Given the importance of the plating process and the value of the material being used, it would be logical to assume that parts would be designed for the most efficient and effective electroplating possible. Unfortunately due to intricate engineering designs and micro miniature components, it is not always feasible to have a “plating friendly” part.
Electroplating, along with other finishing options, take their place at the end of the manufacturing process. It is incumbent on all parties, including the plater to work together in order to provide the best component possible.
Additionally, sometimes a part’s design will necessitate a difficult structure for applying even finishing, whether it’s electroplating or a more traditional finishing method. There are a myriad of reasons why parts are created with geometries that make them difficult to electroplate.