Engineers and designers need to actively work to create the highest quality parts and products. Part of this process includes adding surface treatments to metal alloys. Choosing a material is one of the most important aspects of designing electronics. Each type of metal boasts distinctive characteristics, which means that price should not be the only consideration when choosing a material. Many of the base metals incorporated into electrical design do not have specialized characteristics that meet the strict demands of specific applications. Surface treatment of metal parts adds many important characteristics that are essential for creating optimally designed electronics.
Knowing the differences between the most popular forms of surface treatments for metal alloys helps you to make an informed decision. Below, we want to highlight some of the most common forms of surface treatments.
Electroplating is a process that creates a thin coating of metal on a substrate. The process takes a positively charged current and passes it through a solution that contains dissolved metal ions. The process also involves negatively charged electrical currents that are attached to the metal part being plated. Plated wire is strong and reliable, and it is also affordable when compared to other surface treatment options
Other common options include:
- Anodic Plating
- Vacuum Plating
- Hot Dipping
- Thermal Spraying
- Electroless Plating
- Chemical Treatment
Make sure not to pick the first surface treatment you consider because each is different and produces varying results. If you have further questions about wire plating and other treatments for metal alloys, you should not hesitate to give our talented team a call.