Vacuum Metalizing

Simulated Chrome

The Vacuum metalizing (PVD coating) process involves vaporizing a thin metallic layer onto a substrate. Vacuum metalizing has a wide range of uses and is most commonly used in prototyping to simulate chrome plating or produce shiny surfaces to act as optical reflectors.

Vacuum Metalizing/plating of 3D printed models requires special care and involves fine polishing and the use of specialized coatings during the preparation stage.  The finishing team at APS has years of experience handling these type of projects.  Vacuum Metalizing can be combined with other secondary finishing to create parts which simulate satin chrome,  gold/shiny tinted finishes,  and brushed metal parts.

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Typical Applications

Headlight and taillight assemblies,  Anything to resemble chrome,  Optical reflectors