6061 vs. 6061-T6 Aluminum
6061 Aluminum is an alloy which developed in 1935, it was called “Alloy 61s” at that time. Today, it is usually referred to as “structural aluminum.” In contrast to casting alloys, it is a wrought alloy. Therefore, it can be extruded, rolled, or forged into specified shapes. This alloy features medium to high strength. The corrosion resistance, weldability, workability, and machinability are also good. It is usually applied to building products, electrical products, piping, and recreational products.
6061-T6 Aluminum is 6061 Aluminum in the T6 temper. 6061-T6 represents the temper or degree of hardness, also represents the method of hardness obtaining. For example, 6061-T6 Aluminum alloy, the “T6” indicates that it was solution heat-treated and artificially aged. The structural strength, toughness, and corrosion resistance are improved greatly through tempering. It also features good finishing characteristics and responds well to anodizing (including clear, clear and color dye, and hard coat). The 6061-T6 Aluminum alloy is strong and lightweight, what’s better, conducts and dissipates heat, the non-corrosive ability is also well.