What Type of Parts are Good Candidates for Soldering?
Nearly any type of metallic part can be soldered because the soldering process allows for the joining of two metals but not the melting of the metals together like in welding. In this process, a metal alloy is melted and flowed into the space between two metal parts, joining them in a permanent but reversible state. Traditionally in electronics assembly the eutectic alloy of 60/40 tin and lead is used as a general-purpose alloy for most jobs, though for joining aluminum a combination of tin and zinc are often used. Tin and silver are also used in electronics as silver can conduct electricity very well and will offer less resistance between the joints. If the parts are made of metal, and are cleaned of oil and dirt, they can be joined successfully from a large array of different alloys specialized for the particular metals and the temperature applications.
Designing Parts for Soldering
Soldering is used for jewelry, electronic circuits, plumbing and other mechanical processes.