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Materials Used in TEC Rapid Prototyping in Minneapolis, MN

March 18th, 2016 · No Comments

When our clients need a part design to be finalized and processed with computer aided design (CAD) technology, our production-quality rapid prototyping services at Thomas Engineering Company offer the perfect outlet to streamline the process and eliminate handling complications with a separate company. If you need a part ready for production within a matter days, taking advantage of our rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN may be the optimal choice for you.

Using CAD technology and a range of highly-capable stamping machinery, our rapid prototyping services can create virtually any form of part prototype. For a prototype that is completely true to and interchangeable with the final parts produced, we use the same materials for prototypes as we do for production-quality parts.

Stainless steel is one of the most common materials used in TEC parts production. Because stainless steel contains greater amounts of chromium oxide than carbon steel, a protective outer film prevents corrosive oxygen from reaching the metal surface. Stainless steel maintains the structural properties while resisting corrosion.

Copper is also used regularly at TEC for its high conductivity, both electrically and thermally. Additionally, copper is a soft material, and many of our micro electronic parts can be stamped from copper.

Titanium is a metal alloy used in rapid prototyping for its high strength and low density. Titanium alloys made with iron, vanadium, and aluminum produce parts able to withstand exposure to high stress, heat, and corrosive materials.

Brass is an alloy composed primarily of copper and zinc. The levels of each metal ingredient can be altered to create brass types with many different properties. Brass is often used in metal stamping for parts that demand a high durability and where sparking should be prevented (i.e. electrical components).

Inconel is an encompassing term for superalloys comprised largely of nickel and chromium, along with other metals including austenite (iron), copper, manganese, molybdenum, aluminum, tin, and more. Inconel alloys are used for parts that must withstand environments of high corrosion, pressure, and friction.

While these metals are used most often at TEC for rapid prototyping, we work according to our customers’ distinctive and specialized needs, and have other options available for a unique part specification. For more information about our rapid prototyping in Minneapolis, MN, contact Thomas Engineering Company at 763.533.1501.

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