New Aero-s-p-a-c-e Materials

Looking for something that is lightweight, keeps out the rain and is wind resistant?  Well, if you’re looking for a shoe, we can’t help.  But if you’re an aerospace engineer, listen up!










We’ve just added 7075-T6 Clad Aluminum Sheet to complement our other aluminum aerospace sheet offerings!

How’s it made? In the 7075 aluminum cladding process, a thin layer of pure aluminum is applied to the sheet. Pure aluminum offers premium corrosion resistance compared to aluminum alloys, while leveraging the strength of the sheet.

Sheet sizes available range from .032″ to .125″. Pieces can be as small as 12″ x 12″ or up to 36″ x 48″. This product is also available for custom cuts!

Shop 7075 Clad Aluminum Now >>

How To: DIY Industrial Desk

An inexpensive way to craft your own masterpiece! With the basic construction pieces, this desk can be embellished to fit any decor.

DIY industrial desk project with aluminum legs

Hand-Crafted Industrial Desk Embellished with Woven Twine

This original design was created by our own Brittney Saull and can easily be constructed using common tools!  With  a few aluminum tubes, reclaimed plywood, woven twine, and bit of ingenuity you’ll have your own creation to put into use soon!

hand crafted industrial desk with aluminum tube legs


  • Surface: This desk-top is made from plywood that has been cut, glued and sanded.  If you don’t have time (or patience like Brittney does) to laminate wood you can easily substitute an old door or butcher block surface like ones found at IKEA.
  • Legs: Aluminum Tube- can be of any size, depending on the look you are going for.
  • Attaching Legs: Bolt through top of desk attaching the legs using flanges fitted to your Aluminum Tube size. Epoxy tubes into place.
  • Embellish: Do or do not.  Brittney chose to weave raw twine for an organic effect, playing off the light grains in the plywood. Other options could be fabric or rubber tubing, such as reclaimed bicycle tubes.
industrial desk aluminum tube legs

Hand-Crafted Industrial Desk Embellished with Woven Twine

Local Seattle High School Robotics Team Now Champions

The Viking Robotics Team 2928 (Ballard High School, Seattle, WA) came home with the championship award, medals and a banner from the Mount Vernon District competition last week.

Viking Robotics Team Championship Robot

Viking Robotics Team Championship Robot

As a sponsor of the team and local boosters, OnlineMetals couldn’t be more proud of the hard work these kids put into their project.

The team’s robot, the mighty Odin, showed itself to be strong with a drive train perfected over several build seasons, with the addition of pneumatic gearboxes which allowed the driver to shift up or down depending on power needs, either for speed or defense.

Viking Robotics Team working on Unit with OnlineMetals materialsThe young designers ironed out bugs in the system and consistently shot the ball into the high goal (the competition’s core challenge) in the autonomous phase of the game. And with a very well designed pick up system – which was extensively prototyped – they could quickly pick up a ball from the field and race to the goals to score either in the high goal or the low goal, or pass it over the truss to one of our alliance partners.

To see the robot in action, follow this link to the competition video>>

Great job to all the students who worked diligently on this project. OnlineMetals is proud to support your success!

Team’s Total Awards

  • District Champions
  • Industrial Engineering Award
  • Safety Award
  • A student, Paul Earhart, Junior, going on to Portland Regionals for the Dean’s List Award
  • A mentor, James Craig, going on to Portland Regionals for the Woodie Flowers Award


MIC-6 cast plate

New product! Cast Aluminum Plate!

Sizes and prices found here:

Metal geekery found below:
As the name would imply, this material is cast (unlike the rest of our plate items, which are rolled). The problem with rolled plate is that as you machine it, you release the internal stresses that build up as a part of the rolling process, and you get parts that aren’t flat, or which you have to do additional machining in order to get them back to flat.

Cast plate doesn’t react this way. It starts flat, and now matter how much you machine, it stays that way. Typical uses are for jigs. One specific application was on the old dot matrix printers, where the internal housing would be made of cast plate because of its stability.

Better Mousetrap

Another great letter from one of our OnlineMetals customers…

To: OnlineMetals Staff

Good morning,

I thought some of the people at your company would get a kick out of knowing that your aluminum is getting a LOT of attention on the Internet this morning.

I’ve been building a robotic “Better Mousetrap” as a hobby for more than a year, and bought your aluminum for the case.

We just started sending out press releases at 5pm last night, and it’s already been seen by more than 400 THOUSAND people all over the world by 5am this morning.

Here’s a link to the photos and video:

Best Regards,

A Radok Company
Scottsdale, Arizona

New 1/16 wall Aluminum…

It’s light weight, it’s thin, it’s aluminum, and it’s here.

We didn’t think 1/8 inch was thin enough, so we’ve added 1/16 wall aluminum angle and flat bar!

Yeah, I know…that’s practically aluminum foil. But this stuff holds it’s shape WAY better than a roll of Reynolds!

.062 6063 Aluminum Angle and .062 6063 Aluminum Flat Bar.

I’ve been hard pressed to find another supplier for this material, so tell your friends!

Custom Antennas for HDTV…

Jim writes:


I hope this is ‘blog-worthy” for you. It was nice to meet you last week when I came in to pick up a length of 3/4″ square aluminum tubing. I build custom antennas to receive over-the-air (OTA) FREE high-definition television (HDTV)

In this economy, buying an antenna system rather than ‘renting’ one at $80 buck per month makes a lot of sense to a lot of people. Also, cable and satellite signals are compressed and they are not quite true HD — but OTA is true HDTV and even my old eyes can see the difference.

The attached are a couple shots of my “Project-48″ antenna, which I built using materials from ONLINEMETALS. I engineered this antenna specifically to capture our local (Seattle) KING TV channel 5, which will vanish from the VHF world and move to UHF channel 48 in about three weeks.

On its first test, not only did it capture “channel 5″ (5.1) but there is a 5.2 transmitted from “KING” as well. It also captured 8 more HDTV (new to me) channels, making my (personal) total viewable FREE HD channels 30 —– so far.

I am now designing “Project 38″ intended to capture KOMO-4 (moving to 38) and it should do double-duty, as KIRO-7 is moving to channel 39.

Thanks for the fast help. I will be back to order again very soon,

Jim, this is TOTALLY blog worthy! Any time a customer uses OLM products to improve their way of life, AND save money in the process…we want to know about it.

So….um… (John, look away.) Any chance you could install one of these in my office? How cool would that be!