Finishing techniques: for aesthetics and performance
Many finishing processes are applicable to ceramics and are performed for two distinct purposes:
- For aesthetic appeal (polishing, decoration, etc.).
- To obtain specific properties (surface finish, etc.).
From green (unfired) ceramic to a mirror-polished finish
Thanks to techniques such as polishing or mechano-chemical (tumble) polishing, we can produce a range of finishes for aesthetic appeal (very shiny, mirror-polished, etc.) or to reduce friction (very smooth).
Shot-peening, on the contrary, produces a “rough” appearance.
Different degrees of roughness:
- Accentuate colours
- Produce different visual efffecs: matt, shiny, shot-peened
- Reduce friction and thus increase the resistance to wear
When the forming processes are not able to achieve the dimensional tolerances stated in the client’s specification, we recommend performing a grinding operation.
Customising by engraving the ceramic
Ceramic parts can also be engraved for decorative, identification or traceability purposes, or to produce any other type of bespoke item.