Making a Play for the Right Brass Fitting

Brass is always a fine metal to use for a variety of purposes, from plaque plates to external gate ornaments. If you intend to acquire stocks of brass for a certain application, things can get tricky unless you know what production method was used for them. The fittings are either extruded or forged. However, some metal experts recommend going for brass extrusions.

Extrusion 101

Brass extrusions are made by putting a stock of soft brass into a die that has been pre-shaped according to client specs. Special additives are applied to prevent the metal from sticking on to the die, then the extrusion is cut and cooled down. A refining process is later carried out to help polish the extrusion.

Easy to Machine

The real benefit of brass extrusions is that they require less machine time, allowing for the die machine to extend its operating capacity before it goes down for maintenance. At the same time, it reduces the need for additional tools to shape the extrusions, as one die machine can be reconfigured for shaping other components as desired.

Brass extrusions are commonly available for low-intensity applications such as railings. Finalize the design specs before going for this option.

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