We’re happy to announce that we are adding C172 Beryllium Copper Round Bars to our selection of materials!
What is C172 Beryllium Copper used for?
C172 is the common alloy in the Beryllium Copper family. It is popular because of a wide variety of positive characteristics. C172 is a high strength and hardness alloy that is also easy to work and machine. Furthermore, C172 demonstrates excellent thermal conductivity. Lastly, it is non-magnetic and non-sparking.
C172 is great for molds, specifically plastic injection molds, and complex shaping. Also, it excels in hazardous environments, such as projects involving oil or gas. As a result, it is particularly popular in the aerospace, coal, natural gas, and oil industries.
Beyond these more technical purposes, C172 is often used in high end musical instruments, especially percussion instruments, valves in motors, and golf clubs. These are just a few examples. In most situations where you need a non-sparking material with high strength, wear resistance, and/or conductive properties, C172 is an excellent choice.
The beryllium copper we stock are all cold worked metals.
C172 vs C173
C172 Beryllium Copper is very similar to C173. The main difference is that C173 contains a small amount of lead. As such, C173 is easier to machine. Additionally, C173 has slightly superior corrosion resistance to C172.
These are both useful, though more specialized, metals.