Electropolishing in the Design & Prototyping Process


World class design and manufacturing engineers don’t react to metal finishing problems. They anticipate using electropolishing and other metal finishing processes from the start as an advantage for design and for manufacturability. In many cases, metal finishing is an afterthought in the process of bringing a new product to market.

Able's Finish First Methodology involves R&D input, prototyping and validating your manufacturing process on production finishing equipment, not in a laboratory setting. We run your prototypes in our state of the art facility, and work with you to ensure your parts are optimally designed for metal finishing helping reduce WIP and getting your finished product into assembly sooner, with optimal fit and function. 

If you want a true partner with skin in the game, our goal is to invest in the relationship through our Finish First Methodology and make your project a success! Let us help you increase yield and avoid unforeseen surface finish issues.


Companies like Amazon have created an environment where the bar is constantly being risen to satisfy customer expectations for speed, consistency and ease of use which has carried over to manufacturing.

Decreased speed to market gives the competition the advantage when it comes to innovation, allowing them to reach consumers with new products, services or offers before you do. It also provides your competitors the opportunity to dominate the market, even with a substandard product—simply because they got there first.

In addition, unplanned defects related to metal finishing are risks not only to your business but to the consumers as well. Fall out, delay to launch, non-functional parts, material and personnel costs are all contributing factors to hindering a successful launch of a product.

Unforeseen defects such as grinding, burrs and discoloration lead to unplanned costs and delays. As a side effect, OEM’s and contract manufacturers are faced with the challenge of reduced revenue and margin.


OEM’s understand the opportunity cost associated with the impact delays present in bringing a product to market not to mention giving their competitors an advantage. But seldom do we look at the disruption this creates to current operations and the attention it draws away from more strategic work.

In the example below, let’s assume we are a medical device manufacturer and we have a metal finishing problem related to the part design. We have a requirement for electropolishing since we need to improve RA by 50% and the surface must not allow bacteria to grow during surgeries. Since we did not engage expertise in metal finishing early in the process, we are behind schedule due to the inability for hospitals to properly rinse the part in production due to a design flaw.

We are now 2 months behind schedule. Below is a breakdown of the opportunity and resource costs associated with the delay.

Resource Cost:

Lost Opportunity:

Total Cost:



We deliver the experience and speed that your business demands in order to bring products to market faster than your competition. From R&D Guidance, education, and prototype testing on production equipment, we create tailored solutions to your metal finishing needs that deliver results to your customers and improve your bottom line.

Engage Able early in our proven Finish First Methodology below and see the results.


Able will work with you and your team to develop parameters for your prototypes that result in a great finish for your product. Able will provide a shipping label and process your prototype at no cost.

Contact us to learn more about Finish First electropolishing

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