Materials Consultation

Material Selection is a key component for success in Swiss-Style Machining. At Palladin, our engineers and Master Machinists become your expert Material Consultants, helping you understand the metal or plastic best suited to meet your end-component cost and function needs.

Swiss Machining Materials: Selection

Palladin Materials Consultation begins with defining your parts physical charasteristic needs. Requirements for electrical conductivity, rigidity, hardness, temperature and chemical resistance, heat treat-ability, and even surface appearance are all prioritized. We provide insight on how Material Selection will affect machining cycle speed, maintenance and retooling frequency, and ultimately project cost.

Swiss Machining Materials: Size

Swiss machining “blanks” are the raw pieces of material that will be milled and turned to create your component. We’ll work to determining the optimum size for your project blanks, ensuring optimum turning results while ALSO saving on cost by reducing waste material.

Swiss Machining Materials: Variety

Palladin’s precision control of Swiss Style Machining allows the manufacturing of very small, very intricate parts in a wide range of materials that include aluminum, copper alloys, brass, steel, stainless steel, plastics, and more.

Materials Commonly used in Palladin Swiss Machining Include:




Aluminum is a common and cost-effective choice for many Swiss Turning applications. Aluminum is lightweight, strong, offers excellent electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance, and allows for highly-detailed machining — making Aluminum an excellent choice for electrical, automotive, aerospace, and industrial applications.



Brass is used to create strong, unflexible, tight tolerance components. Swiss Screw products machined from brass provide excellent electrical conductivity, corrosion resistant, and structural integrity. Brass is also non-sparking, non-magnetic, and cost effective.



Bronze is Swiss machined to make strong, corrosion- and wear-resistant components for moving-part applications that include worm gears, bushings, screw valves, pumps, switches, and more. The strength, wear, and non-magnetic characteristics of brass make it a key material used in aerospace, industrial, electrical, and consumer-product applications.


Carbon and Tool Steel

The use of Steel and Steel alloys in Swiss Style machining is expansive due to the strength and diversity it provideds. Shafts, screws, connectors, sockets, bushings, brackets, and more are cost-efficiently turned for use in the automotive, recreational, aerospace, defense, and medical industries.


Copper and Copper Alloys

Copper and Copper alloys like Beryllium Copper offer superior electrical conductivity, and are non-magnetic and non-sparking — making Copper an excellent choice for Swiss Turning parts used in specialized electrical applications. Copper alloys improve further on copper’s strength, conductivity, and resistance to corrosion.


Nickel Alloys

Nickel Alloys provide esthetically pleasing, affordable material options for Swiss Machining. Turning Nickel alloys produces a hard, corrosion resistant component with excellent stiffness and structural integrity. Finish characteristics and strength make Nickel a material chosen for components used for Automotive, Industrial, Marine, and consumer products.



Plastics, from common to the exotic, are commonly used to develop both components and prototypes using Swiss Turning. We are proficient in machining Delrin, Teflon, Polycarbonate, and virtually any rigid plastic. Plastic turning can produce custom fit bushings, insulators, fittings, screws, cases, sleeves, and more for use in virtually every industry.


Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel gives Swiss-Turned parts extreme corrosion resistance and durability. Stainless Steel is especially machining, including, but not limited to Medical, Automotive, Military, Aerospace. Our Stainless Steel components can also undergo passivation—ridding them of surface contaminants, strengthening corrosion resistance, and meeting ASTM A967 specifications.


Titanium is the optimum material for Swiss screw machining used in medical applications, aerospace applications, and anywhere strength, corrosion resistance, and light-weight are mission-critical concerns. Titanium’s ductile characteristics allow it to be machined to incredibly and small and detailed shapes while still maintaining structural integrity and amazing strength.


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