Durable Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coatings

VaporTech VT Diamond coatings are diamond-like thin-film coatings applied through a plasma-enhanced chemicl vapor deposition (PECVD) process. These coatings can be customized in significant ways to maximize durability, reduce friction, or improve appearance. All VaporTech diamond like carbon DLC coating equipment can be configured to apply both metal-based PVD finishes as well as our durable diamond-like carbon coatings. Common VT Diamond applications include machine tooling, engine components, cutting tools, medical devices, outdoor sports, watches, and other high-value products.

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Diamond-Like Carbon DLC Finishes With Our Coating Equipment

VT-Diamond coatings feature low friction, excellent wear resistance, and a dark gray to near-black color. The unique VaporTech plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process can coat complex geometries.

Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) available in all VaporTech® Systems creates our popular VT- DLC (or a-C:H).  In the VT-Series coaters bond this coating using a Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) metal adhesion layer of Zirconium (Zr), Titanium (Ti) or Chromium (Cr).  Alternately,  plasma-enhanced chemical vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) process creates the bonding layer with a silicon-based precursors in both the VT-Series and Cadence systems.  DLC coatings combines low friction and high hardness for applications requiring easy release or low sliding wear like engine components, medical devices, dies, molds and firearms.  Moreover, these DLC coating processes create a rich, neutral, black color that enhances product appearance and value.


Table of coating properties:

Color Range (CIELAB, D65) L* = 45 – 50, a* = -1.0 – +1.0, b* = -1 – +1.0
Coating Hardness 15 – 23 GPa (1500 – 2300 Hv)
Thickness Range 1.0 – 10.0 µm
Deposition Rate 1-3 µm/hr
Coefficient of Friction (COF) 0.08 – 0.11 (dry; against alumina)
Wear Rate (Pin-on-Disk) 1.8×10-7 (mm3/N-m)


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