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Plating Over Non-Conductive Materials
Benefits of plating over non-conductive materials:
- Reduce weight - Replace a metal component with a lightweight plastic component without losing conductivity.
- Reduce cost - For example, replace a solid copper block with a copper plated hollow plastic block.
- Improve appearance - Many coatings are very decorative such as gold, silver and nickel.
- Increase Durability - Some materials are very reactive and not well suited for certain environments and/or applications. A durable metallic coating often extends the lifetime and improves the performance of the component or assembly.