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Forming aluminium into complex parts

A smartly designed aluminium extrusion profile requires little post-processing. But if required, it is perfectly suitable for further machining and fabrication, forming aluminium into complex parts, making it more than just an extruded aluminium profile. There are unlimited possibilities for mechanical joints, bonding, taping, welding and much more.

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Aluminium Formability

Formability is one of the strongest properties of the light metal aluminium.

Our research and development engineers use modern equipment to carry out computer analysis and testing of sections formed by hot gas forming, hydroforming, stretch forming and bending. We do this to create complex parts with a high degree of dimensional accuracy.

Mechanical Joints

Extrusion technology provides a variety of possibilities for joining aluminium profiles. Mechanical joints are often easy to make and some can even be completed by the end user. Another advantage over welded joints is that surface finishing of profiles can be carried out on long lengths, thus reducing costs.

Additional Machining & Punching

Right from the design stage, aluminium profiles can be shaped so they require minimal machining after extrusion. But some form of processing is often necessary and machining profiles are relatively inexpensive. Aluminium's malleability means that tool costs are competitive.

Hydroforming and bending for accuracy

With hydroforming, we can turn an extruded aluminium tube into a three-dimensional shape. Bending is another process that we use to create shaping accuracy.

Extruded aluminium has a good machinability

You get your individual aluminium profile from Hydro and we also offer various added value activities such as; sawing, turning, drilling, milling, and threading as well as deburring and punching.

Punching operations can include hole-cutting, cutting out blanks and cutting off lengths. Our experts can help make your design ideas a sustainable reality.

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Our additional services - going beyond extrusions

Lacquering

painting

This process allows your profiles or aluminum parts to be lacquered with a wide variety of colors while guaranteeing exceptional performance against UV, corrosion, impact and abrasion.

Anodizing

anodizing

This treatment by electrolysis specific to aluminum provides a finish that is pleasant to the touch and durable in the face of external aggressions. It is possible to obtain shades of tints in particular by virtue of the spectrocoloration process.

Crimping / Barrettage

thermal break

By associating polyamide bars with aluminum profiles, crimping or barrettage makes it possible to obtain a complex with a thermal break. This operation can be used to link an aluminum profile with other materials.

Cut to length

cut to length

Thanks to our different cutting means, it is possible to re-cut the profiles to make pieces from 5mm to 12m long.

Machining

machining

Our machine park makes it possible to machine from the small part for the automobile to the large part of several meters for the building and industry. With our 5-axis machining centers, it is possible to multiply the functions of your profile.

Punching

punching

By developing specific tools, this process makes it possible to carry out shearing and cutting operations very quickly and therefore inexpensively for large series.

TIG / MIG welding

TIG/MIG welding

6000 series aluminum alloys weld very well via the TIG or MIG process. In addition, the aluminum extrusion makes it possible to integrate functions that facilitate welding.

FSW welding

FSW welding

This weld obtained by mixing the material with a rotating tool has many advantages: reduced deformation, homogeneous weld, flush weld, excellent thermal conductivity, etc.

Bending

bending

Depending on the type of bent desired, the section of the profile, the quantities, different alternatives exist: bending by stretching, bending between rollers, bending in a press or bending by traction.

Mounting

assembly

From the installation of gaskets to the crimping of threaded inserts, a complete solution can be offered to deliver a finished product.

Kitting

put in kit

Through the various workshops, the kit of your product can be carried out according to your specifications such as specific wedging, protection by filming, installation of stickers, integration of bags of screws , etc.

Storage

Storage

As part of your activity, your profiles can be stored under certain conditions in order to put them in stock according to your supply criteria on a logistics basis.

Hydroforming

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With hydroforming, we can turn an extruded aluminium tube into a three-dimensional shape.