Surface Finishing Service
High-quality surface finishing services improve your part’s aesthetics and functions regardless of the manufacturing process used.
Surface Finishing Capabilities
|As-machined||As-machined means Straight off the machine with no additional treatment. Standard part has a surface roughness of 3.2μm, which removes sharp edges and deburs parts cleanly.||All materials||n/a||None|
|Sanding and Polishing||Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface by rubbing it or by applying a chemical treatment, leaving a clean surface with a significant specular reflection, Ranging from Ra 0.8~Ra0.1||All materials||Smooth, glossy finish||$$$$|
|Painting||Painting involves spraying a layer of paint onto the surface of the part. Colors can be matched to a Pantone color number of the customer’s choosing, while finishes range from matte to gloss to metallic.||All materials||Gloss, semi-gloss||$$$|
|Bead Blasting||Bead blasting is a process that small spheres of glass or other abrasive material are blasted at high pressure against a surface. Bead blasting is commonly used in manufacturing metal parts or to remove rust, paint, or other debris from metal surfaces.||Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Steel, Brass, Copper||n/a||$|
|Powder Coating||Powder coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing, dry powder. Unlike conventional liquid paint which is delivered via an evaporating solvent, powder coating is typically applied electrostatically and then cured under heat or with ultraviolet light.||All metal materials||Glossy or Sand||$$$|
|Anodizing||Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminum is ideally suited to anodizing, although other nonferrous metals also can be anodized.||Aluminum||Smooth, matte finish||$$|
|Black Oxide||The black oxide process is a chemical conversion coating. This means that the black oxide is not deposited on the surface of the substrate but produced by a chemical reaction between the iron on the surface of the ferrous metal and the oxidizing salts present.||Steel, Stainless Steel||Smooth, matte||$$$|
|Electroplating||Electroplating is the process of plating a metal onto the other by hydrolysis mostly to prevent corrosion of metal or for decorative purposes. The process uses an electric current to reduce dissolved metal cations to develop a lean coherent metal coating on the electrode.||Aluminum, steel, stainless steel||Smooth, glossy finish||$$$|
|Brushing||Brushing is a precision finish involves variable grain abrasive brushes using unidirectional lines to create a homogenous finish to uneven surfaces. In addition to the homogenous finish, brushing deburrs and round edges of metals.||ABS, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel||n/a||$$|
|Marking||Part marking is a cost-effective way to add logos or custom lettering to your designs and is often used for custom part tagging during full-scale production. Include laser engrave mark and printing mark on the parts.||All materials||n/a||$$|
Surface finishing can improve the durability of your products by reducing friction, increasing corrosion and chemical resistance, and facilitating the adhesion of coatings and paints.
It can also give your products a specific visual appeal and eliminate surface defects. Whether you need polishing, grinding, sandblasting, or coating, we have the expertise and equipment to meet your needs.
KUSLA prototypes offer a wide array of specialty surface finishing, including painting, laser etching, anodizing, powder coating, metal plating, vacuum metalizing, chromate, chemical finishing, etc.
Surface Finishing for Rapid Prototyping and Low Volume Manufacturing
Surface finishing can give your part a smooth, glossy, matte, textured, or colored finish that matches your design specifications and customer expectations.
Testing and validating the design
Surface finishing can help you simulate the real-world environment, such as exposure to heat, moisture, chemicals, abrasion, etc. This can help you identify and fix any potential issues or defects before mass production.
Reducing the cost and time
Surface finishing can be done using various methods such as powder coating, anodizing, bead blasting, etc. These methods are fast, easy, and cost-effective to apply, and can be customized to suit different materials, shapes, and sizes of parts.
unique and distinctive look
Increasing customer satisfaction and brand recognition by delivering high-quality and customized products. Surface finishing can help you create a unique and distinctive look for your prototype or product that reflects your brand identity and value proposition. It can also help you impress your customers with your attention to detail and quality standards.
What is Surface Finishing
Surface finishing is a term that refers to the process used to alter a metal’s surface by adding, removing or reshaping. The goal is to protect the metal and improve the aesthetic side.
Benefits of Surface Finishing
- Increased corrosion resistance
- Elimination of surface defects
- Increased resistance to chemicals
- Improved conductivity
- Increased strength and resistance
- Enhanced aesthetics