Using aluminum for sheet metal fabrication offers a great deal of of flexibility in terms of creating designs and parts with a variety of shapes or designs. Because of this it is often chosen over other materials. However, aluminum is not the strongest or most durable choice, so many fabrication shops offer finishing options, such as electroplating or painting. Both of these options offer significant benefit in either price or durability. Deciding which option makes the most sense will depend in large part on where your enclosure or sheet metal part will be used.
Basics of Electroplating and Sheet Metal Painting
There are a number of different methods for protecting sheet metal prototypes and production pieces. In this realm, electroplating and painting occupy the opposite ends of each spectrum.
Electroplating creates a very thin layer of another metal such as iridite joined to the component over the aluminum base. Continue Reading Plating vs. Painting for Finishing Sheet Metal Products