Vacuum metalizing involves putting metals in a vacuum chamber to form a metalized layer. Aluminum is most preferred during vacuum metalizing. This technique is used to coat metals on surfaces of different objects. Vacuum metalizing can either be for protective, functional or decorative purposes. Resistance heating, plasma heating or electron beam are used to vaporize the coating metal. Vacuum metalizing is used to deposit aluminum on big glass mirrors of reflecting telescopes. When choosing proper vacuum level you have to first eliminate air in the chamber to avoid discolouration that may occur when heating metals at high temperature. For the metal to vaporize you have to set the right temperatures. Lastly there is need to increase the distance which metal travels through space.
Vacuum metalizing can be used for decorating toys and jewelry to give them a metallic sheen that is highly reflective. Plastic or metal is used as the base material. The surface is first made smooth without mechanical buffing to give it stunning reflection. Metal has an outside part that is coated which is referred as the front face. This part is usually protected with a transparent vanish because the thin decorative coating is not wear resistant. The part that covers the back of transparent plastic is called second surface coating. The benefit of the exposed plastic is that it offers protection. Aluminum is mostly used because of its conductivity, reflectivity and it is stable in air. By adding color on the topcoat vanish it can appear like gold or copper. Apart from aluminum,copper, silver, gold, chromium and cadmium are also used. Metalizing of large surfaces is done through an uninterrupted process.
The material is put in a vaccum chamber and coated on either or both sides. For vacuum mechanization to be successful there needs to be large volumes of aluminum. Recently vacuum metalizing has been broadened to include thick films. These coatings are corrosion resistant. Vacuum metalizing is used in EMI shielding, RFI shielding, ESD shielding and heat shielding. They are affordable and environmentally friendly as opposed to other shielding processes. EMI/RFI shielding can be used in many industries like telecommunication. All metalized plastics can be recycled. The aluminum coating is oxidized as soon as it is exposed to air in the vacuum chamber. Constant exposure will not change electrical sensitivity.
To ensure plastics and jewelry last for a long time vacuum metalizing is important because of the metallic shine. Onlime marketing has made it possible for vacuum metalizing service providers to advertise their services. Take a close look at the company’s profile. The experience of the providers will give knowledge and insight about the company’s performance. Read different reviews from clients and check the ratings. Check whether the company is flexible to accommodate your requirements. For any further information it is good to contact the service providers.