During the process of electroplating, very fine layers of metal are bonded to the surface of another metal at the molecular level. The process involves creating an electrolytic cell, which uses electricity to move molecules.
Electroplating has many uses, and these uses can be functional, decorative or corrosion-related. Many industries use the process, including the automotive sector, in which the chrome-plating of steel automobile parts is common.
|Aluminum, Brass Stainless Steel, Steel||Tin, Nickel, Electroless Nickel||Electrical connections, jewelry, radiation shields||Galvanizing, nickel plating, tin plating, passivation|
- Tolerances should account for plating thickness, and the part’s ability to fit into a larger assembly should be factored into all critical dimensions and tolerances.
- Electroplating involves the use of current. This means the overall geometry of the part will influence the current distribution across its surface, sometimes unevenly. However, there are some advanced plating processes that can prevent excessive plating buildup on bends, threads and sharp corners.
- Plating materials should be chosen based on the desired characteristics of the final part: corrosion resistance, strength, etc.
Instant Quote & Order
Latest news and stories
Quote management from RapidDirect: Brings your quotes together, eliminates back-and-forth
RapidDirect’s quote management system saves you time by bringing all your requests and orders together in one place. Say goodbye to endless searching and negotiating. […]
The RapidDirect Manufacturing Network Explained
RapidDirect provides customers with exceptional quality at the lowest prices. This is how our extensive manufacturing network helps us do it. For almost a decade, […]
Online payment options with RapidDirect: PayPal now available
RapidDirect wants to improve every aspect of the manufacturing process, and that includes paying for your parts. To make things faster and simpler, we now […]