Unlike pipe, aluminum tubing is measured via the outside diameter and the metal’s thickness. Most commonly found in round form, Industrial Metal Supply also offers rectangle and square aluminum tubing. There are plenty of advantages to using aluminum — it boasts a high strength-to-weight ratio, is more affordable than stainless steel, and performs well in corrosive environments. Generally, aluminum round tube is used in transportation, factory machinery, and architectural structures. However, it might make more sense to employ rectangle or square aluminum tubes for applications like signage, machine couplings, fittings, and heavy-duty furniture. IMS’s aluminum tubing is available in 6061 and 6063 alloys, which have different structural properties. For example, 6061 is more suitable for heavy-duty applications, while 6063 has superior formability and a more attractive finish.
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