Electropolishing is the finishing method of choice for many parts in the laser and photonics industries for its ability to create an ultrasmooth, corrosion-resistant surface with a precise and consistent amount of surface material removal.
Our Finish First methodology enables world class design and manufacturing engineers to approach metal finishing challenges from the beginning, as an advantage in the design and prototyping stage.Explore finish first
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The last decade has brought a dramatic increase in the number of parts we electropolish for the laser and photonics industry. They include parts like the aluminum housings, mounts and accessories used in the manufacture of industrial lasers.
A major laser manufacturing company we worked with was searching for a process that would not only provide a contaminant-free part for its products, which are assembled in a clean room, but also a smoother part surface for better sealing properties.
After processing material samples and actual prototypes, a process was developed to provide the surface finish the manufacturer required. When the research and development was completed, (.0006” to .0008”) total material removal was approved and specified with an Able Specification number. The specification number includes the alloy code, type of electrolyte, primary goal and material removal. The company’s R&D engineers determined that electropolishing the parts was critical to the proper functioning of the lasers.
Send your samples for electropolishing and we will evaluate both finish and dimensional changes. If electropolishing is planned during the design stage, the material removal can be factored into your final size specifications.
Electropolishing provides an ultrasmooth, ultraclean surface, and improves corrosion resistance for metal fasteners.
Read Able Electropolishing’s guide on passivation, pickling, and electropolishing to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of each for your metal parts.
Across industries, electropolishing is the go-to metal finishing method for parts with no room for error. From aerospace to medical manufacturing, engineers rely on electropolishing to eliminate surface defects and create a hygienic, passive and ultra-smooth finish with improved fit, function and durability.