A metal alloy is made by using copper as the core material, and then mixing it with another metal to form the finished product.
Here’s how to get started.
Metal smelter company Metal Smelter Company, based in Melbourne, is the leader in the manufacturing of metal alloys.
Photo: Supplied The company produces metal alloying processes that use copper in a wide variety of products, including copper-based paints, catalysts, and even the final product of the company’s metal smelters, including a range of aluminium alloys used for building buildings.
But, like most metal allaysers, Metal Smeller uses a proprietary process that is more complicated than a typical smeltery process.
This involves melting a metal, then adding a copper layer that is then melted, cooled, and re-melted to produce a finished alloy.
Metal Smeller’s process is a “gold standard” for metal allayers, said company founder and CEO Tom Moore.
“When you have this process that you can actually build up a large amount of copper in the process, you can create a high quality metal alloy, but also a very strong metal alloy,” he said.
The company processes a variety of metal alloyes, including: aluminium, aluminium alloy, aluminium alloy, copper, copper-alloy, cobalt, nickel, palladium, platinum, zinc, and zinc-alloys.
“There are two different kinds of alloy, one that is copper and one that’s nickel,” Mr Moore said.
“The other one is used for a lot of different applications.”
Metal smelters like Metal Smelleers also use a unique process called a copper-to-nickel conversion process.
Here, the copper is replaced with a mixture of nickel and copper.
Photo by Sam Barlow/Metal Smellers website Metal Smelters uses a copper to nickel conversion process to convert copper into nickel and zinc.
The process uses a mixture (a copper to zinc mixture) of nickel, nickel and cobalt.
“It’s actually one of the first processes we did to convert a copper metal into nickel metal,” Mr Davis said.
Metalsmelter’s process “is the gold standard for metal alloying,” Mr Trewavas said.
When it comes to making metal allaints, MetalSmelter relies on a unique copper alloy process called the “Copper-to Nickel-to Cobalt conversion”.
The process involves adding copper to the nickel and then heating it for about three hours, cooling it and reampering it.
“We’re basically putting a copper alloy into a nickel metal alloy and then we’re making the metal into metal,” he explained.
The final product, when finished, is called a metal metal alloy.
Mr Tawvas said Metal Smells metal allaines are sold to “major car manufacturers”, including the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Nissan and Toyota.
“For the most part, we’re doing a small amount of manufacturing for the major car manufacturers,” he added.
Metal alloys are a major source of manufacturing energy in Australia, with a recent government study estimating the cost of manufacturing metals at about $200 million a year.
A 2016 report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated the energy cost of the manufacture of metal products in Australia is about $8 billion a year, with about $500 million spent on the process.
“A lot of metal manufacturing in Australia depends on the copper we use to produce our metal allases, and there’s a lot that goes into making those allays,” Mr Barlow said.