Bill, gotta disagree. Cast vs forged, proper treatment post-machining, even the aluminum alloy used ALL play a part in how they work.
If aluminum was aluminum was aluminum, Traxxas and Integy would be on the same page, and they CLEARLY are not!
Good call, I stand corrected
Okay, so which manufacturer (if any) sells wrought aluminum?
I suspect the majority are using Cast Aluminum
for cost effectiveness.
The range of tensile strength ranges anywhere from 117 to 414 MPa for cast aluminum, but what does that mean?
From what I understand the difference is whether you want your aluminum to bend, go with the lighter tensile strength, if you prefer your aluminum to snap, then go with the higher tensile strength, ha!
I searched all over the STRC website and couldn't find any mention of the type of alloy they are using in their products, and chances are I bet their alloys change as they shop from one supplier to the next.
I did find an interesting article here comparing different tensile strengths between various compounds:
Again, what good does all this information do for us if the manufactures don't provide the alloy used?
All I know is this, Aluminum is stronger than Plastic so any aluminum part is going to typically be stronger than any respective plastic part of the same thickness.
Very rarely do I buy aluminum upgrade parts, but when I do, I usually go the least expensive option available and that hasn't been a problem for me yet.
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