Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get a quote for our parts to be processed by Dimension Bond?

The most efficient method is to complete and send us the Contact form. Providing as much information as possible, such as part specifications, will facilitate the quoting process. After we receive your completed form, you can expect to hear from us within 1-2 business days or less.

What size parts are best for the Dimension Bond process?

Generally, the part should be symmetrical, and is generally capable of being lifted or held in one hand.

What coating tolerances are possible?

Our current methods allow processing of shafts, 3µ with a nominal thickness of 18µ coatings on an 11” long 12 mm diameter shaft.

What surfaces can be processed?

All metals, many engineering plastics and some polymers.

Can powder metal or sintered parts work with the Dimension Bond process?

Yes. We prefer the steam oxide process surface and have specialized resin formulations that bond directly to steam oxide surfaces.

How long does it take to process a typical part?

If we have processed similar parts in the past, such as solenoid plungers or shafts, 4 to 6 weeks is our average turn-around time. Very specialized multi-diameter or double-sided parts take more elaborate multi-pump machines. It may take 8 to 12 weeks including full PPAP Qualification.

What quantity of parts is optimum for the Dimension Bond process?

Consistent production with a given quantity of parts per month is most important. Once the part is produced and tooled up, a minimum of approximately 5,000 pieces per run is most cost-effective.

Are several sets of fixtures of whole parts required?

Not in all cases. We stript and clean fixtures of they get overspray. One set of fixtures is normally required for smaller volumes. If continuous production is required, two or more sets of fixtures becomes necessary.

What are the spray characteristics of Dimension Bond coatings?

Specifically formulated for long wear and abrasion resistance, the salt spray characteristics are reasonable to good. However, many metallic compound coatings are available with increasingly longer salt spray capabilities. Our technical team can advise you if you have a primary corrosion resistant application requirement.

What type of bearing grade composite material does Dimension Bond manufacture?

These are modern engineering polymers that are produced in liquid coating form.

How are these bearing grade composites different from dry film lubricant coatings? How can we compare them?

They have specialized fillers that can be either composite, or in some cases metallic, to augment the wear capabilities. Each is specifically end-use engineered and tested, such as a shock absorber piston. If you have abrasion wear testing for your coated component, we can provide a candidate of composite bearing grade material for your in-house testing. Or, we have ASTM abrasion friction testing devices, and our laboratory can test as well as supply you with objective ASTM-based test data. This includes data for friction and wear.

What commercially available dry film lubricant coatings can be applied with Dimension Bond technology machinery?

Any liquid coating manufactured by Chemours, Dow, Orion, PPG/Whitford and many other manufacturers of dry film lubricant coatings can be applied.

Does the Dimension Bond process prevent rust?

Only the coated areas are prevented from rust. Uncoated areas can be coated with drying oils or with special wrapping or packaging.

Can Dimension Bond composites be used in oil or fluid lubricants?

Yes, including saltwater in many cases.

Can Dimension Bond composites be used in water?

Yes, including saltwater in many cases.

Are Dimension Bond composites FDA approved?

No coatings are directly approved by the United States FDA. The resins in Dimension Bond formulations are acceptable for food contact in many cases. We will advise accordingly.

If the customer has two or three suppliers of the same part, what can Dimension Bond provide?

We dimensionally qualify each lot of parts and can provide our customer with their suppliers’ actual data, developed from the incoming measurements.

If parts have been coated incorrectly by another coater, can Dimension Bond step in to process the parts?

The simple answer is yes. Stripping generally removes some of the parent metal which can affect dimensions. We will work with you, but prefer to process raw parts.

Do the parts have to be protected or specially packaged for shipment to Dimension Bond?

Yes. The cost of cell packaging or plastic packaging is relatively good value and can be recycled many times in most cases. This is required because we cannot afford to have parts interacting with each other in shipment, which would damage the Dimension Bond processed surface.

What type of reports can customers receive?

We can develop any report on parts and production with information available to us in our database.

What is the maintenance cost for the machinery?

It is included in the piece part price and Dimension Bond upholds total responsibility for maintenance and updating of all machines and fixtures.

Does Dimension Bond sell their machinery?


Does Dimension Bond sell the composite materials they manufacture?