One of our greatest challenges is working with aluminum prototypes. We are currently working on a brand-new design and end product to meet the needs of one of our customers.
We have received product descriptions from companies wanting to create an end-user product in aluminum, anodized, and etched with their logo. The anodization industry is difficult because it’s challenging for someone to find small-batch producers of aluminum machined, anodized, and laser-etched end-user products, which is where we come in. We can create any type of utensil needed for a specific function. We handle everything from creation, dying, and engraving. We would love for you to learn more about our process.
We first design and render a prototype of what we will manufacture, as this is crucial to designing something of quality and with a superior finish. In order for it to function properly and last, it must have all of the necessary elements. It is especially imperative for the product to be durable since we want it to not only look stylish but also last. To achieve this, we need to make a prototype and test it in different conditions. Once we have a prototype that meets all specifications and can be rated as durable, we can begin mass production or small batch production. It is of utmost importance for us to review the quality of our products in order to see if they can be or needs to be improved.
Take, for example, the aluminum boxes that we are developing. In order to make this product, it had to be tested several times until it was concluded that it had the necessary durability and consistency. This is because it is designed for users in the computer networking industry. Afterward it is sanded to begin its anodization process, which is done using sulfuric acid and distilled water. Having passed through the acid bath under special conditions, in this case, below 20C, the piece is ready to be dyed. It is a process that takes about twenty minutes. As a result, the surface has a beautiful finish of dyed aluminum. This finish does not lose any of its properties through all these processes and also increases the strength of the material. As a sealed finish, it won’t lose its color, surface finish or be damaged easily.
We hope you enjoy our process.
Ansuz Anodization process:
1. Make sure the part has the correct finish using sandpaper or whatever your company may use for finishing parts.
2. Mount the parts on some sort of rack. Titanium is the preferred material since it doesn’t dissolve in an acid bath.
3. Wash the parts with unscented detergent soap and a non-abrasive brush.
4. Use the anodization 720 rule. We find it best to use between 12A and 18A of density per sqft depending on how much sqft the part or parts are together.
5. Make sure your lead plates are not contaminated and if so, make sure to clean them. We reverse the polarity in an anodization bath that is ready to be changed and the contamination comes off after a few minutes.
6. Make sure to time your anodization bath accordingly to the 720 rules.
7. Your part should be removed from the bath and washed safely in distilled water with baking soda. Only wash it briefly.
8. Place the parts in the die tank after the rinse. We use a food-grade die because it works most efficiently. The dying process can take from a quick dip or up to 15 minutes depending on the darkness or tone you want.
9. Once the die is done you will want to seal the part in de-ionized water at boiling temperature for over 5 minutes.
10. The process is done and now you have a beautiful anodized part.
Any questions or comments please write to us and as soon as possible we will answer all your questions or suggestions.
Very interesting, Congratulations!