SPUTTER CHROMING IS A NEW WAY TO METALLIZE FLEXIBLE PARTS

This brief report is concerned with the introduction of the first sputter-chromed elastomeric part on a production automobile which demonstrates the feasibility of using the technique to metallize flexible substrates. General Motors had a double incentive in spurring the development of this new technology: the need for more flexible exterior components to meet increasingly stringent damageability standards, and satisfying the public's taste for brightwork. The new sputter-chromed part is the lower front grille on Chevrolet's 1979 Camaro Berlinetta. It is injection molded of thermoplastic urethane (TPU), and metallized on a recently installed sputtering line. The line incorporates high-production equipment (800 sq. ft./hr.), that is designed for conveyorized production operations. Technological details and advantages of the new technique are included.

  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

    330 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY  USA  10036
  • Authors:
    • Wood, A S
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 49
  • Serial:
    • Modern Plastics
    • Volume: 56
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00195954
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 1979 12:00AM