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    Electropolishing

    Also known as electrochemical polishing, anodic polishing or electrolytic polishing (especially in the metallography field). This is an electrochemical process that removes material from a metallic workpiece. It is used to polish, passivate, and deburr metal parts. It is often described as the reverse of electroplating.

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    Electropolishing is a metal finishing process that removes a thin layer from a metallic surface using an electrochemical process. It’s often described as the reverse of electroplating. This process is used to polish, passivate, and deburr metal parts, and is commonly applied to stainless steel and similar alloys.

    Key aspects of electropolishing

    Here are some key aspects of electropolishing:

    Process Details

    In electropolishing, the metal part to be polished is connected to the positive terminal (anode) of a power source, while the negative terminal (cathode) is attached to a conductive solution, typically a mixture of acids. When electricity is applied, metal ions are removed from the surface of the anode (the workpiece).

    Smoothing Effect

    The primary purpose of electropolishing is to smooth the metal surface. It selectively removes microscopic high points or “peaks” on the surface faster than the “valleys,” leading to a smoother finish.

    Improved Corrosion Resistance

    Electropolishing can enhance corrosion resistance by removing embedded contaminants and iron from the surface, leaving a higher concentration of chromium/nickel, which are more corrosion-resistant.

    Deburring

    The process is also effective at removing burrs — small, ragged edges or protrusions often left on metal parts after machining operations.

    Applications

    Widely used in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and semiconductor industries due to its ability to create a clean and smooth surface that’s free of contaminants and less likely to harbor bacteria.

    Material Compatibility

    Electropolishing is most effective on stainless steel but can also be applied to other metals like aluminum, copper, nickel, and titanium alloys.

    Comparison to Mechanical Polishing

    Unlike mechanical polishing, which can leave behind microscopic scratches and embedded abrasives, electropolishing provides a more uniform, smooth, and reflective surface.

    Many of Pure Transfers gaskets can be shipped electropolished. Please contact the factory if you require this service.

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