Electroplating plastic means moving the dissolved ions from a metal to a plastic component. By depositing the metal ions onto the plastic surface, the new part retains properties of both materials. The exterior of the part will act as a metal and can undergo additional material processes.

  • Corrosion Resistant

  • Conductivity

  • High Hardness Levels

  • Wear Protection

  • Increased Reflectivity

  • Metal Aesthetic

  • Lightweight

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INCERTEC uses a proprietary mechanical abrasion process to help create pore sites for our proprietary chemisty to deposit. We use electroless nickel or electroless copper to create the first layer to make the part conductive. This can be the final finish or we can make a point of contact and add electrolytic: gold, silver, nickel, cadmium, tin or zinc-nickel. Because we use a mechanical abrasion pretreatment process, it will naturally make the appearance of the plating a dull or matte finish. INCERTEC can make this bright or shiny by applying a heavy layer of electrolytic copper up to 1000 microinches thick. This is because electolytic copper has a self leveling property to help increase the surface finish.

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Incertec has established themselves as one of the leaders in metal plating services. They are highly sought after for their unique expertise in plating metal on plastic and other unique substrates. Personally, I’ve had a great experience working with Jerrid Matson and his team on many early stage projects. The team’s knowledge and vast experience in this area is impressive. They are also nimble and flexible when it comes to trying new things. This attractive combination put together with the cost advantage Incertec brings to the table makes them a natural choice for all plating needs.



As 3D printers have evolved, there has been more interest in metalizing the products they produce. Reasons vary why people want to metalize 3D printed plastics, but the main two reasons are for function or cosmetics. Before we talk about the plating, you need to know what materials INCERTEC can metalize.

Acceptable Materials – Each material responds a little different to our process, but you want to look for a few key things if you want to plate your part.

  • Fill the print as much as you can.
  • Any porosity traps solution and creates a poor finish.
  • Heat resistant to 200F.
  • Chemical resistant.

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Plastic and Composite plating

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As a leading spec plating and metal finishing company, INCERTEC is capable of handling challenging projects that require a high level of critical detail.

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