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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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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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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