Brass is a binary alloy composed of Copper and Zinc. It is valued for its workability, hardness, corrosion resistance, and attractive appearance. The metal is easily machined and formed into desired shapes while retaining high strength. Etched Brass components are used in a wide array of industries, including automotive, artisanal metalworking, music, appliance, and sanitary. Fotofab utilizes a chemical etching process to produce designs that can withstand harsh indoor and outdoor environments. The etching process uses a strong caustic chemical to cut into unprotected parts of the metal’s surface to create a design or image. Our etched projects can then be machined and formed to your project’s specifications through the many value added services offered.
- Brass, with low Zinc content, can be easily cold worked, welded and brazed
- A high Copper content enables Brass to form a protective oxide layer on its surface that guards against corrosion
- Wear and spark resistant, and the alloy has good heat and electrical conductivity
- Considered a low-friction and non-magnetic alloy
- Musical instrument manufacturers use the metal for its acoustic properties
- Brass is often used for its aesthetic appeal
Brass Etching Applications:
By varying the levels of Copper, Zinc and other metals in Brass, the alloy can exhibit a wide range of strength and hardness, ductility, electrical and thermal conductivity and corrosion resistance properties. As a result, Brass is used in a wide range of applications for a variety of industries. Examples include:
- Connector pins
- The cold rolling process deforms brass’ internal grain structure, resulting in a much stronger and harder metal.
- Nuts, bolts and other threaded components are not parts that Fotofab manufactures