For manufacturers of critical metal parts, electropolishing helps to eliminate common surface imperfections that machining processes can leave behind, including microcracks, microburrs, scale and other contaminants that can become initiation sites for corrosion and pathogen growth.

Electropolishing, also referred to as “reverse plating,” combines a chemical bath and an electrical current to remove a microscopically precise and consistent layer of surface material.

Able Electropolishing's video will take you through the many benefits of this microscopically precise and highly customized finishing method, including solving these 7 common metal surface issues:

  • Burrs or surface imperfections
  • Less-than-ideal microfinish
  • Inadequate surface cleanliness
  • Corrosion
  • Premature part failure
  • Sizing
  • Product Identification

Electropolishing smooths microburrs created during blanking, milling, broaching, lapping or grinding, providing a superior finish for even the most complex and fragile metal parts. The process carefully strips away the outer layer of surface material while leaving the part intact.

As one of the key benefits of electropolishing, deburring creates a smooth and clean surface with improved fit, function and finish. Learn more in our technical guide: Your Solutions to 7 Metal Surface Problems.

In this video, we'll walk you through the entire electropolishing process from start to finish, including a look at our “Finish First” methodology, which provides consultation in the prototyping stage to eliminate design flaws that can impact finishing results.

From stainless steel to a wide variety of other metal alloys, electropolishing’s precision leaves parts with enhanced corrosion and pathogen resistance and a microscopically smooth surface, with 30–50% improvement in the part’s Ra (roughness average), depending on material type.

Watch our video to see for yourself how electropolishing helps improve the fit, finish and function of critical metal parts and learn how electropolishing can solve common metal surface problems by downloading our technical guide.