Technical Advice

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Design considerations of pieces for Hard Anodizing:

  • SURFACE FINISH: Polished, grit blasted, vibration … Being the wear resistance critical, the previous surface finish must have the least possible roughness.
  • CONTACT POINTS: When hard anodizing finish required on the piece, the electrical contact points are befitted to be settle on from the design.
  • LAYER UNIFORMITY: evaluate the necessity of having a uniform layer in holes and blocked out areas.
  • SHARP EDGES AND BURRS: Avoid burrs and sharp edges, as in those points the anodic layer may go off. The MIL-A-8625 F regulation establishes some minimum radius of curvature ends depending on the layer thickness:
    Nominal layer thickness (millimetres)Curvature radius
    0.0254 0.793 mm.
    0.0508 1.587 mm.
    0.0762 2.381 mm.
    0.1016 3.175 mm.
  • ROUGHNESS INCREASING: Ra grows up from 0,3 to 0,6 (depending on the alloy and the layer thickness).
  • SURFACES TO BE MASKED: holes, threads, earth connection point...
  • OTHER METALS: Steel inserts or other metals not to be anodized are damaged within anodizing unless previously covered.
  • BLENDS OF ALLOYS: when possible avoid the blending of alloys, as its simultaneous anodizing causes dispersion on layer thickness due to its different pattern.
  • DEFECTS: Scratches, marks, stains, corrosion, welds... Anodic coatings don’t make up the finish imperfections.
  • CORROSION RESISTANCE: Contact with other corrosive products with PH between 3 and 9,5. must be avoided.