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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Electroplating Solutions
The 5 electroplating solutions you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 materials startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 52 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Skye Metal Coating – Gold Electroplating
Electrochemical plating deposits a thin layer of desired materials on surfaces, imparting their properties to the base material. For instance, gold electroplating adds characteristics like corrosion protection and reflectivity. The inert nature and conductivity of gold also make it suitable for industrial applications.
Skye Metal Coating is a UAE-based startup that provides a wide range of metal plating solutions. The startup uses electroplating to plate a gold coating for decorative and industrial purposes. The process provides the electroplated gold with high corrosion, tarnish resistance, wear resistance, and high conductivity. Further, the startup offers services for silver plating, tin plating, aluminum anodizing, and nickel plating.
Trion Coatings – Sustainable Electroplating
Electroplating methods produce toxic air pollutants, particularly heavy metals. Chromium and nickel, two metals widely used in decorative plating, are also potentially harmful to human health, in particular, they are viewed as potentially carcinogenic. Therefore, materials startups are working on safer and sustainable electroplating methods.
The US-based startup Trion Coatings provides sustainable solutions for chrome plating. The startup’s proprietary SAFE Chrome process allows for electroplating for both functional and decorative applications. The fast electrodeposition process deposits metal at a rate of more than 1 µm per minute. As a result, the deposited metal provides resistance to wear damage and corrosion.
Fabric8Labs – Metal 3D Printing
Metal 3D printing requires complex lasers and expensive metal powders. Material startups are working on electrochemical deposition methods that replace lasers for metal 3D printing. This electroplating process is inexpensive when compared to traditional metal 3D printers. Moreover, it eliminates microvoids, thermal stressing, and rough finishes that occur due to fusing metal powders together.
Fabric8Labs is a US-based startup that develops additive manufacturing solutions. The startup’s electrochemical additive manufacturing (ECAM) combines stereolithography and electrodeposition. Unlike other metal 3D printing methods, the startup’s process does not need lasers, powders, or heat.
NP Diamant – Diamond Electroplating
Traditionally, diamond tools find applications in optics, glass drilling, and abrasive machining. In diamond tools, a single layer of diamond is electroplated to bind with a metal tool. As a result, this process makes the tools solid enough to grind even the hardest materials. Startups and scaleups are developing diamond electroplating solutions to create better materials for machining tools.
Italian startup NP Diamant offers diamond wire, beads, disks, and tools for computer numerical control (CNC) machines. The startup’s production process combines sintering and electroplating. NP Diamant’s electroplating plant provides a large number of solutions to process marble, granite, and other stones.
Carbon Waters – Graphene
Graphene offers a wide range of desirable thermal, electric, and optical properties. Graphene coating provides a range of materials with these properties, particularly for applications in the automotive and energy sectors. Meanwhile, startups are working on a range of methods, including electroplating, to coat graphene on different materials.
Carbon Waters is a French startup that provides solutions for graphene production and deposition. The startup’s surface treatments electroplate graphene on a wide range of materials, including metals, plastics, polymers, and composites. In addition to electroplating, the startup offers other deposition techniques such as spraying, dip coating, and ink-jetting.
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