For many component designers, the look and feel of a component’s exterior are equally as important as its ability to function in its required environment. This balance of aesthetics and function makes the material choice a critical one. As a machine shop that serves designers in a wide range of industries, it’s the main reason we see many of our customers turning to brass for their component designs.
An alloy of copper and zinc, brass is preferred for its gold-like color and surface finish. These qualities, combined with the material’s ease of machining and durable mechanical properties, make it a suitable choice for prototyping and production of hydraulic, electrical, and electronic components, and more.
Plethora’s custom brass prototyping services provide you with the high-quality components you need to test your product’s design and functionality. Our machining capabilities, which include 3-axis and 5-axis CNC milling and turning, support brass components production for applications ranging from aerospace to construction and musical instruments to household fixtures.
Brass has many distinct advantages that make it a good choice for component designs. These include:
At Plethora, we offer Brass 360 and 464 for our machining services for prototyping and production. One of the most significant benefits of leveraging brass for a machined part, particularly compared to aluminum and steel alloys, is its malleability. It can be easily machined into unique and complex shapes and sizes. This characteristic allows us to produce a quick-turn prototype that meets the exact specifications of your design.
In comparison to metals like bronze, steel, or aluminum, brass is a much softer metal. This property protects our machines from wear and tear, making the prototyping of your part more efficient and cost-effective. Combined with Plethora’s finishing and secondary operations, these advantages ensure we provide you with a high-quality product with a smooth, polished finish.
The specific advantages of Brass 360 and 464 are listed below. Our team of experts can help guide you to choose the best material for your component.
Brass 360 and 464
As a base metal in brass, copper is combined in varying proportions with zinc to form the different types of brass we use. Each alloy has unique mechanical properties to consider when choosing the right one for your project.
|Brass 360||Brass 464|
|Tensile Strength, Ultimate||68,200 psi||55,000 – 88,000 psi|
|Tensile Strength, Yield||52,200 psi||24,900 – 66,000 psi|
|Elongation at Break||18%||50%|
|Modulus of Elasticity||14,100 ksi||14,500 ksi|
|Shear Modulus||5,370 ksi||5,660 ksi|
|Shear Strength||37,700 psi||39,200 – 44,960 psi|
Brass 360 remains the industry standard for machining due to its high machinability percentage. With higher strength ratings, brass 464 has fair machinability and optimal for use in more aggressive environments. We have the ability at Plethora to machine both to suit your specific needs.
Engineers and designers in many industries enlist our custom brass prototyping services for their precision machining projects. Some common examples of applications that leverage the properties of brass include: