• Differences Between Plating Onto Ceramics and Plastics

    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 and making a “dull” substrate look brighter. The electroplating process is essentially the same with either material. It’s necessary to start with electroless plating using nickel or copper to provide a protective undercoating and “metalize” the surface. Unlike electroplating, the electroless method does not rely on electricity — instead, the deposition occurs via an autocatalytic chemical reaction. This coating will also promote the adhesion of…

  • Plating on Superalloys for Aerospace Turbine Engines

    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 results. Typical examples of metal alloys you’re undoubtedly familiar with include bronze (produced by combining copper and tin) and brass (a combination of copper and zinc). A superalloy, also referred to as a high-performance alloy, is an enhanced version of an alloy that exhibits more robust characteristics for heavy-duty metal finishing applications. Specifically, superalloys provide increased thermal protection, greater surface stability, more corrosion protection and…

  • Hard Gold Plating vs. Soft Gold Plating

    Hard Gold Plating vs. Soft Gold Plating

    Gold has always held a sparkly reputation in jewelry and decorative accents, but many are unaware of its uses in the world of electroplating. Along with its excellent electrical conductivity, gold offers many benefits, from corrosion resistance to biocompatibility. However, not all gold plating is the same, which is mainly due to the solution or plating bath in which it is created. As a manufacturer, you have the option to select hard or soft gold plating for the finish of your products. It is crucial to gain a general understanding of the two processes so you can make an informed choice for your manufacturing operation. Quick Links Considerations When Plating Hard and Soft Gold | Design Bonding | Other Factors Buy Soft…