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Biocompatibility and Design Considerations

What is biocompatibility? A biocompatible material is one that does not induce a response in living organisms, whether it be on their skin or tissue. Medically, such a material is useful because it is known to not cause allergic reactions, long-term problems or other complications in patients. Biocompatibility is meant to eliminate undesired local, tumorigenic, systemic, […]

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Plastic Materials as Electroplating Substrates

Which Plastic Materials Make The Best Electroplating Substrates? While electroplating is typically known as a metal-on-metal process, some manufacturing applications require plating onto plastic materials. The reasons can be functional, such as metallizing a plastic substrate to enable it to conduct electricity or to harden and protect the surface. Plating onto plastic can also help […]

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Electroplating IC Packages

Electroplating integrated circuit packaging is simultaneously becoming a more complex and more in-demand service — especially as the U.S. electronics industry has continued to generate annual revenues pushing well past the $200 billion mark since 2012. With the domestic consumer electronics (CE) market estimated to shatter the $300 billion mark in 2018, the number of […]

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Electroforming Guide

Many different processes, from forging to deep drawing to casting, are used to form metal — and most of them involve applying some sort of effective stress to a metal. These methods are useful for a range of applications, but did you know that you can also “grow” metal? When working on a complex project that […]

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What Materials Are Used for 3D Printing?

The materials used for 3D printing are as diverse as the products that result from the process. As such, 3D printing is flexible enough to allow manufacturers to determine the shape, texture and strength of a product. Best of all, these qualities can be achieved with far fewer steps than what is typically required in […]

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Guide to Surface Finishing for 3D-Printed Parts

3D printing is a useful new technology that allows manufacturers to produce components relatively quickly, in small batches and with a high degree of flexibility. Often, though, after a part comes out of the printer, it needs to undergo a surface finishing process before it’s ready for use, especially if it’s a consumer good or […]

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Exploring Safer Alternatives to Chrome Plating

Hard chrome plating has been a preferred metal finishing solution since the 1940s — over time it has grown into a $20 billion industry. Chrome’s combination of superior hardness (which easily exceeds that of steel), excellent corrosion protection, abrasion resistance and bright, gleaming finish make chrome plating a top choice for various applications in industries […]

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Metal Plating on Satellites: The Benefits of Light Reflection

Hundreds of advanced technologies on earth employ metal plating as an integral part of their function, from industrial electronics to automotive machining. Those applications don’t end in the earth’s atmosphere, however. Metal plating has countless applications in spacecraft and satellite design, from electronic satellite components to telescopes. Read on to learn more about how metal […]

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ENEPIG Plating for Printed Circuit Boards

Printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing involves several technologies to bring about the desired results and functionalities. One of these technologies is the surface finish. The copper layer of a PCB oxidizes when it meets air, reducing the soldering ability of the copper. With a surface finish, however, the copper layer is protected from oxidation, maintaining […]

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How to Work With Your Metal Finishing Services Provider

Electroplating and electroless plating are crucial processes for ensuring a successful outcome in many manufacturing and fabricating operations. Plating provides the essential “finishing touch” that protects the workpiece against destructive forces such as corrosion, extreme temperatures and wear, while also enhancing its aesthetic appeal. Working closely with your plating services provider is key to attaining […]

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