Electroplating vs. Physical Vapor Deposition

For many injection mold companies, electroplating is the way coatings have always been done. Companies in the U.S. have worked since the 1800s to hone electroplating processes and today it’s one of the most popular injection mold coatings available. It increases abrasion resistance and has high hardness when done right.  However, you may be missing…

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DLC Coating vs PVD Coating For Injection Molds

Sizing up two heavyweights in the coating world. The right injection mold coating can save a company hundreds of thousands of dollars. It makes an injection mold more corrosion-proof, durable, and assists in part release.  That’s important, because it’s essential that a mold both last and maintain efficiency once coated.  Knowing this begs the question:…

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Surface Coating For Better Mold Release

Don’t you hate it when you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on mold design and fabrication, you think through every possible issue and then a part still gets hung up in the tool? We understand. It’s these issues that keep our technical team working late to improve mold coatings. Release coatings are necessary to…

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Using Atomic Layer Deposition to Protect Complex Geometries

The layered detail of ALD… Atomic Layer Deposition (“ALD”), a method of thin film deposition, has become popular due to its ability to create a durable surface with high levels of control over thickness, composition, and conformality. Although the method has been around for decades, the more recent need to coat increasingly complex 3D surfaces…

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How to Buy a PVD Coating, part 3

This is part 3 of a 3-part series Part 3: How to Buy a PVD Coating with No Fuss This is Part 3 of Alcadyne’s guide on how to make buying a PVD coating easier.  Read Part 2 here and Part 1 here. In part 1 I discussed how buying a PVD coating is different…

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How to Buy a PVD Coating, part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 part series Part 2: Making a PVD Coating is Like Painting a House This is part 2 of Alcadyne’s guide on how to make buying a PVD coating easy. Read Part 1 here. In part 1 of How to Buy a PVD Coating I covered the ins and…

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How to buy a PVD coating

This is part 1 of a 3 part series Part 1: Why buying a PVD Coating is not like buying parts from a machine shop If you’re designing a new product, reengineering a manufacturing process or just interested in creating a premium offering for an existing product, chances are you’ll consider buying PVD coating services.…

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What Is PVD Coating & How It Works

Alcadyne’s primary coating process is physical vapor deposition (“PVD”) or PVD coating, a technique that describes a variety of vacuum deposition methods, such as cathodic arc, sputtering, and evaporation.  PVD coatings are thin film coatings where a solid material is vaporized in a vacuum chamber and deposited onto a target material.  It is used to…

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How To Increase Injection Mold Shots From 100,000 To Over 2,000,000 Shots

Tale of a worn gate Injection mold components experience remarkable wear and tear as high temperature polymers, often with abrasive and corrosive additives, are injected into the mold.  A challenge for many injection mold makers and plastic injection production teams is how to ensure that the mold components will not only last through several million…

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