How Fasteners Work with T-Slotted Aluminum Framing

What Is T-Slot Aluminum?

Why choose T-Slotted Aluminum over Welded Steel?

Everyday Uses for Aluminum Extrusions

History of Aluminum Extrusion


Yes, we are currently using Solidworks 2023.

Yes. Being experts in aluminum structural framing, we can cross-reference all common competitor parts.

Yes, our experienced installation team will bring the tools and experience needed to install any enclosure or guarding at your desired location.

Our expected turn around time for quotes is within 24 business hours. More time is typically needed if the project is of large scale or if it's a new concept.

If it's a stock item, we can ship it the same day. Most assemblies generally ship in 7-10 days. Our goal is to be available when it is convenient to the customer. If your delivery requirements fall outside of our timeframe, please communicate that to us and we will accommodate as best as we can.

Our favorite size is the 10 slot (45mm) extrusion. In our opinion, it's the most versatile size as well as one of the most common sizes.

Send your concept sketch to us and our staff will point you in the right direction.  Or begin by choosing a profile size suitable for your project, then be sure that the connectors and accessories that you choose are compatible with the slot size of your profile.

All our profiles are stocked in CLEAR ANODIZE. Other available finishers and colors are: Anodize (Black, Blue, Gold) and Powder Coat (any color can be matched).

The best thickness for inserting aluminum panels into the T-slot is between 3/16" and 1/4".

We have more than 200 different aluminum profiles in stock.

Typically, aluminum structural profiles are made for lighter loads, but we have provided engineered solutions that can support more than 2 tons.

T-Slot Aluminum FAQs

T-slot aluminum extrusion is a structural fabrication material that utilizes an engineered cross-sectional profile that is both strong and versatile in its use.

Our aluminum extrusion is non-corrosive. This is mostly due to the clear anodized finish that comes standard on all of our extrusion, but also due in part to aluminums natural ability to oxidize. The oxidation process creates a secondary layer of protection from corrosion, similar to how copper will patina.

Yes! Due to excellent recycling practices most of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today. In fact, aluminum is 100% recyclable and of the most common materials recycled aluminum is the ONLY material that is infinitely recyclable. It is also much lighter than glass and steel per cubic inch, and has a much smaller carbon footprint during fabrication, processing, and shipping.

The main advantages are that aluminum extrusion is more versatile, modular, easier to work with, and costs less than steel. Building with aluminum extrusion is as simple as inserting a connector into the t-slot and tightening it into place with standard hand tools. No need to clamp, weld or paint aluminum extrusion. T-slot aluminum extrusion makes it easy to re-locate pieces or add onto your current structure at any time.

What is aluminum extrusion used for?

  • Currently, T-slot aluminum extrusion is widely used in automation, material handling, safety guarding, manufacturing and laboratory applications. However, many people are adopting t-slot aluminum extrusion for use in a wide variety of projects. Some have even built their own machines such as 3D Printers and CNC machines using our aluminum extrusion.

A T-slot is what we call the channel that runs the length of our aluminum extrusion shapes. The T-slots are designed to a specific depth and width depending on the material. The T-slot is used mostly for mounting and fastening a wide variety of accessories and panels to the aluminum extrusion. Often, panels will be inserted into the T-slot to quickly create a wall or enclosure.

Aquarium Stand Q & A's

No, but we can include one with the material of your choice. Please supply a size (if it differs from the stand size), Thickness and material preference.

Yes! We receive daily inquiries for custom sized stands. Please reach out to us at for a quote on your custom design.

No, the price does not include bracing for a lower shelf, however, we can easily add the bracing. Please include an approximate weight that will be applied to the shelf.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide powder coat or anodizing services at this time.

Yes, our leveling feet are industrial grade and can accept loads of up to 2,000lbs each. If you prefer not to have leveling feet, please let us know and we will alter the design accordingly. There are also various stud lengths and pad diameters available.

Our preferred method of connecting extrusion is our Quick Connectors, as they are very strong, easy to tighten, loosen, and reposition. Other options would include Connection Screws, Connection Plates, Gussets, or Corner Brackets.

Our Quick Connectors have a thick zinc plating which is highly efficient in corrosive environments. These are the preferred connection method for the majority of our designs.

We will run a load analysis to see how the stand behaves under the "worst case scenario", or maximum weight that will be applied to it. This helps identify design issues and solidifies the capabilities of the design.

No, but we can provide an estimate based on the packages size, weight and destination.

Aluminum Shelving FAQs

Items left lying around on the floor, whether at home or in the workplace, pose a serious trip-and-fall hazard. Keeping things stored on shelving in an orderly manner removes that hazard—plus, it looks better!

There are many types of shelving on the market, including fixed bracket, hanging, and floating wall shelves, built-in shelves, and open-and-closed shelves, among others. Framing Tech offers two types of aluminum shelves: free-standing, which can be secured to the floor with brackets, and wall-mounted units, which attach to a wall or frame.

Though not quite as strong as steel, in strength aluminum shelving compares favorably to steel, pound for pound. And because aluminum is resistant to rust and corrosion, it can maintain its structural integrity better. Aluminum can also withstand extreme temperatures without warping or becoming brittle.

Besides making assembly of the shelves very simple, yet just as sturdy as steel shelves assembled with nuts and bolts, T-slot connectors allow for complex fabrications with shelves of different heights and staggered separators.

Our aluminum shelf frames can take transparent glass, lightweight Sintra board, 12-gauge steel wire mesh, extra-strength Valuebond, shatterproof polycarb, and stainless steel.

Our shelf frames are made with anodized aluminum, which holds up well against harsh conditions. Optionally, a powdercoat treatment can give the aluminum further protection and an attractive appearance. To clean handprints, smudges, and dirt on the aluminum shelving, prepare a mixture of white vinegar and water, dip a clean cloth in the solution, and give the shelf a good scrubbing. To keep the aluminum looking nice, you can use a sealant or a wax to protect the shine of the metal.

Avoid applying solutions made with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) or other alkali-based cleaners on aluminum, as this can cause discoloration on the metal.

Need assistance? We understand that this catalog may not answer all your questions. Our goal is to return a quote to you within 24 hours. So give us a call, fill out this contact form or e-mail us a sketch or idea, and let us help frame your idea into reality!