Aluminum anodizing services
We offer anodizing type II and III, which are ideal surface finishes for aluminum parts. Anodizing strengthens aluminum parts and is available in several colors, depending on the type. All types of anodizing will increase the lead time and cost per part.
Anodizing type II
|Surface preparation||Colors||Glossiness||Cosmetic availability||Thickness**||Visual appearance|
|As machined (Ra 3.2μm / Ra 126μin)||Clear, Black, Red, Blue, Orange, Gold||Glossy (Above 20 GU)||No||50μm to 150μm||Parts are anodized directly after machining. Machining marks will be visible.|
|Bead blasted||Clear, Black, Red, Blue, Orange, Gold||Matte (Below 10 GU)||Cosmetic on request||for clear: 8 to 12μm(0.0003” to 0.0004”) black and color: 12 to 16μm(0.0004” to 0.0006”)||Grainy texture, matte finish|
|Bead blasted||Clear, Black, Red, Blue, Orange, Gold||Glossy (Above 20 GU)||Cosmetic on request||for clear: 8 to 12μm(0.0003” to 0.0004”) black and color: 12 to 16μm(0.0004” to 0.0006”)||Grainy texture, glossy finish|
|Brushing(Ra 1.2μm / Ra 47μin)||Clear, Black, Red, Blue, Orange, Gold||Glossy (Above 20 GU)||Cosmetic on request||for clear: 8 to 12μm(0.0003” to 0.0004”) black and color: 12 to 16μm(0.0004” to 0.0006”)||Parts are manually brushed to reduce marks, then anodized. Brushing lines will be visible.|
Anodizing type III
|Surface preparation||Colors||Cosmetic availability||Thickness||Visual appearance|
|As machined (Ra 3.2μm / Ra 126μin)||Black, Natural (thicker layers will appear darker)||No||35 to 50μm(0.0013” to 0.0019”)||Parts are anodized directly after machining. Machining marks will be visible.|
* We supply a range of standard colors (see Color options). If you need a particular RAL or Pantone color code, please contact email@example.com
**As a standard our anodizing thickness will follow ISO 7599: ISO class AA10 (for clear) and ISO class AA15. If your parts require different standards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Color options for aluminum anodizing type II
Color anodizing can have some variation in color due to standard alloy tolerance variations. Check the color scheme below to see the color range.
Color options for aluminum anodizing type III
Gallery of anodized parts manufactured by Hubs
Design considerations for aluminum anodizing
- Anodizing involves suspending parts via a “jig” or “rack.” This will leave marks on your part where anodizing wasn’t possible. If there are areas on which you can’t accept “jig” marks, please remember to include a technical drawing indicating these areas and follow our cosmetic procedure. Learn more about this on our surface finishing page
- Anodizing insulates your parts, reducing their conductivity.
- Masking is not required by default, as anodizing doesn’t raise the thickness of your part significantly. Remember to indicate in your CAD file whether you want specific part areas to be masked or plugged.
- Type III anodizing, in contrast, adds substantial thickness to your part’s surface. We recommend plugging and masking threaded/reamed holes or other critical-to-function surfaces.
The Hubs anodizing process
Anodizing is an electrolytic process both for protecting aluminum parts against wear and corrosion and for improving cosmetic appearances. Let’s break down the basic steps for anodizing a part:
Connect the part to an anode
Submerge the part in acidic electrolyte solution
Apply a cathode to a metal electrode in the solution
Positive ions react with negative O2 ions and the surface becomes porous
This grows a layer of aluminum oxide on the part
Use corrosion inhibitors or colored dyes for cosmetic purposes
Seal the nanopores
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