automotive articleYou might not realise this, but metal spraying or thermal spraying is a process that affects our everyday living beyond all recognition.

The process is used to change the surface properties of a part by adding a layer or layers of material to increase factors such as durability, hardness, wear resistance. In addition, the process can work to change electrical properties, increase corrosion protection, replace worn or damaged material, and increase or decrease friction.

Metal spraying has undoubtedly changed the way in which we live, yet many people still don’t know this form of technology exists. Since the inauguration of the motor vehicle in the late 1800s, considerable change has been undertaken in design and development to produce the motor vehicles we have today.

Requirements for greater efficiency, speed and comfort, whilst still being environmentally friendly is a key part of travel, and requires materials which are lighter and more performance related. This is where metal spraying comes in; it’s used to solve a lot of issues in automotive manufacturing.

So here we present a selection of the many automotive components and parts that commonly undergo the metal spraying process.