Calico D (nACo-G) PVD Coating

Category: PVD Coating

Calico D (nACo-G) PVD Coating


Calico D is a Nanocomposite structure. This is accomplished by embedding nanocrystalline AlTiN grains into an amorphous matrix. This advanced Nanocomposite Technology has allowed the formation of a higher nanohardness coating with greater thermal stability than any conventional coating typically used in extreme environments. Calico-D is normally applied to steels and hardened steels where high wear resistance is needed. Can be stripped and recoated.

Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL)


  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium

Temp. Ratings

  • Process Temp: 840°(448°C)
  • Max Temp: 2000°(1093°C)


  • Thickness (micron): 1 - 5


  • Violet
  • Blue


Calico D is applied using lateral rotating cathode technology in a PVD (physical vapor deposition) process. Material is vaporized from a solid source in the form of atoms/molecules and then transported in the form of a vapor through a vacuum, low pressure gas/plasma to the substrate where it condenses. Calico-D application temperature is 450°C.


High hardness, Excellent abrasive wear resistance, High reliability in dry operations, Lubricants may be reduced or replaced, Low thermal conductivity.

  • Abrasion Resistant
  • Chemical Resistant
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Extreme Hardness
  • Extreme Temperature Resistant
  • High Wear Resistant
  • Oil and Fuel Corrosion Resistant


Recommended applications include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cutting Tools
  • Punches and Dies
  • Mechanical Components


This coating is a popular solution for the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Diesel
  • Energy
  • General Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Metal Forming
  • Military
  • Molds
  • Motorsports
  • Nuclear
  • Oil and Gas
  • Weaponry