An Overview of PVD Coating

September 19, 2018
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September 19, 2018 Mike Jetter

An Overview of PVD Coating

PVD stands for physical vapor deposition, and it’s a way to coat material with a thin film layer of metal. By using a vacuum deposition method, the plating element goes from a solid to gas and then back to a solid. PVD coating creates a thin, yet durable, film layer used to strengthen an object or as a decorative application.

How PVD Coating Works

The vaporization process is done most commonly through a sputtering or evaporation method in a special, industry-grade vacuum. The material to be plated is placed with the plating material, and a gas is added into the reactive chamber. The gas can be nitrogen, oxygen, or a hydrocarbon-based gas. When it’s introduced to the metallic vapor, nitride, oxide, or carbide coating is created. The vapor then reacts with the gas forming a hard film that is then applied to what is to be plated.

What are the benefits of PVD Coating?

PVD coating can improve a product by fixing outward wear and tear, and will help the object resist deterioration. The new coating can also help reduce friction since the material will be smoother with a very thin, yet durable, layer of material. The PVD vacuum process is also eco-friendly and doesn’t use harsh chemicals, making it a better option than electroplating products.

Real Applications

PVD coating can be used on most anything. Some good examples, though, of a thin film created by physical vapor deposition include food packaging, balloons, and solar panels. This process is also used to coat products like medical tools which helps longevity and ease of use.

PVD Coating | Bend Plating

There are many reasons to get something newly coated by using the PVD process. Whatever your needs, we can help here at Bend Plating with our high-tech equipment and expertise with PVD coating. Give us a call and let’s talk about your PVD project.

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