The Importance of Thermal evaporation
Thermal evaporation involves heating of metals in a vacuum chamber to form desired metal layer. The procedure is mostly done on aluminum. Vacuum metalizing has many uses such as EMI coating, vapor barriers, metallic finishes, reflective coating and many others. Vacuum metalizing can either be for protective, functional or decorative purposes. To vaporize the coating metal, resistance heating, plasma heating or electron beam can be used. Vacuum metalizing is used to make large glass mirrors that are used in telescopes for reflection. When choosing proper vacuum level you have to first eliminate air in the chamber to avoid discolouration that may occur when heating metals at high temperature. For the metal to vaporize you have to set the right temperatures. It is important to increase the average free path which metal travels.
Vaccum metalizing is ideal for decorating toys to give them metallic shine. The original material is either plastic or metal. The surface is first made smooth without mechanical buffing to give it stunning reflection. Metal has an outside part that is coated which is referred as the front face. This part is usually protected with a transparent vanish because the thin decorative coating is not wear resistant. The part that covers the back of transparent plastic is called second surface coating. The advantage with second surface coating is that the use of plastic as the exposed part. Aluminum is mostly proffered because it is a good conductor of heat, reflects well and is known to be stable in air. Adding color to the topcoat can make different colors of ornaments from red, blue, pink and many others. Apart from aluminum,copper, silver, gold, chromium and cadmium are also used. Large surfaces can be metalized through a continuous process.
The material is mounted in vacuum chamber and unrolled for coating of one side or either side. It is important to have large volumes of aluminum for evaporation. Most recently, vacuum metalizing has been widened to include thick films. The coatings on the thick films are resistant to rust. Vacuum metalizing is used in EMI shielding, RFI shielding, ESD shielding and heat shielding. They are affordable and environmentally friendly as opposed to other shielding processes. EMI/RFI shielding can be used in different industries like, telecommunication, electronics, medical, military and many other industries. Recycling of metalized plastics is possible. When aluminum coating is put in the vacuum chamber it is immediately oxidized. Constant exposure will not change electrical sensitivity.
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