When you need parts to have a consistent finish, free of imperfections, electropolishing can be an ideal process for your company’s small metal parts.
Electropolishing is a metal treatment process, often referred to as a “reverse plating process,” that electro-chemically removes the outermost layer of metal to create a uniform surface. Unlike other mechanical polishing processes, electropolished parts aren’t tumbled or vibrated, eliminating the risk for uneven surfaces. Instead, electropolished parts are immersed in a chemical bath, which removes a uniform layer of material and eliminates embedded contaminants and micro defects.
A common purpose of electropolishing is to remove surface material in a systematic fashion in order to remove defects that can only be seen at a microscopic level. By having your parts electropolished, they will be more resistant to cracking and corrosion, making your parts more reliable and long-lasting. Although less common, you may have your parts electropolished for cosmetic reasons. Once metal products undergo electropolishing, they are cleaned, brightened and polished for an overall improved aesthetic appeal.
Because so many industries, including medical, dental, pharmaceutical, aerospace and more, utilize electropolishing for their products, it has become a common finishing procedure for many small metal parts, including:
Read our guide to understand why so many of the world’s best-known manufacturers, including Boeing, SpaceX, Tesla, and Volvo, trust Able to electropolish their metal parts.
From unexpected costs to regulatory compliance and safety hazards, in-house electropolishing can pose significant challenges and risks.
Electropolishing is used to improve surface finish and enhance corrosion resistance, enabling critical metal parts to perform better and last longer.
When a marine and rescue hardware manufacturer started developing parts for rescue harnesses in 2018, they knew they needed to find a metal finishing partner with uncompromising standards and no tolerance for error: lives, literally, hang on the line.