Electropolishing

Electropolishing

What Is Electropolishing?

Electropolishing otherwise known as anodic polishing, electrochemical polishing, and electrolytic polishing (particularly in the metallography field) is an electrochemical process which removes material from a metallic product. By leveling the micro-peaks and valleys electropolishing reduces the roughness of the surface and improves the overall finish of the surface. It is used to deburr, passivate and polish metal objects and parts. The process does not deform the layers of the surface. 

Most metals can be electropolished. The most common are aluminum, copper, stainless steel, titanium, and nickel and copper alloys.

 

Mechanism

The metal part is immersed into an electrolyte bath, which is temperature controlled and serves as the anode, which is connected to the positive terminal of the DC power supply. The cathode is attached to the negative terminal. As the anode is oxidized and dissolved in the electrolyte, a current passes from the anode to the cathode. A reduction reaction occurs, producing hydrogen at the cathode. To successfully electropolish a rough surface, it is essential for the protruding parts of the surface profile to dissolve faster than the recesses. For electropolishing to be successful following the current dependence on voltage with consistent stirring and temperature control is needed.

Benefits

  • Highest quality specular finish
  • Removes high spots and small burrs
  • Can reduce the size of parts if needed
  • Polishes hard to get to areas
  • Creates a smooth, clean surface
  • The surface becomes easy to sterilize
Electropolishing
At Foremost Manufacturing our electropolishing equipment is made from the highest standards and cutting edge technology of today. Our electropolishing services provide for a perfect microscopically smooth surface. Have questions about electropolishing or our other services? Call us today at 908-687-4646email at mail@foremostmfg.com or simply fill out our online form. Our manufacturing facility is located at 941 Ball Avenue in Union, New Jersey​.

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