Materials

Brass, Bronze and Copper

Brass Bronze Copper

Often referred to as non-ferrous materials, these materials may look similar in appearance but have unique properties and applications.

Brass

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.  A range of brasses can be created with varying properties by changing the proportions of zinc and copper.

Brass is often the preferred choice for high volume repetition machining of fittings and small parts. Brass is quick and easy to machine and offers good corrosion resistance without further plating or coating.  The swarf and brass waste is easily recycled and is of relatively high value which can help reduce the overall cost of the part.

Brass is available in rod, flats and sheet.  It is also readily available in Hex shapes for machining of fittings and fasteners.

Bronze

Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.  It is widely used for plain bearings due to its strength and toughness. Plain bearings are ideal for applications where room is limited, and speeds are slow. The most common grades for engineering purposes are LG2 and PB1. At TNN we can machine bushes and bearing pads from stock material or have special castings made for larger parts.

We can also weld bronze to steel components to create wear pads.

Copper
Copper is a ductile metal with very good thermal and electrical conductivity. At TNN we machine copper components for electrical applications such as:
Power distribution blocks
Bus bars
Electrical contacts and connectors
Welding tips
Heat sinks
Electrodes
Gaskets and spacers
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