Different Thicknesses of Aluminum Plates and Their Uses

Aluminum Plates

One of the materials often used for creating metal nameplates is aluminum, and this is for a really good reason. Aside from the fact that aluminum is corrosion resistant and rather impervious to certain chemicals, it is also one of the most abundant metals on the planet, making it a rather wise choice in terms of cost and availability. It is also a rather attractive looking metal with its silver patina, making it ideal for a number of uses that include decorative ones.

In the creation of metal nameplates, aluminum plates are often chosen due to these very same qualities and its malleability. Since some plates are marked using methods such as stamping and embossing, this particular quality is indeed ideal for such marking methods. This particular metal is also rather lightweight, making it a good choice for a number of applications.

Aluminum plates come in many different thicknesses, with each thickness being ideal for specific uses. Here are some examples of what these thicknesses are and what each is often used for:

.002” thick Aluminum – Due to its thin and rather soft nature, this particular thickness is often used for making nameplates that are embossed or stamped. This is a material that can be used for creating your own labels with since you can use hand marking devices on it. You can use a ballpoint pen, typewriter or a stamping tool to add text, numbers or other information on it at the very last minute, if needed.

.012” thick Aluminum – This is a slightly thicker, yet still considered rather thin, aluminum plate. You can choose to use this particular thickness for creating signs and this is often used as a substrate for plastic signs as well. These are also ideal for nameplates used on doors and on desks since these are not that easy to bend. Since this is still a rather lightweight thickness, adhesives can still be used as a mounting option for this plate.

.016” thick Aluminum – Somewhat rigid, but still thin enough for such marking methods like embossing, this particular type of aluminum plate is ideal for use with embossed plate creation. You can use this to create embossed nameplates, embossed signs and other similar applications. These plates can also be used for decorative trim plate creation and for promotional plates, among others.

 .020” thick Aluminum – If you want to combine strength with cost effectiveness and usability, this is the aluminum thickness for you. This can be used for a wide variety of purposes and can be marked with the use of a number of methods that include etching, engraving, digital printing, laser marking and so on. These are often used for numerous metal plate needs, like schematics, model and serial plates, warning and instructional plates, and scales & dials.

.032” thick Aluminum – This thickness is often chosen when an aluminum plate that need to be stamped or marked with a lot of information is needed. These are durable enough not to warp despite the huge amount of copy added to it and lightweight enough to still be mounted with heavy duty adhesives. These are ideal for the creation of directories, information signs, directional signs and dedication plaques.

.050” and .064” thick Aluminum – These two rather thick variants of aluminum plates are often used for the creation of control panels and large schematics. These are also ideal for the creation of rather sizable directories, signs and commemorative plaques. These can be marked using a number of marking methods that include etching, photosensitizing, and digital printing. Since these are often crafted in large sizes, mounting options for these are usually with screws or brackets.

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