Brass is a non-ferrous metal alloy consisting primarily of copper and zinc. Brass has several advantageous characteristics making it suitable for use in manufacturing applications, such as low cost, machinability, and corrosion and electrical resistance. It is also available in a variety of grades, each of which offers different material properties suitable for different use cases.
At E-Fab, we are an ISO 9001:2015 certified company that offers machining, etching, and forming capabilities for thin metals, including brass. Whether a customer needs standard or custom parts; small or large production runs; we can meet their needs.
Benefits of Working With Brass
There are many benefits of working with brass, including:
- Affordability. Brass is less expensive than pure copper and other copper alloys, which makes it a useful and cost-effective alternative to components that do not require a high level of electrical conductivity.
- Electrical resistance. Unlike pure copper, brass is not a good conductor of electricity, which makes it uniquely useful in shielding components or applications requiring a lower risk of sparking.
- Corrosion resistance. The addition of zinc increases the corrosion resistance of brass in comparison to pure copper, making it suitable for applications exposed to the elements.
- Wear resistance. Brass is highly resistant to wear and does not fray or shred when exposed to friction. However, it is softer than some other alloys, so it is best for use in low-pressure applications.
- High-temperature tolerance. The material retains its strength and form at very high temperatures, making it particularly useful in pipes and valves in industrial settings.
- Formability and machinability. Brass is very easy to form and machine into precision parts, and it does not need to be heated to be worked. Its cold working capabilities and malleability make it highly machinable and suitable for creating complex or detailed components.
- Compatibility with finishing treatments. It is highly accepting of finishing processes, such as etching, polishing, and coating.
At E-Fab, we machine and work brass into a variety of parts and products. We also have the equipment and experience necessary to provide black oxide coating and tin plating capabilities.
Industries and Applications of Brass
We use brass to manufacture a wide range of industrial parts, including cans, encasements, radio frequency (RF) shielding, and washers. Some of the industries we serve with our brass etching capabilities include:
- Printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing
Contact E-Fab Today to Learn More About Our Metalworking Capabilities
At E-Fab, we serve our customers with high-quality precision brass machining capabilities. From the automotive sector to the telecommunications sector, we provide precision thin metal parts and superior services.
In our ISO 9001:2015 certified facility, we offer the following range of metalworking and manufacturing services:
- Design support and engineering
- Photochemical machining (PCM)
- Finishing, including black oxide coating and tin plating
For more information on our brass products and services, contact us today.