Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc, which is often used for decoration due to its bright gold-like appearance. It is commonly used in applications where low friction is required such as locks, gears, bearings, ammunition casings and valves, and is regularly found in products used for plumbing and electrical applications. Brass is also often utilized when situations require sparks not be struck, such as in fittings and tools around explosive gases.
The color of brass varies from a dark, reddish brown to a light silvery yellow depending on the amount of zinc present; the more zinc, the lighter the color.
We offer brass shims and precision stamping in thicknesses ranging from 0.001″ up to 0.250″, most commonly in CDA 260 Half Hard form. We stock a broad spectrum of brass grades, types and tempers for your custom fabrication needs. All materials are available with full chemical and physical test reports right from the mill, providing melt and heat/lot data. Need DFARS-compliant material? We offer that too!
Benefits of Brass
Key benefits of using brass include the ease in which it can be shaped, stamped and deep-drawn resulting in a product that exhibits good strength. Brass and brass alloys are resistant to corrosion, have a smooth finished surface and can be polished to a shiny finish. As a result, brass is often used for decorative parts and functional parts that need to appear decorative. Its electrical properties make it an excellent material for electronic parts, such as in lighting and small device applications.
The ease of stamping and finishing, coupled with its electrical properties, corrosion-resistance and strength, make it an excellent material for a broad range of parts. Brass is also a fully recyclable material, making it a more environmentally friendly choice.
Die-Cut Products stocks a variety of brass grades and tempers. If you have a specialty need for a grade or temper which is not listed here please let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist you.
Applications & Industries
Brass can be used for shims, washers, spring clips, and spacers. Just a few of the industries where these types of brass parts are used include:
- Medical & Healthcare
- Military and Defense Equipment
- Fluid Processing Equipment
- Construction Equipment
- Mining Equipment
- Material Handling
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