Nickel Silver Chemical Etching

Nickel Silver Chemical Etching

Characteristics of Nickel Silver

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Excellent Corrosion Resistance

High Thermal Conductivity

Easy to Etch

Precision and Complexity

Processing Speed and Cost-Effectiveness

Design Flexibility

Nickel Silver Chemical Etching Applications

By varying the levels of Copper, Nickel, Zinc and other metals in Nickel Silver formulations, the alloy can exhibit differing levels of electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, and appearance. As a result, Nickel Silver is used in a variety of applications, including:

  • Jewelry
  • Audio components
  • Marine fittings
  • Anodes
  • Food and sanitation fittings

Other Factors

  • When exposed to oxygen for long time periods, Nickel Silver develops a protective oxide or patina that turns brownish-green
  • Ideal for welding and soldering with the addition of lead
  • All modern, commercially important Nickel Silvers (such as those standardized ASTM B 122) contain significant amounts of Zinc and are sometimes considered a subset of Brass
  • Also known as Maillechort, German Silver, Argentan, New Silver, Nickel Brass, Albata, and Alpacca

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