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Surface finishes

Electroless nickel plating services

Electroless nickel plating is a process that deposits an alloy of nickel-phosphorus onto the surface of a metal. This process is chemical only, so does not involve the use of electricity.

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Surface preparation Tolerances Cosmetic availability Thickness Visual appearance
Smooth machined (Ra 1.6μm / Ra 63μin) Apply after Electroless nickel plating No 3μm to 40μm Electroless nickel plated parts will have a smooth, semi-bright appearance.

Example of an electroless nickel plated part

Example of an electroless nickel plating part
Example of an electroless nickel plating part

Design considerations for electroless nickel plating

Electroless nickel plating does not have a significant dimensional impact, therefore masking parts is not necessary.

The DTSS-3D electroless nickel plating process

Electroless nickel plating is a wear, abrasion and corrosion resistant finish that is compatible with aluminum, stainless steel and mild steel.

Here’s how to apply electroless nickel plating:

  • Parts are first washed and degreased to remove any contaminants, cleaning away any grease or oil

  • After cleaning is completed, the substrate is activated with another chemical, an acid, to remove oxides and activate the surface.

  • Parts are then dipped in the plating chemical solution, depositing the nickel-phosphorus alloy on the parts until desired thickness is reached

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