Today’s physical vapor deposition (PVD) color trends are more subtle, sophisticated, and long-lasting. Our top 3 durable-decorative PVD coating colors for 2022 are classic colors updated with fresh textures and often combined for a beautiful finish.
Appearance, along with function, defines most consumer products ranging from faucets to automobiles. However, the appearance of a product can be challenging to communicate and assess. First, there is a vast and inconsistent vocabulary for defining PVD colors in the...
Hardness is the crucial parameter in understanding the structural stability of a material you use, whether it in the form of a coating or a solid mass. Specifically, hardness is the relative measure of superficial physical strength of solid material when external mechanical force is applied. Every solid material has a measurable hardness that tolerates a particular amount of external damaging force exerted during cutting, rubbing, grinding, rolling, etc.
Regardless of the type of chromium deposit used, both are entirely compatible with the array of decorative PVD coatings we offer at Vapor Technologies (VaporTech®). Parts that have been chrome plated typically require no additional treatment and are suited to be put directly into a coating system for applying a new finish. This allows manufacturers to add various colors to products that already have a chrome finish by adding a PVD system to their production line. These decorative PVD finishes are thin and conformal to surface features so the parts retain their texture –polished will stay polished, and matte will remain matte.
Functional coatings change a part or product’s external/surface properties without affecting its internal material characteristics. These coatings usually change both the hardness and toughness of the part’s surface to significantly improve durability, friction, or wear. Many types of functional coatings offer different properties for different applications. These finishes must be tested and optimized to successfully develop an ideal solution for your application
Why our labs rock at PVD coating development Vapor Technologies, Inc., has built our reputation on the thin-film coatings we've developed for use in our Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) coating equipment. We know...