Plating & Finishing
It’s Not Done Until It’s Finished
Craftsmen have been manipulating the surface of metal components for millennia. And the practice of coating one type of metal with a thin layer of another is almost as old. New techniques have made both processes more versatile and more efficient than ever.
Electroplating, the process of using electricity to deposit a metal coating on a base metal of a different kind, was pioneered in the early 1800s. By the end of that century, electroplated items were in every home: silver-plated flatware, nickel-plated brass plumbing, brass-plated steel hardware. Chrome plating defined the Art Deco movement of the 20th century, and Smith & Wesson’s nickel-plated revolver became a television and film icon.
Modern vibratory deburring and blasting — with sand, aluminum oxide, steel shot or other media — smooths and textures surfaces. And high-speed polishing and buffing equipment can bring metal surfaces to nearly any degree of shine.
Smith & Wesson’s plating and finishing capabilities were designed for firearms, but have well served customers in the medical device, automotive and defense industries as well.
We’re capable of handling a wide range of component sizes and types — from small springs to large forgings. Together with our capabilities in engineering, metallurgy, process development, forging and heat treating, we offer one-stop capabilities for manufacturers with complex components and demanding tolerances.