Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) is a process that allows a thin layer of a substance, in our case this is metal, to be applied to the surface of an item. PVD is similar to electroplating but uses vacuum conditions.
You may be wondering why companies would choose PVD over other deposition methods. There are a lot of advantages of PVD over other methods, but we will cover some of the most important ones today.
One of the biggest advantages of PVD coatings is that they can be more resistant to corrosion, heat and have a higher impact strength than electroplating coatings. This makes PVD coating very useful in industrial and commercial applications.
When it comes to consumer products, durability and looks are equally important. PVD coating has a strong presence in the consumer goods market due to the beautiful style a metallic coating can give a product. For a fraction of what it would cost to make a product completely out of metal, you can increase durability and hardness with a PVD coating.
As opposed to traditional electroplating, PVD uses no harmful chemicals, making it a safer and greener alternative. The minimal chemical disposal costs can also help lower the overall plating cost.
If you are wondering if you can use PVD coating on your product, the answer is probably yes. Due to the process in which the coating is applied, it is possible to coat almost any inorganic item, and some organic items, in a beautiful coat of metal.
Finally, items coated using the PVD method are less likely to contain over-coated sides or edges. Electroplating dips the item to be coated into a liquid. This process can result in some edges getting more coating than others. Controlling the thickness of a plating is even tougher on odd shaped items and surfaces. With PVD, the thickness of the application can be controlled much more effectively.
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