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Subject: Re: Affordable Vac Metallizing Equipment

Date: 05/19/02 at 8:29 PM
Posted by: Ted Van Vorous
E-mail: tedvv@earthlink.net
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In Reply to: Affordable Vac Metallizing Equipment posted by Karl Bell on 05/08/02 at 2:05 AM:

I suggest you stick with the least complicated
process which would be evaporation of aluminum. A
sputtering or arc system would be more expensive
and probably only available as a rebuilt
metallizer or a new system. You can get by with a
48 inch dia. chamber with your low volume.
As to cost-you really don't want to know the
cost of even a 48 inch metallizer new. Their cost
is absurd except from sources like Russia. A used
48 inch unit will be in the $15,000 to
40,000 range. If you decide to go up to a 72 inch
metallizer, you will find a rather tight market.
I know of one coater at Applied Vacuum in England
that is available at a reasonable price. There are
several very good dealers in the U.S. that will
either have or can find coaters for you.
Ted Van Vorous

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