Type of metal, as well as plating and coating methods, must all be considered in order for your project to succeed.
Choosing low-cost materials in an effort to save costs is one of the most common mistakes made in designing new products. While it is true that material selection plays an important role in determining the overall cost of a part, making that selection based solely on cost is not advised. In fact, it can lead to part failure and higher costs down the line.
We at Bracalente have decades of experience in custom manufacturing. With our new eBook, The Power of Material Selection: Selecting the Right Material for Your Project, we can share some of the knowledge gained from that experience with you. We want to help you avoid the pitfalls of the material selection process.
One of the important steps in the design process for any engineering component is the selection of a material. The chosen material must be appropriate for the intended final application of the component and is the key satisfactory performance at a minimum total cost. Some characteristics to think about when selecting a material for a specific application would be:
- stability of properties in service conditions
- electrical resistibvity
- surface finishing
- and many more! Find them out in the eBook!
When choosing steel for your project, you must keep the use of your part in mind. With so many options, this choice can be daunting.
How Bracalente’s Experience Helped Their Clients
One Bracalente customer specified 360 brass, a brass alloy commonly used in machining applications, for a part component. The component was machined first and cold formed later, during final assembly. When choosing 360 brass, the customer did not consider the stress of the cold forming process, which put stress into the metal. The plating that the customer chose was not suitable for cold forming either, so it peeled and cracked.
During redesign, we suggested that 353 brass be used instead. This type of brass has better properties for cold forming. We also decided to treat the component with high ductility tin plating. This plating method allowed for more formability in the component, eliminating cracks and peels during final assembly.
With just two small changes, we gave the customer the high-end results they needed without increasing the production cost.
Learn More in Bracalente’s eBook
We barely scratch the surface here. For more information on choosing raw materials, read our new eBook, The Power of Material Selection: Selecting the Right Material for Your Project. Draw from our decades of expertise and choose the raw materials that your next project needs to succeed.
Download your free copy today, and contact us to learn more.