PVD magnetron sputtering deposition VS traditonal electroplating
• PVD coatings are sometimes harder and more corrosion resistant than coatings applied by the electroplating process.
Most coatings have high temperature and good impact strength, excellent abrasion resistance and are so durable that protective topcoats are almost never necessary.
• Ability to utilize virtually any type of inorganic and some organic coating materials on an equally diverse group of substrates and surfaces using a wide variety of finishes.
• More environmentally friendly than traditional coating processes such as electroplating and painting.
• More than one technique can be used to deposit a given film.
PVD chrome coating on automotive hub/wheel is a typical application
Automotive ABS interior trims, handles, LOGOs, combine the UV coating process and advanced water-based spraying painting material, which can replace the electroplating process completely.