The X-Tiles Video Series: Anodized Aluminum and More
Watch part 5 of our video series, the X-Tiles, to help you distinguish between the most common CNC machining post-finishing, including standard and hardcoat anodize, E-Nickel plating, and chem chromate conversion coatings.
Xometry offers over 25 finish options for parts machined through its network in the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine. These finishes and more are also offered through Xometry Finishing Services for parts that have already been machined through other suppliers. Our latest X-tiles video series answers various questions our customers often ask about CNC machined metal finishes.
Know Your Anodize: Type II vs. Type III
Anodizing vs. Metal Plating
Anodizing vs. Chromate Conversion Coating
The X-Tile series takes a show and tell approach to manufacturing outcomes using various platforms, materials, technologies, and finishes. You can check out the other posts in the series here:
- Part 1 - Our Most Popular 3D Printing Processes
- Part 2 - Our Most Popular 3D Printing Processes (cont.)
- Part 3 - Clear and Nickel-Plated 3D Prints
- Part 4 - CNC Machined Metal Finishes
What is an X-Tile? We took the ‘X’ from our Xometry logo and designed a custom part that is about 1.5 inches square. It has flats as well as angled surfaces. The tile is producible in multiple manufacturing processes and acts as a good comparison part for material finishes and cosmetic features like layers.