Electroplating

What Is the Best Precious Metal?

The metal coating you choose for a component or product greatly affects its properties and performance. Electroplating using precious metals typically leads to superior results. The best precious metal for electroplating your product or component will depend on certain factors, including industry, intended application and budget. What Are Precious Metals? Precious metals are rare but […]

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What Is Porosity in Electroplating?

In many applications, the electroplated surface of a product needs to be smooth and consistent to ensure proper functionality. In the telecommunications industry, especially, imperfections on the surface of a connector can lead to electrical resistance and poor performance. Modern electroplating methods allow for the production of high-quality finished parts. However, a range of variables […]

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History of Electroplating

Electroplating is used in a wide variety of modern industrial and commercial applications, using the power of electricity to deposit metal on the surface of various types of objects. The object acts as the cathode, while the material to be coated serves as an anode, which is oxidized by the charge and reduced and deposited […]

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An Overview of Micromanufacturing

Micro is the way of the modern world — from consumer products to the medical and aerospace industries, getting the most output with as little input as possible is the goal for many manufacturing operations. Enterprises are using smaller, more precise components, and manufacturing methods must adapt to produce these components accurately and cost-effectively. While […]

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Plating on Superalloys for Aerospace Turbine Engines

An alloy is a metal created by combining two or more metallic elements. Alloys provide enhanced properties in critical areas such as corrosion and wear protection, friction reduction, electrical conductivity and heat resistance While many metals offer these characteristics in their base form, developing alloys will augment the performance of each metal and improve overall […]

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Electroless (Autocatalytic) Vs Electrolytic Plating

When choosing your form of plating, you need to know the differences in electroplating vs. electroless plating. Some projects will benefit more from electroless plating, also known as autocatalytic, than from electrolytic. Before you make a major decision on how your parts get finished, learn more about the coating options you have for a metal […]

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Key Benefits of Copper Electroplating

You probably already know that copper is frequently used in electrical wiring because it is an excellent conductor of electricity. This also makes copper electroplating an excellent choice on metal surfaces where a high level of conductivity is required. Although copper has a somewhat dull reddish-brown color, the finish can be brightened with the use […]

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Applications for Plated Glass-Filled Nylon

  Nylon is a synthetic polymer that became popular during World War II for producing parachutes and other equipment for the U.S. military. The use of nylon has increased in the ensuing decades. While most people are familiar with nylon fabric and cookware, you can also find it in industrial products such as plastic fasteners […]

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Avoid Flaking When Plating on Ceramics & Plastics

  Plating onto plastics and ceramics can provide a variety of benefits. A coating of gold, silver, nickel or copper will make these somewhat fragile materials stronger and more durable, while increasing their resistance to corrosion as well. The electroplating process can also provide a metallic finish that can enhance a ceramic or plastic product’s […]

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What Engineers Should Know About Electroplating

Electroplating has become an important technology in many industries, as metal coating can improve performance and durability of parts. Electroplating can be applied to a wide variety of materials to provide numerous benefits, such as better conductivity, resistance to wear and durability in extreme temperatures. Electroplating of parts can produce a better final product with […]

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