Anodize Stainless Steel, Copper, Titanium & More
The Anodization Advantage
The benefits of anodization are well known in the aluminum industry. The scratch proof, UV resistant, colorable, wearable, and electrically insulating aluminum oxide layer has been historically limited to relatively purer Al alloys. AlumiPlate pure electroplated aluminum enables the anodization of any suitable substrate. Imagine color anodized steel, stainless alloys, copper or even composites!
Benefits of Anodizing
When you choose AlumiPlate for your anodization application, you get a team that values precision for every process. Our detail-oriented approach to anodization ensures your material will look and function just how you expect it to.
Fully dense electroplated aluminum is +99.99% pure and the only aluminized coating that can be reliably anodized. The plating thickness can be specifically tailored for a superior anodize layer. Because of its high purity, the resultant anodize is free from inclusions, impurities and non-uniformities seen in Al alloys. Anodized electroplated aluminum exhibits better color uniformity, higher hardness, higher voltage breakdown and improved resistance to corrosion and chemical attack, coming close to the values of sapphire.
In particular, the highly pure Al layer offers an ideal basis for novel anodized cosmetic finishes for consumer electronics packaging because of the potential for unmatched color fidelity and uniformity.
The Anodizing Process
Wondering how we anodize stainless steel, titanium, copper and other materials? In order to create a layer of oxide on the surface of a metal, we dip it in an electrolytic solution bath with a cathode. We pass a current through the solution to release hydrogen and stimulate oxygen formation on the surface of the anode. A metal oxide film develops on the metal’s surface, and we fine-tune its thickness to meet the needs of your application.
What Can Be Anodized?
Although aluminum is the most widely anodized material, a wide range of metals can undergo the process. Other materials commonly anodized include titanium, steel, hafnium, zinc, and magnesium.
What Types of Finishes Are Available from Anodizing?
Depending on the desired application, AlumiPlate can produce several types of anodized finishes. Whether you’re looking for an anodized surface with superior corrosion resistance, a thick and porous coating for increased dye absorption or a thick, transparent coating that reflects light, we can meet your needs.
Maintaining an Anodized Finish
Anodized metals are impressively durable, but taking precautions to maintain them can add years to their lifespans. To clean anodized aluminum or other anodized metal, use a neutral detergent, making sure to rinse thoroughly. Only scrub with a nylon abrasive cleaning pad or brush — anything rougher may leave scratches on the material. Hydrochloric acids can also damage anodized materials, so check your cleaning agent carefully.
Contact us for more information on how to anodize stainless steel, copper, iron, or any other material. We can discuss your application in more detail and tell you more about how our anodization process will help you create the perfect finish on products that are sure to stand out. Whether you’re manufacturing medical devices, displays, aerospace parts or something else entirely, anodization from AlumiPlate can help you upgrade the quality of your metals.
Thinking about taking advantage of the anodizing process to get the most out of your materials? We are here to help you create a superior product, and we’re available to answer any questions you have about anodized metals. Contact our team now to move forward with your project!