Mueller Corp: How to Metallize Plastics
Plastic components can be coated with metal involving a process called metallization, for mechanical and aesthetic purposes. A plastic component will be more glossy and reflective when coated with metal. Through metallization, plastic parts attain the characteristics which are not naturally present in plastics like electrical conductivity and resistance to abrasion. Metallized plastic parts are inexpensive to manufacture and they can use in similar applications where metal parts are usually used but with they weigh less. In metallizing plastic components, there are different methods used such as vacuum metallization, plating, or arc or flame spraying. There is also a possibility of metallizing transfer films and use them as alternative techniques in applying film onto a substrate surface. Mueller Corp is the number one source of metalized plastic components regardless of industry you are engaged with.
When it comes to the process of vacuum metallization, washing and coating of the plastic component is done first so that the metal layer is smooth and uniform. The aluminum or metal is evaporated in a vacuum chamber and the vapor is condensed into the substrate’s surface that leaves a thin layer of metal coating. To prevent oxidation, the entire process happens within the vacuum chamber. In order to increase properties such as abrasion resistance, a top coat can be applied after deposition based on the application of the plastic component. Plastic components that are metabolized are usually used in different applications most especially automotive interior parts and home appliances.
In arc and flame spraying, a hand-held device is used in spraying a layer of metallic coating on the substrate. Combustion flame is used in flame spraying, the source of deposition which is driven by gas and oxygen. Because of easy application, arc and flame spraying require extensive training, that’s why this method is used when working with complex components and unnaturally shaped parts. The process of electroless plating and electroplating are more effective than vacuum metallization which produces strong adhesion coats, and electroplating used uses electric current while an electric current is not used in electroless plating. Copper metal or nickel is deposited into plastic substrates using electroless plating.
Mueller Corporation is an expert in vacuum metalizing and other methods used in metalizing plastics, so if your factory or company needs a manufacturer of metalized plastics, we are here to be of help. Feel free to check our services by visiting website or homepage now. Mueller Corp is an expert in metallizing plastic components for any application, and you can just provide the design you like. Mueller Group can meet your needs and expectations using their state of the art equipment. Learn more about vacuum metalizing and other Mueller Corp products and services through our related articles.