For simple copper components with wide tolerances, forging is enough. But sometimes, forging can not reach the drawing specifications for some complex structures or tight dimensional tolerances. This will need extra machining operation to meet the dimensional tolerances required.
Compared to other metal forged materials, most copper-based forgings are relatively easy to machine. Machining copper forgings is considerably easier than machining steels or aluminium forgings of the same strength. Parts that are mass-manufactured are typically machined from copper materials. In order to meet a very wide range of technical and engineering requirements, a great number of copper-based materials have been developed over the years that are used for machining.
Completed machining operations used after copper forging include milling, slotting, drilling, tapping, counterboring, chamfering, threading, knurling, grooving, trimming, etc. Machining copper forgings requires specialized process knowledge for manufacturing. Copper forging alloys are often used in place of pure copper to improve machinability, especially when performing more intricate custom work. As such, specialized knowledge and expertise is necessary when machining copper forgings on machining equipments.
Advantages of Machining Copper Forgings
As the premier copper forging & machining supplier, CFS Forge knows the many benefits behind copper machined parts. Copper is known for being the best electrical conductor while having a relatively low cost. Machining copper forgings or copper bars directly is a smooth, easy process because copper is a good heat conductor that is easy to shape. Copper also has high corrosion resistance properties to rust, making copper machined parts popular for electrical applications.
CFS’ Machining Service for Copper Forgings
CFS Forge is equiped with all types of machining equipments including CNC machines, so that we can meet various machining requirements to deliver finished machined copper products to our customers, which can enable us to supply high quality products in the shortest lead time and with competitive prices. In addition to on-time delivery assurance, CFS can recommend the specific copper alloy that will machine most cost-effectively for your project.
Combining the advantages of forging and copper based alloys, the applications of machined copper forgings are very wide. Machined copper forgings in CFS are suitable for engineering applications because of its corrosion resistant and thermal conductivity properties. Some engineering applications for machined copper forgings include: valves, hydraulic tubing, radiators, and much more. Also, copper machined forgings are suitable for electrical applications because of good strength and copper’s electrical conductivity property. Copper forging & machining for electrical applications is used mostly in the automotive industry for radiators, cooling systems, and even heat exchangers. Furthermore, there are also environmental applications that require machined copper forging products including coastal power systems and plumbing systems! If your applications require post machining services for copper forgings, brass forgings or bronze forgings, then request a quote today.