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Material Basics Part II: Copper and Copper Alloys used for TEC Precision Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

August 18th, 2016 · No Comments

This is Part II of a three-part series covering metal stamping materials used at TEC. Part I covered types of steel, and Part III will cover aluminum and other alloys.

At Thomas Engineering Company, we take pride in our abilities to provide our customers with quality parts time and time again. With over 50 years of experience in precision metal stamping, TEC is well-accustomed to the elements that go into making a quality product. Working with high-quality materials specific to the functional needs of each part is crucial to fulfilling our customer’s needs. While we use strong steels in many cases, there are also times when production demands the use of copper and copper alloys for precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN.

TEC uses industrial coppers along with several types of copper alloys listed below:

Copper: We use copper in much of our production for the electronics industry. Copper is a soft, ductile metal with high thermal and electrical conductivity, making it perfect for electronic components and connectors that will endure the passage of heat and electricity. Copper is also used for parts in electromagnets, radiation wave guides, and electronics heat exchangers.

Brass: Balances of copper and zinc make up the different brasses that meet a variety of functional needs for several industries. Because of its copper content and ability to prevent sparking, brass is a suitable material for most electrical applications. Several types of brasses are also resistant to corrosion and can survive severe environments.

Beryllium Copper: Containing a mixture of beryllium and copper, this material offers increased strength, non-magnetic properties, and properties that prevent sparking. It’s also resistant to corrosion from acids not related to oxidization, has high conductivity, and holds up against abrasive materials.

Phosphor Bronze: This copper alloy is a combination of copper, tin, and phosphorus. Phosphor bronze is used for its strength, low friction, conductivity, resistance to corrosion, and tightly knit crystalline molecules.

High-Performance Copper Alloys: There are several ways to alter copper alloys to push them beyond their original properties into the high-performance range. High-performance copper alloys have heightened strength, resistance to corrosion and oxidation, and resistance to deformation.

All our uses of copper and copper alloys play a vital part in the production of precision-based, quality parts.

For more information about any materials we use in the manufacturing of quality parts with our precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at (763) 533-1501 today.

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