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Calico Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) Coating

Category: PECVD Coating

Calico Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) Coating


Calico Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) is a dense, metastable form of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) containing significant SP3 bonding. This process of bonding carbon and hydrogen confers valuable 'diamond-like' properties such as mechanical hardness, low friction, optical transparency and chemical inertness.

Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL)


  • Tool Steels
  • Maraging Steels
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium

Temp. Ratings

  • Process Temp: 465°(240°C)
  • Max Temp: 600°(315°C)


  • Thickness (micron): 1 - 3


  • Black


Calico DLC can be applied to almost any material that is compatible with a vacuum environment and can withstand 220°C. Most widely used applications are tool steels, maraging steels, stainless steels, aluminum and titanium.


Very low Coefficient of Friction (as low as .02 CoF with minimal lubrication), Coating can be applied at low temperatures (certain conditions apply), Coating is uniform in thickness, Coating exhibits extremely high chemical resistance (very low porosity), Coating has semi-conductor electrical properties

  • Chemically Inert
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Extreme Low Coefficient of Friction


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

  • Piston Wrist Pins
  • Engine Flat Tappets (lifters)
  • Engine Valves
  • Transmission Gears
  • Ring Gears
  • Pinion Gears
  • Brake Components
  • Rubber Molds
  • Dies and Tools
  • Industrial Wear Components
  • Marine Hardware


This coating is a popular solution for the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Chemical
  • Diesel
  • Energy
  • Food Processing
  • General Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Motorsports
  • Nuclear
  • Oil and Gas
  • Weaponry