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How Connectors Improve T-Slot Aluminum Extrusions

March 1, 2023

Where would humanity be without the literal and figurative building blocks that came before us? It's likely that without our predecessors paving the way, our society would not find itself at the point of development it's at now. That's why it's amazing to think that T-slot aluminum extrusions represent thousands of years of humanity's development. The best part is that we can expand even more on their viability. Given all this, you probably want to learn about how connectors can improve T-slot aluminum extrusions. Read on to find out more on the subject.

Why Use Aluminum?

First, let's take a look at aluminum itself as a material. It might come as a surprise to some, but aluminum is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. That's why it's lucky that aluminum is also a fantastic metal to work with. Aluminum is lightweight yet has phenomenal tensile strength, which means it can withstand high loads of tension. On top of that, aluminum resists rusting, meaning you can trust that whatever you are building will last for a long time. Aluminum is rather malleable as well, which allows for a wide variety of T-slot extrusion shapes.

T-Slot Aluminum Extrusions

Given that aluminum is such a great metal to work with, it's no wonder we utilize it for T-slot extrusions. It's likely you already know what aluminum extrusions are, but we'll provide a brief explanation. T-slot aluminum extrusions function a lot like three-dimensional puzzle pieces that allow you to complete the puzzle as you go. That means you can affix them together and create just about anything you want. The possibilities are endless.

The Many Possibilities

If you're wondering what you can make with aluminum extrusions, look to the sky because that's your limit. Aluminum is so malleable, which is why there are a wide variety of complex T-slot shapes that you can create. As such, it provides so much variety in terms of building. That's why countless industries utilize these amazing tools to build anything from workstations, work desks, office enclosures, material handling apparatuses, and even machine guarding. It's so incredibly easy to work with these extrusions.

So Easy To Work With

When you were a kid, you likely played with Lincoln Logs, Legos, or some other toy that allowed you to construct whatever you wanted. There's nothing that can compare to the satisfaction of placing two items together that fit perfectly. Nor can anything compare to the excitement of building upon the foundation you created. Those building blocks are quite similar to how T-slot aluminum extrusions function. You can seamlessly connect T-slot extrusions together. However, you might wonder how these handy building materials can stay affixed together.

Connecting T-Slot Aluminum Extrusions

In order to improve and strengthen your T-slot aluminum extrusions, you will absolutely need to use connectors. Connectors improve extrusions because they link them to create a sturdier, more reliable product. Thankfully, there are a variety of connectors you can use that will improve your T-slot aluminum extrusions. The connector you use will depend on what you want to build.

These connectors are what you need to solidify the connection between your T-slots. Think about connectors like the glue that holds your extrusions sturdily together. Connectors are all you need, which is nice because T-slot extrusions do not require any welding or anything like that. That means you can configure your T-slots and reassemble them as many times as you please, which really adds to the aluminum's sustainability.

Different Types of Connectors

Now that you know how important connectors are, you should also know that there are a wide variety of connectors that you can use. As mentioned above, the connector you use depends on the type of thing you want to build. We'll go through the different types of connectors and their uses when working with T-slot aluminum extrusions.

Cube Connectors

We have two sizes available for our cube connectors: 8 mm and 10 mm. These handy devices allow you to connect your extrusions together in a variety of 90-degree angles. You place one of your extrusions into one of the holes on your cube connector. Then, you affix them together by placing a screw into the cube, which helps strengthen the connection so that you can continue building.

Corner Gussets

Corner gussets are fantastic for reinforcing your frame connectors in any type of construction that utilizes aluminum extrusions. These gussets also allow you to connect extrusions together at a 90-degree angle. The reason connectors like these corner gusset and cube connectors are so great is that you usually need to weld pieces together for them to stay at that angle. What makes the corner gusset different is that it contains an alignment tab, which lets the extrusion remain in place, keeping it from rotating.

Quick Connectors

The purpose of our quick connectors is right in their name. These amazing devices make connecting your T-slot extrusions together a cinch. You'll find yourself surprised at just how quickly you can attach extrusions and tubes to fittings. We provide these quick connectors because they help increase the efficiency of your construction or building project. Additionally, we have a wide variety of quick connectors, so you'll want to check out the different styles and types we have available.


Our T-connectors are also available in 8-mm and 10-mm sizes. These connectors allow you to connect to T-slot together with ease. The best part is that these connectors, much like our other connectors, do not require any extra machining. All you need is your connector and your T-slots to get started on your project.

Are you planning on building something with T-slot aluminum extrusions? If that is the case, you'll need aluminum extrusion connectors. At A-line Automation, we have a wide variety of connectors for you to work with. We pride ourselves on providing you with the highest quality and safest building components. When you choose us, you can rest assured you will receive a product that will increase your safety and productivity.

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