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Protolabs Insights: Eloxieren - Schutz und Veredelung Ihres Aluminium-Teils

Wir werfen einen näheren Blick auf das Eloxieren von Teilen aus Aluminium und erfahren, warum es sich super eignet, um dieses Metall zu schützen oder ein dekoratives Oberflächenfinish hinzuzufügen.

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00:07welcome to the master class this week we

00:10are taking a closer look at anodizing

00:12aluminium parts and why it is a great

00:15way to protect this metal or to add a

00:18decorative finish so let's start with a

00:21really cool fact aluminium oxide is the

00:24second hardest substance known to man

00:26only a diamond dis harder I'll give you

00:29a second to let that sink in this means

00:32that anodizing can protect your part

00:34against abrasion and also corrosion it's

00:37also good to look at and can be dyed so

00:41you may offer it purely for aesthetic

00:43reasons in the next couple of minutes we

00:45are going to explore the process of

00:47anodizing but more importantly I will

00:49help you get what you want from it but

00:53first of all here is the science bit

00:56anodizing is an electrolytic passivation

00:59process it's called anodizing because

01:02the part to be treated forms the anode

01:04electrode of an electrical circuit the

01:07most common method is sulfuric acid

01:10anodizing the part is cleaned placed in

01:13the sulfuric acid and then a positive

01:16charge is applied to it and a negative

01:18charge is applied to the place

01:20there are also immersed in the acid the

01:23aluminium part combines with the

01:25negatively charged are oxygen ions to

01:28create aluminium oxide okay if science

01:32lesson is over let's move on to what you

01:35really need to know the first question

01:38that you should ask yourself is why why

01:41do you want your part

01:42anodized easy because you need to

01:45protect your part or is it because you

01:47want to achieve a decorative finish the

01:50answer to this question will affect the

01:52thickness of the coating that you need

01:54the thicker the coating

01:56the more protection your part will have

01:58now we are only talking about microns

02:02here or a millionth of a meter but as

02:05the saying goes every little bit counts

02:07for decorative finishes you will need a

02:10minimum thickness of between 5 to 15

02:13microns if you want the part died

02:16afterwards then we would recommend some

02:18leek between 15 to 25 microns of course

02:22a thicker layer will improve the parts

02:25abrasion and corrosive resistance if it

02:28needs this protection then it should

02:30have what we call a hard anodizing

02:33finish this produces a thickness of

02:36between 25 to 50 microns now let's say

02:40that you want your part anodizing how do

02:43we know that your supplier is up to

02:45scratch well here are a couple of

02:48standards for you for decorative

02:50anodizing check that the process meets

02:52iso 75 9 9 and for hard anodizing it

02:56needs to me iso100 74 ok what else do

03:01you need to think about well you

03:03remember that we talked about how your

03:05aluminium part forms part of electrical

03:07circuit well this means that it needs to

03:10have at least one electrically

03:12conductive point in the component at all

03:15times that point will get no coverage

03:18and will not be anodized now don't worry

03:21too much because we are probably talking

03:23about 0.1% of the surface on your part

03:28what it does mean is that you need to

03:30think about how your component will be

03:33mounted or jigged

03:35jigging serves two purposes it maintains

03:38the electrical contacts and it also

03:40ensures that the part does not fall off

03:42during the process and we don't want

03:45that now do it the conducting or jigging

03:48point is often a threaded hole which

03:51gives a great electrical contact it

03:54needs to be more for hard anodizing

03:57because this process needs higher

03:59voltages so your supplier and they need

04:02to tap a threaded bolt our best advice

04:05though is to work with your supplier

04:07typically the best place would be on a

04:10hidden face or a non-critical surface to

04:13hide the contact marks so anodizing is a

04:17great choice for protecting aluminium

04:19parts but as they say on the BBC other

04:22options are

04:23available to you it really comes down to

04:26your design needs and what functionality

04:29you need for instance another good

04:31option is chromate conversion coating it

04:35provides a protective film (agentur) to improve

04:38corrosion resistance for your aluminium

04:40part and is a great primer for paint it

04:43also retains the metals conductivity so

04:47there you have it and the diving is a

04:49great way if you want a decorative

04:51finish or to protect your aluminium part

04:54it's not the only solution though so

04:56don't get sold on the idea if your

04:58supplier only provides this and not any

05:01other alternatives well that is it for

05:04this week I hope you found the video

05:06informative and we look forward to

05:08seeing you next time



Letzte Änderung: 15.04.2020