EU-funded scientists are currently developing hybrid PVD coating technology for a wide range of decorative coatings. The project is called ‘Design and develop a new generation of color PVD coatings for decorative applications’ (NANO4COLOR).
Hybrid processing technology will enhance reliability and decrease costs and toxic emissions. Reactive magnetron sputtering (RMS) is being combined with either high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) or a cluster gun. The PVD Technology focuses on a range of nano-composite thin film coatings with a thickness less than two microns.
The development of this technology could reduce the cost and increase the durability of coloured PVD coatings for a variety of everyday products.
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