Fotofab offers the following metal finishing and metal plating for your parts. Contact our Technical Sales staff for more information or specifications regarding these and other finishing options.
Standard Metal Plating
- Bright (Mil-T-10727, Type 1)
- Dull electro tin
- 63/37 (eutectic)
- Electroless (Mil-C26074)
- Electrolytic (Mil-QQN-290)
Precious (noble) Metal Plating
- Hard gold (Mil-G45204 Types 1 & 2, Grades B & C)
- Soft gold (Mil-G45204 Type 3, Grade A)
- Matte finish (Type 1)
- Bright finish (Type 3)
Other Metal Finishing Options
- Black oxide on copper and brass (Mil-F-495)
- Black zinc on steel (Mil-QQZ-325)
- Selective Plating
Metal Finishing & Plating Descriptions:
Electro-tin plating is used for excellent solderability and corrosion resistance.
Electro-tin plating is used for excellent solderability and corrosion resistance. This option is NOT RoHS compliant.
Nickel plating is generally used to improve corrosion and wear resistance of the underlying base metal. Electroless Nickel ( Mil-C-26074) is good on flat or gently formed parts. Electroplated Nickel (QQ-N-290) is also available. Both types of nickel plating are not recommended on parts with sharp, formed features as the brittle plating will crack when the part is formed. Appearance of nickel can be similar to stainless steel in color, or an almost white, dull-grey color. Nickel plating is magnetic. Specify thicknesses ranging from 100u” up to 600u” and up.
Gold plating is used in electronic parts where electrical conductivity and high corrosion resistance are required. Under Mil-G-45204 are Types I and II, grades B & C are known as hard gold . Type III, grade A is known as soft gold,. (best used for wire bonding). If all you need is a gold flash, only 3 to 5 millionths of an inch of Type I, grade B is needed. Specify thickness from 10u” up to 100u”.
Silver plating such as matte finish silver (Type I) and bright finish silver (Type III) are sometimes used where high electrical conductivity and excellent solderability (but decreases with age) are required. Has good corrosion resistance, depending on base metal. QQ-S-365. Specify thicknesses from 100u” up to 1000u”.
Anodizing, an electrolytic process, converts aluminum surfaces to aluminum oxide. A hard coating, and resistant to corrosion. The process changes the molecular structure of the metal surface, giving it a thin, protective film. Anodized finishes are usually colorless, but can be dyed in a variety of colors. Aluminum is often anodized, as is titanium, magnesium and tantalum.
For ferrous metals, a black, uniform coating commonly used for decorative purposes. Can provide very limited corrosion protection. Used to reduce light reflection, the more popular types of blackening are black oxide on copper and brass (Mil-F-495) and black zinc on steel (QQZ-325).
Electropolishing is widely used to provide parts a shiny and smooth surface, this process removes a few layers of atoms from a part (typically .0002″-.0005″), smoothing the surfaces and rounding the edges.
Fotofab can fully or selectively paint your part. If you have ½ etch features, we can paint and fill. If you have a specific paint color in mind, please provide the Pantone number.
Primarily used for cleaning and descaling stainless steel parts. While cleaning provides an enhanced appearance to the metal, it also ensures maximum corrosion resistance and prevents product contamination. MIL-S-5002.
Fotofab can etch your part, then selectively mask and plate onto your part. Works will most types of plating (electrolytic, electroless).
Tumbling is used to give parts a smoother surface area, to clean, and to break sharp edges. Parts are mixed in a vibratory tumbler with a selected media.