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Differences Between Plating Onto Ceramics and Plastics

Manufacturers that produce items made from ceramic or plastic materials must often implement additional steps to improve and protect their workpieces. Electroplating is a preferred finishing technique that deposits a metal coating onto the substrate. Electroplating ceramics or plastics provides benefits such as making the surface electrically conductive, improving strength and durability, increasing corrosion resistance […]

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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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Zinc vs Zinc Alloys

  Zinc is a hard, brittle metal that is found in abundance in many parts of the world. Zinc electroplating offers an inexpensive alternative to precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum. Its relatively low cost makes the zinc plating process the top choice for companies looking for affordable corrosion protection. The zinc acts […]

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Industrial Uses of Tin Plating

  Tinning or otherwise regularly referred to as “Tin Plating“, is an ancient art form. This synthesis will cover contemporary and future uses of tin plating, strengths and weaknesses of the coating, best in practice tin processing and how to choose the right tin coating. What Industries Make Use of the Electroplating of Tin? The […]

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Key Benefits of Silver Electroplating

What makes silver arguably the noblest precious metal plated? Silver electroplating has been around for eons. Its uses date back to the beginning of coinage and metal smithing. In modern times, silver was first collected as a status symbol of wealth and more importantly functional industrial use. Silver has the most applications as compared to […]

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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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Common Applications of Nickel Electroplating

Nickel electroplating serves a variety of practical and aesthetic purposes. From a practical standpoint, nickel plating can help protect against corrosion and improve wear resistance, as well as increase the thickness of a surface. Nickel can enhance the appearance of an object by adding brightness. Nickel plating is often used to create a base layer […]

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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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