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The Red Metals: Brass, Bronze, and Copper With Metal Stamping in Minneapolis, MN

June 14th, 2017 · No Comments

In the metal stamping industry, a wide range of metalloid materials are used for fabricating parts and for the tools involved in producing those parts. Each type of material, from stainless steel to aluminum, serves its purpose in a fitting setting. At Thomas Engineering Company (TEC), we work with almost all metals and metal alloys available to the industry. With our abilities in precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, we’re able to process these materials with expertise and efficiency to produce high-quality and ultra-precise parts.

One of the largest markets for which we produce precision stamped parts is the electronics industry. Even within the automotive and medical industries that we also supply with a large bracket of our products, there are demands for electronic components, electronic connectors, or otherwise electronic-based parts. For these parts, we make frequent use of the three Red Metals: brass, bronze, and copper.

Copper: One of the metals most often used for parts that must conduct electrical current, copper is put to use at TEC for the production of various thin-stamped electronic connectors. Copper has high electrical conductivity and is naturally resistant to corrosion. It also has high strength compared to metals with similar properties and forms well. At TEC, we specialize in oxygen-free coppers for their heightened conductivity and improved ductility.

 Brass: We also use brass for the fabrication of multiple electronic parts. Because brass is an alloyed metal of copper and zinc, it’s also effective for carrying current. The presence of zinc in brass alloys greatly increases the strength and ductility of the material, which makes brass more useful than copper when it comes to high-stress part endurance. Brass alloys can also take additions of other elements and varied content percentages of zinc to alter the properties of the resulting material.

 Bronze: Containing mostly copper, bronzes are also resistant to corrosion. However, because bronze often contain several additional elements, the properties of the resulting material are different from copper alone. For example, most bronzes have a greater hardness than copper and a low friction production with metal-on-metal contact. We often use phosphor bronzes at TEC for the production of parts needing greater tensile strength and corrosion resistance.

While the Red Metals all take their name from their copper content, they offer a wide spectrum of qualities for practical application. Thomas Engineering Company works with the three main Red Metals to design and produce the parts our customers need. For more information about the materials we use and our abilities with precision metal stamping in Minneapolis, MN, contact us at (763) 533-1501 today.

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