Monday, April 6, 2015
If you want your metal products to make an impact on the market, you should see to it that they look good. Metal finishing processes help smooth out the rough edges of your products. Professional anodisers like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. can help provide items, particularly those made of aluminium, with the finishing touch that would entice customers to take a second look and then make a purchase. Here are a few examples of metal finishing processes you’ll find useful. Anodising The anodising process works by creating an oxide layer on the surface of metal parts. This happens naturally, but by using an electrochemical process, it can be sped up to create a thick, protective layer that would be useful for industrial purposes. The process itself involves dipping the metal in acid and running a current through it; depending on which acids are used and how long the current is passed through, the layer can have differing thicknesses.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
A lot of people like Apple’s laptops and mobile gadgets, and most of this admiration stems from how good they look. Their smooth and polished design certainly appeals to many consumers. Furthermore, these devices don’t just come in shiny, steel grey cases but in many colours, too. All of these come from the wonders of anodising. Anodising is the formal name for the process that creates a layer of oxide coating on a metal. This happens naturally when metal interacts with the air, but when done electrochemically, the process can be accelerated and allows for the creation of a protective layer. It’s a good thing companies like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd. can professionally anodise most of the aluminium that you will use for your products.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Gone are the days when majority of the phones produced in the market are made of plastic or of similar materials: now, with more people looking for sophistication in their smartphones, manufacturers are utilising metals, specifically aluminium that underwent professional anodising, for their products. It began with Apple’s iPhones, followed by HTC, Samsung, and Nokia smartphones, and with the potential of anodised aluminium fully realised, it won’t be long before metal phones dominate the mobile manufacturing industry. Metal in Smartphones Last year saw an increase of phone models utilising metals in their designs, from the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung to the acclaimed HTC One M8, all boasting metallic and shiny looks. If Ben Wood, director of research from CCS Insight, is to be believed in, metal is now a “de facto element of any flagship smartphone. If you have a premium smartphone range metal is mandatory.”
Friday, April 3, 2015
It’s only natural that most materials would be subject to oxidation, from fruits, plants, and metals. This happens when oxygen comes in contact with substances such as living tissues and metals, and at times causing their deterioration. In the case of metals, oxidation causes the appearance of rust, which not only makes them look unappealing to look at, but also causes their gradual degradation and damage. Fortunately, there are skilled metal polishers who can keep oxidation from affecting your metal products and prevent its damage due to rust. The Science behind Oxidation Scientifically speaking, oxidation denotes the loss of at least one electron due to the interaction between two or more substances. The process of oxidation will depend on the amount of oxygen in the air and the nature of the material it will have contact with. In metals, this chemical process typically happens when the metal is exposed to acids or water, and its common manifestation is rusting or degradation.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
If you’re a fan of Apple’s many products, your mouth is probably watering over the upcoming release of the new Apple Watch. Said to be made in three different types: aluminium, steel, and gold, the choice of metals for the Apple Watch is interesting. Gold is naturally impressive and stainless steel is a good choice for durability, but for an aluminium watch to stand side-by-side with these two is an impressive feat. The shiny polished aluminium surface of this new product can be just as nice to look at and it has a lighter weight than other metals. Being the third most common element following oxygen and silicon, aluminium may not seem valuable, but the proper treatment can make it great. There are several metal finishing processes that can make aluminium shine like silver. One of the more popular ones is the use of polishing to scour the surface of the metal.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Two hundred years after aluminium’s discovery, the metal has become one of the most used materials in the world. Aluminium’s resistance to corrosion and abundance make it a material of choice for many industries ranging from construction to cutlery. Already useful in its base state, it is possible to make it even better by having it undergo the anodising process. The Process The anodising process can actually be used on metals other than aluminium; magnesium, titanium, zinc, and zirconium are just some examples of metals that can benefit from the process. What the process does is to add to the thickness of the metal’s outer layer. The thicker layer increases the metal’s resistance to corrosion and natural wear-and-tear, while providing paints and glues a better surface to adhere to. The process can be complicated and properly anodising aluminium requires the services of professional companies like Badger Anodising (Birmingham) Ltd.