As a strong, heat-resistant and high-ductility alloy, tantalum is frequently used in parts for engines, missiles, furnaces, nuclear reactors and chemical processing facilities. It is also a biocompatible alloy frequently used to surgical implants and medical tools. Because this alloy is used in critical applications like thee, there is no room for error or part failure. Tantalum electropolishing services are a common final step in the manufacturing process to ensure that the parts have the proper fit and function. Electropolishing tantalum parts gives them the smooth, defect-free surface they need to resist corrosion and maintain their integrity with time and heavy use.
Unlike other metal finishing services, electropolishing tantalum is a reverse plating process that completely removes the outer skin of a part. A tantalum part is placed in an electrochemical bath, which strips away a uniform, controlled layer of surface material. The nature of this process allows us to electropolish tantalum parts in various shapes and sizes, including small, delicate and complex shapes.
Removing this outer layer of material eliminates a variety of imperfections that can compromise part performance, including micro cracks and pits that can harbor bacteria, lead to corrosion or expand to cause premature breakage. It also removes contaminants embedded in the surface after manufacturing and smoothes jagged surfaces, making parts more corrosion resistant and less susceptible to snags or failures caused by imperfections like burrs.
Because our tantalum electropolishing services remove the surface imperfections that may be created by other manufacturing practices, they are often specified as a final step in the overall process. Our plant operates 24 hours, 5 days a week and offers expedited processing, so your parts are finished on-schedule and according to your specific needs.
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