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
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In the late ’90s, polished brass finishes were all the rage in home decor–from door hardware to plumbing fixtures and everything in-between. Once engineers discovered that zirconium nitride (ZrN) can imitate natural brass, the floodgates were opened. Next came a rush to introduce finishes with lifetime durability guarantees. As with all decorative trends, times change, and soon, metallic finishes like stainless steel and nickel replaced brass as the dominant finish and, more recently, bronzes, rose golds, and blacks. Fortunately, zirconium is the chameleon metal that can respond to these evolving trends.
Differences in applications like the type of substrate, mechanical loading, environment (presence of a lubricant, air, vacuum), and counterpart material led to the development of DLC “variants.” These variants include undoped hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H ) and hydrogen-free tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C), to metal-doped (a-C:H:Me) and non-metal doped (a-C:H:X) DLC coatings.
Titanium Nitride (TiN) coating is one of the most well-known physical vapor deposition (PVD) choices and has been a mainstay of product finishing for decades. Customers like TiN because of its good mechanical properties and lustrous gold color. The combination of a non-metallic element (Nitrogen) with a transition metal element (Titanium) forms a refractory (resistant to alteration) material. The material exhibits many attributes associated with refractory nitride materials.