Did you browse our materials section and seen something that caught your eye? Anodized aluminum isn’t a term you hear every day. From water bottles to metal clips, you’ve seen this kind of treated aluminum in more places than you thought.
If you want to mass-produce name plates, data plates, logo plates, or even business cards, here’s why you should consider anodized aluminum.
Aluminum is a lightweight, durable metal that’s used to manufacture a host of items, from car parts to building panels to water bottles, bicycles and keychains. It’s also cost-effective, recyclable, durable and versatile. No wonder it’s used for so many products!
Aluminum’s use began in the Industrial Revolution. A method for harvesting and mass-producing it was discovered and refined. Through the 20th century, aluminum rose as one of the biggest mass-produced metals in the world. Today, it’s still used to create new products, including satellites and soda cans. Aluminum easy to mass-produce and non-corrosive, so it can stand up to weather, water, and more.
Any color you can imagine
Anodization is a finishing process applied to aluminum after it’s treated and even adds an extra layer of protection against corrosion. Essentially, it makes your aluminum products weather-proof. The process also allows for dyeing so your aluminum can be red, blue, or any other color you want it to be. You can even dye it neon green or hot pink using this method!
Anodization involves dipping your aluminum in an acid bath. Using an electric pulse, the electro-acidity dyes your aluminum a specific color. It also hardens the surface. The color is also thinly applied, so if you want etching, it will stand out more.
Aluminum is highly recyclable, so manufacturers can melt down old aluminum products and reuse them. According to the Aluminum Anodizers Council, “about one-third of all aluminum produced in the U.S. today is from recycled sources, saving some 95 percent of the energy required to produce aluminum from raw materials.”
Not only is aluminum environmentally friendly: anodization is sustainable. The AAC further details that anodizing makes aluminum stronger and more durable, meaning it lasts longer and doesn’t need to be replaced as soon.
You can create anything with aluminum. If you need name plates, logo plates, or data plates to be a specific color, utilizing anodized aluminum is a sustainable, affordable, and eco-friendly way to go.