational Equipment

Industry Standards

Aluminum Extrusions Council Member

File Formats

AutoCAD LT 2004 (DWG, DXF)
Inventor (IDW, IPT)
SolidWorks 2019 (SLDPRT, SLDDRW, SLDDRT)