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What Aluminum T-Slot Bar Should I Use?

This document covers a simple method to decide what size and shape of 80/20 t-slot bar  is required for a particular project – based on the weight the structure must support. There are infinite ways of engineering a t-slot aluminum structure, but the method outlined below is simple and straightforward – and should be easy to understand by non-engineers. Although we reference 80/20 brand t-slot extrusion data in this article, you could draw usable conclusions for other t-slot aluminum profiles if their size, weight and shapes were similar to 80/20 Inc. t-slot products.

The basic principle of choosing the right bar is understanding when a bar starts bending (commonly referred to as deflection) under a specific weight load.

There are 9 common methods for calculating deflection for t-slot aluminum bars as outlined below:

Deflection Methods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today, we will be looking at the Two-End Supported method using Load Centered weight (circled in the chart above). While the two-end fixed test method is closest to the common vertical corner post method of design, it assumes an unbreakable connection with the vertical post. As fastener strength will play a role in any fixed design strength, we will use the two end supported method to better illustrate independent bar strength. In general, bars will bend easier...

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Latest Issue of T-Slot Technical Tidbits from F&L Industrial Solutions, addressing how to start a 80/20 t-slot extrusion framing project

Latest Issue of T-Slot Technical Tidbits from F&L Industrial Solutions, addressing how to start a 80/20 t-slot extrusion framing project

F&L Industrial Solutions published a new “T-Slot Technical Tidbits” document today, that helps define a new industrial framing project. “When someone needs a new frame or a framing solutions, it is often difficult for managers or purchasing agents to know what kind of information we need so we can build them a great 80/20 t-slot product”, explains Dan Fanolla, VP of Product Design. “To help them understand how we approach each design project, we created a simple one page guide that clears up a lot of the confusion that t-slot extrusion buyers often have.

T-Slot Technical Tidbits are free downloadable documents that both buyers and Do-It-Yourself builders can benefit from. To download, just click here…

http://fandl8020.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/TTT-Steps-To-Design.pdf

 

80/20 Enclosure Video Posted

 

We just posted a video overview of a large 80/20 t-slot aluminum enclosure we just built for a customer. The customer required a vertical sliding door that their employees could open and close easily. We thought this enclosure was unique, so we thought we’d share it on our new YouTube channel. Click here to watch:

 

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