We take great care to offer the most professional finishing service for your prototype and production needs. This often involves fine hand sanding in a variety of grits to prepare your parts for later painting and plating.
Sanding And Polishing
Sanding is not just used for painting prep but to create the final surface finish. We can provide brushed and satin surfaces for a variety of metallic effects, and optically clear polishes on transparent acrylics. All of our work is done in a clean, well-lit, environmentally controlled model shop.
This is a specialized treatment we do in-house for achieving optical clarity on polycarbonate (PC) plastic. This method can also be used for repairing minor surface defects, and is ideal for achieving an extremely clear surface on complex geometries or hard to reach areas.
After carefully preparing the part with sanding up to #1500 grit, it is then placed in an atmospherically controlled environment. Weldon 4 gas is used to melt the surface of the plastic at the molecular level, which rapidly reforms with all microscopic scratches blended out.
A great paint job is one of the best ways to make your product stand out from the crowd. Using only the finest PPG automotive polyurethanes, we can replicate virtually any color, tint or hue in our climate-controlled, automated spray room.
Our master painters can supply millions of colors, in matte, flat, semi-gloss or glossy finishes. We even create custom painted textures.
How can you be sure you get exactly the color you want? We can match any standard Pantone® or RAL color that you specify using our color mixing system. If you prefer, send us a sample part and our master painters can match it precisely. The X-Rite allows us to send color data to you wherever you are in the world and in real time, eliminating any guesswork. And our color-balanced viewing booth helps us to monitor our work so you get consistent results from one batch to another.
We have many ways to provide custom printing and marking of text and logos on your parts. We make custom stencils for pad printing on most flat or curved surfaces. Pad printing is fast, reliable, consistent and comes in many colors. Silk screening is also available for larger surfaces and when mixing multiple colors for even more complex graphics.
Blasting involves the controlled spraying of an abrasive media against the surface of your part. A variety of media can be used, including sand, garnet, walnut shells, water or metal beads.
Blasting is used to clean and deburr parts, preparing them both mechanically and chemically for later surface finishes. Blasting also imparts unique textures, frosting, pebbling, etc. Check out our blog to learn more about other popular methods for finishing a metal surface.
There are many reasons to choose anodizing on aluminum, magnesium or titanium. Anodizing helps to resist corrosion, increase surface hardness, improve resistance to wear and dissipate heat. Anodizing is an ideal surface treatment for painting and priming, and it looks great too.