Machining Custom Products: Choose The Best Metal
Loos Precision Products has experience machining all types of ferrous and nonferrous material, including stainless steels, carbon steels, brass, aluminum, and exotic metals such as titanium. Before submitting an order to us for custom machined hardware, components, and fittings, it may be helpful for you to know the benefits of the following four materials. Knowing their strength qualities and physical characteristics help ensure you are getting the best product for your specific application.
Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials used in machining because it is high quality, strong, and corrosion resistant. Often used in aerospace and medical applications, stainless steel has the ability to withstand a variety of different environmental conditions without rusting or degrading.
Brass is commonly used to make fittings and cast parts because it holds threads and other intricate shapes well. Unlike stainless steel, aluminum, and titanium which have grey appearance, brass offers a distinct yellow-gold finish that allows it to stand apart from other materials. Though it is heavier than other types of metals and offers less strength, it is usually more affordable than other options like stainless steel.
Aluminum is lightweight and corrosive resistant which makes it a versatile material. It also performs well under machining operations such as cutting, punching, and milling, allowing it to transform into a variety of different shapes with ease. Aluminum also offers a high shine finish that is ideal for products with aesthetic value.
Though titanium is lightweight, it is also incredibly strong. It is twice as strong as aluminum, and is also non-magnetic which makes it ideal for aircraft applications. Additionally, because it is non-toxic, it can be used in medical applications without being rejected by the body. As an exotic metal, it is typically more expensive than other types of materials, yet its quality is entirely unmatched.