6061 Aluminum - Extruded
Chemical Composition

Silicon:               0.40%-0.80%
Iron:                  0.70% 
Copper:              0.15% - 0.40%
Manganese:        0.15% 
Magnesium:        0.8%-1.2%
Chromium:          0.04%-0.35%
Zinc:                 0.25% 
Titanium:            0.15% 
Aluminum:           Remainder


6061 is typically bought to meet chemistry requirements rather than physical requirements. For that reason, physical properties are generally not provided unless requested prior to production. Any material can be sent to a third party after production to be tested for physical properties.

Typical Uses

6061 aluminum is extremely versatile and suitable for small and large components alike. This has made it one of the most commonly used aluminum alloys. Typical applications include:

  • Railway car components
  • Yachts, boats, and aircraft structures
  • SCUBA tanks
  • Bridge components
  • Pipe fittings
  • Wheels and various transportation end uses
  • Automotive components
  • Roof structures

6061 Extruded Aluminum Stock Shapes

Due to its excellent corrosion resistance in all tempers and noteworthy chromium content, extruded 6061 aluminum shapes are widely used when welding or brazing is required. 6061 aluminum was one of the first aluminum grades, developed in the early 20th century (1935) it continues to be one of the most popular choices for structural applications in architecture due to its excellent strength to weight ratio and the ability to weld or braze. 6061 is also available in a broad range of shapes and sizes.

Working with 6061 Extrusions

Formability is excellent in 0 temper and good in T-4. Machining is more difficult than with other machining alloys; it is particularly gummy in 0 condition and fair in harder tempers. Corrosion resistance and appearance after anodizing are the highest of screw machine alloys, though properties are generally lower.
Alro Steel is your premier source for high-quality extruded 6061 aluminum bar products including flat, channel, tee, beam, angle, round, hex, rectangular, and square product options. Our extruded 6061 aluminum bar product options provide enhanced extrudability and strength for commercial and industrial projects.
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Extruded 6061 Aluminum Shape Options

Aluminum 6061 is one of the most popular aluminum extrusion alloys on the market. In structural applications, aluminum Angle 6061 is the most commonly used because of its excellent strength-to-weight ratio paired with being an excellent material to weld or braze. This grade has a great strength-to-weight ratio and is excellent for welding.

7075 Aluminum vs. 6061 Aluminum

Because they both contain largely the same alloys, 7075 and 6061 aluminum are often cross-compared as grade options for any given application. But the two aluminum grades’ differing composition ratios make them respectively suitable for different types of production needs.

Extruded 6061 Aluminum Bar Material Comparisons

When compared with other types of aluminum grades, AL 6061 extruded aluminum stock shapes provide unique properties that are not offered by other alloys. The following AL comparison guide will assist you in choosing the correct aluminum alloy grade for your next project.

7075 Aluminum vs. 6061 Aluminum

7075 aluminum contains more zinc than 6061. This makes it more corrosion resistant and strong, but less easily shaped than 6061, which is more malleable, weldable, and versatile. As a result, 7075 is preferable for high-stress applications like aerospace or military equipment, while 6061 is useful for crafting particularly shaped parts that face less strenuous wear, like transit infrastructure, stairs, or small water vessels. Analyze the pressures of your project's use environment to make the right aluminum grade choice.

6063 Aluminum vs. 6061 Aluminum

Likewise, 6061 aluminum often draws comparisons with 6063 aluminum, as both grades are commonly used to craft structural parts. While the two are extremely similar and often present negligible differences in application, 6061 provides a notably higher yield strength for parts that need to withstand exceptional force. Regardless of your choice, 6061 or 6063 aluminum will provide your project with high weldability and formability.