The LUMICLAD process forms a non-dimensional black oxide finish on all
aluminum surfaces that is clean, durable and tightly adherent to metal
substrate. The finish has an inherent lubricity that aids in break-in and resists galling,
making it an ideal finishing choice for product assemblies with sliding
contacts. Aluminum machine components, such as piston/cylinder assemblies,
actuator mechanisms, slides and valve assemblies achieve smoother break-in with
a LUMICLAD finish than with conventional anodized finishes.
The LUMICLAD finish offers conductivity and break-in lubricity in
a protective black finish. The 30-minute process develops a uniform coating
thickness of .000060 inches (1.5 micron) that will not close down hole
diameters or change critical part dimensions. The black finish is smooth, clean
and electrically conductive, making it useful for assemblies requiring a
The LUMICLAD process delivers a smooth satin black finish with a slightly
porous crystal structure that absorbs an optional topcoat, such as clear
polymer, light oil or dry-to-touch sealant.
Prior to the development of this new blackening process, black
anodizing had been the only viable blackening option for manufacturers of aluminum
components. While the anodized finish is extremely durable, the process is so
complex that only those who specialize in it can operate it properly and
consistently. Though the protective properties of a black anodized finish are
high, often they are higher than the application requires and they come at
significant additional cost.
The LUMICLAD process utilizes a conventional immersion tank
process line. For most applications, a seven-tank line and a 30-minute process
time does the job from start to finish.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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