What are the Differences Between Electroplating and PVD?

electroplating PVDHave you ever wondered what the differences are between electroplating and PVD? While both types of finishing provide many of the same benefits, there are some big differences you should be aware of. Difference in process, environmental impact, and the benefits each offer are all key factors to consider when choosing the best option for your part.

Electroplating is the process of plating various metals onto a metal or plastic part. This is done to improve appearance and to add to the functionality of the part. Electroplating is often performed in order to cover plastic or a less expensive metal with a more expensive or less corrosive metal layer. Plating lends strength and corrosion resistance to the part which makes it last longer. Plating can lend other properties, depending on the metal used, such as electrical conductivity and adhesion strength. Electroplating can offer thicker coatings than PVD.

Like electroplating, physical vapor deposition (PVD) gives a part a decorative appearance as well as added strength and durability. PVD is different because it represents a group of coating fabrication processes that are made in an artificially created vacuum. PVD coatings are environmentally friendly because they do not create chemical waste. In addition to being eco-friendly, PVD is a more lightweight and low maintenance option for your part.

ECF has the plating and PVD coating processes in a variety of finishes to meet your needs. Contact us for more information or to request a quote.

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