23/12/2020 DESIGN, 3DMETALPRINTING, 3DFAUCETS, PVD - Author: UNIQ-Ǝ!

PVD, the high quality and environmentally friendly surface finish


UNIQ∙Ǝ! proposes surface finishings that merge a mindful philosophy based on attention to detail, originality and consideration towards the environment. The uniqueness of design and an innovative aesthetic concept are thus combined with new surface finishes and new colours. While trying to avoid the use of electro galvanic treatments, innovative coating treatments that are free of nickel and chrome, such as PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) and DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) are being identified as one of the product’s beneficial features.

Both PVD and DLC are a high vacuum coating techniques used for surface protection as well as offering a wide range of decorative finishing. PVD [coatings of TiN, TiCN] and DLC [coatings of graphitic and diamond bonds] deposition is the result of producing a vapour stream in-vacuum from a solid material, attracting a smooth substrate surface coating.

The physical process through which these finishes are achieved guarantees a coating with reduced environmental impact. Under no phase of processing are polluting liquids or toxic waste produced that can harm the surrounding environment, making the vacuum coating process safe, clean and eco-sustainable.

 

High quality for many fields of application

This dry coating technology has been around for well over 30 years and is particularly suitable for innovative and technically advanced products that require high performance in terms of resistance to abrasion, scratching and corrosion. Known for its durability, strength, resistance to heat and corrosion, PVD is frequently used in aerospace and automotive sectors, as well as enhancing the performance of cutting tools and industrial equipment.

Still, due to its many appealing advantages of improved performance and properties, PVD coating is becoming particularly valuable to a wide range of consumer products like cutlery, jewellery, eyewear, watches, handles, kitchen and bathroom faucets, to name a few.

 

PVD presents a series of characteristics that reinforce the quality of each treated product:

1.            Extreme surface hardness (> 1.800 HV);

2.            Maximum resistance to corrosion and the aggressive action of atmospheric agents;

3.            Excellent resistance to scratches and abrasion, double that of traditional electro galvanic treatments;

4.            Resistant to solvents, acids or alkalis or other aggressive domestic cleaning agents;

5.            Inalterability to UV rays;

6.            Perfect reproduction and stability of colour and surfaces

 

A protected environment with PVD

One of the most respected characteristics of PVD technology is that it has proven to have absolutely no environmental impact during the processing phases. In fact, there is no releases into the atmosphere, no chemical washes of any kind, it uses benign materials, inert gas, and the system uses a water recycling system that is environmentally safe.

The USA are currently at the forefront of PVD coating treatment while this technology is still seldom used in Europe. However, the road has been paved, and coincidentally in compliance with the EU regulations which are becoming increasingly stringent in terms of environmental respect, specifically aimed at strict limitations in galvanic treatments to preserve the environment and eliminate pollution of aquifers.

UNIQ∙Ǝ! continues to promote the use of PVD, demonstrating once again its direction towards innovation and an eco-friendly manufacturing system.
















  

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