Brass is a binary alloy composed of Copper and Zinc. It is similar to Bronze and valued for its workability, hardness, corrosion resistance, and attractive appearance. The metal is easily machined and formed into desired shapes while retaining high strength. Acid etching for Brass components is ideal for the automotive, artisanal metalworking, music, appliance, and sanitary industries.
Fotofab's chemical etching process produces designs that can withstand harsh indoor and outdoor environments. The process uses a strong caustic chemical to etch into unprotected parts of the metal's surface to create a design or image formed to your project’s specifications.
Fotofab products are made in the USA and distributed worldwide.
Characteristics of Brass
- Wear and spark resistant
- Good thermal and electrical conductivity
- Low friction and non-magnetic
- Acoustic properties that are desirable in the manufacturing of musical instruments
- Low melting point
- High malleability, workability, and durability
Applications of Acid Etched Brass
The alloy exhibits a wide range of strength and hardness, ductility, electrical and thermal conductivity, and corrosion resistance properties when the levels of Copper, Zinc, and other metals are varied. Brass chemical etching is ideal for various applications, including:
- Connector pins
- The cold rolling process deforms brass’ internal grain structure, resulting in a much stronger and harder metal
- The proportions of Copper and Zinc can be varied to achieve different mechanical and electrical properties
- Nuts, bolts, and other threaded components are not parts that Fotofab manufactures
- 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
- Brass is often used for its aesthetic appeal