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What is Plating?
Plating is a process where a conductive surface is covered with a thin layer of metal. Due to how thin it is, plating does not substantially hide or smooth surface imperfections. Plating is commonly used to prevent corrosion, increase durability, alter surface friction, and improve appearance.
eMachineShop utilizes electroplating and electroless plating. The main difference between the two is that electroless plating does not require an external power source because it produces a negative charge on the surface of a part through a chemical reaction. Many metals can be used for plating, including copper, nickel, zinc, silver, and gold.