Breaking Down the Process of Sputtering

Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC

Sputtering is responsible for many items that are used on a daily basis.

Understanding the process of sputtering is not as difficult and confusing as you may believe it to be. Below, you will find a brief explanation into how sputtering works as well as its’ importance to science.


Sputtering is the process of depositing thin films of a solid material, mainly metal, onto a substrate. Picture the bottom of a compact disc. If you look closely, you might be able to distinguish which layer has been sputtered onto the CD itself. To create that coating, there are various vacuum coating systems that can coat a disc in less than 2 seconds.

How it Works

The process first starts with gaseous plasma that is created and then accelerated through a sputter deposition system. The source is then ejected and comes out in the form of neutral particles. It then follows a narrow path to the substrate unless there is a specified metal that is placed directly in its path, in which it will then be coated by a thin film of that material placed.

Coating Systems

Technology has allowed users to utilize machines that can be used to create thin films in a small amount of time. Because sputtering utilizes a vacuum-based environment, the type of system used correlates to the quality of thin film produced. One example is a magnetron sputtering system. By incorporating multiple beams and optical sensors, thin films are rapidly produced at a quality level.

With sputtering being an integral part of science, one can only figure that technology will advance both machines and their processes to further enhance their usage over time.

New Online Community Unites Car Junkies

Do you love cars? Do you spend every waking moment thinking about fixing up your car or dreaming about that vintage sports vehicle you want to purchase? You’re not alone! And what better way to share your passion than through the Web?

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Car enthusiasts around the world are always searching for a new place where they can come together and share their passion for all things automobiles. From online car clubs to social networking sites dedicated to cars, the Internet is cluttered with plenty of sites to choose from for all types of car lovers. Here is a look at a new, but popular website that is bringing together car enthusiasts and car clubs alike, Car Junkies.

If you’ve ever wanted an easy way to show off your pride and joy (a.k.a your car), CarJunkies is the place for you. Car Junkies is an exciting online community for people who love automobiles. The website makes it possible for users from around the world to meet other car enthusiasts, share photos, connect with clubs, find out about car-related events and watch videos.

Once you become an online member, by creating a user name and password, you can sign in to Car Junkies and start uploading your car pictures. Users can share photos and view other albums created by people who share the same exciting passion for cars.

Another great feature about Car Junkies is that you can find out about the latest car events in your area. From automobile shows to car auctions and everything in between, the website is a crucial hub for people looking for the hottest car shows and events in town.