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Copper Plating

Copper plating, or copper electroplating, is the process of using an electrical current and chemical solution to apply a thin layer of copper to a substrates surface. It provides a sleek, aesthetically pleasing orange-gold finish to its substrates, and also provides a slew of new chemical and physical properties.

Copper itself is an efficient conductor of electricity and highly resistant to corrosion, making it a highly versatile surface finish across a variety of industries. From encasing crucial components within electronics to covering whole satellite parts, the uses for copper plating are expansive.

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Benefits of Copper Plating

  • Conductive
  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Cost Effectiveness
  • Adhesion
  • Malleability
  • Increased Strength
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Industrial Uses for Copper Plating

  • Aerospace components
  • Electronics
  • Medical components and instruments
  • And many others! 

Copper Plating Specs

  • AMS 2418 – NADCAP Approved, RoHS Compliant
  • Mil-C-14550 – NADCAP Approved, RoHS Compliant
  • And many others!

Physical Properties
  • .0001″-.001″ 100-1000 uin.

Common Substrates

  • Aluminum & Aluminum Alloys
  • Brass
  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Bronze 
  • Copper
  • And more!

Please Note

While Copper is a very common and effective metal finish, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution to your surface finishing issues. Copper is a highly active metal, meaning it cannot be plated directly onto iron or other ferrous metals and therefore requires a pre-emptive nickel layer to be plated beforehand.

Other elements to consider before submitting a Copper plating purchase order are coating requirements, specification requirements, and any pre and post process treatments that will be required. 


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