When shopping for beryllium copper wire or phosphor bronze wire, the amount of options for wire shape is daunting. Knowing the difference between all types and styles is not necessary when you call us at LFA Wire. Our trained staff can give you detailed breakdowns of different materials, shapes, and sizes. In this article, we will be providing some basic information regarding differently shaped wire.
Round Wire: these wires are made in either grease or soap drawn finishes. Round wire can have a close dimension tolerance. There is also the ability to package and store in various options (like spooling). Lastly, plating for round wire can be made ultra-fine.
Flat Wire: this wire starts round, but during the drawing process it becomes flat. During rolling operations wire is rolled into cross-sections. This wire provides edges for wire width. A flat wire is a continuous coil that requires little welding. The flat wire will also not have burrs.
Custom Shaped Wire: Customization is necessary when exact cross-sectional dimensions are needed. By being built to be near net in shape, custom shaped wire can substantially reduce machining costs. Customization in many cases can also help to lessen the amount of scrap materials produced. When purchasing wires, they can be cut to length, or they remain as a continuous coil.