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Plastic and Non Metallic
Substrates for Surface Finishing

While metals and metal alloys have been extremely popular substrates for all sectors of manufacturing, they are not the only type of material that is used. Often times plastics and other non-metallic materials are used to create components of ranging sizes and capabilities. With the rise of and increased accessibility of advanced manufacturing machines such as 3D printers, the need for effective surface finishing for non-metallic components has never been more apparent.

At AOTCO, our plating scientists and engineers have perfected the surface finishing process for plastic and other non-metallic substrates. While electroplating is considered a “metal on metal” process, technological advancements have been made so metal can be deposited onto the surface of non-metallic substrates.

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Glass components benefit greatly from a proper surface finish. Often needing reinforced strength, aesthetic changes, or adjustments to its conductive properties, Glass can be plated with a variety of...
Electroplating plastic can provide your plastic components with a wide range of chemical and physical benefits, depending on the material that is deposited. In general, electroplating plastics...
Ceramics are one of the more commonly plated non-metallic substrates in the industry. This is due to the wide range of benefits that a ceramic substrate can gain from a proper surface finish. For...
Electroplating graphite can provide the substrate with an array of new qualities that are deemed beneficial in a variety of manufacturing fields. For example, electroplating graphite can increase its...

Benefits of Metal Finishing

Although metal finishing is a simple idea, it is one that can accomplish many goals, including >>


From its humble beginnings with our ancestors to the advanced techniques we employ today, metal finishing is part of our unending collective effort to improve the performance of the tools we build and the beauty of the things we create.

  • Preventing Corrosion
  • changing conductibility
  • altering emissivity
  • enhancing or reducing conductivity
  • modifying lubricity
  • improving wear
  • increasing hardness
  • improving heat response & resistance
  • enhancing aesthetic appearance
  • Preventing Corrosion

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