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About brass Material

Brass is a metal alloy made of a combination of copper and zinc. It has a high machinability factor (better than Stainless Steel), though its raw material cost is slightly higher. However, brass has a high scrap return, which can reduce the cost of raw material.

Think3D offers two Brass alloys: Brass C360 and Brass C260. Both of these alloys come with the higher zinc content. Brass C360 is the most cost-effective metal for machining because of its soft, easily machinable nature and the low impact it has on machining tools. In general, brass is known for its medium hardness and high tensile strength. This makes it suitable for applications in the electrical goods, consumer goods, architecture, automotive, and healthcare sectors.


Quick Overview

ProcessesLead TimeGradesTolerancePriceApplications
CNC MachiningAs fast as 3 daysC360 & C260With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 mediumQty & Precision dependentElectronic hardware and contacts, fittings, commercial products, Aerospace

Design Recommendations

Services NameMax SizeMin SizeMin ThicknessUndercutsRadii Depth
For CNC MachiningMax Part Size: 600 mmMin End Mill Size: 0.8 mmMin Wall Thickness: 0.5 mmUndercuts: Square profile, full radius, dovetail profilesRadii: Depth: Depth must not exceed 12x drill bit diameter. For end mills, depth must not exceed 10x tool diameter.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • High Malleability. Copper gives brass its high malleability. …
  • Conductivity. Apart from malleability, copper is also the one responsible for brass’s heat and electrical conductivity. …
  • Corrosion Resistance. Brass is a non-ferrous or non-iron-containing metal. …
  • Antibacterial Property.

These three metals contain little or no iron, and so do not rust, but they can react with oxygen.  Brass is an alloy of copper, zinc, and other elements, which also resists corrosion

The primary reason is that it simply takes longer to machine unleaded brass than 360 brass. It also requires different types of cutting tools, presents potential problems for maintaining acceptable surface finish due to chip breakage, and produces chips that may be more difficult to remove.

3D Printers and 3D Printing: Technologies, Processes and Techniques. 3D printing is also called additive manufacturing. This term accurately describes how this technology works to create objects. “Additive” refers to the successive addition of thin layers between 16 to 180 microns or more to create an object.

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