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ABS mechanical properties after chrome plating





April 10, 2012

Q. Hello,
We are doing some concepts requiring chrome plating on a part with snap features.
Should we expect a degradation of tensile strength after the entire process?
Thanks for your help,

Tom Petrella
- Libertyville, Illinois, USA



April 10, 2012

A. Hi Tom. Good question.

I would imagine that the etching process would somewhat weaken the ABS but I have no numbers at all. This looks like a question that will have to be answered by someone who has actually done testing.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com
Ted Mooney, P.E.
Striving to live Aloha
finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey



April 13, 2012

Thanks Ted,

We will be getting samples at end of month, both plated and raw, and hopefully will publish comparative test results.

Thanks again,
tom

Tom Petrella
- Libertyville, Illinois USA


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