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Brass Forging Process
Brass forging uses a hot forging process where the metal is formed using high temperatures and pressure. The brass is heated and then deformed using pressure. Brass is easy to forge and generally allows for close tolerances and limited reheating or additional machining. The forging process allows for accuracy and relative freedom from flaws.
Brass Forging – Material Information
Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, is a soft and malleable metal that is frequently used for decorative products or for low friction product components. While not as inherently strong as steel or aluminum, brass forgings provide a unique mix of material strength and integrity, dimensional tolerance, and desirable surface finish for many general use applications. Brass has an attractive muted gold color throughout and has a beneficial resistance to tarnish and corrosion.
Brass Forging Considerations
Brass Forging allows for many beneficial factors, including:
- High ductility
- Corrosion resistance and excellent finishing properties
- High thermal and electrical conductivity
- Superior malleability that facilitates tight tolerances
- Non-magnetic and non-sparking properties
Brass Forging has a few disadvantages, including:
- Possible atmospheric reactions
- Warping or variations may develop in cooling process
- Brass is not a feasible option for structural products
Brass Forging Applications
Brass forgings have been used in many applications across a number of industries including consumer, medical, automotive, industrial, and agricultural. Brass is easily forged and machined, so it is an ideal material for use in mass production of relatively small parts.